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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Beer Mail from Lake of Bays Brewing Company

A Beer Mail that I am really looking forward to.

From the fine folks at Lake of Bays, a selection of cheer representing the majority of their portfolio including their new "Signature Series Club" selection.

Look to our Facebook page, Twitter account or to Untappd to find out what we think.

Thanks Lake of Bays!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Riverbend Malt House’s Rye Malt Travels the Nation with New Belgium Hop Kitchen Collaboration

Asheville, NC

The New Belgium Hop Kitchen series will feature Riverbend’s Carolina Rye malt

The Spring 2014 release from New Belgium Brewing’s Hop Kitchen series will be a Rye IPA using rye grown in North Carolina and malted by Riverbend Malt House in Asheville.

This is the first time that a beer made with North Carolina craft malt will be given this degree of national distribution. The forthcoming collaboration will feature a variety of rye that’s been grown in North Carolina since the Civil War.

"Having been grown by farmers in North Carolina for over 200 hundred years and hand crafted utilizing traditional floor malting techniques, the Carolina Rye malt embodies the terroir of the southeast,” said Riverbend co-founder Brian Simpson. “Riverbend Malt House is excited that New Belgium will bring this taste of the South to so many new palates."

New Belgium and Riverbend began working together in May, with the development of a special beer exclusively for Asheville Beer Week – a Rye Saison using Riverbend’s Carolina Rye malt. Brewers were so pleased with the beer that they decided to use the Carolina Rye in their series of quarterly releases called Hop Kitchen.

“I heard of these guys when a few of us came down during Asheville Beer Week last year,” said New Belgium brewer, Matty Gilliland. “We set up a visit to their facility and were pretty blown away by the operation. They were doing 1,000 lb. batches by hand. The quality of their craft and their unbelievable work ethic left an indelible impression on us.”

Since announcing plans to open a second brewery in Asheville, New Belgium has been an active participant in their new community, investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and partnering with more than 10 regional non-profits, and colleagues in the brewing industry. This partnership with Riverbend is just one example.

The Hop Kitchen Rye IPA will be released to select markets in March 2014.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lake of Bays Brewing Company Introduces Signature Series Club

Baysville, ON

Ontario craft beer and hockey memorabilia collectors have something new and innovative to celebrate with the launch of the Signature Series Club, a brand new lineup of tribute beers and collectibles, available exclusively online for an introductory special of $50.

Collectors who join the Signature Series Club will receive four Signature Series limited-edition beers -- one new release approximately every three months, in exclusive hand-numbered bottles with matching numbered printer's proofs, as well as a VIP tour of the brewery, located in Baysville, Ontario near Algonquin Park.

Each release is a new premium quality artisan-brewed beer paying tribute to a different hockey legend. "These are very special beers, paying tribute to some of the greatest hockey players of all time," said NHL Alumni Association executive director Mark Napier. "It’s wonderful to see them being immortalized in this way.”

For more information click here.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Beer Mail from Unibroue

This year for the Holidays, beer connoisseurs in Ontario will be able to enjoy some of Canada's finest ales, lovingly crafted by Unibroue's master brewer!

Look for La Fin du Monde and the 2013 Vintage of Unibroue 17 at an LCBO near you.

Many thanks to Unibroue for sending some our way for some festive cheer!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Top Shelf Classic Lager Scores Big!

Baysville, ON

Less than two months after its launch, Top Shelf Classic Lager is scoring big across Ontario and generating solid royalties for the NHL Alumni Association.

Top Shelf Classic Lager is the first beer released after the NHLAA inked a partnership with Lake of Bays Brewing Company in June to produce a family of hockey-themed beers.

A North American-style lager craft brewed in Baysville, Top Shelf is has since its release in October 8 arrived on the shelves and in the fridges of more than 360 LCBOs and 40 pubs and restaurants across the province and in several US states. A portion of sales goes to support the activities of the NHLAA.

“First and foremost, this is a great beer," said Darren Smith, President and CEO of Baysville, ON-based Lake of Bays Brewing Company, "and we are extremely pleased, though not surprised, with the reception it's received."

"It's been a terrific experience participating in the creation of Top Shelf," said Mark Napier, Executive Director of the NHLAA, which helps former players transition to life after hockey and raises millions of dollars per year for a variety of charities. "The way it tastes, the logo, the packaging, Top Shelf says hockey. And that's just what we wanted. We are looking forward to its continued success."

The duo have plans to distribute Top Shelf to other Canadian provinces and into more US markets before the year is out. A number of other endorsed beer brands are also in the works under the Signature Series category, starting with China Wall - Johnny Bower Vienna Dark Lager, set for release in early December.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A crazy dare or good Canuck fun? Save the date for an OUTDOOR WINTER BEER FESTIVAL

Toronto, ON

Are you ready to show your inner Canadian eh?

Don your stompin' boots, pull on a toque and wear your puffiest parka because it is time to hoist a pint or two with the Craft Brewers of Ontario while the snowflakes are flying.

Dare to join in this crazy Canuck fun!  Mark your calendars and come out to the Winter Craft Beer Festival outside Steam Whistle Brewing in Roundhouse Park.

Saturday January 25th, 2014  11:00am-5:00pm

Beer. Food. Fun.  Be there!




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

“Best of Beau’s” Holiday 4-Pack and Winter Seasonal Bog Water Returning to LCBO

Ottawa, ON

Beau’s All Natural Brewing is launching its second annual “Best of Beau’s” sampler pack this weekend, just as the holiday season officially begins. Beau’s winter seasonal, Bog Water, will also return to the LCBO beer line-up this weekend, and continue through until spring returns. The Best of Beau’s mix pack contains four fan-favourite Beau's beers, chosen by popular vote earlier this year.

Top 4-pack votes went to Burnt Rock, a classic British-style porter brewed with a generous addition of organic vanilla beans. The vanilla provides aromas reminiscent of pipe tobacco, while dark malts offer chocolate and coffee nuances that balance the medium-bodied beer. Earlier this year Burnt Rock received a Gold medal at Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, QC, and a barrel-aged version of the beer received a Bronze medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

Voters also selected Doc’s Feet Dubbel, a mahogany-coloured interpretation of the Belgian Dubbel style. It features a pronounced fruitiness and malt character; spicy notes such as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg complement its alcohol warmth. Doc’s Feet has an initial sweetness that progresses toward a dry, earthy finish.

