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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Moosehead Breweries Turns 145 and So Does Our Great Country


Toronto, ON
Celebrating alongside Canada with 145 years of heritage is our country's largest independently owned brewery. Let's raise a beer in recognition of the following milestones:
1865:
Susannah Oland, founder of Moosehead Breweries, sailed from England to Nova Scotia with her family, amongst her belongings a treasured recipe for her signature brown October ale.
1867:
Susannah Oland turns her ale from a household classic into a household name in Halifax. With husband John and nine employees, they form The Army and Navy Brewery.
1918:
After the great Halifax fire, the Oland family establishes a new brewery, setting up in Saint John, New Brunswick.
1931:
The brewery celebrates the launch of Moosehead Pale Ale. The success of the Moosehead brand ensures the Oland family's place in Canadian brewing history.
1947:
With the success of Moosehead Pale Ale, the Oland-owned Maritime Brewing & Malting Co. brewery changes its name to Moosehead Breweries Ltd.
2012:
Moosehead Breweries celebrates its 145th birthday alongside Canada!
This Canada Day, enjoy a 100% home-grown beer from Canada's Oldest and Largest independent brewery. Cheers!
Moosehead Breweries Limited traces its roots to 1867 and is the only Canadian-owned major brewery. The Saint John-based company is owned and managed by New Brunswick's Oland family, whose members represent the fifth and sixth generation to operate the business. Moosehead Breweries Limited sells its beer throughout Canada, theUnited States and in 17 other countries around the world. For more information on Moosehead Breweries Limited, please visit facebook.com/moosehead.

Friday, June 29, 2012

LCBO Canada Day Openings and Closings


Toronto, ON
Most LCBO stores will be open on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1, 2012. However, stores will be closed Monday, July 2 to observe the federal Canada Day statutory holiday.
Most LCBO agency stores will observe their normal hours of business on July 1 and 2. Agency stores are locally-owned retail establishments authorized by the LCBO to sell beverage alcohol, along with other retail products, in communities that are too small to support LCBO stores.
Many LCBO stores in cottage and resort areas have extended evening hours on Fridays during the summer. In addition, the LCBO has opened a number of seasonal stores in these areas, which will operate in most cases until Labour Day weekend.
All LCBO offices, including LCBO Customer Service and helloLCBO, will be closed on July 2.
Customers should check for individual store hours with their local LCBO store or online at www.lcbo.com using the 'Store Search' feature. They can also contact the toll-free, bilingual helloLCBO at 1-800-ONT-LCBO (668-5226) or online at www.helloLCBO.com. In Toronto, call 416 365-5900. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291.
Please note that many of Ontario's Craft Brewers will have their retail stores open on the Holiday.  Be sure to check out these gems!  Click here for a look at the Breweries and their beers!

The Beer Store Canada Day

Toronto, ON


Most Beer Stores will OPEN on SUNDAY, JULY 1st and CLOSE on MONDAY, JULY 2nd, 2012 to observe the Canada Day statutory holiday.  For a complete list of stores and Canada Day hours of sale, visit us at www.thebeerstore.ca.  The Beer Store would like to remind you that we take back 100% of all beer packaging as well as all wine and spirit containers.  The Beer Store also wishes to remind you to please, drink responsibly.  To our customers and employees, please enjoy a safe and happy holiday.


Please note that many of Ontario's Craft Brewers will have their retail stores open on the Holiday.  Be sure to check out these gems!  Click here for a look at the Breweries and their beers!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Garrison Celebrates 15 Years of Brewing-Outside-the-Box with the First of Two Anniversary Brews


Halifax, NS

 One of Halifax's original microbreweries, Garrison Brewing Co. is celebrating 15 years of independently crafting award-winning, all-natural beer.  To commemorate this milestone, Garrison will release the first of two unique, specialty brews this past Saturday.

"This brew embodies how dynamic and exciting the local craft beer market has become over the past 15 years," says brewery President, Brian Titus. "Starting in 1997 with an Irish Red and Nut Brown ale, we now brew 21 brands, five craft sodas, barrel-age and cask-condition ales, and distribute in eight provinces - staggering really!"

The theme for this first release is a celebration of a key brewing ingredient – hops!  A whopping 15 distinct hop varieties have been added to the boil along with loads of real mango's and fresh, shaved ginger.

"This hazy, unfiltered brew has a dizzying blend of aromas and flavours such as pine, sweet tropical fruit and citrus. It really covers the full spectrum of what hops can deliver," says Garrison Brewmaster, Daniel Girard.

"15th Anniversary Hops, Mango & Ginger" is sold in 500ml single-serve bottles and will officially go on sale Saturday, June 23rd, at the brewery store and all four private stores (while supplies last).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Denison's - Weissbier


ABV 5.3% (Tall Boy - 473ml)

The Brew - http://www.denisons.ca/

“Our Weissbier is an authentic Bavarian style wheat beer and has attracted an extremely loyal following and wonderful reviews.  In 2002 Denison's Wheat Beer became rated #1 in the world in the 'German Hefeweizen' category on ratebeer.com and has remained in that place to this date. Denison's Weissbier is true to style, served unfiltered and is very refreshing.  Although its only ingredients are malted barley, malted wheat, imported hops, water and yeast, the special Bavarian yeast produces the classic but unusual flavours of a true wheat beer.  Flavour notes such as banana, clove and vanilla are all present."

The Pour
Pours a clear golden sunny yellow turning to cloudy orange.  Lots of big bubbles with enticing darker shades in the centre of the glass.  The one finger head was gone quickly which makes me think I poured it wrong.  Looks like a good summer bubbler.

Aroma
The nose is fresh with sweet bready malted wheat that is reminiscent of various Belgian styled Unibrou offerings.  I got lots of Belgian type yeast and dried mango, from what I suspect is Hallertau hops.

