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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Beer Store Closed New Years Day

Toronto, ON

The Beer Store will be closing at 6:00 PM on New Years Eve, Monday December 31, 2012.  The stores will remain closed through New Years Day, Tuesday January 1, 2013.

Look for stored to re-open on Wednesday January 2, 2013.

Happy New Year and please drink responsibly.

LCBO Open Until 6:00 PM on New Years Eve


LCBO stores will close at 6:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31.

All LCBO stores and head office will be closed on New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013. LCBO stores, head office and the helloLCBO Contact Centre will re-open on Wednesday, January 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 Contact Centre at 1-800-668-5226 or online at www.helloLCBO.com. In Toronto, call 416 365-5900. helloLCBO will be open Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. throughout December and also on December 24 and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The TTY number for the deaf or hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Unique Package Launches Beau’s into The Beer Store


Handcrafted pinewood 12-pack crates of Beau’s All Natural’s flagship beer, Lug Tread, to be sold through select TBS stores

Fans of Beau’s All Natural Brewery’s award-winning design will be able to purchase another one-of-a-kind beer package at select locations of The Beer Store (TBS) chain in Ontario. The 12-pack of 600 ml bottles of Beau’s flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale, available through TBS, comes in branded, stackable pinewood crates.

The attractive, hand-sanded and stained crates are crafted locally in Vankleek Hill. Once emptied, they are designed to be repurposed for storage or stackable furniture (they fit an LP vinyl collection) or they can be returned to the brewery for a $30 credit towards a refill or in-store purchases.

“We still hear from people who want to buy the ceramic bottles that we used in 2008 to launch into the LCBO, so we recognize the importance of pairing great design with our beer,” says Beau’s creative director Jordan Bamforth, who conceived and designed the 12-pack crates.

“I would prefer not to sell into a system owned by our largest competitors, but the benefits are there for our customers, and so far they [TBS] have been nice folks who have worked together with us to make this happen,” notes Steve Beauchesne, co-founder of Beau’s. He adds: “We can’t sell a package this size into the LCBO, and the arrangement also allowed us to finally reach an agreement with TBS to get our custom glass bottles back for reuse.”

The Beau’s TBS 12-packs of 600 ml bottles will be available this week at the following 5 Beer Store locations, and will retail for $75. Crates can be returned to Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill for a $30 credit, or they can be returned in Ottawa through BYBO, the home delivery service.

OTTAWA – 1546 Scott St
NEPEAN – 3500 Fallowfield Rd
KANATA – 499 Terry Fox
TORONTO SUMMERHILL – 10Price St
TORONTO LIBERTY VILLAGE – 120 Lynn Williams St

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Time Running Out for Spearhead's "Hoppy Holidays" Promotion

Toronto, ON

Spearhead is treating all of it's fans this Holiday Season with a special treat.  Glasses of their delicious beers will be available for only $5.00 at fine establishments serving their products in Ontario.

For a list of the places that carry Spearhead, please click here.

Get out and enjoy the good cheer soon (and responsibly).  These prices surely can't last!

And remember that Spearhead's Hawaiian Style Pale Ale is available in package now as well.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Beau’s Releases New Vanilla Porter -- Pro/Am Series #5


“Burnt Rock” Vanilla Porter – available now -- is based on a recipe designed by Patrick Boisvenue, winner of Ottawa’s Members of Barleyment Homebrew Competition

Beau’s All Natural Brewing has released the latest brew in the Pro/Am Series of beers, a Vanilla Porter called Burnt Rock. The Pro/Am Series are beer recipes developed by talented, innovative amateur brewers, and then sized up for a full-batch brew at Beau’s All Natural.

Burnt Rock is a classic British-style porter brewed with additions of organic vanilla beans and extract. Despite what the weighty aroma suggests, Burnt Rock has a good, clean finish, and sessionable drinkability. With rich, luxuriant vanilla aromas reminiscent of fine tobacco, selected dark malts offer up balancing chocolate and coffee nuances for this medium-bodied 4.9% alc./vol. beer.

“Burnt rock pairs well with savory dishes such as mascarpone-stuffed gnocchi, or even winter comfort foods like mashed potatoes,” says Beau’s Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara, who worked with homebrewer Patrick Boisvenue on finalizing the full-batch recipe for Burnt Rock, as well as adapted it to become certified organic like all Beau’s beers. Boisvenue won a brewing competition with Ottawa homebrew club Members of Barleyment last April, which entitled him to brew a full-sized batch of one of his recipes at Beau’s as the grand prize.