Screamin’ Beaver Oak-Aged Double IPA was voted into the mix pack for a second year in a row. An amped-up version of the brewery’s spring seasonal Beaver River, this beer has been dry-hopped and aged on oak staves. Screamin’ Beaver weighs in at 9.9% alc./vol. and 99 IBUs. An initial flavour of grapefruit gives way to subtle oaky, vanilla flavours, along with caramel and citrus.

Completing the Mix Pack is Rudolphus VI, a Belgian-inspired IPA which features tropical fruit notes and a spicy yeast character. Late-addition hopping provides flavours of orange, unripe peach, and star-fruit, and Belgian ale yeast offers notes of pepper and intonations of clove. Rudolphus VI finishes clean, balanced, and dry with a noticeable hop character.

Beau’s winter seasonal Bog Water will also launch this weekend. Dubbed by the brewery as an “Eastern Ontario” Gruit, this rare and ancient style uses a wild-harvested herb known as Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale), used extensively in brewing in the 1500s, to add flavour and to preserve the beer. The seasonal brew is malty with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by a spicy, earthy bitterness.

Presented in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles, the Best of Beau’s Mix Pack is $24 including tax and deposits; single bottles of Bog Water are $4.35 each. The Best of Beau’s Mix Pack and Bog Water are available at select LCBO locations, finer restaurants and pubs, the Beau’s retail store at the Vankleek Hill brewery, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca).

Friday, November 1, 2013

Beau’s “The Tom Green Beer” Milk Stout Now in LCBOs

Ottawa, ON

It’s no joke! Comedian Tom Green & Beau’s Brewery’s award-winning collaborative beer now available through LCBO stores in Ontario

Today, LCBO patrons will begin to spot bottles of new release “The Tom Green Beer” Milk Stout: a dark, creamy and satisfying variety of stout beer, created as a collaboration between Beau’s All Natural Brewing and Canadian actor and comedian Tom Green. The first shipments of award-winning The Tom Green Beer are slated to turn up at select LCBO stores in Ottawa and Toronto just before the weekend; Beau’s will roll the beer out to more stores across the province next week.

The Tom Green Beer was voted the winner of the Collaboration Nation competition at Session Craft Beer Festival in Toronto this past June, with its prize being put on the fast-track for an LCBO listing this fall. A few small batches of the milk stout were brewed by Beau’s All Natural over the summer for Ontario Craft Beer Week and a few other special events, with the intention of fine-tuning the beer for full-scale LCBO release.

The milk stout style was chosen as a tip of the hat to Tom Green’s bovine-related comic antics of the past. Says Tom Green:

“‘This is the Tom Green Beer, it’s not the Green Tom Beer; this is my favourite beer, because it is my beer...’ You can read this on the bottle. It is a reference to the theme song from the early Tom Green Show, which we shot in Ottawa. But what’s cool is it is actually true. This is my favourite beer! You may remember we used to milk cows on my old TV show. Well now you can enjoy my delicious milk stout. I am so exciting to be working with Beau’s. This beer is awesome!”

The aroma of The Tom Green Beer milk stout is a complex array of roasted malt characters, featuring notes of espresso, chocolate and a controlled smokiness. Roasted elements also dominate the flavour, but give way to subtleties such as hints of caramel and nut. Initially dry on the palate, the beer finishes with a gentle flourish of increased body and sweetness. The end result is a flavourful, robust, yet still quite sessionable 5% ABV stout.

The Tom Green Beer is certified organic, and will be available in Beau’s All Natural’s signature 600 ml bottles for a retail price of $4.85. The beer will be sold at select LCBO stores across the province starting November 1, as well as from the Beau’s All Natural retail store in Vankleek Hill and the Ottawa-based home beer delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca).

Monday, October 28, 2013

Beau’s All Natural Becomes First “Certified B Corp” Brewery in Canada

Ottawa, ON

Benefit-corporation certification makes official Beau’s existing mandate to create positive change for local communities and the environment

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company has become the first-ever Canadian brewery, and one of three breweries in the world, to become certified as a Benefit Corporation or “B Corp.” A Certified B Corp is a for-profit entity that has achieved very high levels of social and environmental performance, and has chosen to consider benefit to community and the environment in business decision-making processes, instead of simple profit. The Eastern-Ontario-based Beau’s All Natural Brewing made the official announcement of their certification this morning.

“We’re building on the same values we started the brewery with seven years ago: essentially, the belief that beer tastes better when you can feel good about drinking it,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “For me the B Corp certification is about making a public commitment to maintaining our high ethical standards, and to being open and honest with the people in our communities who buy our beer,” he adds.

Beau’s joins American breweries New Belgium Brewing (Colorado) and Bison Brewing (California) in having become a Certified B Corp. “We are thrilled to see Beau’s leading the Benefit Corporation movement in Canada, confirming that Craft Brewers are a natural ally in this revolution to create more enlightened businesses and therefore, a truly thriving world,” says New Belgium Brewing Co-Founder and CEO Kim Jordan. “Raising our glasses to Beau’s All Natural Brewing today – cheers!”

Bart Houlahan, Co-founder of B Corp, also conveyed his congratulations to the local, award-winning craft brewery, saying Beau’s is “a great example of why B Corps are good businesses.” He adds: “It is exciting to see Beau’s – as a great Canadian business and great Canadian beer – become the first B Corp Certified brewery in Canada. This is an important addition to the ever-growing global movement of entrepreneurs using business as a force for good.”

Thursday, October 24, 2013

B-Side Brewing Label Launches Nordic Pale Ale

Ottawa, ON

New brewing venture releases first full-time beer to hit LCBO shelves today 

B-Side Brewing Label is launching its first brand today, a Nordic Pale Ale from Denmark’s Kissmeyer Beer. Available on a full-time basis, Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is the first beer from the “B-Side Brewing Label,” a new brewing venture from Beau’s All Natural Brewing that will see internationally renowned beers produced, sold, and delivered under the umbrella of the B-Side Brewing Label.

Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer in Denmark is the first brewer to “sign” to the B-Side Brewing Label. His Nordic Pale Ale is an imaginative interpretation of the Pale Ale style and features a unique northern-inspired medley of ingredients. Sweet gale, yarrow, dried heather flowers, rose hips, and cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a maple syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer. The Nordic Pale Ale features intricate herbal nuance, moderate hop presence, pleasant dryness, and a crisp finish.

“B-Side and Kissmeyer Beer represent a whole new way to bring some of the best beer in the world to Ontario, while offering the freshness and excitement of a local craft beer,” commented Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne.

Presented in a signature B-Side Brewing Label 600 ml bottle, Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale is now available at the LCBO for a retail price of $4.85. The Nordic Pale Ale is also available at select restaurants and pubs, the Beau’s retail store at the brewery, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca). More information about the new B-Side Brewing Label will be available soon at the newly created website www.b-side.ca, which will also, in future, feature news about upcoming releases from the brewing label.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

OCB Brewmaster's Choice Discovery Pack Fall 2013 Released

Toronto, ON

Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) will release the next evolution of their ever-popular Discovery Pack series, the OCB Brewmaster's Choice Discovery Pack Fall 2013, starting beginning the week of October 20th in select LCBO stores (LCBO #361162).

The inaugural OCB Brewmaster's Choice pack includes six hand-crafted beer styles, hand-selected by OCB brewmasters to further educate consumers about different styles of premium beer and help beer lovers take the next step forward in the journey of discovering the broad selection of craft beers available in Ontario.  

"The OCB brewmasters have picked the best beer to complement the other brewmaster's choices in the 6-pack," says Bill Coleman, President & Co-Owner, Cameron's Brewing Company. It's less about the seasons and more about the continued journey of discovery for craft beer lovers. The OCB Brewmaster's Choice is great for sharing, as a gift or for one's personal tour through Ontario Craft Beer.
 
The pack includes a few "gateway" beers for first time purchasers as well as more challenging beers for the beer connoisseur, including:  

Amsterdam Natural Blonde Lager
Cameron's Auburn Ale
Lake of Bays 10 Point India Pale Ale
Muskoka Twice as Mad Tom IPA
Nickel Brook Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout
Wellington County Dark Ale

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ontario Craft Brewers Congratulate Winners of OCB Centre of Excellence Awards

Toronto, ON

Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) are pleased to announce the winners of the OCB Centre of Excellence Awards, presented last evening at a special ceremony and beer dinner at Amsterdam BrewHouse by the Lake in Toronto. The awards took place following OCB's annual one-day industry conference held at the Allstream Centre in Toronto and attended by over 300 brewing industry professionals, suppliers and stakeholders.

"The Centre of Excellence Awards, also known as the "Industry Choice Awards", are an opportunity for the craft brewing community - and its fans - to nominate and celebrate - the good work of their beer heroes," said Bill Coleman, President of Cameron's Brewing Co. and Master of Ceremonies for the day-long event.

The goal of the industry awards is to recognize examples of excellence among small, medium and large organizations that drive the craft brewing industry at the local, regional, national or international level. Initial nominations were pared down to the top three nominees per category and final voting took place online.

Below is the list of winners in the six categories of recognition:

Product Quality & Process Innovation: Steam Whistle Brewing

Marketing Innovation: Toronto Festival of Beer

Education Leadership: Kevin Somerville, Oast House Brewers

Food and Beer Matching Development: Bill White, Better with Beer

Sustainability Accomplishments: Steam Whistle Brewing

Community Building: WinterBrewed, outdoor beer festival, Ottawa

The winners received a specially mounted tap handle award sponsored by Canadian Beverage Supply Inc.
 
There were 65 nominees throughout the industry - from brewers, to brewery owners, production people, sales staff and certified beer experts. OCB also wishes to congratulate the top three nominees in each category:
Product Quality & Process Innovation: Steam Whistle Brewing; Muskoka Brewery; and, Old Credit Brewing Co.

Marketing Innovation: Toronto Festival of Beer; Steve Beauchesne; and, JP Fournier/Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. for WinterBrewed Festival.

Education Leadership: Kevin Somerville; Oast House Brewers; Jon Downing, Niagara College; and, Prud'homme Beer Certification.

Food and Beer Matching Development: Bill White, Better with Beer; Jordan St. John, Beer Writer; and, Amsterdam Brewery.

Sustainability Accomplishments: Steam Whistle Brewing; Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.; and, Gananoque Brewing.

Community Building: WinterBrewed, outdoor beer festival, Ottawa; Beau's Oktoberfest; and, Mill Street Brewery.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ladies Beer League to host Halifax's First Cask Beer Fest

Halifax, NS

With six events under their belt, the Ladies Beer League (LBL) is gearing up for their most ambitious event yet – Halifax’s first Cask Beer Festival at the city’s newest Craft Beer Bar, The Stubborn Goat on Grafton Street. The LBL Cask Fest will take place in two sessions on November 17th: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Tickets cost $35.00 per session and include 8 samples glasses.

Cask Fest will feature unique, one-off, cask-conditioned ales from seven different maritime craft breweries. According to LBL Co-founder Tracy Phillippi, “Cask-conditioned ales have taken off in other Canadian cities, and until now, is a tradition kept by only a few breweries in Halifax. With the promising growth in the Nova Scotia craft brewing industry, we really hope to foster a culture that encourages Cask appreciation”. Cask beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized ale that is traditionally fermented inside a 40 L barrel. It’s smooth, flavourful and gives the brewers an opportunity to exercise their creativity.

Attendees will be issued an event “passport” and encouraged to try each cask once. The most popular Cask voted by the attendees will be deemed the “2013 Cask Beer of the Year” by the LBL.

LBL Co-founder Pam Crouse says “We are excited to bring together some of the best microbreweries in the maritimes, to provide a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy these unique brews under one roof, and to talk to the men and women who make them.”

Unlike previous events, LBL Cask Fest will be open to all genders. According to Tracy Phillippi “The
Ladies Beer League is not about pitching women against men, it’s about leveling the playing field and having equal representation at all craft beer events”.