Taste
Very clean with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel.  I didn’t detect much flavour, but it was very refreshing and pleasant with just enough body and taste to put it above a light beer.  I got an energizing carbonated tingle and frothiness that is always welcome in a summery beer.

Overall Impressions
I found this beer to be very European and I suspect that is why it rates so high on Ratebeer  and BeerAdvocate, as an exemplar of its’ style.  However, I can’t quite get my head around those ratings even though this is a well crafted brew.  It is sometimes hard to balance style vs. actual drinking experience in reviews like this.  It's kind of like appreciating Shakespeare vs. enjoying Shakespeare.  Two very different things.  Nevertheless, I found it to be a nice warm weather beer that won’t disappoint in refreshment.  Pass on usual macro "White's", and give this a try.

I give it a B- or a 7.0/10.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Toronto’s Festival of Beer Announces World-Class Music Lineup


Toronto, ON


Featuring more than just beer – check out these great headliners set to rock TFOB! 


It’s back! Toronto’s Festival of Beer is celebrating its 18th Anniversary and doing it better than ever.  This three-day event, celebrating everything great about beer, will see thousands of eager patrons descend upon Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place to celebrate the malty beverage.


From connoisseurs to thirsty beer drinkers, Toronto’s Festival of Beer offers a world of options. True to form, the Festival will bring an all-new musical line-up, and will host musicians from a wide range of genres. In short, whether it’s in the beer or the music, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is sure to have something for everyone.


Friday will be headlined by Grammy Award-winning artists Salt-N-Pepa, with other musical acts including Kreesha Turner, D-sisive, My Son the Hurricane and Michie Mee


On Saturday, the musical mash-up continues with July Talk setting the stage for headlining act Gentleman Husbands. Hailing from Cobourg, Ont., this young, energetic band says their “spastic and lively sets leave audiences in a daze.”  Other acts include Emerson Street Rhythm Band, Taj Weeks, Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose. 


The Festival wraps up Sunday on a high note with more great bands such as Hollerado, Detroit Rock City All-stars, Frank Ryan and the day’s headliner — Big Wreck!


Canada’s largest beer festival has more to offer than just terrific musical acts. The Festival will hold a number of exciting events throughout all three days. Be sure to check out the Napoleon Grilling Tent featuring some of the top culinary artists in the Greater Toronto Area and their meat creations — whether cured, smoked or grilled fresh. The Festival will also be teaming up with Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery to offer knowledgeable sessions with brewmasters and experts from around the country.


Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer sell out in advance every year — this year is no exception as July 28th is already sold out. Tickets for the Festival can be purchased online at www.beerfestival.ca. Tickets for each day are $38.50 with the ability to Hoptimize your experience for an extra $10. Hoptimizing your ticket will gain you early access to the Festival and 5 extra sample tokens. This is a 19+ event.


For more information about this year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer, please visit www.beerfestival.ca

Friday, June 22, 2012

New Series of Limited Edition Specialty Ales Planned at Black Creek Historic Brewery


Toronto, ON

Get a taste of unique beers at Ontario’s only historic brewery

Black Creek Historic Brewery, the only working historic brewery in Ontario, today announced a list of unique specialty limited availability ales being planned for the 2012 season, available only at the brewery located at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

"The list of specialty beers was developed based on ingredients that would have been available or grown locally in the 1860's - such as maple syrup or lemon balm,” said Ed Koren, Brewmaster, Black Creek Historic Brewery. “We also tried to match the specialty brews with special events taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village, such as brewing the pumpkin beer during Halloween Hootenanny".

Black Creek Historic Brewery Specialty Ales 2012

June 16 & 17 (Battle of Black Creek): Spruce Beer

July 1 (Canada Day): Maple Beer

July 28 & 29 (Quilt Festival): Raspberry Ale

August 11 & 12: Lemon Balm Beer

August 18 & 19: Sage Beer

September 15(Pioneer Festival): Fresh Hop/Wet Hop Pale Ale

October 6 – 8 (Thanksgiving): Sweet Stout

October 27 (Howling Hootenanny): Pumpkin Ale

November: Estate Ale (1 mile beer)

December weekends beginning December 1: Winter Warmer

The specialty beers are sold in 64oz growlers. They cost $16, which includes the tax and a $4 refundable deposit for the growler. The growlers are available for sale in the Black Creek Historic Brewery and the restaurant.

Three beer samples are given out during the tours (3 x 4oz). Samples of three different types of beer (3 x 4oz) that are brewed on-site are available for sale in the Brewery only. The cost for the sampler pack is $4.50 (tax included).

The growlers are hand crafted in small batches consisting of approximately 30 growlers each. They are brewed using historical recipes without the use of electricity or refrigeration, no stainless steel tanks or bottling plants. The beers are also not carbonated which is one of the biggest differences compared to the commercially brewed beer of today.

The brewery recreates the techniques, tools and recipes used by brewers in 1860s Ontario. The equipment is made mainly of wood and copper, and the beer ferments the way it did in the old days, with wooden barrels to age the beer.  The Brewmaster completes the brewing process by hand.  

Black Creek Historic Brewery is operated at Black Creek Pioneer Village where visitors can tour, taste, learn the history of beer in Canada, pick up a growler of ale and savour a meal at the Black Creek Brewery Restaurant.  For more information about these specialty brews and their availability, check out the Black Creek Growler Blog .  

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bells Brewery Inc. - Two Hearted Ale

ABV 7.0% (Bottle approx. 355ml ) American IPA

The Brewery - http://www.bellsbeer.com/
“Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers.”


The Brew
“Bell's Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.”

The Pour
Frothy, cloudy and very much like a wheat beer.  A generous 2 finger head that stays on like a Guinness with lots of sudsy lacing.  A pure delight to pour.  The colour is glowing pumpkin orange in hue, also reminiscent of some wheat beers.  This is all very interesting so far!

