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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beer Mail from Silversmith Brewing Company

Silversmith Brewing Company from Niagara on the Lake, is one of Canada's newest breweries. So new in fact, that they are brewing offsite while their new brewery is assembled in an old church in Ontario's wine country.  


Sure to add a change of pace to the typical wine route,  I am pretty excited about their first two offerings.  Their premier brews will be a Black Lager as well as a Wheat Ale.  I had the pleasure of receiving some samples of both, so stay tuned for an upcoming review.


Look for them to be featured at the Forest City Beer Fest in London, Ontario on August 11, 2012.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beau’s Co-Founders Finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year


Vankleek Hill, ON

Father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne recognized for achievements in starting up Beau’s All Natural Brewing

Tim and Steve Beauchesne, co-founders of Beau’s All Natural Brewing, have been selected as Ontario finalists in the 2012 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The awards shine the spotlight on game-changing entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable growth and job creation across the country. The local father-and-son duo was nominated in the “Business to Consumer Products and Services” category for the province of Ontario.

“Yahoo! There are so many awesome companies in this province doing so many cool things, it's pretty amazing and humbling to be considered one of the best,” says brewery co-founder Steve Beauchesne.
“The nomination is something that is really shared by all of the Beau’s family, friends and employees.

Operating as a team is what counts, and makes this kind of thing happen for us,” adds Steve’s father, Tim.
Award finalists are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success, and social responsibility. The pair was able to point to the brewery’s tremendous growth in the last 6 years, and their many accolades and awards in the application. Beau’s signature fundraising event Oktoberfest, which last year raised $60,000 for charity, and the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (run by local charity Operation Come Home) were just two of the ways Beau’s was able to exemplify social responsibility.

The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program is in its 19th year of honouring the country’s most impression entrepreneurs from all areas of business. The Ontario winners will be announced at a banquet October 10, and the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in Toronto on January 16, 2013.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Garrison Celebrates 15 Years of Brewing-outside-the-box


Fifteen years in business-now there's a reason to celebrate!

To commemorate this milestone, Garrison released the first of two unique, specialty brews at the 15th anniversary party held at the brewery. 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.

"15th Anniversary Hops, Mango & Ginger" is sold in 500ml single-serve bottles ($5.50) at the brewery store and all four private stores while supplies last.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational Funds Free Testing


Portland, OR


Tickets Still Available for Inaugural Event Celebrating America’s Favorite Beer Style

The inaugural Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore.  Money raised by the event will help fund a free men’s health screening program taking place in Portland.

Pints for Prostates, in cooperation with the Prostate Conditions Education Council, is sponsoring a free screening event on Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Northwest Urological Clinic, 2230 NW Pettygrove St. (# 210) in Portland. The screening includes a digital rectal exam, and blood tests for prostate specific antigen, cholesterol (fasting recommended), HDL/LDL, glucose and triglycerides. More information is available by calling 503-223-6223.

“Pints for Prostates mission is awareness and the highest form of awareness is for a man to get screened. Screening saved my life and the death rate from prostate cancer is down 40 percent in the U.S. since the PSA test came into regular use,” said Rick Lyke, a beer writer who founded Pints for Prostates after successful prostate cancer surgery in 2008. “We truly appreciate Northwest Urological Clinic for their support of this event. We are proud to be working with Prostate Conditions Education Council to sponsor similar events in other locations around the U.S.”

Prostate cancer screenings take just a few minutes and include several other checks that play a factor in overall health awareness and a man’s overall risk for prostate cancer. If you do not live in the Portland area, PCEC maintains a list of free screening sites online at www.prostateconditions.org or you call toll free 866-4PROST8.

“Our goal was to create an event to celebrate the allure, complexity and flavors of pale ale, while raising awareness about an important men’s health issue,” said Lyke. “Thanks to the help of 24 great breweries we have been able to put together a very special beer tasting.”

