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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kensington Brewing Company Releases Second Beer, Baldwin FishEYE-PA

Toronto, ON

With the country's largest population of people, it is no surprise that there would be a huge thirst that needs to be quenched in Hog Town.  The city is quickly becoming the place for new breweries, festivals and beer launches.

Not to miss out on this, the Kensington Brewing Company has announced the launch of their second beer, Baldwin FishEYE-PA. Inspired by Kensington Market’s (in)famous fishmongers on Baldwin Street, FishEYE is a bold and unapologetically hop-forward American IPA.  FishEYE-PA is the culmination of three test batches brewed by KBCo founder Brock Shepherd. Appropriately named 1.1 through 1.3, each edition was gently tweaked with the input of their fans.  "We’ve taken many suggestions to heart, especially the cry for more hops!” commented Michael Gurr.

FishEYE-PA was officially launch on the 25th of October at Bar Hop in Toronto. It will initially be available in draught format and a small run of 473ml tall boy cans. An application for a full-time listing at the LCBO has been filed, and they anticipate hitting the retail shelves by spring of 2013.

"At 6.5% ABV and 70IBU’s, FishEYE-PA is a nod to hop-loving beer enthusiasts. A marriage of 3 types of malt and 4 hop varieties, including an excessive dose of dry hops, meld beautifully to create a complex, hop-forward ale. The aroma is dominated by floral and pine notes, with a slight tinge of grapefruit rind and sweet, caramel malt. A long finish with a lingering and pronounced bitterness leaves insatiable hop heads coming back for more".

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LCBO 2012 Winter Craft Seasonal Release Announced

Toronto, ON

With Thanksgiving over and Hallowe'en tomorrow and December in our sights, the season for winter releases at the LCBO is almost upon us.  There are a lot of full bodied, full flavoured delights heading to an LCBO near you.

97469 / Samichlaus / $3.95 / EGGENBERGER INTERNATIONAL / AUSTRIA
296921 / Gulden Draak / $2.95 / BROUWERIJ VAN STEENBERGE / BELGIUM
307553 / Nostradamus Strong Belgian Ale / $3.50 / Brasserie Caracole / BELGIUM
296103 / Propeller Revolution Russian Imperial Stout / $4.85 / PROPELLER BREWING COMPANY / CANADA
303586 / Pothole Filler Imperial Stout / $11.35 / HOWE SOUND BREWING CO. / CANADA
311860 / Erdinger Pikantus / $3.45 / Erdinger Weissbrau / GERMANY
187005 / LAVA Smoked Imperial Stout / $5.80 / OLVISHOLT BRUGGHUS EHF. / ICELAND
311878 / Renaissance Element Porter / $5.50 / Renaissance Brewing / NEW ZEALAND
188870 / Box Steam Dark & Handsome / $3.95 / BOX STEAM BREWERY LTD / UNITED KINGDOM
905828 / Orkney Skull Splitter Barley Wine / $4.15 / Orkney Brewery, Sinclair Brewery / UNITED KINGDOM
95034 / Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout / $2.80 / BROOKLYN BREWERY / UNITED STATES
289710 / Rogue Yellow Snow / $16.50 / ROGUE ALES BREWERY / UNITED STATES
298307 / He'brew Jewbelation / $8.95 / Shmaltz Brewing Company / UNITED STATES

Let's hope your beer budget is in tact!

While the release date has yet to be announced, early December has been the norm for the past few years.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

8th Annual @CaskDays a Huge Success

Toronto, ON

With the success of Pre Cask Days this past Monday to Wednesday at barVolo, it is no surprise that yesterdays sessions were more successful than the Cask Days team expected.

With attendance passing 2300 people in Saturday's two sessions, CaskDays has issued this statement via its Facebook page in advance of today's final session;

"Session 3 Announcement

First off we would like to thank everyone who came out to session one and two yesterday. This was by far the largest turn out Cask Days has ever seen in eight years. Over 2,300 people came through our doors.

Unfortunately a lot more beer was consumed than we estimated and a hand full of casks have blown from the initial advertised list. 48 / 100 casks tapped out. There are some new casks we have introduced but there may be some beers you wanted to try that are no longer available. Don't worry, there is plenty of beer left for the amount of people attending.

We are offering all ticket holders for Session Three the option to receive $10.00 dollars cash back or $10.00 in tokens when you enter. We apologize if this may inconvenience anyone.

