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Monday, April 30, 2012

Steam Whistle Now Available in Manitoba

Toronto, ON

NEW to Manitoba! For Summer 2012, Steam Whistle Pilsner in 500 ml Cans

Ontario’s independent, Steam Whistle Brewing, announces that it has launched its award-winning Premium Pilsner in 500 ml cans in Manitoba in time for summer. “We’ve had customers requesting our beer for years, so we are pleased to finally be shipping here,” answers Brad Goddard, Manager Western Canada. “Canned beer is a favourite for boaters, golfers, campers and backyard BBQ-ers alike, and we’d love to have them all drinking our Pilsner cans this year”. The award winning Pilsner is available in 6 Winnipeg licensees (Joey Kenaston, Joey Polo Park, and Luxalune in bottles, and Peasant Cookery--in the 500ml can. As well the Minto Garrison Officer's Mess and Legion #7 ).  The 500ml single cans are widely available throughout Winnipeg in MLCC Liquor Marts, and further-a-field in Bird's Nest, Dugald, Gimili, Brandon, Lac Du Bonet, and Dauphin.

Since opening in 2000, Steam Whistle Brewing has made its focus a single brand, living up to its motto Do One Thing Really, Really Well.  The brewery has been slowly expanding across Canada, available now in Manitoba, Alberta, BC and onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian which travels between Toronto and Vancouver with stops in Winnipeg.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Amsterdam Brewing Co. Summer Seasonal - Oranje Weisse Premium White Beer Back on Shelves for 2012

Toronto, ON

The Amsterdam Brewing Company, Toronto’s independently owned and operated craft brewer, released their Summer Seasonal – Oranje Weisse earlier this week. The beer will be featured while quantities last in both the LCBO and The Beer Store as well as on tap at select bars and restaurants and at the Amsterdam Brewery Retail Store.

Oranje Weisse is one of Amsterdam’s most decorated seasonal beers having won 3 medals last year including Gold at the US Open Beer Championships. It also took home a Gold medal at the Ontario Brewing Awards and Silver at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

As an ode to Amsterdam’s Dutch heritage, Oranje Weisse is a premium, unfiltered white beer. Predominantly brewed with un-malted wheat, which gives it a hazy appearance, Amsterdam has also added two types of orange peel and some coriander resulting in a unique flavour combination of citrus and light spice.

The release of Oranje Weisse will be celebrated at an Amsterdam Brewery Open House on Wednesday, May 9 during a special summer tasting session from 6-9 pm. All are welcome for food and drink.

Amsterdam Oranje Weisse is available for sale in a 500mL bottle from the LCBO (product #242552), select Beer Stores, the Amsterdam Brewery Retail Store (21 Bathurst St., 416-504-6882) and on tap at fine bars and restaurants.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Beau’s “Farm Table” Belgian Pale Ale on Tap Today

Ottawa, ON

Settle in for a while with ‘Farm Table’ beers, brewed to be quaffed in good times and good company

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company is launching Farm Table Belgian Pale Ale Thursday April 26, on draught only at select locations in Ontario. The new beer is part of the Farm Table line of beers from Beau’s, a series dedicated to exploring traditional styles of beer that serve up big, interesting flavours, but with a sessionable ABV.

The Belgian Pale Ale style was first produced in Belgium post WW2 to compete with the growing popularity of the Pilsner style. The farm table BPA has been partially aged in white wine barrels, and features fantastic hop flavour despite its low bitterness. The result is a dry sharp ale, with spicy and fruity notes complemented by a citrusy aroma. Expect mingling notes of mangoes, cloves and peppery character, with hints of oak and tangerines on the finish.

Farm Table BPA will not be sold in bottles, but instead will be served fresh on draught at the following licensed establishments, beginning Thursday, April 26. (Contact the establishment for the date the keg will be tapped!)

Wellington Gastropub, Ottawa, ON
Canvas, Ottawa, ON
Mugshots, Ottawa, ON
The Arrow and Loon, Ottawa, ON
Atomic Rooster, Ottawa, ON
Cheshire Cat Pub, Carp, ON
The Branch, Kemptville, ON
The Old English Pub, Gananoque, ON
Queens U Grad Club, Kingston, ON
The Stinking Rose, Campbellford, ON
St. Veronus, Peterborough, ON
The Only Café, Toronto, ON
Bryden’s, Toronto, ON
The Rhino, Toronto, ON
Smokeless Joe’s, Toronto, ON
C’est What, Toronto, ON
Beer Bistro, Toronto, ON
Bar Volo, Toronto, ON
Burger Bar, Toronto, ON
Baker St. Station, Guelph, ON
Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21, Kitchener-Waterloo
The Golden Kiwi, Cambridge, ON
The Brain, Hamilton, ON

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beer Mail from Alexander Keith's

With Cider having a bit of a resurgence as of late, Alexander Keith's has decided to put it's hat and long history of makiing alcoholic beverages into the ring.