The Portland Pale Ale Invitational features pale ales from a dozen Oregon breweries and a dozen breweries from around the globe. Presented by Beer West magazine in conjunction with the Oregon Brewers Festival, the event benefits the Pints for Prostates campaign, a registered 501(c)3 charity.

Tickets for the Portland Pale Ale Invitational are $30 and are available online at http://www.pintsforprostates.org . All net proceeds support the mission of the Pints for Prostates campaign. Only 500 tickets for this special event will be sold.

“We are excited about the brewers that have agreed to take part and the world class pale ales they will be pouring. Beer fans will get the chance to try a wide variety of pale ale styles in a single session,” said Megan Flynn, publisher and editor-in-chief of Beer West magazine.  “Pale ales have become America’s favorite type of craft beer. This event salutes the passion brewers and beer drinkers have for pale ale.”

Beers that are scheduled to be poured at the event include:
·         Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·         Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing, Ashland, Ore.;
·         Portland Ale from Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·         Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.;
·         Bad Henry IPA from Fire Mountain Brew House,  Carlton, Ore.;
·         Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.;
·         Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore.;
·         Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale from Lompoc Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·         MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale from MacTarnahan's Brewing, Portland, Ore.;
·         Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand;
·         White Hatter, Black Hatter, Oaked Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter & Rye Hatter from New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.;
·         Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, Ore.;
·         Ghost Hop White IPA from NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.;
·         Wooden Elephant Barrel Aged IPA from Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.;
·         Protector Pale Ale for Oregon Brew Crew (homebrewers) from Portland, Ore.;
·         Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.;
·         Flipside Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif.;
·         Clear Creek Pale Ale from Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, Wash.;
·         Snake River Pale Ale and Pako’s IPA from Snake River Brewery, Jackson Hole, Wyo.;
·         Barley Legal Pale Ale from Southern Oregon Brewing, Medford, Ore.;
·         Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.;
·         Hophead Double IPA from Tree Brewing, Kelowna, British Columbia;
·         5-South Pale Ale from 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, Calif.;
·         Wells Bombardier Ale from Wells & Young’s, Bedford, United Kingdom.

“This year marks the 25th annual Oregon Brewers Festival so we are proud to be able to help support Pints for Prostates by making our venue available for the Portland Pale Ale Invitational on the eve of our silver anniversary,” said Art Larrance, one of the founders of the Oregon Brewers Festival.  “The Oregon Brewers Festival is already one of the world’s biggest beer events and the Portland Pale Ale Invitational is another reason for people to visit and enjoy great craft beer.”

Pints for Prostates will also have a booth at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Attendees can make a donation for a chance to enter a drawing for a seven night trip for two to Belgium that is being donated by BeerTrips.com. The winner of that trip will be drawn on Sunday on stage at the Oregon Brewers Festival.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Roll Out the Barrels! Beau’s Oktoberfest Announces Dates, Headliners for 2012 Edition

Ottawa, ON


The 4th Annual Beau’s Oktoberfest to take place September 28, 29, and 30, in Vankleek Hill; Earlybird Ticket Sales will Begin August 9 


Tickets will go on sale in less than a month for an event the Ottawa Citizen called the Number-One Spot beyond Bavaria to celebrate Oktoberfest: the 2012 edition of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s signature fundraising event, Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest. Starting August 9 earlybird tickets can be purchased online at www.beaus.ca for the three-day Bavarian-themed celebration of craft beer, local food and independent musicians. Like last year, the first 1,000 tickets sold will come with a CD compilation of the musicians who will be performing at this year’s festival. 


 The Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest will take place Friday September 28, Saturday September 29, and Sunday September 30. Friday features extended hours (until 11 pm) this year to showcase music talent from alt-country act Elliot Brood and Juno nominees Hollerado; Saturday’s headliner is the Polaris- and Juno-nominated indie rock band Plants and Animals, and the revered Toronto musician Ron Hawkins. Canada’s polka king Walter Ostenak returns for Sunday’s festivities as well — the complete list of musicians will be announced when earlybird tickets go on sale in August. 