All the food vendors, art gallery, live music are still in full effect and we are still rocking it from 12:00pm - 5:00pm at the Brick Works today.

Thank You!"

The event will no doubt continue to grow as the Ontario craft beer market grows as consumers are making their voices heard about the desire for quality crafted beer!

Congrats to Cask Days for a great festival and for making it right with the Session 3 crowd!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Invite Beer Home for the Holidays!

Toronto, ON

This year, add a little twist to your holiday favourites with beer-infused recipes

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, folks are beginning to plan ahead for the next big family gathering - Christmas! This year, why not try mixing up your traditional Christmas dinner by adding beer to your ingredient list.

A common myth is that beer doesn’t have a place at the dining table. The truth is, some of the most interesting cuisine in the world, and that which is inspiring much of Canada’s fusion cooking is traditionally served with beer. Think: German, Czech, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Mexican. Pilsners are good for cutting the heat on spicy food, quenching your thirst after savory foods, cleansing your palate after fatty foods and getting your mouth ready to taste again.

Beer is both wonderful to serve with food and is an interesting and versatile ingredient for cooking. Anywhere that wine is recommended in recipes, you can substitute beer following a general guideline: where white wine is called for, use lagers and where red wine is called for, use dark ales; but always follow your own personal taste preferences and enjoy experimenting. Many restaurants and celebrity chefs are creating menu items around beer pairings and beer-infused cooking.

Check out Steam Whistle’s considerable recipe collection:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Beau’s Wins at Provincial Brewing Industry Awards

Toronto, ON

Both “Marketing Innovation” and “Sustainability Accomplishments” earn Beau’s All Natural recognition at first annual industry event

Beau’s all Natural Brewing was honored with two Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) Centre of Excellence awards on Friday, October 19, as part of the first-ever OCB Conference in Toronto, ON. Beau’s edged out finalists Steam Whistle Brewing and industry magazine TAPS to earn the award for Marketing Innovation, and also took the award for Sustainability Accomplishments, ahead of fellow nominees Steam Whistle Brewing, and Mill Street Brewery’s Steve Abrams.

The Centre of Excellence Awards dinner and presentation marked the culmination of the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference, where brewers and the brewing industry had gathered to network, attend seminars and meet with industry suppliers. The goal of the awards, according to the OCB, was to recognize examples of excellence among small, medium and large organizations supporting the craft brewing industry at the local, regional, national, or international level.

Other winners were:

Product Quality/Process Innovation: Wellington Brewery
Education Leadership: Niagara College Teaching Brewery
Food and Beer Matching Development: Mirella Amato
Community Building: National Capital Craft Beer Week

The OCB is comprised of 25 brewers dedicated to making great tasting beer in Ontario, with a goal of promoting fresh, natural, quality beer and agreeing on a commitment of excellence. Beau’s All Natural has been an active member of the OCB since 2006, when Beau’s first opened its doors.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Granville Island Brewing to Release Pumpkin Ale

Vancouver, BC

Brewmaster Vern Lambourne has spent long days in the brewery perfecting Pumpkin Ale for this year's release and it is delicious! With roasted pumpkin and spice flavours, earthy undertones and a burnt orange colour, it's a reflection of the season's changing landscape. "Impress your Thanksgiving guests by pairing Vern's Pumpkin Ale with roasted meats and root vegetables, or serve it on it's own as a pre-dinner warmer".

Now available in government and private retailers in BC and fine Alberta retailers while quantities last!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dogfish, Grateful Dead Brewing Grassroots Collaboration

Milton, DE

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Grateful Dead, two pioneers who built their followings by connecting directly with beer lovers and music lovers, are collaborating on the newest beer in Dogfish’s line of off-centered ales.

Working in that happy place between creative ideas and like-minded people, the off-centered brewery and free-spirited band have been trading ideas for a beer they’re calling “American Beauty.” They’ve settled on a strong pale ale with all-American hops and barley, and now they’re asking their loyal fans to suggest a special ingredient – and the Dead-inspired story behind it.

“Grateful Dead Productions is extremely pleased to be partnering with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery on the American Beauty pale ale. We’ve looked for a long while for the perfect brewery to team up with for a Grateful Dead-inspired brew, and feel we’ve finally found the right fit. Aside from Dogfish’s history with music-themed brews, we love their beer, and think it’s the best around. Plus, these are really good people and are the type of folks we want to work with,” says David Lemieux,  legacy manager for Grateful Dead.