Aroma
Wonderfully floral.  Like flowery perfume, but not off putting like it was on someone in an elevator with you.  More like catching a whiff of blooming trees while out walking.  There are also lots of hoppy juicy grapefruit aromas to delight the senses.

Taste
Generously hoppy, but again, extremely well balanced with splashes of bright citrus and just enough hop stickiness.  The mouthfeel is like a light and frothy wheatbeer and so invites swishing, which you’ll want to do to catch all the flavours.

Overall Impressions
Superb medium strength (I'm talking taste) IPA, I would have no problem grabbing a six pack for an evening and making friends with all of them, which I can’t say about some other IPA’s that are excellent, but pack way to much punch to session.  I just wish I’d let it warm up a bit so I could get some of the peach and mango notes I’ve read about.  Well done Bell’s!  I’m gonna get a case next time I’m down south.
I give it an A or a 9/10.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV Tickets On Sale Now!

Denver, CO



Pints for Prostates Awareness Event Set for Oct. 12

The Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, will be held on Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver.

Tickets for the event went on sale on Father’s Day, June 17, at Noon (ET) and are $100 each. They include the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from 32 of America’s top craft breweries and meet the men and women who made them. Each attendee receives a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, program and pen. Guests also receive a three issue trial subscription to the award-winning All About Beer Magazine. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and guests will have the chance to bid in an exciting silent auction that includes a variety of unique beer experiences and collectibles.

Presented by All About Beer Magazine, tickets for the event are among the most sought after of any beer tasting. The event is held while the Great American Beer Festival is taking place in Denver. The first three Denver Rare Beer Tastings each sold out several weeks in advance.

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting brings together America’s best craft breweries in a relaxed format where brewers and beer lovers get the chance to talk and taste a unique collection of beers,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine. “This is the quintessential rare beer tasting and gives people in Denver for the GABF the chance to experience a true boutique-style tasting.”

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke. All net proceeds from Denver Rare Beer Tasting go towards the awareness mission of Pints for Prostates and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is an annual celebration that offers beer lovers a truly special experience. They get to taste a collection of beers that most people never get the chance to enjoy while rubbing elbows with brewers,” said Lyke.  “It is a fun afternoon and a great atmosphere, with a serious mission: raising awareness about prostate cancer.”


The link to purchase tickets will be posted at www.allaboutbeer.com and www.pintsforprostates.org prior to the start of sales.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cheers to Ontario Craft Beer Week!


Toronto, ON


100+ Beer-Inspired Events in 40 Ontario Communities

Members of Ontario’s craft brewing community joined the LCBO and fans of Ontario craft beer for the official launch of Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012. The third annual festival celebrates Ontario’s independent craft brewing industry with tasting events and opportunities in communities across the province.

Event MC Anetta Jewell of Great Lakes Brewery and co-chair of Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012 led the proceedings; Cameron Heaps of Steam Whistle Brewing spoke about the industry and Bob Downey, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, LCBO spoke about Ontario craft beer’s impact on sales. Representatives from several Ontario craft breweries, the brewing industry and pubs and restaurants all gathered to mark the occasion and celebrate the shared success of their industry.

“We’re proud of our craft brewers and the high-quality products Ontarians can enjoy all year round,” said Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development & Innovation in a statement read out to the guests. “Our government is proud to partner with you through the Ontario Microbrewery Strategy that has provided support to help grow the industry. Craft beer is a win-win proposition — it supports local economies and consumers love its great taste … Happy Fathers’ Day! And have a great Craft Beer Week, Ontario!”
“The partnership between LCBO and the Ontario Craft Brewers has been very successful in promoting the quality and value of locally produced beers,” said Bob Downey, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, LCBO.  “Our collective efforts are paying dividends. OCB beers are the fastest growing product segment at the LCBO.”

Last year, LCBO sales of Ontario Craft Brewer products were 45 per cent higher than the previous year. This marks seven consecutive years of double-digit OCB growth at LCBO stores in an otherwise flat beer market.  “Seven years ago we were selling $2 million worth of Ontario craft beers. This has grown to almost $22 million and this trend is continuing as more and more beer drinkers are pouring local,” notes Downey.
Guests were treated to a gastronomic preview of Ontario Craft Beer Week events, tasting fabulous beer, enjoying food pairings, cheeses and live music. Chef Aaron Joseph Bear Robe of Toronto’s Keriwa Café served a special Great Lakes Marinated Bison Clod Tenderloin served with asparagus, red fife and chipotle. Dessert was Pavlova, Seabuckthorn, Elderberry and Chervil. Artisan cheeses were provided by Pine River Cheese Co. and musical entertainment by Jed and Curt of Griffin Gastropub in Bracebridge.

“We are very excited about this year’s Ontario Craft Beer Week,” says Anetta Jewell. “From intimate brewmaster’s dinners, to large scale beer festivals like Session, to an epic Battle of the Brewery Bands, there’s sure to be something for every taste.”

For Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012 news and event details, check listings at http://www.ocbweek.ca.

Fans Will Choose 4 Beers for Beau’s Holiday Mix Pack


Ottawa, ON


“Best of Beau’s” 4-pack for the LCBO will feature the most popular beers Beau’s All Natural has ever made, as voted by the public

Winter may be a distant thought right now, but voting begins today for Best of Beau’s: a Winter Holiday mix pack of the 4 most popular beers Beau’s has ever released, as voted for by the public. Voting will take place online and at the brewery’s retail store until June 30. 10,000 mixer 4-packs of beer in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles will be sold for $24 in LCBOs across Ontario for the Christmas holiday season, as well as direct from the brewery and through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), the Ottawa-based home beer delivery service.


The possible selections for the 4 beers will include any beer Beau’s has produced in their six years of existence — with the exception of the “Friendship” collaborations with international brewers that can’t be recreated (Vrienden, Mates with Dates, and Venskab). Voting will take place from now until the end of June, and the results will be announced in early July. Fans can expect the mixed 4-packs to be on the LCBO shelves by late November, in time for holiday gifting and parties.