Sourced form 100% Canadian apples and delivered in a fabulous wooden crate, let's hope this tastes as good as it looks!

Looking forward to trying this one.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Deschutes and Hair of the Dog Brewing Team Up for COLLAGE - CONFLUX No. 1

Bend, OR

It looks like another exciting collaborative brew is in the way.

"Hair of the Dog Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery join forces to bring you the first beer brewed, and second released, in the Conflux Series. Grab the reins because you're in for the ride of your life. Four separate brews constitute the "ingredients" for this 100% barrel aged beer. The Stoic, The Dissident, Fred & Adam are intertwined in a myriad of barrels ranging from Rye Whiskey, Cognac & Sherry to Pinot Noir, Bourbon and American Oak. This beer is a collage of patience, time, and collective curiosity and is in very limited supply. This is a once-in-a-lifetime beer from two passionate breweries that push the envelope to create new and innovative brews, and to that we say...Bravely Done!"


~11% ABV | ~45-50 IBU's

Availability: Very limited 12-ounce bottle release in mid-May.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Palm Breweries - Palm Ale

Palm Ale
ABV 5.4% (Bottled - 330ml)

The Brewery

The earliest records of what would become the Palm breweries of today, are from 1597!

From the Bottle

"PALM is Belgium's amber beer.  The special malt give sit honey-like mellowness, its own yeasts provide a frutiy aroma and arome hop grown in Kent gives its refined character."

The Motto

"The sociable beer for every day, for everyone."

 The Pour

Lots of nice looking carbonation with a golden/amber colour with small bubbly head.  It certainly looks refreshing.


Now I've had a bit of allergies this spring, so I may be off, but I wasn't getting a lot here.  It was light and malty sweet with a bit of whiskey which I thought was a nice touch.  I also got a bit of aluminum, not sure where that came from.


This brew is very light bodied with a nice mouth feel and a hint of malty caramel sweetness.  I couldn't detect much or any hops which I feel would have given this beer a needed kick.   However it did have a refreshing frothiness that fills your mouth when you swish which had me coming back for more sips. 

Overall Impressions

Overall I'd say this is a standard session ale.  It's very carbonated and fresh in appearance and mouthfeel, and light enough in taste and body that you could have a few before you really start to think about changing things up.  I think their motto from above really says it all.  They know their product and they know their market.  This ones definitely not out to impress the beer geeks, but does the job its made for quite well.  For that I'll give it some leeway and say C+.  Nothing remarkable, but they cop to the fact that it's not meant to be.  I would grab a pint of this sometime no problem.

* Stay tuned for my reviews of 2 of Ontario's big spring releases, Amsterdam's Spring Bock and Southern Tier's Un*Earthly, in the coming weeks!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Here to Quench Your Thirst for Spring: NEW Alexander Keith’s Original Cider

Toronto, ON

Keith’s Original Cider Now Available in Ontario

Alexander Keith’s has been brewing beer since 1820, and after all of these years the beloved Canadian brand still knows how to keep things fresh! For the first time, Alexander Keith’s is proud to introduce its Original Cider to continue quenching demand for great-tasting products. This high-quality apple cider is crafted with the same careful attention to detail Canadians have come to expect from the Alexander Keith's brand.

“This is the first time we’ve launched a cider and, with more and more Canadians choosing cider as their beverage of choice, what better brand to bring this to them than Alexander Keith’s,” said Mike Bascom, Brand Manager for Alexander Keith’s. “Cider has been growing in popularity for a number of years and we wanted to develop something for Canadian palates that has a well-balanced, refreshing taste. It’s the perfect beverage for Canadians to enjoy as patio season heats up.”

Backed by nearly two centuries of brewing tradition, Alexander Keith’s Original Cider is crafted to treat taste buds to a crisp, refreshing, clean taste with the flavour of fresh apples and just the right balance of sweet and tart. The best way to experience the taste of this unique alternative to wine, coolers and cocktails is to pour the Original Cider over ice and share it with friends.

“The new Alexander Keith’s Original Cider is light, lively and very food-friendly,” said Zoltan Szabo, one of Canada’s leading sommeliers. “It has plenty of crisp, red apple skin aromas and flavours, with wonderful freshness and a long, lingering finish. Try pairing its fresh taste with lighter fare, such as camembert and cheddar cheeses, sushi, oysters, charcuteries, chicken wings and vegetarian pizza.”