This latest offering is available now in 600 ml bottles, directly from the brewery retail store in Vankleek Hill, and through the BYBO home delivery service in Ottawa. It retails for $7.85. It will also be poured on draught at select restaurants and pubs throughout Ontario, beginning this week.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Beer Mail from Dead Frog Brewery

It is a Beeracle after all!

With a new recipe for this winter warmer, this years Christmas Beeracle from the fine folks at Dead Frog Brewery is bound to be delicious.

"Our Winter Beeracle is a warm, deep mahogany ale with rich, complex malt flavours and a sweetness to compliment the season.  The warmth of the beer is punctuated by deep malt flavours from chocolate malts, a hint of vanilla in the aroma and flavour, and a dry citrus finish.  All the flavours come together to create a rich, delicious winter ale."

Thanks again for the delivery.  Looking forward to sharing this with some fellow Beer Geeks tonight!

Friday, December 21, 2012

New Web Venture Links Craft Breweries to Their Fans

Need some holiday help finding a gift for your favourite craft beer lover?  What about a membership in the Craft Brewery T-Shirt Club?  Craft Brewed Clothing has come up with a fantastic plan to get you the craft beer clothing that benefits both the breweries and their fans.

With a 3, 6 and 12 month membership plan, you can have high quality brewer t-shirts delivered to your door.  A great business model that is working for the likes of Dollar Shave Club and others.  The idea of no muss, no fuss regular deliveries to your door have been making consumers happy for a while now.  This time however, the breweries get a chance to make some additional money and gain some fans, all the while keeping the growing craft beer consumers happy and putting some wind in the sails of a new clothing venture.  Win, win, win...does it get any better!

"Craft Brewed Clothing is a true supporter of craft brewing. Not only do we offer the breweries featured in our club gain national exposure through the shirt distribution, we do all the heavy lifting (marketing the club, printing the shirts and fulfilling the orders), and we also pay the brewery for every shirt we sell with their logo. It is a revenue stream for the brewers without any investment or headaches. We also have other merchandise and marketing solutions for small brewers." says Josh Slyman of Craft Brewed Clothing.

Be sure to check out their website in the link above and if you do, use the promo code "BEERGEEKS" to receive 20% off your 3, 6 or 12 month membership.

Happy Holiday's from Beer Geeks and Craft Brewed Clothing to you and yours!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Beer Mail from Wild Rose

It is always a treat to receive some beer mail, but an even bigger treat when near the holidays!

The fine folks at Wild Rose Brewery in Calgary, AB have sent some of their Cherry Porter to sample.

I have been looking forward to this for a while!

In the summer I was lucky enough to sample their  "Hop Smashed In" IPA with Belgian yeast.  It was incredible.  I would rank it along side a Stone Brewing Co. Cali Belgique.

This beer is of limited quantity and the description looks amazing;

"Brewed using only the plumpest, ripest whole BC cherries, each glass of Cherry Porter is lush and creamy with a fruity aroma.

Rich and sensual, the flavour is reminiscent of Black Forest cake with sweet chocolate notes and a slightly smoky character from the roasted malts."

I am sure this will not disappoint either.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Garrison to Release Much Anticipated Second 15th Anniversary Beer

Halifax, NS


Last week, Garrison Brewing launched "15th Anniversary Malt, Vanilla & Cocoa". This is the much anticipated second of two special release beers by one of Halifax's original microbreweries celebrating 15 years in business.

"Hitting 15 years is a real milestone in business and we're truly grateful for such strong local support," says company president Brian Titus. "15th Anniversary Malt is intensely rich, complex, dark, roasty, bittersweet... you get the point. It's all been leading to this!"

"We followed the concept of our spring 15 Hops brew, using 15 separate malts, two unmalted grains, bundles of vanilla beans & bags of raw cocoa husk," explains Daniel Girard, Garrison’s Brewmaster. "The result is an Imperial Stout of epic proportions with a dark, sweet character and lingering velvety texture. Enjoy!”

"15th Anniversary Malt, Vanilla & Cocoa" is 9.0% alc/vol with moderate to high bitterness. It's packaged in 500ml single-serve bottles and officially went on sale Friday, December 7, at the brewery store and all four private stores (while supplies last).

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guelph Food Technology Centre Offers Brewing Science and Quality Control Program

Guelph, ON

In what could be a dream weekend immersed in beer science for the beer geek or very valuable training for aspiring Brewmasters, the Guelph Food Technology Centre has a 2 day intensive course being offered in the upcoming spring and late fall 2013.

The course's main focus is to strengthen ones knowledge of the fundamentals of brewing science and technology, give a better understanding of the raw materials and their selection to produce quality beers as well as discuss brewing microbiology and microbiological quality assurance.