“We can’t wait to see how people vote,” says brewery co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “We know every beer we’ve made has had its ‘super-fans,’ but it’s hard to know after the fact which were the biggest crowd-pleasers, especially when the specialty beers sell out so fast,” he adds.


Best of Beau’s voting can be done online at www.beaus.ca/VOTE, or in person at the Beau’s retail store at the brewery in Vankleek Hill. Results will be announced as soon as they are tabulated after voting closes June 30.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Beer Academy Tasting Bar and Retail Store Grand Opening


Toronto, ON


First call at the Beer Academy


An exciting new venue dedicated to honouring beer’s craft from grain to glass is opening its doors in downtown Toronto during Ontario Craft Beer Week. The Beer Academy is inviting everyone to drop by during their Grand Opening Celebration, which is taking place Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 24. Visitors can come and enjoy samples of their inaugural brews while exploring the dynamic beer-centric atmosphere at 75 Victoria Street.

The tasting bar will be serving 4 oz samples and 12 oz glasses of the Beer Academy’s five inaugural brews: Kölsch Blond Ale, Porter, Dunkel Weisse, India Pale Ale and Belgian Brown. All of these hand-crafted beers are brewed on-site in the Beer Academy’s small-batch craft brewery. Creemore’s Premium Pilsner, Lager and Gold Medal winning Kellerbier will also be on tap.

“For our initial release, we wanted to showcase a wide variety of flavours and styles, while keeping the season and peoples’ summertime drinking preferences in mind,” said Aaron Bilyea, Director, National Marketing & Specialty Sales. “Future releases could range from the classic to the adventurous, and include seasonals, unique one-offs and collaboration brews. Our Brewmaster, Todd Fowler, has an open canvas to work with; really anything that celebrates beer in all its versatility and variety could end up at our tasting bar.”

The Grand Opening Celebration will also feature tutored beer tastings, food pairings and the launch of the retail store. All of the Beer Academy beers on tap will be available for purchase in quart-size bottles and growlers. Unique to Toronto, the growlers are filled to order at an innovative counter-pressure growler station that ensures the beer tastes fresh – and stays fresh for months – when kept sealed in a refrigerator. The Creemore lineup of beers will also be available to take home.

Guided tours of the brewery during the Grand Opening Celebration will be available upon request; leaving with a greater love of beer (plus a couple bottles to take home) seems inevitable.
Grand Opening Celebration hours are noon to 7 pm Wednesday and Thursday; 11 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 pm Sunday. Regular business hours are Monday – Wednesday 12 pm to 7pm; Thursday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

4 New Beers from Beau’s For Ontario Craft Beer Week


Ottawa, ON


All Barrel Aged and each distinctly different, 4 new Beau’s beers will launch to kick off OCB Week this Fathers’ Day, June 17


Ontario Craft Beer Week, which begins this Father’s Day (Sunday June 17), celebrates the creativity of craft brewers and the variety of craft beers in the Ontario market. And no better way for Eastern Ontario’s Beau’s All Natural Brewing to kick off the start of OCB week than to release 4 brand new beers, all barrel aged and distinctly different.


The first, Beau’s Pan Ontario Blend, is actually a blend of strong beers from five Ontario craft breweries that has been aged in spirit barrels to add oak, vanilla and other alcohol notes. The beers in the blend are Beau’s Beaver River I.P. Eh, Flying Monkeys’ Netherworld Cascadian Dark, Grand River’s Curmudgeon IPA, Great Lakes’ Robust Porter, and Wellington’s Imperial Russian Stout. Following up the success of last year’s blend, the 2012 edition of Beau’s Pan Ontario will be available on draft at select pubs and restaurants across Ontario during OCB week.


Beau’s will also release their collaborative beer brewed with “Gypsy” brewer and luminary Anders Kissmeyer of Denmark, called Venskab (the Danish word for friendship). Venskab was brewed based on a Belgian Tripel style, delicately hopped, and with added herbs and fruit. The beer was conditioned on Southbrook Organic Ice-Wine soaked oak chips, and aged for three months in Canadian white wine barrels. A final touch was the addition of yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, and then the beer was bottle conditioning using Champagne yeast. Venskab will be available in 600 ml bottles only, direct from the brewery and through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), Ottawa’s home delivery service. It will retail for $18.85.
In addition, Beau’s will introduce for the first time a Barrel-aged Blend of the Gold-medal award-winning spring seasonal Beaver River I. P. Eh. 1000 litres of Beaver River were drawn off and aged in a variety of bourbon, wheat whisky and brandy barrels. Generously dry-hopped and then blended back in at a ratio of 1:5, the barrel-aging adds an orchestra of boozy, hop and wood aromas with flavour to match. It will sell in 600 ml bottles direct from the brewery and through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), Ottawa’s home delivery service for $5.35.


Finally Beau’s will issue the latest strong barrel-aged beer in the Greener Futures project, a beer club/co-operative. Club members are entitled to 30 extra-strong barrel-aged beers over 3 years, at a membership fee of $300. The fees will be used to install solar panels on the 30,000 sq. ft roof of the brewery. The newest Greener Futures release is Bourbon Aged DoubleWide, an IPA Beau’s released last January—a portion of which has been aging in bourbon barrels since. It will be available exclusively to Greener Futures members, beginning Sunday June 17.