Alexander Keith’s Original Cider is now available at LCBO stores across Ontario in both 473mL single serve cans ($2.95) and 355mL bottles sold in packs of six ($14.00).

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Local Spring Harvest Supports Toronto Food Charity

Toronto, ON

The Brewer’s Plate returns for its fifth annual celebration of local sustainable food and beer in a spring feast that will benefit Toronto based charity, Green Thumbs Growing Kids (GTGK), held at Roy Thompson Hall on April 18th. This year’s Patron is celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy, who has been involved with the event since it began in 2008.

Over the years The Brewer’s Plate has built an enviable reputation as one of the first and foremost locavore celebrity events in the city showcasing outstanding Ontario chefs whose dishes are charmingly paired with local craft brews. The event is rooted in slow food principles and uses local sustainable produce created with agricultural methods that promote and enhance biodiversity. The result is a rich and complex local feast that deliciously demonstrates the viability of import substitution.

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is an award winning organization which offers food growing and environmental education programs to inner-city schools and park sites reaching over 3,000 children each year as well as youth and adults. Their school gardens are about kids and their grownups, plants and their people - from all over the world! Proceeds from this event will help GTGK expand to serve more children, in both official languages.

“We chose Green Thumbs Growing Kids as our 2012 beneficiary because working with children is fundamental to transforming the way we source our food in the future”, states Brewers Plate Toronto organizer Chris Lowry. “Green Thumb's work builds community through food production and education for healthy living, and we couldn’t think of a better charity to partner with this year”.

Last year’s beneficiary was local charity, Not Far From The Tree, who pick fruit from hundreds of trees in the city, and then split the bearings between the volunteers, the homeowners and various food shelters. “Proceeds from last year's event helped expand our programs into Scarborough for the first time”, states Executive Director Laura Reinsborough. “The Brewer's Plate support enabled us to connect the dots between an abundance of local fruit and those in need”.

The Brewer’s Plate features dishes from chefs Brad Long (Cafe Belong/Veritas), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell), Aaron Joseph Bear Robe (Keriwa Café), Brook Kavanaugh (La Palette), John Robertson (The Big Carrot), Marc Breton (Gladstone Hotel), Lori Kirk (Ruby Watchco), Michael Abbot and Matthew Dunbar (Grapevine Catering), and Karen Vas (Rebel House). The highly skilled Craft Brewers offer an extraordinary variety of beers, from Beau’s, Black Oak, Cameron's, Dennison’s, Great Lakes, Mill Street, Nickel Brook, Steam Whistle, StoneHammer, Railway City Brewing, Grand River, Muskoka, Lake of Bays, Neustadt Springs, Amsterdam, King Brewery, Granite, Spearhead and Wellington.

Guests can also enjoy a glass of wine from Ontario’s first biodynamic Winery, Southbrook Vineyards. Applewood Farm Wines, who offer fruit wines with ingredients from their neighboring Stouffeville fields, will also be available. Remarkable local food artisans include Oyster Boy, Vert Catering, Buddha Dog, Monforte Dairy, Chocosol, Magical Catering, Ninutik Maple Sugar, LPK Culinary Groove and On the Side Chutney.

There will be several musicians playing on two stages throughout the evening. The beautiful round space of Roy Thompson Hall will act as a circular street, with wide corner 'piazzas' featuring 'street entertainers' as well as musicians and singers around Glen Gould's grand piano.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto ON M5J 2H5
When: Wednesday April 18th 2012, Doors open at 6:30pm
Ticket price: $125.00 + Service Charge, NO HST

4th Annual Caskdays IPA Challenge Set for the Weekend

Toronto, ON

Cask Days™ invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge taking place on Friday, April 20th to Monday, April 23rd, 2012. This year's challenge will be hosted by barVolo (587 Yonge St. Toronto) and feature 32 different cask-conditioned IPA's from 26 Ontario breweries served blind. Participating IPA's will go heads up in a single elimination bracket tournament, where the top score of each beer pairing will advance to the next round.

Attendees will have the opportunity to rate and score beers throughout the entire weekend. The beers will be revealed as they are eliminated from the challenge.

With the growing demand for hoppy beers, our goal is to stimulate and challenge our local craft brewers to create new and exciting ways to make india pale ales. For more information and details about the challenge visit the official website.