Partial proceeds will go to the Ladies Beer League to help them continue to host engaging and educational craft beer events across Nova Scotia.

Tickets go on sale on Sunday October 13th at 12:00 p.m. and can be purchased at LBLCaskFest.eventbrite.ca. The LBL advises you to get your tickets early!

The seven participating breweries, along with their unique creations, will be released at a later date.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Beer Store Closed on Thanksgiving

Toronto, ON

All locations of The Beer Store will CLOSED on MONDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2013 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 of 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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

LCBO Closings on Thanksgiving Day

Toronto, ON

LCBO stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 14, 2013, as it is a statutory holiday. Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, October 15.

All LCBO stores will have regular hours of business on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13.

Some LCBO agency stores will observe their normal hours of business on Monday, October 14. 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 www.lcbo.com 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 www.hellolcbo.com. 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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Grand Theatre's Arts and Draughts Beer Tasting is Tonight!

The Grand Theatre’s Arts and Draughts beer tasting event is back and “grand-er” than ever!

Last year’s sold-out event saw The Grand Theatre play host to six Ontario microbreweries. This year, the number has increased to ten. Featured breweries include: Flying Monkeys, Great Lakes, Lake of Bays, Muskoka, Nickel Brook, Sawdust City, Silversmith, Stone Hammer, Wellington and London’s own brand new brewery: Forked River.

Tickets include three tastings (additional tastings are available at a minimal cost), live music by BA Baracus and Ellie K, a live painting performance by YouTube sensation Darryn Rae plus a penny auction of fabulous prizes and appetizers by Milos’ Craft Beer Emporium.

Proceeds from Arts and Draughts support youth programming and operations at The Grand Theatre.

Tickets are $30 each and are available at The Grand Theatre Box office and at www.grandtheatre.com or by calling 519.672.8800.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2013 Raises More than $75,000 for Charity

Vankleek, ON

Beau’s All Natural Brewing’s 5th annual Oktoberfest, the brewery’s signature fundraising event, raised more than $75,000 this past weekend in Vankleek Hill, bringing the five year total raised to $242,000. The event was attended by more than 12,000 revelers during the two-day celebration of Bavarian culture, craft beer, independent music, and artisan food.

The charities benefitting from the 2013 edition of the event follow past years’ selections of organizations that fit Beau’s ethics of environmental, social and local community. This year’s charities included:
• Canadian Canoe Foundation – Develops watershed-health education projects that culminate in youth leadership canoe trips
• United Way Ottawa – Improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action
• Kiva – Connects people through lending to alleviate poverty
• Just Food – Works towards building a vibrant, just and sustainable food system in the Ottawa region
• Rethink Breast Cancer – Supports young adults concerned about or affected by breast cancer though education and research
• Ottawa Community Skateboard Association – Works to build more efficiently designed skateboard parks
• Vankleek Hill Cougars – Junior ice hockey team based in Vankleek Hill
• Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society – Supports and promotes the local farming community

“The Canadian Canoe Foundation is thrilled to be the recipient of a $25,000 dollar donation from Beau’s Brewery,” stated Patrick Henry, Founder and President of the Canadian Canoe Foundation. “This generous support will be directed to our 2014 National Paddling Week contest, which will see one youth from each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories join us on a seven-day environmental education canoe trip adventure. Special guest on the trip? Kathleen Edwards! A big thanks to Beau’s.”

Beau’s co-founders Tim and Steve Beauchesne were also recognized with a surprise award this weekend from the United Way. The Community Builder Award recognized Beau’s as “helping to build a stronger, healthier, and safer community for all of us.” In addition to the award, Beau’s will be added to the Wall of Inspiration located in Ottawa City Hall. The Wall of Inspiration is described as being a visible reminder to residents and visitors of the enduring commitment that individuals and organizations have made to Ottawa.  

“Beer tastes best when you can feel good about drinking it,” shared Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne. “I love that our little brewery has such generous and enthusiastic fans and that we can help our community by throwing a party,” he added.

Evening entertainment at Oktoberfest featured award-winning and renowned independent artists Walter Ostanek, Kathleen Edwards, Sloan, The Sadies, Young Rival, The Mahones, The Balconies, and Rich Aucoin. Bavarian and seasonally inspired creations were also available from more than 20 Ontario restaurants, while activities like the stein-hold struggle and spouse-carrying race tested attendees’ endurance and strength.

The Members of Barleyment and Beau’s Homebrew Competition received an unprecedented 182 entries from across Canada. Jared Carlberg of Winnipeg, Manitoba was the winner of the Judge’s Choice with his “Goat of Mendes” Doppelbock, and has won the grand prize of brewing a full-sized batch of beer at Beau’s. The People’s Choice winner was Joe Rancourt with his “Death Dealer” Rye IPA.

Beau’s 2013 Oktoberfest by the numbers:
$75,000: Amount of dollars raised for charity
$300,000: Amount spent on local businesses for Oktoberfest goods and services
66,000: Number of glasses of beer served
12,000: Number of attendees
400: Number of kegs tapped
55: Number of casks sampled
17: Number of people submerged in dunk tank of beer
1: Number of wedding ceremonies performed

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pints for Prostates Germany Beer Tour Scheduled for Oct. 9-19, 2014

Charlotte, NC

BeerTrips.com has put together a special beer tour of Germany to benefit Pints for Prostates. The beer adventure to Bavaria and Franconia will take place from Oct. 9-19, 2014.

The nine night dream trip includes stops in Aying, Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bayreuth, Rothenburg and Bamberg.  The trip includes beer tastings, escorted beer hall crawls, guided city walks, brewery tours, monastery visits, special meals and more.

BeerTrips.com is offering this special Pints for Prostates group tour to Germany to the public on a limited basis. Just 14 slots are available for this tour at $2,995 (+ air) based on double occupancy ($625 single room supplement). The tour will be hosted by Pints for Prostates founder and beer journalist Rick Lyke. Visit www.BeerTrips.com for details.

“This will be the fourth time we have teamed up with BeerTrips.com for a special Pints for Prostates European beer trip. This itinerary includes some amazing breweries and is really a unique way to experience Germany,” said Lyke. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership to help us raise funds and spread the word to men about the importance of regular prostate health screenings and early detection.”