This year’s selected charities are Ottawa-based food system advocates Justfood (www.justfood.ca); Ottawa's homeless youth charity Operation Come Home (www.operationcomehome.ca); and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society. Last year's event raised more than $60,000 for charity, put little green alpine hats on 12,000 happy heads, and more than 46,000 steins of beer were served. New this year will be a beer-filled dunk tank for added merriment, and a midway with interactive games and challenges. 


As in previous years, adult Oktoberfest revelers will be able to compete over the three days in fun challenges of strength and endurance, including the “Stein-Hold Struggle,” a spouse-carrying race, sausage eating contest, malt-sack races and beer keg toss. Families with children will find a variety of entertainment and activities for young ones in Kinderfest, a non-licensed area within the festival grounds. 


Foodie alert: Bavarian and seasonally inspired food will be once again prominent and plentiful at this year’s event, with more than 20 Ottawa and Eastern Ontario-based restaurants serving up unique creations. Nine different Beau’s beers will flow from the draught taps at the festival, most of which were created exclusively for this event. New this year, a mixed 6-pack of the 2012 Beau’s Oktoberfest beers to take home and enjoy will be available for purchase at the brewery during Oktoberfest. 


To add to the beer selection, Cask Days returns this year with one-off, unique casks of beer from a variety of craft breweries from across Ontario and Quebec. For those who want to learn more about craft beer, food pairing, and evaluating beer styles, a Speaker Series and homebrew competition will be taking place onsite. 


"I'm really excited for this year's Oktoberfest,"says Beau's co-founder Steve Beauchesne. "The music, food, beer, dancing and games are all going to be amazing, and we have such a good, fun crowd out. It's so nice to get to see all of our friends enjoying themselves and coming back each year." 


Earlybird tickets will go on sale online beginning Thursday August 9. A single day pass for adults is $18, or one can save $9 on daily admission by purchasing a three-day pass for $45. Youth admission (18 or younger) is $5. Bus rides (roundtrip from Ottawa to Vankleek Hill and back) will be available again this year, and can be added on to each ticket for a extra fee. For those looking to be part of all the behind-the-scenes fun, admission to Oktoberfest is free for “Volun-beers” who can lend a hand and help out. Sign up online at www.beaus.ca/volunteer.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bring Spearhead Home!

Toronto, ON


The wait is over!  Any day now, Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale will be hitting shelves and an LCBO near you.  The darling brewery of Session in Toronto, two years running, will be bottling it's maiden brew for the Ontario home market.  


"This summer, whether you're poolside, on the dock or relaxing in your backyard, beat the heat with our hoppy, citrusy Hawaiian Style Pale Ale."


Up next for the brewery is their Belgian Stout.  After placing second at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille's Beerstock III, it should be available on tap this fall.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ride the Heat Wave Right into Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Toronto, ON



 It’s that time of year again! Toronto’s Festival of Beer is back, and celebrating its 18th year of being the most infamous beer festival in Toronto. Known for being the event that brings together beer lovers and connoisseurs alike, as well as good food, drink and entertainment, nothing says ‘summer’ like Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Fans of the golden beverage will gather at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place this July 27th – 29th for an astounding selection of beer and gourmet fare.

Attendees will be able to sample brews from diverse locales spanning across the globe. They will also be able to find numerous beers from close to home, including a number of brands from the Ontario Craft Brewers.

But what’s great beer without great food to go with it? Patrons will once again be able to enjoy the ever popular “Napoleon Gourmet Grills Grilling Tent”, showcasing some of the top culinary artists in the Greater Toronto Area and their meat creations — whether cured, smoked or grilled fresh. Some of the top chefs scheduled to appear in the Grilling Tent (and their restaurant) include: Rodney Bowers (Hey Meatball and Host of Food Network’s Delinquent Gourmet), Craig Harding (Host of TLN’s Opening Campagnolo), Ted Reader (Ted’s World Famous BBQ), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell), Rob Rossi (Bestellen and Top Chef Canada Season 1 – second runner-up), and Christian Pritchard (Gastro-Entertainer and TV Personality) to name a few.