EVENT Schedule

We will begin this years festivities with the IPA SPIN OFF featuring not so
traditional IPA’s from Ontario breweries. This will include the following
styles: Double IPA's, Black IPA's Belgian IPA's and experimental IPA's Beers.
The majority of beers for this event will be one offs. No admission required.

Friday, April 20th, 2012

"IPA SPIN OFF" 2:00pm - 2:00am 15 CASKS

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

ROUND ONE 12:00pm - 4:00pm 32 CASKS
INTERMISSION 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ROUND TWO 5:00 pm - 9:00pm 16 CASKS

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

ROUND THREE 12:00pm - 4:00pm 8 CASKS
INTERMISSION 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ROUND FOUR 5:00pm - 9:00pm 4 CASKS

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

PINT NIGHT - all remaining casks from the IPA challenge will be available by
the 500mL pint for $5.00 until supplies last.


Great Lakes (Toronto, Ontario)
Niagara College (Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Mill St. (Toronto, Ontario)
Grand River (Cambridge, Ontario)
Amsterdam (Toronto, Ontario)
Lake of Bays (Baysville, Ontario)
Cheshire Valley (Toronto, Ontario)
Muskoka (Bracebridge, Ontario)
Black Oak (Toronto, Ontario)
Beau's (Vankleekhill, Ontario)
Durham (Pickering, Ontario)
Indie Ale House (Toronto, Ontario)
Granite (Toronto, Ontario)
Church Key (Cambellford, Ontario)
Clock Tower (Ottawa, Ontario)
House Ales (Toronto, Ontario)
Cameron's (Oakville, Ontario)
Toronto Brewing (Toronto, Ontario)
F&M (Guelph, Ontario)
Publican House (Peterborough, Ontario)
Sawdust City (Gravenhurst, Ontario)
Magnotta (Vaughan, Ontario)
Nickelbrook (Burlington, Ontario)
Kensington (Toronto, Ontario)
St.Roach (Toronto, Ontario)
Flying Monkey (Barrie, Ontario)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Breckenridge - Oatmeal Stout

4.95% ABV

"Rich, round and roasted, our Oatmeal Stout is satisfaction in a glass. It's a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. We round out these heady pleasures with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy body and a semi-dry finish. Unforgettable."


This stout pours a midnight black. It has a one finger off-white head that dissipates quickly.


The aroma is on the weaker side with light roast and a hint of coffee.


The taste is malty with roasted coffee and a hint of milk chocolate. It has a medium body and a smooth finish.


My overall impressions of this stout is good. Its not over powered in any flavour and is well balanced. This is more of a traditional stout and was very enjoyable. I wished I had picked up more. I would rate this a 7.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wild Rose Brewery Launches Next Seasonal Release - HOP SMASHED IN Belgian Style IPA

Calgary, AB

Alberta craft brewer, Wild Rose Brewery, is pleased to announce the launch of their latest Seasonal Release Wild Rose HOP SMASHED IN Belgian Style IPA on April 12, 2012. This unfiltered amber coloured ale is a unique version of an IPA. A generous amount of hops are "smashed" into the brew along with a specially selected Belgian yeast, to provide notes of fruit and spice. Unique in taste and aroma, this brew brings the best of Belgian and North American brewing traditions together.
Wild Rose HOP SMASHED IN Description:

Brewed using the best Alberta-grown malted barley, Wild Rose HOP SMASHED IN Belgian Style IPA is assertively hopped with Vanguard, EKG and Cascade hops providing traditional IPA characteristics. Fermented with a Belgian yeast lends a fruit and spicy clove character for an ale bolder than your average IPA.
Brew Specs:

  • Blend of the best Alberta malted barley
  • Vanguard, East Kent Golding and Cascade hops
  • 6.4% alc./vol.
  • 15 °P Original Gravity
  • 60 IBU
  • 13 SRM
  • This brew is unfiltered to retain full flavour and aroma
Food Pairings: The bold hop flavours combined with the spicy characteristics in the HOP SMASHED IN make this brew a great match for grilled or roasted beef and spicy fare.

To celebrate the launch on this brew, a special Cask Conditioned batch of the HOP SMASHED IN will be tapped on Friday, April 13th at 4pm MST at the Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom. Crafted in limited quantities, Wild Rose HOP SMASHED IN will be available in 650ml bottles at select liquor stores in Alberta including Coop Wines & Spirits, and on tap at a number of select locations including The Ship and Anchor in Calgary and at Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Peerless Beers Provides Exclusive Craft Beer Dinners in Toronto

Toronto, ON

With beer pairing dinners becoming more and more popular, Peerless Beers takes the concept a bit further for those dealing with Ontario's limited craft beer selection. Set up as a private beer appreciation club, participants get to purchase a club "membership" for each event. Members will have to reserve their spot on a first come, first serve basis.