“This is one of the most popular BeerTrips.com itineraries because it explores the best of Bavaria and Franconia,” said Mike Saxton, founder of BeerTrips.com. “We offer small groups an intimate experience with the chance for insider tours of some of the most famous breweries in the world. If you love beer and love to travel, this trip gives you a chance to experience the German countryside and some classic small cities that offer tremendous beers.”

As part of the BeerTrips.com and Pints for Prostates partnership, Pints for Prostates will raffle a trip for two for the special trip. For a $10 donation for a single ticket, $25 donation for three tickets or $50 for seven tickets, donors will be entered to win the trip that includes:

• The BeerTrips.com trip for two Oct. 9-19, 2014
• Roundtrip Airfare for Two from the Continental United States
• Nine Nights in Fine Centrally Located Hotels
• Brewery Tours
• Escorted Beer Hall Crawls
• Guided City Tours
• Breakfasts Daily/Special Beer Dinners and Beer Lunches
• Train & Private Coach Transportation

The total value of the trip for two is estimated at $8,500. The drawing will be held on July 27, 2014. The prize is non-transferable. No cash substitute will be offered. The winner and their guest are responsible for obtaining passports and all trip related costs not outlined above. You must be 21 years old to enter.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Garrison Releases 4th Annual "3 Fields Harvest Ale"

Halifax, NS

Despite a somewhat rainy growing season, Garrison Brewing coordinated the largest harvest of fresh Nova Scotia hops yet from growers in Ashdale, New Ross and Glenholme plus New Brunswick barley malt to craft a truly Maritime harvest beer!

Launched September 2010, 3 Fields Harvest Ale highlights the increasing availability of local brewing ingredients in this once-a-year brew. It demonstrates the viability of locally-grown raw materials while celebrating their unique characteristics.

"We're basically showing off how great a beer can be when fresh, local hops are taken from vine to kettle in the same day," said Garrison president Brian Titus. "Almost 200kg of wet (green) hops were harvested and hand-picked at four separate Nova Scotian farms then added directly to the boil. Wet hops impart a more subtle hop fragrance and bitterness, making them a pleasure to brew with. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, pine and ginger notes are all present to some degree in this truly special harvest brew," added Titus.

100% of the hops were grown in Nova Scotia at the following fields: Meander River Farm and Wentworth Creek (Ashdale), Fiddlehead Hop Farm (Glenholme) & Ross Farm Museum (New Ross). The complex flavours showcased in 3 Fields can be attributed to the wide variety of hops in the beer including Nugget, Newport, Galena, Cascade, Zeus, Centennial and  Brewers Gold.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Railway City Releases Double Dead Elephant as an Imperial IPA

St. Thomas, ON

Railway City Brewing proudly released this year’s Double Dead Elephant at their September 19th, Thursday Night Release Event at the St. Thomas brewery.

Paying tribute to a local hero, Jumbo the Elephant, who was killed by a
freight train on September 15, 1885.

Made with locally grown hops from the Vandelsyke Farm near Vienna, Elgin County, about 15 minutes to the east of the brewery, this years recipe was enhanced so that it is actually considered an Imperial IPA.

With increased hops along with grains the end result managed to increase the I.B.U.'s to 90 and the alcohol is now sitting at 7.5% ABV.
This year it is definitely a Double Dead!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cameron's latest is called RESURRECTION ROGGENBIER

Oakville, ON


Cameron’s has resurrected a 500 year-old beer style with RESURRECTION ROGGENBIER. This new ale is made with German rye and has hints banana, clove and light black pepper. The newest member of the Cameron’s Brewmaster’s Series will be available until December 2013 at LCBO’s.

Roggenbiers (rye beers) were declared illegal in 1516 by the Germanic Lords after a series of poor harvests. The Bavarian Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) outlawed the use of rye for brewing beer so that it could be reserved for making bread, and designated barley as the only grain of choice for brewing beer.

“It has been almost 500 years since the passing of Reinheitsgebot and Cameron’s has resurrected this rare beer style with an intriguing flavor profile,” says Jason Britton, Cameron’s Brewmaster. “Resurrection is brewed with a combination of German rye, malted wheat and is fermented with German Hefeweizen yeast to create a beer that has hints of banana, clove and light black pepper,” adds Britton.

“Cameron’s is committed to brewing innovation but in the case of Resurrection - what is old is new again, as we have brought back an old Germanic style of beer for our connoisseurs,” says President and Co-Owner, Bill Coleman. “While some people may prefer their rye bread with pastrami and a dollop of Dijon mustard, Cameron’s already has a following of rye beer lovers who enjoy Cameron’s award-winning Rye Pale Ale. I am convinced that Resurrection Roggenbier will tingle their tastebuds,” adds Coleman.

 "I get a lot of different flavors from the Roggenbier, it starts with a nice slightly sweet malt, followed by layers of complexity. Beautifully balanced beer, full of flavor, but still super sessionable and refreshing. It is great because you can serve it to a beer snob or your average drinker," says Dennis Kimeda, Owner of The Wren on Danforth Avenue in Toronto.

Look for it now! Click HERE to see if it is at an LCBO near you.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

BrOcktoberfest 2013 Presented by the Kensington Brewing Company

Toronto, ON

On the 29th of September the Kensington Brewing Company is celebrating Oktoberfest…Kensington style. Hosted by the Food Network’s Kevin Brauch - Thirsty Traveler, Iron Chef America - BrOcktoberfest  (a play on the name's of our host Kevin Brauch and founder Brock Shepherd) promises to be a sort-of “Oktoberfest” party for the ages.

They will have three never-before-seen collaborations with Indie Ale House and Sawdust City, including a smoked pumpkin beer brewed with their home-grown hops. Also available will be Augusta Ale, FishEYE-PA and Tilt, and, the event will start with the tapping of a special one-off cask.

Neighbourhood butcher Sanagan’s is supplying sausages to be prepared by Completo, but don't expect a classic bratwurst. There will be an adult-sized jenga set and a pinball machine as well. There will be no polka, lederhosen or dirndl.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, this is not your Opa's Oktoberfest….it’s BrOcktoberfest!