Beau’s All Natural will be celebrating Ontario Craft Beer all week with numerous beer dinners, appearances and special events. Check the OCB Week website for details on events in your area: http://www.ontariocraftbrewers.com/craftbeerweek.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Black Creek Historic Brewery Takes a Modern Classic Back To Its Roots


Toronto, ON


Craft Brewery Releases Vintage Made ‘Rifleman’s Ration’ Beer to Commemorate 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812


Black Creek Historic Brewery introduces a brand new beer, Rifleman’s Ration Ale, the first of a series of twelve ‘Historic Beers of Canada’ to be released by the brewery. Each of the twelve distinct beers is designed to capture the feel and flavor of a specific era in Canadian history. Rifleman Ration Ale commemorates the years 1810 to 1819, to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.


 “Made from 100% Ontario ingredients, the Rifleman’s Ration is a brown ale with a full natural flavor and a wonderful lemony tang,” says Black Creek Brewmaster, Ed Koren. “This beer is ideal for the BBQ season – it goes great with beef kabobs, bison burgers or steak.”


For die hard history buffs and hailing Brits, a true English ale should be served and consumed at room temperature, however, Rifleman’s Ration beer can be thoroughly enjoyed both warm and chilled – a creature comfort, especially as we approach the warm and stuffy summer months.


The bottle’s label is adorned with the image of a 19th century colonial British line soldier, or ‘Red Coat’, who, as part of his service, would have been issued with an extra paycheck exclusively for the purchasing of beer. British commanders approved of the consuming and purchasing of beer because it helped stimulate the regional economy through the sale of grains and hops by local farmers. Black Creek Historic Brewery has embraced this practical interest in local produce, and sought to recreate this time-honoured beverage to transport people’s imaginations – and taste buds – back through time.


Rifleman’s Ration beer is a seasonal beverage available until August at select LCBOs and at Black Creek Pioneer Village, selling for just $3.95 a bottle (500ml). To find a participating LCBO near you, search the Rifleman Ration product #294272.    


To see the production process and have a tasting of this and other historic beers, come for a tour of Black Creek Historic Brewery, which offers daily tours at 2:00pm. For tour info click here

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Victory Brewing Co. - HopDevil

6.7% ABV


"Menacingly delicious, with the powerful, aromatic punch of whole flower American hops backed up by rich, German malts. HopDevil Ale® offers a roller coaster ride of flavor, coasting to a smooth finish that satisfies fully."


The Pour


This IPA from Victory Brewing Co., pours a dark amber in colour.  Very rich copper.  One finger of off white head builds on the top with tiny bubbles.  Gentle carbonation streams from the glass.


Aroma


Earthy hop notes and caramel biscuitiness dominate the nose.  Mild hints of citrus are present, but not abundant.  Overall pleasant. 


Taste


A lot more malty that I was expecting.  You definitely get those caramel malty flavours right away.  Subtle citrus  and floral notes balance out the taste profile.  A very malt forward IPA.  The mouthfeel is quite silky from the super fine bubbles.


Overall Impressions


I have heard so many great things about this brewery.  I was expecting a little more hop flavour to come through, but under florecent lighting and sitting on a shelf could have diminished this.  Very pleasant beer with a nice maltiness.   Sweet and sessionable.  Decent beer.  I would give it a B+.  I would like to compare with a known fresh bottle in the future.

Monday, June 11, 2012

2012 Canadian Brewing Award Winners


Montreal, QC


The 2012 Canadian Brewing Awards took place over the weekend during the 19th annual Mondial de la Biere in Montreal.


Congratulations to all!


North American Style Lager 
Gold: Brewhouse Pilsener, Great Western Brewing Co. (SK)
Silver: Sleeman Original Draught, Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Bronze: Alpine Lager, Moosehead Breweries (NB)


North American Style Premium Lager 
Gold: Vancouver Islander Lager, Vancouver Island Brewery (BC)
Silver: Muskoka Craft Lager, Muskoka Brewery (ON)
Bronze: Beach Blonde Lager, Tree Brewing Co. (BC)


European Style Lager (Pilsner) 
Gold:  Steam Whistle Pilsner, Steam Whistle Brewing (ON)
Silver: Red Canoe Lager, Canoe Brewpub (BC)
Bronze: Steamworks Pilsner, Steamworks Brewing Co. (BC)


North American Style Amber Lager 
Gold: Buzz Beer, Cool Beer Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Blue Buck Pale Ale, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Barking Squirrel Lager, Hop City Brewing Co. (ON)


North American Style Dark Lager 
Gold: Hermann’s Dark Lager, Vancouver Island Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Okanagan Spring Brewmaster’s Black Lager, Sleeman Breweries 
Bronze: King Dark Lager, King Brewery (ON)


Light (Calorie-Reduced) Lager  
Gold: Cracked Canoe Premium Light Lager, Moosehead Breweries (NB)
Silver: Moose Light, Moosehead Breweries (NB)
Bronze: Brewhouse Light, Great Western Brewing Co. (SK)


Bock – Traditional German Style 
Gold: Deviator Doppelbock, Cameron’s Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Hermannator Ice Bock, Vancouver Island Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Amsterdam Spring Bock, Amsterdam Brewing Co. (ON)


Kellerbier 
Gold: Kellerbier, Creemore Springs Brewery (ON)
Silver: Bohemian Lager, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Festivale, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (ON)


Porter 
Gold: Coffee Porter, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: 25th Anniversary Robust Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Coffee Stout, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)


Strong Porter (Baltic) 
Gold: Lost River Baltic Porter, Bellwoods Brewery (ON)
Silver: Grand Baltic Porter, Garrison Brewing Co. (NS)
Bronze: Okanagan Spring Porter, Sleeman Breweries


Cream Ale 
Gold: Original 16, Great Western Brewing Co. (SK)
Silver: Portage Ale Cream Ale, Mill Street Brewery (ON)
Bronze: Begbie Cream Ale, Mt. Begbie Brewery (BC)


Kolsch 
Gold: Lug Tread, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Swans Arctic Ale, Swans Brewery (BC)
Bronze: Harvest Moon Organic Hemp Ale, Nelson Brewing Co. (BC)