While the main focus of the Festival will be beer, the acts scheduled to perform are not to be missed. The Main Stage will be graced with outstanding musical talent such as Salt-N-Pepa, Gentleman Husbands and Big Wreck!

Ideally located in downtown Toronto along the scenic shore of Lake Ontario, Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place provides convenient access to TTC and GO Transit links. Increased access to public transit allows the Festival to further support their message to brewers and consumers alike; Respect Beer. Respect Yourself. Drink Responsibly.

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

Monday, July 16, 2012

Forest City Beer Fest Announced for London, ON

London, ON



With the London Ontario craft beer scene getting slightly better every day, here is some news to make all beer loving Londoners very happy.


The Forest City Beer Festival is set for Saturday August 11th from 4:00pm - Midnight the APK Live at 340 Wellington St. (Corner of York & Wellington) will host what we are hoping is an annual craft beer festival.


Admission is $15 and includes take-home sampling glass as well as three beer tickets.  The event in the art-centric space will also host a DJ and live bands to aid in entertaining the masses.


With the menu and full music line up yet to be announced, the list of participating brewers is growing.


Currently the following brewers are listed to participate;


Flying Monkeys
Great Lakes
Hops & Robbers/North American Craft
Lake of Bays
McClelland Premium Imports (Delirium Tremens + More)
Mill St.
Muskoka
Nickel Brook
Railway City
Silversmith
Snowman - Gluten Free Beer making a special appearance!
Spearhead
Steamwhistle


TICKETS:


Online tickets @ http://www.forestcitybeerfest.com/tickets

Friday, July 13, 2012

Best of Beau’s Beers Announced for Holiday 4-Pack


Ottawa, ON


Beau’s 2012 Holiday Mixer for the LCBO will feature an eclectic mix of Beau’s All Natural’s most popular one-off creations, as chosen by the public

Beau’s All Natural Brewing announced today that the beers to make up the 2012 Holiday Mix Pack, to be called “Best of Beau’s,” have been chosen. The beers to make up the holiday release were chosen by popular vote, online and at the brewery’s retail store in Vankleek Hill, ON.

At the top of the list for the 4-pack was Screamin’ Beaver Oak-Aged Double IPA, an amped-up version of Beau’s Spring Seasonal Beaver River that was dry-hopped and aged on oak staves. The 2011 edition weighed in at 9.9% alc./vol. and 99 IBUS. Screaming Beaver breeches the palate with shot of grapefruit then gives way to nuanced oaky, vanilla flavours along with caramel and citrus.

Also chosen was the recently released inaugural brew of the Beau’s Farm Table series, a Belgian Pale Ale. The Farm Table series was created to explore traditional styles of beer that serve up big, interesting flavours, but with a sessionable ABV. The Farm Table BPA was partially aged in white wine barrels, resulting in a dry, sharp ale with spicy and fruity notes complemented by a citrusy aroma.

Fans also voted Patio Saison into the 4-pack, a 2012 release from Beau’s that never made it into a bottle – the entire batch was served by the glass on patios across Ontario to celebrate the arrival of warm summer weather. At 5.9% abv, the crisp and refreshing ale displays peppery notes in harmony with citrus zest, intriguing floral aromas and a pleasant clove flavour. It has a snappy taste and a dry finish.

Rounding out the selection for the 4-pack is Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout, appropriately the first Wild Oats release ever issued by Beau’s All Natural. Sleepy Time is an imperial stout (8% abv) that has been fermented with Belgian yeast and aged on oak staves. Tastes of chocolate, coffee & vanilla are complemented with American hops and a true Belgian character in the finish.

With the beers now chosen, Beau’s is preparing to brew these beers to be on the LCBO shelves in November, in time for holiday gifting and parties. The 4-packs will also be sold directly from the Beau’s retail store, and through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), the Ottawa-based home delivery service. A limited release, only 10,000 4-packs in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles will be packaged for sale.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The British Columbia Beer Awards Returns to Vancouver on October 13th!