“The feedback the band got from Dead Heads was always an important factor in their shows,” says Dogfish Founder and President Sam Calagione. “And at Dogfish, we’ve always thought of our pub regulars and brewery tour guests as an informal focus group, so we’re sending a shout out to all those Dead Heads and Dogfish Heads by making them a driving force behind this beer.”

Did you trade a bushel of fresh clementines for tickets to a two-night-stand at Long Beach Arena? Or maybe your dad first laid eyes on your mom sipping a cup of green tea in the parking lot of the legendary Cornell ‘77 show? Jog your memory, tell the story, and suggest the ingredient at the heart of that story. You could help bring this counterculture collaboration to life.

Suggestions for American Beauty’s final ingredient will be taken online in December. A panel from the Dogfish Head and Grateful Dead teams will pick the ingredient they feel works best in the context of a strong pale ale recipe. The brewery and band hope to invite the fan who suggested the ingredient to Dogfish’s coastal Delaware brewpub in the spring of 2013 to help brew a test batch.

“My wife, Mariah, and I went to our first Dead show together in the summer of ‘91,” says Calagione, “and I’ve been listening to Workingman’s Dead and Shakedown Street, two of the earliest albums I ever owned, on my morning kayak trips. It’s amazing how timeless those albums are.”

American Beauty is expected to hit taps and shelves throughout Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network in October 2013. Stay tuned to for details on how to be a part of this grassroots brew.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München - Oktoberfestbier

ABV 6.3% (Bottle 500ml)

The Brewery

The Bottle
For Oktoberfest, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the Beer Festival itself. Type: Bottom-fermented, light festive beer

The Pour
One finger soft white head.  Pale straw in colour with shades of orange that bring fall to mind with its turning leaves and harvested rolls of wheat. 

Lots of sweet malt upfront and some surprising flowery aromas that must be from the hops that will bring the promised bitterness.  The nose also contains some welcome clove and spice notes.  Overall the smell is coppery and fresh; perfect for autumn.

This brew has a surprising amount of body.  I was skeptical on the light looking pour, but the promised full-body came through.  Malty thickness upfront leads to a strong consistent body throughout as it doesn't froth up in the mouth and disappear.  All this comes together with a touch of hop bite on the finish that keeps this beer away from mediocrity and me wanting another sip. 

Malty and rustic in feel and flavor, this beer is as true to fall as you can get in so light coloured a brew.  They've packed in a lot of body and some nice touches of aroma and bite.  Not as good as Muskoka's Harvest Ale, but worth checking out for something a little different.  I give it an A.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amsterdam Brewing Co. Set To Release Tempest Imperial Stout in LCBOs

Toronto, ON

The Amsterdam Brewing Company will release their highly sought after Tempest Imperial Stout on Monday October 22, 2012 to a select number of LCBOs across the province. At just over 13,000 500mL bottles, Tempest is a limited run and expected to sell out of stores very quickly.

This is the second beer out of Amsterdam’s Pilot Brewing system, headed by Iain Mcoustra, to make it into the LCBO (the first being Boneshaker back in May of this year). First brewed in 2010, Tempest was only sold out of the Amsterdam Brewery retail store and was an immediate hit. Since then, only 2 other batches of Tempest have been brewed, one of which is destined for LCBO shelves this Monday.

Unique to Ontario, Tempest Imperial Stout is brewed with rye, wheat, oats, roasted barley, dark crystal, marris otter and chocolate malts. Warrior, centennial, and cascade hops provide bittering and aroma in this big malt body beer. Cellared for three months prior to packaging, Tempest has a bracing bitterness that quickly blends with deep malt notes and a slight spiciness from the rye malt. At 100+ IBU, Tempest blends the drinkability and smoothness of a British stout with the aggressive hops and bold flavors of an American example of this style. The warming finish is perfect for our Canadian fall.

Each bottle has been hand dipped in black wax and will cellar well for up to 3 years.

Tempest Imperial Stout (LCBO #291100) is sold at the LCBO and the Amsterdam Brewery retail store (now at 45 Esandar Dr. in Leaside) in 500mL bottles for $5.95 ea.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Railway City Brewing Co. is Expanding!