Formed by few fellow beer enthusiasts in Toronto, the folks at Peerless Beers are pairing up with some of the city's top chefs to provide something one would have a hard time experiencing otherwise. Every two months they will be selecting new chefs, dishes and craft beers that are not available anywhere in Ontario, and providing a splendid night with fellow beer aficionados.

What really makes this unique is that they are adding a little excitement to the mix, by changing up the location and chef's for each meeting. And thanks to technology, they leave the final location a secret until moments before, guiding everyone to the general vicinity, before unveiling the final location.

Their next event is on Sunday April 22nd, 2012 and as the lads were deciding on menu ideas with Tim and Rob Pettigrew from Grindhouse Burger Bar, I was lucky enough to explore the beer they have chosen for this event. The beer menu is definitely top notch. Feel free to check it out here.

If you have met Tim and Rob before, you know how passionate they are about their food and their beer. A peak at their menu reveals dishes featuring their home cured wild boar prosciutto, fondue with homemade pretzels and mustard, deep fried squash ravioli, cocoa and espresso rubbed short rib, Rueben sandwiches and a cheesecake with their own dulce de leche.

Membership for this event is $110.00 per person, and to sign up, you need to visit their website and register or email them at to be included. With no formal marketing, they hope to spread the word merely though word of mouth. "It is the exclusivity of the club that really sets us apart" says co-founder Stephen Rich. "The ability to try some select beers with select people, just isn't something for the masses. It is not what we are trying to accomplish here".

Definitely a great series of events in the making. Be sure to share this with your friends, but only the good ones.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

San Diego, CA

Green Flash Brewing Co. announces that they have partnered with like-minded Michigan brewer, Founders Brewing Co. to produce a first-time, limited release called Linchpin White IPA. The Brewmasters from each celebrated craft brewery—Chuck Silva (Green Flash) and Jeremy Kosmicki (Founders) assembled privately last month in San Diego to develop the beer, and it will debut during the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego and move on to limited release beginning May 2012. These well matched breweries have been individually brewing up several of the world’s top flavor-forward ales and have now come together to collaborate on an uncommon and emerging beer style.

"Founders makes world-class beer,” says Green Flash Brewing Co.’s Co-founder and President, Mike Hinkley. “It's not available in San Diego, so I always look to taste some when I am on the road. Our Sales Chief, Jim Kenny presented the idea and I was immediately all for it. Then Chuck and Jeremy settled on White IPA. I can't wait to tap these kegs and share this innovative new release with the national community of craft beer fans."

Each brewery is known to push boundaries in creating risky, new, flavor-forward styles that appeal to the true beer aficionado. Because Founders is not currently available in San Diego, the collaboration will allow the local beer lover a chance to experience the flavors and influence of this Midwestern gem through the Green Flash partnership. Green Flash will release Linchpin White IPA on draft during May’s Craft Brewers Conference with events to take place as follows:

Tuesday, May 1
Tapping of First Keg - Green Flash Tasting Room & Beer Garden 3pm – 9pm

Friday, May 4
Hamilton’s & Regal Beagle Release Parties Begin at 5pm

• Each bar will feature Linchpin White IPA
• Other draft selections from Green Flash and Founders will also be on tap for the evening
• Representatives from Founders and Green Flash will be in attendance

Beer Details: Linchpin White IPA

“There’s a lot going on in this beer with two yeast strains, copious amounts of wheat malt, and a big focus on ‘C’ hops to deliver a citrus explosion,” explains Green Flash Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. “In fact we lined up more than a dozen hop varieties in the brewery to select three hops with the biggest citrus character to dry hop the beer.

“This golden beer pours with beautiful, frothy white beer foam that lasts due to bottle conditioning. Gently rousing the yeast that settles in the bottle will result in a fuller texture and a more cloudy white appearance. The citrus aromas that jump from the glass are largely tangerine up front with other types of citrus notes that mingle with the Belgian yeast esters. Hop flavors of bitter orange zest dominate the brew and linger to the finish with a nice play of American and Belgian yeast combo.”

A beer with so many components can be held together with a “Linchpin”. The official “Linchpin” of this beer is the skillful collaboration between the two breweries to create a unique hop-forward brew. Linchpins are symbolic: two simple shapes that combine to strengthen a bond amongst many different pieces.