Vancouver, BC


3rd Annual Event Showcases the Very Best of Local Beer and Brewers

Eagerly anticipated by BC beer fans and brewers alike, the 3rd Annual British Columbia Beer Awards, sponsored by The Brewery Creek Liquor Store and in partnership with CAMRA BC, is set to return to our city to help launch BC Craft Beer Month on Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

One of the most focused beer events in Western Canada, the BC Beer Awards showcases and celebrates the very best of locally-made beer.  Open to the public, this one-day-only event will be held this year at Chapel Arts (340 Dunlevy, Vancouver) and will include not only the awards ceremony itself, but also CAMRA’s Harvest Cask Festival, with food provided by some of Vancouver’s acclaimed and beer-friendly restaurants.

Last year’s award ceremony included over 400 unique entries from over 35 BC breweries and brewpubs, with winners selected in 12 distinct categories.  Judges included certified Beer Judges, Cicerones, Sommeliers, Journalists, as well as noted beer and food lovers.

Highlights from the forthcoming 2012 event will include:

* A one-day-0nly afternoon event that includes both the 2012 BC Beer Awards presentation ceremony, as well as the hotly-anticipated CAMRA’s Harvest Cask Festival consumer tasting.
* Certified Judges paired alongside celebrity panellists in order to increase festival attendance and exposure.
* Participation of acclaimed Vancouver restaurants.

The primary goal of the BC Beer Awards is to reward excellent beers even if not brewed exactly to strict style guidelines. Secondary is ensuring that every beer brewed in BC can be entered regardless of whether it fits in a style or not.  A preliminary list of categories will be issued shortly, with reference to the various BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) categories they include.

Tickets for the 2012 BC Beer Awards, including the awards ceremony and Cask Festival are set to go on sale on September 1st.  Please visit www.BCBeerAwards.com for the latest updates.

Twitter Hashtag: #bcbeerawards

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Grand River Brewery - Pugnacious Pale Ale

ABV 4.5% (Bottle 500ml)

The Brewery - http://grandriverbrewing.com/

"Grand River Brewing is committed to producing fresh craft brewed beers of outstanding quality for discerning beer drinkers. Our goal is to produce full flavoured beers with alcohol contents less than 5% for today’s population concerned about over indulgence. These beers will stand out and change people’s thoughts about how beers should taste."

Unfortunately "Pugnacious" has no description on their website...

The Pour

The head was barely there, stringy and dissipated quickely.  The colour was of fresh golden apple juice.  There was also a lot of initial carb that mellowed out quite quickely to a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma

Apple juice all the way, mixed with a sweet malt backbone.  Very juicy.

Taste

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy smooth with lots of malt upfront and lots of unexpected hop stickiness on the back end.  There was no carb burn which was nice and I also detected notes of cereal and black coffee.

Overall Impressions

Light English ale all the way.  I'm a big fan of this style but must say this one wasn't remarkable, which was suprising as I like Grand River's old world style.  As I said, there was a nice unexpected hit of hops and it had a decent nose, but I would go to their Plowman's Ale first if you're looking for a really delicious and traditional English pint.  I didn't find the definition of "pugnacious", (Inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative) really fit this beer.

I give it a C+ or a 6.8/10.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Steam Whistle’s UNSIGNED Indie Music Series Comes Back to Vancouver


Toronto, ON


Micro-brewery hosts a second Vancouver concert in support of independent Canadian talent

Steam Whistle brings back UNSIGNED Vancouver – a concert series in support of Canadian independent music artists. The Unsigned series started in Toronto five years ago, making its way to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver with the goal of giving back and helping the growth of Canada’s indie music community. Thursday July 26 2012, Acres of Lions, Rococode and Familia will take over the stage in Vancouver at Biltmore Cabaret. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are only $5 at the door with 100% of proceeds going back to the community through Solidarity Rock