St. Thomas, ON

St. Thomas Raises a Glass - Railway City Brewing Company Announces Expansion into Larger Facility

There are some exciting things brewing over at Railway City Brewing Company, and if they have their way, there's going to be a few more Dead Elephants coming out of St. Thomas, Ontario.

The company will be making a big move next year, but they won't be going too far.  It was announced on Tuesday that they will be moving their business and expanding into a larger location that will allow them to increase production and further meet the demands of their ever-increasing customer base.

Scheduled to open in 2013, the new brewery will feature an expanded production facility for cans, bottles and draft beer, a larger retail store to better serve the walk-in crowd and a tasting room large enough to hold special events.

Railway City Brewing Company currently employs 10 full and part time staff working out of its brewing facility on Curtis Street in St. Thomas. The company expects to hire more employees when the new facility is completed.

Railway City is one of the many small craft brewers reaping the benefits of an exploding micro-brew market in this province. While beer sales overall have fallen 2% to 3% in the past couple of years, the market for craft beer continues to grow, jumping 9% in volume of beer sold last year, according to the Ontario Craft Breweries, a trade group for independent brewers based in Ontario.

Dennis Broome, President of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation (EDC) noted that "We are fortunate to have Railway City Brewing Company here in St. Thomas. This announcement represents growth in a sector in which the EDC sees a great deal of potential and I look forward to hearing more great things from the company in the future."

Railway City Brewing said in a release that demand has been outpacing supply in recent years, noting that the brewery was sold out of many brands throughout the summer and was unable to fill some of their customers’ orders. This expansion is necessary both to keep up with current demand and to provide capacity for projected long-term growth.

“You can find Railway City beer at many LCBO stores, bars and restaurants from Windsor to Ottawa, but for the best selection, we recommend a visit to the brewery to sample, tour and purchase their other brands which are not available elsewhere.” Paul Corriveau, V.P. Sales and Marketing added “We pride ourselves in featuring as many local ingredients as possible in our beer, including locally grown hops, apples, honey, and even pears which are featured in our newest Hoptoberfest Beer.  This expansion will allow us the opportunity to continue to create more locally inspired brews”

St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson congratulated the company and noted that “The move to the much larger facility will bring a boost to the St. Thomas economy, creating new jobs and opportunities for local residents.  The Railway City name, along with brands that include Dead Elephant, Iron Spike and Black Coal help to solidify St. Thomas’ place as the Railway Capital of Canada and this growth can only help to spread that message even further.”

The current location at 168 Curtis Street will stay open until the new brewery is up and running sometime next year.  The company offers sampling and tours at their location and encourages visitors to stop by and sample their many varieties of quality craft beer.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beer Mail from Innis & Gunn

@InnisandGunnCa, @InnisandGunnUK

As the holidays approach, many interesting packaged samplers come to market.  So many are just not as enjoyable as the ones put together by our friends at Innis & Gunn.  This years Holiday Sampler includes a bottle of the Highland Cask, Original and the Winter Treacle Porter (look for a review soon!) along with a branded tasting glass.

With a love of barrel aged beers, what is not to love about Innis & Gunn!

Look for the Holiday sampler pack at an LCBO near you soon!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Garrison Partners with Quebec Brewer to Offer Gluten-Free Beer

Halifax, NS

Garrison Brewing has joined forces with the Montreal-based craft brewery Brasseurs Sans Gluten (BSG) to offer Atlantic Canadians’ a gluten-free beer option.

Glutenberg Blonde Ale, now available at select NSLCs, is made from the gluten-free grain millet and boasts distinct floral hops, white pepper and lemon zest aromas. It was developed over a period of one year and is one of only a few beer options for Canadians living with Celiac disease or other forms of gluten intolerance. It’s estimated that 1 per cent of Canadians are affected by Celiac Disease and many times that number has varying levels of gluten intolerance.

"I know personally and professionally how important this market is becoming,” explains Garrison President Brian Titus. “We were so impressed when sampling the BSG line and meeting the folks behind this young company. I thought to myself, ‘Finally, a gluten-free offering with full, craft beer flavour!’”

Only in business one year, BSG has already won gold, silver and bronze at the 2012 World Beer Cup for gluten-free beers. The recipes were developed over a 12 month period and they are the only microbrewery in the country that brews and bottles their beers in a 100 per cent gluten-free environment.

“Garrison has been in business for many years and knows the market and the people,” says David Cayer, co-founder and chief marketing officer for BSG. “When we met at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Montreal, we felt there was a natural connection between our teams and we knew we could trust them to represent our product.”