Linchpin White IPA will be released during the May 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego and will then be available in limited supply via bottle-conditioned 22oz bottles and by the keg for special release events nationally in May and June 2012.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kellerbier Is Here To Stay

Creemore, ON

Creemore Springs’ popular Kellerbier craft beer goes from seasonal to permanent offering

The folks at Creemore Springs are proud to announce their wildly popular Kellerbier craft beer is back on shelves on April 2 – and will remain there year-round. Formerly brewed in extremely limited quantities for the summer, Kellerbier has now been added to Creemore’s regular lineup of quality craft beers and is available during all four seasons at Beer Stores and LCBOs across Ontario.

“We’re thrilled to let craft drinkers know they can enjoy the great taste of Kellerbier through every month of the year,” says Karen Gaudino, Director of Sales and Marketing. “This extraordinarily hoppy, unfiltered beer with its incredible hop kick and citrus finish will not disappoint Ontario’s discerning foodies and beer drinkers.”

When traveling in Bamberg Germany, Brewmaster Gordon Fuller happened across a unique style of beer know as Kellerbier (Cellar Beer). After much research and testing, Gordon and his team set out to create their own style of Kellerbier created in the time-honoured tradition as it was in Bamberg. Due to the remarkable freshness of this beer, it is brewed primarily for local consumption, a philosophy of beer making that fits perfectly with that of one of Ontario’s finest craft brewers, Creemore Springs.

Kellerbier dates back to the Middle Ages in small artesian towns in rural Germany. This unusually hoppy beer comes right from the cellar and is naturally cloudy due to the vitamin rich yeast still present in the beer. Kellerbier is lower in carbonation and abundant with hop aroma and flavour. Small-batch brewed, this unique beer uses only four natural ingredients and is then packaged unfiltered. Often served as an aperitif before dinner to stimulate the appetite, this surprisingly thirst quenching Kellerbier has a citrus and spicy finish left by the unfiltered yeast and a lavish malt backbone.

With the year-round availability, Kellerbier’s look will get a refresh with new artwork for all cans and packaging, and all bottles in the hand-picked 6-pack. Equally exciting, Creemore Springs’ Kellerbier was recently recognized with a gold medal for ‘best Kellerbier’ at the 2011 Canadian Beer awards.

Often compared to a summer wheat beer, fresh, locally-brewed Kellerbier is the perfect fit for warm summer nights or days, in the city or out. Kellerbier is available in all Ontario Beer Stores and LCBOs, for $2.80/473ml can.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ottawa Homebrewers Host Onsite Competition at Beau’s

Ottawa, ON

Onsite beer competition Saturday April 14 will select a winning homebrew recipe to become a full batch of Beau’s beer this summer
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company is hosting an amateur brewing competition during the day at the brewery in Vankleek Hill, this Saturday, April 14. Competitors from the Ottawa-based homebrewing group Members of Barleyment (MoB) are bringing down their best brewed recipes for evaluation from certified beer judges. The winner of the contest will get the chance to brew a full batch of beer on the Beau’s brewhouse this coming summer, under the guidance of head brewer Matthew O’Hara and the Beau’s brewing team.

This is the second time this year Beau’s All Natural has opened up the beer creation to amateur brewers, as part of the ongoing Beau’s Pro-Am Series. In mid-January Beau’s released DoubleWide Double IPA, a creation of Brad Clifford, an amateur brewer from Toronto. Clifford won the Great Canadian Homebrew Competition, held by the Canadian Amateur Brewing Association (CABA), with the prize being a Pro-Am brewing day at Beau’s.

The MoB is completing two preliminary judging rounds on April 12 and 13 offsite, with the final rounds being held at the brewery. While there will be no public sampling of the contest entries, visitors to the brewery on Saturday, April 14 will be able to witness the competition, and also chat with MoB home brewers and judges. Judging begins around 10 am, and will continue throughout the day.

All the usual activities will also be ongoing at the brewery from 10 am to 6 pm, including guided tours, complimentary samples of Beau’s current beer offerings, and the chance to stay and enjoy a glass of Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale or current seasonal, Beaver River IP eh.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Amsterdam Brewing Co. Collaboration with Local Winery: Flat Rock Cellars

Toronto, ON

The Amsterdam Brewing Company and local wine makers Flat Rock Cellars have teamed up to collaborate on a very special beer. Thought to be the first ever local brewery-winery brew in Ontario, the beer is set for release at a Canadian Beer News Dinner Series event during OCB Week 2012.
Flat Rock winemakers - Ross Wise and Greg Yemen, and Amsterdam brewer - Iain Mcoustra, collaborated on a Sour Cherry Imperial Stout that will be aged on oak chips.