About the Bands:

Acres of Lions
Acres of Lions is a pop-rock band based in Victoria, BC. Their music is lyrically-driven and influenced by early 90’s emo bands such as The Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World.  Acres of Lions have been selected by Music BC as one of the ‘Top 20 Bands in BC’ two years in a row.  Their album Collections was released in 2011, featuring ten brand new tracks that take the band’s sound in a more pop influenced direction. The first single, “Reaction”, was mixed by legendary engineer Mike Fraser and has been added to the playlist of several radio stations across Western Canada..
http://www.acresoflions.com/

Rococode
Rococode is an evolving band of four Vancouver musicians. They have been working hard to bring fans into their world through a collective desire to make “adventurous, badass and meaningful pop music”.  Their debut album Guns, Sex & Glory is a little bit dark. A little bit playful. A little bit scary. A little bit thoughtful. All whipped together with the help of great friends such as Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond (co-producer), Andrew Braun (co-producer), engineer extraordinaire Shawn Penner (Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Elias) and mixer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, The Walkmen).
http://rococode.com/ 

Familia
Familia is a pop/rock/soul group who met in their Maple Ridge, BC, high school jazz ensemble. Cody Hiles (drummer) and sister Tamara Umlah (lead singer) quickly took notice of Dwight Abell’s (bass) unconventional style in rehearsals.Realizing their mutual desire to create a new brand of pop music, the friends formed Familia in 2004. In 2007 they traveled to Thailand to volunteer and teach music in orphanages. The change of scenery inspired the honest and stirring material that would later appear on their debut album “Golden Lies”. Soon after the 2009 release, Familia was invited to compete in the 2009 PEAK Performance Project as one of BC’s top 20 emerging artists. Familia has an eclectic style and sound which marries “North American Indie Rock”, “British Pop Rock” and “Gospel/Soul”. To date, they have shared the stage with Ryan Dahle, Hey Ocean, Yukon Blonde and Faber Drive to name a few. Familia is currently working on a highly anticipated sophomore release and are anxious to bring their new brand of pop music to the world.
http://familiafamilia.com/

Monday, July 9, 2012

Girls Love Beer


Toronto, ON


Breaking stereotypes with the third annual Girl’s Guided Beer Tour

Beer and women have had a long association — but that has generally been little more than a marketing gimmick to sell more beer to men.

That’s largely because beer has traditionally been seen as a masculine drink. The third annual Girl’s Guided Beer Tour, to be held Sunday, August 7thduring Toronto’s Festival of Beer, aims to break through that stereotype by showing women can — and do — enjoy drinking beer just as much as their husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers and sons.

“The Girl’s Guided Beer Tour gives women an opportunity to experience new and diverse beers from around the world,” says Mirella Amato of Beerology, who will be leading the tour. “Participants on the tour will sample five different styles of beer in a tutored tasting and will get a peek at the history of women in the industry.”

Despite its historic association with men, beer has many qualities that appeal to women. Beer has fewer calories than a mixed drink, juice, milk or cola, it has up to four times more anti-oxidants than wine and the yeast and hops in beer have strong probiotic qualities.

The Girl’s Guided Beer Tour will help women find the suds that best suit their palate. Amato, a columnist for TAPS Magazine and CBC Here and Now on 99.1FM and an experienced Canadian beer connoisseur and judge, will take her ladies through five stops, each representing a different beer. The hour-long tour will be followed by an After Party sponsored by Rickard’s that will feature a guided sampling bonus with food pairings.

Rickard’s will also be launching the latest beer to its roster, Rickard’s Blonde, a German-style full-flavouredpilsner, that is accessible for all beer drinkers, including women.
  
Tickets for The Girl’s Guided Beer Tour are $48.50 and include 10 sample tokens, a tutored tasting, gift bag, Commemorative Sampling Cup and Festival Pocket Guide. Participants will also get express entry through the VIP gate. Only a limited number of tickets are available for each tour.

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