Glutenberg Blonde is now on sale at NSLC stores in Nova Scotia and PEILCC stores in Prince Edward Island. The process is underway to make the beer available in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Beer Mail from Cameron's Brewing Co.


What a beautiful sight a beer delivery truck is!

If you haven't noticed the new direction that Cameron's has taken in the past few years, you haven't been drinking beer in Ontario.

With a new found vigour, they are taking their brewing seriously.  Unfiltered glory like the Sirius Wheat are proof of this.  I'm looking forward to trying this one.

Thanks to the folks in Oakville for brewing delicious beer!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Unibroue a Winner at the World Beer Awards

Chambly, QC

The brewery's Blanche de Chambly named World's Best Belgian Style Witbier

After winning the World's Best Dark Beer award for its Unibroue 17 in 2010, Unibroue just received the World's Best Belgian Style Witbier title for the Blanche de Chambly, at the World Beer Awards in London U.K. The brewery's classic wheat beer, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was chosen among nearly 600 beers entered from 32 countries. This is the Blanche de Chambly's third nod from the WBA, which had declared it World's Best Spiced Wheat Beer in 2011, and The Americas Best Spiced Wheat Beer in 2010.

"The fact that our creativity and brewing expertise keep being recognized", says Sylvain Bouchard, beer sommelier at Unibroue, "after having garnered over 185 international awards for our products, such as La Fin du Monde, Quelque Chose, Terrible, Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Unibroue 17 and Éphémère Apple, only reinforces our position as a leader among the world's brewers."

After a blind taste test, the Blanche de Chambly was crowned "World's Best Belgian Style Wheat Beer" by a prestigious international jury. Throughout the years, the following beers have also been rewarded for their excellence in various categories: Unibroue's Don de Dieu (World's Best Belgian Strong Pale Beer), Quelque Chose (World's best fruit wheat beer), Maudite (America's best amber Pale Ale), Unibroue 17 and Blonde de Chambly (America's Best American standard Pale Ale), La Fin du Monde (America's best Blond/Golden Pale Ale.

From its very first competition 20 years ago, and every year since, Unibroue has stepped up to the podium among the best beers in the world, in numerous international events. Its continuing success can be attributed to the consistent quality and constant innovation consumers have come to expect from this home grown brewery. With his 14 titles, Unibroue is the most rewarded Quebecois brewery at the World Beer Awards.

To see the complete list of winners at the 2012 World Beer Awards, log on to

LCBO Halloween Beer Release

The following beers have been confirmed to be part of the LCBO Halloween 2012 specialty beer release:

Item # / Product Name / Size (mL) / Retail

296111 / Witches Brew Tripel / 750 / $7.95
201665 / Mt. Begbie Nasty Habit IPA / 650 / $6.10
311225 / Black Creek Pumpkin Ale / 500 / $3.50
132753 / Grand River Highballer Pumpkin / 500 / $3.85
303610 / Howe Sound Pumpkineater / 1000 / $11.35
264184 / DDC Corne du Diable IPA / 341 / $2.90
90738 / St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale / 4 x 341 / $9.95
90373 / Post Road Pumpkin Ale / 355 / $2.65
296186 / Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale / 650 / $6.75
182287 / Southern Tier Pumpking / 650 / $8.75

Be sure to try these when you can.  Go to to see if a store near you is carrying them.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Beer Store Closed on Thanksgiving

Toronto, ON

All locations of The Beer Store will CLOSED on MONDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 2012 to observe Thanksgiving Day.  Stores will be open regular hours on the Sunday and Tuesday.

The Beer Store would like to remind you that they 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.  Wishing their customers and employees a safe and happy holiday.

Please note that many off the Ontario Craft Brewery retail shops will be open for your Monday beer purchases.  Please enjoy some delicious local Ontario beer.

For a list of Breweries and their beer, please click here.

LCBO Closings on Thanksgiving Day

Toronto, ON

LCBO stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 8, 2012, as it is a statutory holiday. Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, October 9.

All LCBO stores will have regular hours of business on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7.

Some LCBO agency stores will observe their normal hours of business on Monday, October 8. Agency stores are locally-owned retail establishments that contract with the LCBO to sell beverage alcohol and other products in communities that are too small to support LCBO stores.