Their are two ways to enjoy BrOcktoberfest:

First, pay $13 in advance to guarantee entrance and your very own one-of-a-kind 20oz mug filled with beer. Refills are $5 and you can take the mug home with you. Buy tickets HERE.

The second is to show up and simply pay $5 for a 14oz cup of beer.

This is an outdoor event to be held at 214 Augusta Avenue, Toroonto, ON on Sunday, September 29th 2013.  While both dog and bike friendly, this will be a cash ONLY event.  Attendees must be 19 years of age or older.

You are encouraged to RSVP on the official Facebook event page.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hot Trends on the Menu for Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Toronto, ON

Canada’s largest food and wine event is back for its 19th year!

The annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 14-17.

“This year is all about the hottest trends,” said Jennifer Campbell, Show Manager of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. “We’ll offer the latest trends in food, cocktails, beer and of course wine. With over 1,500 different wines, spirits and beers from around the world, there’s always something new to explore at the Expo.”

New to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo this year will be the #TrendCentral Tasting Stage; a special area on the show floor that will showcase the current and upcoming beer, wine and cocktail trends.

The trends will include:

#kingofgrapes: an international tasting of Cabernets by winewire.ca,
#Beer101: delicious trends in beer infused with modern beer culture by Granville Island and Creemore Springs,
#drinkbetterwine with a tasting of ultra-premium varietals by Trialto Wine Group, and
#StartwithACaesar will offer hot trends for this classic cocktail hosted by the amazing Clint Pattemore – Canada’s foremost Caesar expert!

Be in the know and taste for yourself at the #TrendCentral Tasting Stage.

Celebrity chef Roger Mooking, a judge on the television show Chopped Canada, will be on hand at the Expo showing off his signature style at the Food Network Stage. Mooking has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Iron Chef America, Top Chef Canada, The Marilyn Denis Show, Martha Stewart Radio, and many others. Don’t miss him Friday November 15th at 6:30pm.

In addition to Mooking, the Expo will also feature well known wine experts that will be hosting Tutored Tastings wine classes. Kevin Brauch, Christopher Waters, John Szabo, Angela Aiello, Gordon Stimmell and many others, will be leading exclusive Tutored Tastings Wine educational sessions in break out rooms held concurrently during with the Expo. Tutored Tastings Tickets include an Elite Pass valid for VIP entry into the Expo any one day - $50 value.

“The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is a great opportunity to discover what’s new in the wine, spirits, beer and food world. As the largest food and wine expo in Canada we pride ourselves on offering something for every taste and style. If you’ve never been, this is a great year to check out the excitement and if you’ve attended before we welcome you back!”

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo takes place November 14-17 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. For more information and to buy Tutored Tastings or Admission tickets now please visit FoodAndWineExpo.ca. Tickets often sell out so at the door, don’t miss out on Canada’s largest celebration of food and drink!

4 Weeks Until Cask Days 2013 - Session 1 Sold Out!

Toronto, ON

Selling almost 1000 tickets the first day the online box office went live, the anticipation for this year’s Cask Days is fanatic. So much so, the first session has already sold out one month before the event . Why the hype? This year’s festival is proving to be one of the most creative, forward thinking and community building beer events of its kind. We have just released the full confirmed brewery list for Cask Days 2013, make sure you check it out here.

One-Off Beers from Breweries Across Canada
There will be approximately 100 beers from Ontario, 40 brews from Quebec, 17 represented from Albertan breweries (the first time this province is represented at Cask Days), 14 beers from the Maritimes, 15 casks from British Columbia and 5 cask conditioned ales from Manitoba.

UK International Brewery Feature
For the first time, Cask Days steps outside of North America and will feature 37 beers from 26 breweries across the United Kingdom, the roots of cask-conditioned ale. Highlights include Magic Rock, Thornbridge and Siren Craft Brew.

Ciders & Gluten Free Ales
This year’s festival will have an area reserved specifically for cask conditioned ciders and gluten free beers. Sprit Tree and West Ave. are two of the cider producers and breweries featured.

Guided Tour with Stephen Beaumont
Author of World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide, Stephen Beaumont will be hosting and conducting a special tasting and guided tour series throughout the festival.

Restaurant Bar Isabel Headlines the Food Program
Toronto’s newest hotspot for dining, Bar Isabel will be sharing their love of pairing food & drink at this year’s Cask Days. Lead by Executive & Owner Chef Grant van Gameran (founder of The Black Hoof), anticipate sexy bar snacks lined up next to a featured cask ale cocktail at this years festival.

IPA Challenge Final Four
Earlier this year 32, India Pale Ales were served blind and competed in a single elimination bracket tournament. The final four IPAs: House Ales Westside IPA, Flying Monkeys Pink Dime, Hopfenstark Post Colonial, and Left Field Resin Bag will face off head to head, the champion determined by a national audience.

Featured Artist Kellen Hatanaka
Reaching out into the greater creative design community, featured Toronto Artist Kellen Hatanaka (Third and Ten  & Weekly Crop) has been brought on board this year’s Cask Days program to add his fresh style and perspective to the festivals’ overall vibe.

For Tickets click HERE.

The Dogfish Inn to Open Late Spring 2014

Milton, DE

"Here at Dogfish Head, we have places to eat, places to drink and places to play. The missing link? A place to stay."

In late spring of 2014, the 16-room Dogfish Inn will open in downtown Lewes, Del., at what is now the Vesuvio Motel.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of craft beer fans from around the world make a pilgrimage to Dogfish Head’s coastal Delaware brewpub and brewery. For nearly a decade, they've helped host some of these folks at the Dogfish Head Brewmaster's Suite at the lovely Inn at Canal Square. Their migration a few boat-lengths down the canal will give them a bigger home base dedicated to exploring all of the off-centered opportunities in this beautiful part of the state of Delware.

“We've already got great excitement from the Department of Tourism, Delaware Economic Development Office and the Governor's Office for this project,” says Dogfish Founder and President Sam Calagione. “And we're excited to work with the local agencies as well because we're very confident that this motel will bring a lot more business not just to Dogfish but to the other local retailers and restaurateurs in Delaware.”