North American Style Amber/Red Ale 
Gold:  Red Racer ESB, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale, Tree Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Lighthouse Race Rocks Ale, Lighthouse Brewing Co. (BC)


North American Style Blonde/Golden Ale 
Gold: Boreale Blonde, Les Brasseurs du Nord (QC)
Silver: Picaroons Blonde, Picaroons Traditional Ales (NB)
Bronze: Kichesippi Natural Blonde, Kichesippi Beer Co. (ON)


Brown Ale 
Gold: Iron Horse Brown Ale, Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. (PEI)
Silver: Beaver Brown Ale, Canoe Brewpub (BC)
Bronze: Nelson After Dark, Nelson Brewing Co. (BC)

American Style Black Ale 
Gold: Terrestrial India Brown Ale, Wellington County Brewery (ON)
Silver: Black IPA, Brasserie Dunham (QC)
Bronze: Houblon Libre, Microbrasserie du Lac Saint-Jean (QC)


Scotch Ale 
Gold: Swans Scotch Ale, Swans Brewery (BC)
Silver: Iron Duke, Wellington County Brewery (ON)
Bronze: St. Ambroise Scotch Ale, McAuslan Brewing Inc (QC)


English Style Pale Ale (Bitter) 
Gold: Pale Ale, Yaletown Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: St. Ambroise Pale Ale, McAuslan Brewing Inc (QC)
Bronze: River Rock Bitter, Canoe Brewpub (BC)


North American Style Pale Ale (Bitter)   
Gold: Steamworks Pale Ale, Steamworks Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Crazy Canuck Pale Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Naughty Neighbour, Nickel Brook, (ON)


Wheat Beer – Belgian Style White/Wit 
Gold: Cheval Blanc, Les Brasseurs RJ (QC)
Silver: Dominus Vobiscum Blanche, Microbrasserie Charlevoix (QC)
Bronze: Mons Abbey Witte, Brasserie Belgh Brasse (QC)


Wheat Beer – German Style Hefeweizen 
Gold: Cheval Blanc, Les Brasseurs RJ (QC)
Silver: Beachcomber Summer Ale, Vancouver Island Brewing (BC)
Bronze: Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale, Tree Brewing Co. (BC)


Wheat Beer – North American Style 
Gold: Sungod Wheat Ale, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Sir John A’s Honey Wheat, Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. (PEI)
Bronze: Dooryard Summer Ale,  Picaroons Traditional Ales (NB)


Belgian Style Abbey Ale 
Gold: Don Juan, Broadway Microbrasserie and Pub (QC)
Silver: Tchucke, Broadway Microbrasserie and Pub (QC)
Bronze: Dominus Vobiscum Double, Microbrasserie Charlevoix (QC)


Belgian Style Strong Specialty Ale 
Gold: Tripe a Trois, A la Fut (QC)
Silver: Buteuse, Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC)
Bronze: 17 Grande Reserve, Unibroue (QC)


Barley Wine Style Ale 
Gold: Woolly Bugger Barleywine, Howe Sound Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Thor’s Hammer Barleywine, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Gaz de Course, Brouhaha (QC)


Stout 
Gold: St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, McAuslan Brewing Inc. (QC)
Silver: Bete Noire, A La Fut (QC)
Bronze: Midnight Sun Espresso Stout, Yukon Brewing Co. (YT)


Imperial Stout 
Gold: Stout Imperiale Russe, Brasserie Dunham (QC)
Silver: Fort Garry Kona Imperial Stout, Fort Garry Brewing Co. (MB)
Bronze: Hammer Imperial Stout, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)


English Style India Pale Ale 
Gold: Powell IPA, Coal Harbour Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Tranquility IPA, Moon Under Water Pub and Brewery (BC)
Bronze: Devil’s Elbow IPA, Howe Sound Brewing Co. (BC)


American Style India Pale Ale 
Gold: Karma Citra, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Rye Pale Ale, Cameron’s Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Swans Extra IPA, Swans Brewery (BC)


Imperial India Pale Ale 
Gold: Central City Imperial IPA, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Diable au Corps, Les Brasseurs du Temps (QC)
Bronze: Amnesiac Double IPA, Phillips Brewing Co. (BC)


French and Belgian Style Saison 
Gold: Deliverance Saison, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Nit Wit, Garrison Brewing Co. (NS)
Bronze: Patio Saison, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (ON)


Special Honey/Maple Lager or Ale 
Gold: Royal York Stinger, Mill Street Brewery (ON)
Silver: Boreale Doree, Les Brasseurs du Nord (QC)
Bronze:  Cypress Honey Lager, Granville Island Brewing Co. (BC)


Fruit Beer 
Gold: Mandarin Orange Amber Ale, Dead Frog Brewery (BC)
Silver: Pepper Lime Lager, Dead Frog Brewery (BC)
Bronze: Moose Light Lime, Moosehead Breweries (NB)


Fruit Wheat Beer 
Gold: Amsterdam Framboise, Amsterdam Brewing Co. (ON)
Silver: Ephemere Pomme, Unibroue (QC)
Bronze: Crique, A La Fut (QC)


Pumpkin Beer 
Gold: St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale, McAuslan Brewing Inc. (QC)
Silver: Highballer Pumpkin Ale, Grand River Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Pumpkineater, Howe Sound Brewing Co. (BC)


Wood and Barrel Aged Beer 
Gold: 25th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Robust Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON
Silver: Amsterdam Leipziger Gose, Amsterdam Brewing Co. (ON)
Bronze: Red Truck Ruby, Red Truck Beer Co. (BC)


Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer 
Gold: Thor’s Hammer Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, Central City Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Nectar of the Gods, Russell Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Singularity Russian Imperial Stout, Driftwood Brewery (BC)


Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Beer 
Gold: Co-Hop V,  A La Fut (QC)
Silver: Bird of Prey-Flanders Red, Driftwood Brewing Co. (BC)
Bronze: Vent d’Anges,  Broadway Microbrasserie and Pub (QC)


Experimental Beer 
Gold: Dark Snout Bacon Stout, R&B Brewing Co. (BC)
Silver: Honey Lavender, Garrison Brewing Co. (NS)
Bronze: Harry Porter and the Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Beans, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (ON)




Beer of the Year – Co-Hop V, A La Fut (QC)
Brewery of the Year – Central City Brewing Co.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Beer Mail from Innis & Gunn

As Canada Day fast approaches, it was a very nice surprise to get another delivery from our friends at Innis & Gunn.  Brewers of nothing but barrel aged beers, last years Limited Edition 2011 Canada Day selection was wonderful.  Looking forward to the 2012 Edition!