For more information and to register please click here.






Friday, December 14, 2012

King Brewery Wins 3 Silver Medals at the 2012 BTI World Beer Championships


King Brewery’s “Dark Lager”, “Pilsner” and “Vienna Lager” all awarded Silver Medals at the 2012 Beverage Tasting Institute World Beer Championships

King Brewery’s “Dark Lager,” “Pilsner” and “Vienna Lager” all won silver medals in their respective categories in the 2012 Beverage Tasting Institute World Beer Championships. Founded in 1994, the BTI World Beer Championships is America’s oldest international beer competition, open to all commercially produced beers from around the world, regardless of distribution. It is a medal-based competition that awards its medals based on the proprietary blind tasting methodology developed by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) and a 100-point quality rating scale.

“To be awarded a silver medal for all 3 of our King brands is a huge accomplishment”. said Bryan Watts, King Brewery’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely proud of our brewmaster, Phil DiFonzo and his brewery team for their hard work, dedication and passion for creating great tasting, high quality craft beers”.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Westvleteren 12 Ontario Release Immenant

London, ON

With much anticipation building for the few cases of Westvleteren 12 Gift Packs that will be available in the province, it would seem the reports of the actual release date are a bit scattered.  One bit of information that we do have here at www.BeerGeeks.ca is a list of the actual stores that will be receiving some.

Some stores have been a bit more liberal with the details, some admitting that it is in their actual store at this time (GTA stores), others saying it is listed as "in-transit" to arrive possibly tonight (London).

Either way, it looks like the predicted 12-12-12 release date was spot on.  Tomorrow we will know for sure.

As quantities are limited, the release will be limited to one 6 pack per person and none will be held on reserve.

Below are the store numbers (NOT the number of cases) that are to be getting stock;


1 Toronto-North York Hwy 401 & Weston (Crossroads)

5 Toronto-Central Queen & Coxwell (The Beach)

10 Toronto-Central Yonge & Summerhill

15 Toronto-Central Dupont & Spadina

18 Toronto-Central King & Dufferin (Liberty Village)

21 Ancaster Golf Links & Hwy 403 (Meadowlands)

26 London York & Ridout

38 Ottawa Rideau & King Edward

40 Kingston Barrack & King

149 Toronto-Etobicoke Bloor & Royal York (Kingsway)

164 Toronto-Central Laird & Eglinton (Leaside)

217 Toronto-Central Queens Quay & Yonge

355 Toronto-North York Bayview & Sheppard (Bayview Village)

393 London Richmond & Fanshawe Pk (Masonville)

412 Ottawa-Nepean Hunt Club & Merivale (Nepean Crossroads)

438 London Wonderland & Southdale (Power Centre)

452 Toronto-North York Avenue & Lawrence

483 Toronto-Central Front & Bay (Royal Bank Plaza)

486 Oakville Cornwall & Trafalgar

495 Guelph Scottsdale & Stone Road West

511 Toronto-Central King & Spadina

528 Toronto-Central Bay & Bloor (Manulife Centre)

614 Toronto-Central Carlton & Church

623 Richmond Hill Yonge & Hwy 7

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Railway City Releases Cranberry Pilsner Today

St. Thomas, ON

As part of their monthly Thursday Night Sessions, Railway City Brewery is releasing their Cranberry Pilsner this evening.  Made with cranberries from Bala, Ontario (Muskoka) the release is described as "clean and crisp" with the suggestion to enjoy this Pilsner with family and friends.

Seems like a terrific idea!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dead Frog Brewery's Winter Beeracle

Langley, BC


The Dead Frog Winter Beeracle is now shipping across BC and Alberta - with a new name and a new recipe! It will be available in retail stores starting in the first week of December. Winter Beeracle is the second collaboration brew from their brew duo Tony Dewald and Timmy Brown!  "For this special holiday brew we wanted to celebrate all of the good things that Winter brings. Complex beers, warm fires, close family, and good friends". The days may be short but they’re full, and that’s alright with us. It's a Winter Beeracle!

The  Winter Beeracle is a warm, deep mahogany ale with rich, complex malt flavours and a sweetness to compliment the season. The warmth of the beer is punctuated by deep malt flavours from chocolate malts, a hint of vanilla in the aroma and flavour, and a dry citrus finish. All the flavours come together to create a rich, delicious winter ale.

The Full Specs:

· Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, yeast, vanilla extract, orange peel

· Malts: 2 Row, Biscuit, Cara 60, Chocolate

· Hops: Cascade, Perle

· IBUs: 25

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