Dogfish is more than just a brewery, and the Dogfish Inn will be more than just an inn. For starters, it’s in just the right spot: overlooking the harbor in historic Lewes, at the halfway point between their brewpub and distillery in Rehoboth Beach and their production brewery in Milton.

They've teamed up with Studio Tack in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lighthouse Construction in Magnolia, Del., to design and renovate the property and bring some Dogfish vibes to Lewes. There will be a bunch of fun stuff to do at and around the Inn.

Time to start thinking about your first trip!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 Golden Tap Award Winners!

Toronto, ON

And the 2013 Winners are...

Is there a better time than during Toronto Beer Week to hand out some of Ontario's most coveted brewing and beer industry awards?

On September 18th at beerbistro in Toronto, the 2013 Golden Tap Awards were handed out to the following winners:

Best Microbrewery in Ontario: Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company
Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery
Best Bar for Draught Beer Selection in Ontario: Bar Hop
Best Bar for Bottled Beer Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
Best Bar for Cask Ale in Ontario: Bar Volo
Best Brewpub or Tied House in Ontario: Bellwoods Brewery
Best Regularly-Produced Beer in Ontario: Muskoka Mad Tom IPA
Best Seasonal or Specialty Beer in Ontario: Kensington Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat
Best Cask Ale in Ontario: Granite Hopping Mad
Editor’s Circle Award: JP Fournier
Editor’s Circle Award: Joe Sacco
Editor’s Circle Award: Great Lakes Tap Takeover at Pub Milos
Editor’s Circle Award: Beer 4 Boobs
Editor’s Circle Award: Amsterdam Adventure Brews
Best Beer of the Festival: Amsterdam Space Invader

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s awards, and especially to the winners!

Win VIP Passes to the Top Shelf Classic Lager Launch Party

Baysville ON

Lake of Bay Brewing Company is proud to announce the launch of Top Shelf Classic Lager, the official beer of the NHL Alumni Association, in early October.

YOU can win two VIP passes to the launch party, taking place at Wayne Gretzky's in Toronto on October 8.

How to Win

All you have to do is email them, with a picture, at TopShelf@LakeofBaysBrewing.ca, and tell them Why You Absolutely Have To Be There.

They'll post your entries on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our other social media.

Contest closes at 5:00pm on Monday September 30, 2013.

They'll select five winners of two passes each and announce them on October 2, 2013.

Don't forget to check everyone's entries on their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

An American-style lager with 4.5% alc./vol., Top Shelf is craft brewed in small batches in Baysville Ontario, using top quality noble hops and Canadian malt.

Top Shelf will be available at the LCBO and at selected pubs and restaurants in Ontario starting in early October.

The company plans to distribute to other Canadian provinces and to parts of the United States later this year.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mill Street to Release Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale and the Oktoberfest Beer

Toronto, ON

As summer draws to a close, it is time for some autumnal beers from Mil Street.  For the month`s of September and October, Mill Street will be featuring two, sure to be hits, .Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale and the Oktoberfest Beer.

Nightmare on Mill Street Pumpkin Ale (5% alc/vol)

They have produced this North American craft brewing style Ale that includes pumpkin in the brewing process along with a generous amount of complementary spices. This is a copper/orange brew with a faun-coloured, creamy head brewed with a blend of 5 malts (pale malt, wheat malt, biscuit malt, caramel malt and chocolate malt) along with unmalted wheat and pumpkin in the mash. US grown Nugget hops are used in the brewhouse for balance and a blend of 6 spices along with a touch of pure vanilla extract is added later in the process to lend this beer its subtle complexity. The result is a super smooth, medium-bodied amber ale with a spicy aroma and hints of ginger and clove on the palate and a lingering “pumpkin pie” aftertaste.

Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer Oktoberfest Beer (5.5.% alc/vol)

This is a traditional Bavarian lager style brewed slightly stronger and aged slowly. Okotoberfest Beers belong to a style of beer called “Marzenbier” or “March beer” in English making reference to the fact that they used to be brewed in the month of March and then cold aged (“Kuhl Lagerbier” in German means cool-aged beer) until ready for consumption in September. Oktoberfest in Munich runs from the 3rd Saturday in September until the first Sunday in October with a couple of exceptions. Theirs is brewed with a blend of German pilsner and Munich malts as well as biscuit malt to give the beer a deep golden colour and rich satisfying malt palate. German Hallertau variety of hop is used throughout the brew to balance the malt sweetness and create a rich complexity that is typical of this Old World style.

Look for these beers in an LCBO near you!

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Grand Theatre’s Arts and Draughts Is Back!

London, ON

The Grand Theatre’s Arts and Draughts beer tasting event is back and “grand-er” than ever!


Last year’s sold-out event saw The Grand Theatre play host to six Ontario microbreweries. This year, the number has increased to nine. Featured breweries include: Flying Monkeys, Great Lakes, Muskoka, Nickel Brook, Sawdust City, Silversmith, Stone Hammer, Wellington and London’s own brand new brewery: Forked River.

Tickets include three tastings (additional tastings are available at a minimal cost), live music by BA Baracus and Ellie K, a live painting performance by YouTube sensation Darryn Rae plus a penny auction of fabulous prizes and appetizers by Milos’ Craft Beer Emporium.

Proceeds from Arts and Draughts support youth programming and operations at The Grand Theatre.

Tickets are $30 each and are available at The Grand Theatre Box office and at www.grandtheatre.com or by calling 519.672.8800.

Don`t miss this fantastic event on Wednesday, October 9, 2013!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Craft Brewery Hosts First Ever London Unsigned

London, ON

Steam Whistle is hosting the first-ever UNSIGNED London – a concert in support of Canadian independent music artists.

The Unsigned series started in Toronto five years ago, soon making its way to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, with the idea of giving back and helping the growth of Canada’s indie music community.

In the last 5 years, the project has raised over $70 000 for artists. Friday September 13 2013 is the first time that a series concert will be taking place in London at Museum London featuring Digits, Ark Analog, and Wild Domestic. Doors open at 8:00pm and tickets are only $5 at the door with 100% of proceeds going back to the community through Music Ontario.