“A theme for OCB Week this year is collaborations. After visiting Flat Rock Cellars in January to pick up pinot noir and chardonnay barrels for our barrel and sour program, we thought it would be appropriate to collaborate with the winemakers for an OCB week event,” says Amsterdam brewer Iain Mcoustra. As it turns out, Flat Rock’s head winemaker, Ross, was a former brewer in New Zealand and enthusiastic to brew on Amsterdam’s pilot brewing system. “Ross’ understanding of acidic flavours and his experience with oak allowed us to brew a unique imperial stout.”

The beer is brewed to 8.5% and uses roasted and chocolate malt to balance the acidity of the sour cherries. For updates on this brew and OCB event listings, please visit Amsterdam’s website ( twitter page ( or facebook page (

Monday, April 9, 2012

Founders Fest '12: A Celebration of Beer & Music

Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Brewing Co. is expecting 5000 or more beer and music lovers to gather on Saturday, June 23, for their 5th annual Founders Fest, an outdoor festival in downtown Grand Rapids that celebrates two of the things the brewery loves the most: beer and music. From 3-11pm, Grandville Avenue between Cherry and Bartlett will be blocked and the grounds of the brewery secured for the festivities.

“Founders Fest is our biggest party of the year and is always a great time!” says Mark Dorich, Festival Coordinator and Founders Director of Retail Operations. “We are excited to celebrate with our community again, and we’re really excited about this year’s music lineup.”

A wide range of musical talent will be rocking out at this year’s Founders Fest, with national act SOULIVE coming in from Brooklyn, NY, to headline. Other performers include Asheville’s TOUBAB KREWE, whose latest album is on Nat Geo Music; Michigan folk favorites SETH & MAY AND FRIENDS; one-man band THAT 1 GUY out of Las Vegas; the locally sourced improvisational progressive rock band ULTRAVIOLET HIPPOPOTAMUS; and Grand Rapids indie-folk outfit THE CRANE WIVES. Hometown rockers FOUR FINGER FIVE and the 12-piece African funk group AFRO ZUMA join local favorite and SXSW sweethearts THE SOIL AND THE SUN and a super-group of Founders employees, the FBC ALL-STARS, to round out the entertainment lineup.

This year’s event will again feature local food vendors, including The Cottage Bar and the Pita House, as well as a Local Artists Row, which showcases the various works of some of the area’s finest artists and designers. There will be other strolling surprise entertainers sprinkled throughout the day.

Founders Fest is a celebratory “thank you” to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for making Founders what it is today. Founders Brewing Co. has been a part of the Grand Rapids scene since 1997 and has grown its brewing tradition from modest beginnings to most recently being rated the second best brewery in the world, for the second year in a row.

“We’re proud of how we’ve grown to become not just a local name but a serious contender on the regional and national beer scene,” says Founders President & CEO Mike Stevens. “We’ll be celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, and we’re proud to say that our crew is making some of the best beer in America. Founders Fest allows us to take a day to toast those efforts with our friends, family and community.”

Guarantee yourself entry and save a little cash with pre-sale tickets:

Discounted tickets will be available starting April 20 at the Founders taproom, as well as online, via through our friends at Tickets are $20 for the general public, and $15 for 2012 Mug Club Members (show your 2012 Mug Club ID Card to receive discount). Day-of tickets will be available at the gate for $25. The event is limited to ages 21 and older.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ontario MPP's Vote for Their Favourite Ontario Craft Beers

Toronto, ON

Members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario joined members of Ontario Craft Brewers® to celebrate the great taste and success of the Ontario Craft Beer industry. The annual tasting event held at the Queen’s Park Legislature was hosted by Hon. Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in cooperation with Ontario Craft Brewers.

Ontario MPPs and Queen’s Park staffers tasted a selection of craft beers from breweries across the province and cast their votes in favour of the craft beers to be highlighted at the Legislative Assembly for 2012-2013.


Golden Lagers, Pilsners & Light Beer: King Pilsner, King Brewery
Refreshing Ales: Neustadt Scottish Ale, Neustadt Springs Brewery, Ltd.
Amber Lagers, Ales & Honey Beer: TIE:Cameron's Auburn Ale, Cameron's Brewing Company and Old Credit Amber Ale, Old Credit Brewing Company, Ltd.
Malty Dark Lager or Ale: Cameron's Dark 266, Cameron's Brewing Company
Bold Flavored Ale, Stout or Porter: Dead Elephant Ale, Railway City Brewing Company
Wheat Beer & Specialty: Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner, Nickel Brook Beers
Speaker’s Selection: Muskoka Mad Tom IPA, Muskoka Brewery

Twenty Ontario Craft Breweries poured their hearts out for well over 350 government members and staff who paired their samples with delicious hors d’oeuvres and crudités featuring Ontario ingredients supplied by Saffron Catering and Ontario cheeses served by Three Blind Mice.