Read the Beer Geeks review here.

I can't wait to try this years!  Happy Birthday Canada!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Aecht Schilenkerla - Rauchbier

Rauchbier (Smoked beer)


ABV 5.1% (Bottled - 500ml)

The Brewery

In the middle of the old part of Bamberg, directly beneath the mighty cathedral, one can find the Historical Brewery Tavern Schlenkerla. First mentioned in 1405 and now run by the Trum family in the 6th generation, it is the fountain of Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, Bamberg's Specialty.  The Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer is here at the tavern still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel according to old tradition.

 "Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase."

That is written on the coasters, and the coasters are right!

They have a really enthusiastic website that really pushes the experience of drinking their beer in the old style Bavarian beer halls.  Makes me want to go to Germany.

The Pour

There is very little head with no lacing to speak of and the carbonation is very light.  The colour is dark cola, but clear unlike Guinness or other stouts/porters, with deep red hues revealed when held up to the light.

Aroma


Tons going on here.  I got heavy smoke, woody, earthy, smoked fish notes, some sourness and primary school pastels (a real testament to the sense of smells ability to revive memories).

Taste

Light carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel.  It tastes like it smells and the smoke really stays on your tongue.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the beer was a bit dry and gave me that sucking feeling at the back of my mouth that made me want to drink more, which I really didn't expect from my first smoke beer.  After the initial blast of smoke the palate makes room for welcome dark chocolate and black coffee flavours in the aftertaste with the smoke floating along the top adding flavour and punch.

Overall Impressions

I'm not experienced with smoke beers and didn't expect to like this as I'm not a huge fan of smoked fish.  But I found this brew fully owns it's bold flavours and embraces them, making it very well balanced for such a powerful and unfamiliar set of flavours.  It doesn't punch you with the smoke, it's a decent dark ale with smoked overtones.  If this was a scotch it would be very peaty like Lagavulin or Laphroaig and if you go in knowing that, you should enjoy this beer as it's very well put together.  For the sake of comparision, some months ago I had what was supposed to be a straight up Icelandic stout that featured unexpected and overwhelming smoked fish flavour when it wasn't supposed to.  In that case it was gross, in this case the beer delivers what it promises in a very well balanced and flavourful way.  Really shows how expectation and delivering on your promises can affect someones enjoyment of your product.  There is nothing more frustrating to me than reading a label that makes grand promises and finding none of them fulfilled in the final product, or visa vera, unexpected flavours not talked about on the bottle that are way out of place for the advertised style.

I'm not too familiar with the smoked style, but I'll give this beer an A.  It was a new experience for me, and in what was a very pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed all it had to offer.




Friday, June 8, 2012

Beer Mail from Wild Rose Brewery

I must say that I am very excited about this Beer Mail from Wild Rose Brewery in Calgary, AB.  I have been covering their releases for over a year now, and this will be the first time i get to enjoy one of their beers.

A special seasonal brew, "Hop Smashed In" looks to be right up my alley.  A Belgian style IPA that is sure to delicious!  Unfiltered and 6.4% ABV, this will indeed be a treat!

Description from the Brewery;

"This unfiltered amber coloured ale is a unique version of our 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?  Yes.  Delicious?  We think so! "

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Building a Culture of Beer


Toronto, ON


Toronto’s Festival of Beer recognizes the growth in the Canadian Beer Industry

From its beginnings in some of the freshest, cleanest lakes in the world and the Prairie soil that grows the golden barley and wheat, beer has long had an attachment to Canada.

Beer has long been a staple in this country. Whether enjoyed at a remote northern lake deep in the Boreal forest or while watching the fast-paced action of our national winter sport, there is often as much pride in the beverage in the bottle as there is in the athletes wearing the red Maple Leaf on their chests.

But how has the golden beverage become so uniquely intertwined with Canadian culture? The answer is in the brew – it's pure gold. It’s the color of a cold, crisp beer in a frosty glass looking back at you. It is the pride and the passion that we have for beers we deem worthy to bear the Made in Canada label.

“Canadians are somewhat forgetful of beer’s history in Canada,” says Les Murray, President of Toronto's Festival of Beer. “It’s presence in Canada has grown from a small foundation built on a few nationally focused/ regionally manufactured brewers carving out the Canadian landscape, to modern day craft brewing fanatics that have inspired and invigorated the brewing industry of today, and ignited the passion in Canadian beer consumers.”

The collaborative nature of today’s craft brewers – from sharing and learning from each other, to developing unique one-off brands for their customers, creating unique blends in partnership with competitors, and brewing traditional casks with modern brewing techniques, all contribute to a thriving beer culture in Canada, which can be seen in full swing at Toronto’s Festival of Beer!

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is scheduled from July 27-29th at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.  Festival hours will be: Friday, July 27 - 4:30-11pm, Saturday, July 28 - 1:30-8pm, Sunday, July 29 - 1:30-8pm. Tickets are now available online at: www.beerfestival.ca.  Patrons must be of legal drinking age (19+) to attend and children and pets are not permitted on-site at the Festival.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Elevation Prostator Smoked Doppelbock to be Released by Rare Beer of the Month Club™ to Support Pints for Prostates


Poncha Springs, CO

The newly launched Elevation Beer Co. of Poncha Springs, Colo., and The Rare Beer of the Month Club™, which ships unique craft beers nationwide, are teaming up on a special limited release beer to benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.