All LCBO offices, including LCBO Customer Service and the helloLCBO Contact Centre, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Customers should check for individual store hours with their local LCBO store or online at using the 'Store Search' feature. They can also contact the toll-free, bilingual helloLCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-ONT-LCBO (668-5226) or online at In Toronto, call 416 365-5900. The TTY number for people who are deaf and hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Four Horsemen Brewing Company - Pale Ale

4.8% ABV

"This Pale Ale is rich and full in character with earthy hop tones and a crisp finish."

The Pour

Pours a burnt umber to fiery orange in colour.  Wonderful fluffy peaks of tan to khaki head.  Nicely carbonated.


Lots of citrusy, earthy notes.  Some cereal and biscuit qualities.  Juicy grapefruit and slight mango and papaya definitely present.


The flavour is not as big as the nose.  It is a little lighter in mouthfeel than I was expecting.  A pleasant lingering earthy hop finish with a maltiness that stays at the back of the mouth.

Overall Impressions

A very nice Pale Ale for sure.  Not massive in flavour, but very pleasant.  This is definitely a sessionable ale.  Packing a wonderful nose and overall balance for a mere 4.8% ABV.  An ale worth a solid B+.  I would put this up there with Founders All Day IPA for a great tasting "go to" Pale Ale.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Norfolk County Fair Picked as Ideal Spot to Launch Ramblin’ Road Premium Beer

Norfolk County, ON

NEW Norfolk County-based Brewery Farm “finally” introduces its premium beers

La Salette, Norfolk County - Ramblin’ Road, Ontario’s only Brewery Farm, has announced that its premium beers will be available for tasting - for the first time - at the 2012 Norfolk County Fair to be held in Simcoe, Ontario, October 2nd through 8th.

Ramblin’ Road’s all new brews will be available at the Eat & Drink Flavour Fest Food Show, where the Brewery Farm will participate as an exhibitor.

It’s been a long and rambling road for Ramblin’ Road to get to market. And no one knows that better than it’s visionary proprietor, John Picard, who comes from a local Norfolk County family that has been involved with agriculture and food production for decades. Drawing inspiration from one of the world’s richest food growing regions, known as Ontario’s Garden, John took it upon himself to create the key element: the Brewery Farm.

“I thought it was time Norfolk County had its own beer, made right here from quality ingredients. Building a brewery farm? Well, that was the only way to bring it all together. But we did it and the beers taste great,” Picard says.

“Brewing premium quality beer is a natural extension of my family’s 30-year history of creating delicious products people trust and enjoy all across Southern Ontario, and beyond. We know what tastes great.”

Renowned brewing consultant, Michel Gauthier, has provided essential insights and formulation guidance in the creation of Ramblin’ Roads farm fresh beers. All have been brewed in a “top-of-the-line facility,” as Michel describes the brewery.

The Brewery Farm is a going concern with a hop garden of over eight varieties and plenty of activity, most of it focused on delivering Premium Beer made with pure spring water, malted barley, yeast, a variety of hops and selected grains. But the facility also produces fresh kettle chips available at John Picard’s stores in select Ontario towns. “They’re great, too,” says Picard.

After their appearance during the 2012 Norfolk County Fair, Ramblin’ Road Premium Beers will soon be available on draught at select bars and restaurants across Southern Ontario, as well as on tap and in bottles for take-away at the Brewery Farm.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dogfish Head's Food-Friendly Chicory Stout Hits Shelves Nov. 1

Milton, DE

Back in 1995, when Sam Calagione had little more than a dream and a glorified homebrew rig, he had to brew two or three 10-gallon batches of beer a day to supply Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats.

It was a blessing in disguise. Brewing the same styles of beer all day every day got pretty boring. Because the batches were small, Sam could afford to indulge his off-centered whims. He'd wander into the brewpub's kitchen and grab a handful of raisins, a cup of maple syrup or a few scoops of coffee.

One of the beers born in those early days was Chicory Stout, brewed with organic Mexican coffee, St. John's Wort, licorice root and roasted chicory.

"This is one of the oldest recipes that we do at Dogfish Head," Sam says. "It's a really roasty, chocolatey, mellow session stout."

The coffee for Chicory Stout comes from Notting Hill, a small roastery just a few miles from Dogfish's coastal Delaware brewery.

Clocking in at a not-too-boozy 5.2% ABV, Chicory is a fantastic food beer. It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, smoked fish, barbecue and rich chocolates like those from our friends at Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Mo.


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