“Queen’s Park staff look forward to this annual opportunity to taste the beer and food made right here at home,” says Speaker Levac. “Ontario Craft Brewers produce great top quality beer and stimulate much needed economic benefit for our province.”

“Our industry grows bigger and better each year,” says Gary McMullen, Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers and President of Muskoka Brewery. “Ontario Craft Brewers are proud of our premium quality products and our growing industry. With Ontario’s support, we can continue working together toward our goal of being a North American centre of excellence for craft brewing.”

The new beers, to be highlighted in the Legislative Dining Room and at other Queen’s Park venues, are brewed in local communities throughout the province, including: Barrie (Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery), Baysville (Lake of Bays Brewing Co.), Bracebridge (Muskoka Cottage Brewery), Burlington (Nickel Brook Brewing Co.), Cambridge (Grand River Brewing), Etobicoke (Black Oak Brewing Co. & Great Lakes Brewery), Guelph (F&M Brewery & Wellington Brewery), Port Credit (Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd.), Neustadt (Neustadt Springs Brewery), Niagara-on-the-Lake (Niagara College Teaching Brewery), Nobleton (King Brewery), Oakville (Cameron’s Brewing Co.), Picton (Barley Days Brewery), St. Thomas (Railway City Brewing), Toronto (Amsterdam Brewery, Mill Street Brewery, Steamwhistle Brewing) and Van Kleek Hill (Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cameron's to Release a RPA (Rye Pale Ale)

Straight from Cameron's;

"Our beer lovers have been asking us to craft a pale ale, so we did!

Cameron's answer to IPA is RPA or Cameron's Rye Pale Ale. Cameron’s newest release for pale ale lovers is inspired from both British and American interpretations of India Pale Ale beer styles.

Who said rye is only used to make pumpernickel bread? It's also used in pale ales and the result is a spicy, dry, quenching beer, Cameron's twist on the ordinary. This glorious hazy orange-amber brew with a well-constructed white head has an up front citrus aroma followed by a complex malt body with a hint of peppery rye which releases earthy floral British hop flavor on the finish."

Look for it where fine beers are sold!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Propeller Springs into the Season

Halifax, NS

Propeller Brewing Company is continuing the One Hit Wonder - Limited Release Series with a seasonal classic Propeller Spring Bock- Available April 2nd.

Propeller Brewing Company is proud to offer this limited release Spring Bock beer. Hand-crafted in the traditional European style, this golden lager is smooth and malty with above average alcohol to celebrate the arrival of spring. Propeller Spring Bock is brewed with carefully selected malts and is delicately balanced with Hallertauer hops. The result is a smooth, well balanced bock beer that is full of flavour.

About the One Hit Wonder Limited Release Series: On the first of each month beginning February Propeller Brewing Company will release a unique one off brew. One Hit Wonder’s are only available in the popular Growler format at the Propeller retail store known locally as “The Prop Shop”, 2015 Gottingen St. Halifax Nova Scotia. The brewery will continue this limited release series until the busy summer season begins.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Avery Brewing Co.'s Releasing Their New Uncle Jacob's Stout on April 7th!

Boulder, CO

Uncle Jacob's Stout
Annual Barrel Series Release Party!
April 7th, 2012, at the Avery Tap Room

Avery is proud to announce;

"Jacob Spears, our 6th Great Grand Uncle, is credited as the first distiller to label his whiskey "Bourbon." He built his distillery in Bourbon County Kentucky in 1790 - 203 years before we began brewing. While obviously a bit too late to produce Uncle Jacob's wash, we've instead created something far more complex.

In his honor, we present this 17.4% ABV robust, silky smooth, full-bodied and altogether extremely American rendition of an Imperial Stout aged for 6 months in the very finest Bourbon barrels. This explains a lot about our penchant for big brews! It's in our blood!

We will christen Uncle Jacob's return on April 7th, 2012, at the Avery Tap Room, celebrating with grub, banjo picking, and a very fine Avery hoedown! Bottles are 12oz. and will be sold as singles at $10 each. You can snare up to 12 bottles, and availability can only be guaranteed at the Avery Tap Room during this special congregation. Sales will begin at 5pm.

Come join us on this historic occasion, and celebrate the revival of Uncle Jacob!"

If you are in the area, this would be a great chance to try what is sure to be a great beer!


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