Elevation’s Prostator Smoked Doppelbock is being brewed exclusively to create awareness and raise funds to support the mission of Pints for Prostates, which uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message.

“This is an exciting project for our new brewery and we are proud to be partnering with Pints for Prostates,” said Christian Koch, Head Brewer and Co-founder at Elevation Beer Co. “Elevation Beer is located high in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Our plan is to build a reputation for brewing rare artisan beers. We are going to focus on adventurous specialty beers and barrel-aged seasonals that will appeal to craft beer fans like us.”

The limited edition beer features the Pints for Prostates logo on its label, which includes the blue ribbon to remind people of the ongoing search for a cure to prostate cancer, a leading cause of death among American men. A donation from every 750 milliliter bottle of Elevation’s Prostator Smoked Doppelbock sold will be made to Pints for Prostates.

“This is a rare beer that will help us deliver an important message. Pints for Prostates is all about getting men to take charge of their health and get screened for prostate cancer,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor who founded Pints for Prostates after successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “Elevation Beer Co. and The Rare Beer Club™ teaming up for this project will catch the attention of men needing to hear our message. Plus, I’m a big fan of Bamberg-style smoked beers, so this is a real treat.”

When this very limited batch of Elevation’s Prostator is gone, it is gone. There are only three ways for beer lovers to try the unique beer:
·         Join The Rare Beer Club online or call 800-625-8238 and be sure to start your membership in October or earlier.  The ordering deadline for October is 10-15-12.
·         Attend the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV in Colorado on Oct. 12, where Elevation Beer Co. will be pouring samples of the brew alongside more than two dozen other great craft brewers offering extremely rare and exotic beers;
·         Visit Elevation Beer’s tasting room at 115 Pahlone Parkway in Poncha Springs, Colo., on Oct. 27 when they will host a Pints for Prostates awareness event.

“This is the third year The Rare Beer Club™ has partnered with Pints for Prostates and each featured beer has been extremely well received by our members.  I’m personally really excited about this unique style and being able to feature a smoked dopplebock in the club. This will be a highly anticipated release from a new brewery, so it’s sure to sell out quickly,” said President Kris Calef. “We’ll donate $1 for every bottle sold and include a Pints for Prostates coaster in each October shipment to remind our members to get tested. A little education and early detection goes a long way to save lives.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer claimed the lives of 33,700 men in the U.S. during 2011. Prostates cancer is 33 percent more common in men than breast cancer is in women, yet few men know they should start with regular prostate health screenings at age 40. Elevation’s Prostator Smoked Doppelbock release is part of the Pints for Prostates Oktoberfest for a Cure observance that is taking place from June 26 to Oct. 27 at venues across the U.S.

Highlander Brew Co. - Pale Ale

5% ABV


"Bright copper colour; toasted malt, a hint of caramel and a touch of fruit aromas; Medium body, with coffee and dark chocolate notes, nice hop balance and nutty finish.


Our Brew Master suggests this beer be served well chilled and each sip be savoured!."

THE POUR

This ale pours bright orange with a two finger off-white head. The head is coarse and leaves behind some decent lacing.

THE AROMA

The aroma is very light. There is almost no aroma to speak of. Very light malts with no detectable hop profile.

THE TASTE

The taste is very sweet with malt, honey, caramel fruit and a touch of toasted malt. The ale is a full body and has a very thick mouth feel. The ale finishes with some coffee and black pepper.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

My overall impression is good! It is sweet but not too sweet and has a great mouth feel. This is very creamy and easy to drink, maybe too easy. A good beer for a cool night on the patio. I would rate this ale a 7.5 out of 10.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Target Achieved: Beau’s Annual Donations Top $150,000


Ottawa, ON


Beau’s All Natural Brewing meets target of “$150,000 In One Year” donated in support of charitable works, community building and independent arts

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company is proud to announce an annual total of $154,363 donated in the last year by the local brewery in support of charitable works, community building and independent arts. The goal was set by brewery co-founders Tim and Steve Beauchesne back in April 2011 with an aggressive target of $150,000 — and the target was reached this spring.

Beneficiaries included national and international charities such as the Canadian Red Cross, Children’s Wish Foundation, Amnesty International, and the United Way, as well as local good works such as Operation Come Home, Good Food Revolution, the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society, and many local hospitals, community festivals, and fundraising events.

 “The $150,000 donation goal was a ‘stretch target’ designed to keep us on our toes, and we just barely made it,” says brewery co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “The previous year’s goal was $100,000 and we thought it was crazy when we set it, then still managed to hit it. We’ve got a three-year donation total now since 2009 of $327,000, and we’ve done it while being a young, busy brewery… we’re proud of that.”

Beau’s continues to receive feedback about how funds raised so far are used to make a difference.
“This past year, Ottawa Disaster Management volunteers of the Canadian Red Cross assisted over 1,500 vulnerable people affected by fires and other personal disasters,” says David Fraser, Chair of the Ottawa Branch Council of the Canadian Red Cross, citing examples in Northern Ontario and Iqaluit. “The provision of lodging, food, clothing and comfort by over 200 volunteers is possible because of the generous contributions from supporters such as Beau’s All Natural Brewing.”

Elspeth McKay, Executive Director of Operation Come Home which operates the BYBO Beau’s beer home delivery service in Ottawa (www.bybo.ca), points to measurable results since the service began last November: “To date, the youth that have worked in BYBO have found housing, a job, enrolled in Algonquin College and begun to save for school,” she explains.

Beau’s All Natural is now aiming for a multi-year target of $1 million in total donations by January 1, 2015, and will update with milestone announcements and annual reports on progress toward this goal.

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