For more information on the show click HERE.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Granville Island Brewery - Island Lager

ABV 5.0% (Bottle 341ml)

The Brewery 


The Brew
"Island Lager is brewed to our original recipe, which combines all-natural ingredients to produce its distinct hop flavour. The same clean, refreshing taste that put us on the map in ’84 still makes this one a local favourite."

The Pour
Pours like light golden straw and is almost clear from some angles.  There is light carbonation and no head; a typical lager.

Aroma
Rather thick nose, and I'm struck by the amount of malt. There is a lot of bready sweetness that suggests a heftier ale, but also corn undertones that aren't encouraging.  There may be some hops buried underneath, but I cannot detect them.

Taste
Light bodied and creamily malted upfront, leading to a decently refreshing bite in the middle, and a muddled bitter/malt/sticky finish.  I would compare it to Molson Export in feel and taste.  It's been around for quite some time, but I found it unbalanced.

Overall
I bought this as part of a four beer Granville tasting pack including; Island Lager, English Bay Pale Ale, Brockton IPA and Cyprus Honey Lager.  This definitely rates near the bottom of the pack, just above the abysmal Honey Lager.  I give it an C.  Stick to their Brockton IPA (surprisingly hopped and accessible) and English Bay Pale Ale.

Check out what other beer geeks think of this brew at  Ratebeer and Beer Advocate.


Monday, September 9, 2013

KBCo Launches TILT, A Pinball-Themed One-Off

Toronto, ON

The Kensington Brewing Company is about to release  “TILT”, a hoppy one-off beer dedicated to the revival of pinball and arcade games in Toronto.

TILT is an unfiltered American Wheat Ale brewed with a 50/50 mix of German wheat malt and Canadian 2-row barley. It is a light bodied beer hopped with a compelling blend of Galaxy and Falconers Flight. The result is a bright, hop-forward pale wheat ale with prominent herbal, citrus and floral characteristics.

TILT will officially launch during Toronto Beer Week this Friday at 3030, Get Well, and other participating pinball bars in Toronto. It will roll out in earnest to Tequila Bookworm, Bar Hop, Bar Volo, Wvrst, Handle Bar and other fine establishments shortly thereafter.

The launch of TILT will culminate in a "Pinball Crawl", a pinball-themed bar crawl scheduled to take place on the 28th of September. Equal parts bar crawl and pinball competition, the event will visit some of Toronto's premier gaming and craft beer destinations. Participants will enjoy great beer while competing against one another for pinball supremacy! At the end of the night they will award a KBCo merch pack to the person or team with the highest cumulative score.

Final details of the Pinball Crawl, including participating bars and how you can sign up by clicking HERE.  Full details will be released at the beginning of next week.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Founder's Brewing Co. to be Featured in LCBO Fall Release


Grand Rapids, MI

Ontarians just go a bit luckier this fall.

Founder's Brewing doing a fall marketing event that will bring a number of their beers into the Ontario market but for a limited time only. 

Those beers will include Pale Ale, Porter, Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout and Dirty Bastard. 

What used to be a pipe dream for the Ontario market is slowly becoming a reality in getting some fine beers from this world renowned brewery from just across the border.

Founder's is hoping to add a second beer to the LCBO for full-time availability in 2014, but there is no guarantee.  Hopefully the Centennial IPA won't be alone much longer.

Look for these beers soon!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Railway City to Release Platform 13 Next Thursday Night!

St. Thomas, ON

Railway City Brewing is proud to release this year’s Platform 13 - at their September 12th Thursday Night Release Event. The event starts at 7:00 p.m.

Their Platform series honours and recognizes the efforts of the Home Brew community.   The label design features the signature of both the home brewer and the Railway City Brewing team.

This year's winners are as follows:

First Place: IPA, brewed by Ryan Harrison from St.Thomas
Second Place: Vanilla Stout, brewed by Ryan Armstrong and Dennis Muzujlo from London
Third Place: Mango Saison, brewed by John Jenkinson & Reuven Brandt from London

Platform 13 - Pond Hopper features an English Style IPA using a West coast Hop Burst Method. This delicious IPA also features a bunch of hops including Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo Hops along with 6 different Premium malts.

They had a wide variety of entries from across Ontario. While many submissions came from the London region, many came in from the Windsor/Kingsville and Sarnia region and some as far away as Ottawa. Styles ranged from simple ales, lagers & wheats, to dark stouts and porters. All were extremely pleased with this year’s submissions.

Railway City pulled together a team of home brew shop owners, accomplished brewers, and qualified judges. The team of judges reviewed each beer and rated them according to their balance, quality and overall enjoyability.

What started out as a competition to judge the summer’s Best Beer, it quickly came to be just to recognize the best beer. While it might have been easier to select the best beer for the summer months, there were just too many great beers that needed to be recognized.

You are invited to join them as they celebrate the talents of the many Home Brewers who competed, plus an opportunity to enjoy the Platform 13.

Samples & Tasting Session, Brewery Tours, along with Prizes and Awards for the Home Brewers will all be part of Thursday Nights event.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Beau’s “Oktoberfest Mix Pack” Out Today

Ottawa, ON

Celebratory mix pack released in anticipation of brewery’s 5th annual Oktoberfest – Available at LCBO beginning next week 

Beau’s All Natural Brewing is launching the “Oktoberfest Mix Pack” today in anticipation of the brewery’s 5th annual Oktoberfest. The limited-edition mixed 4-pack will be available starting today at the brewery and will be available at select LCBO stores beginning next week.

The Mix Pack, containing Smokin’ Banana Peels, Two Weeks Notice, Mr. Hyde, and Oktobock will allow Oktoberfest ticket holders a chance to preview a selection of the beer offerings, while also providing those unable to attend with an opportunity to partake in a piece of the festival from home.

“I’m so excited that our Oktoberfest experience is now growing beyond the event itself. For folks who can’t get to Vankleek Hill on October 4th or 5th, and for those who love the beers during the festival and are thirsty for more, this Mix Pack lets our Oktoberfest celebration live on, and that’s just wunderbar!” said Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne.

Each beer featured in the Mix Pack is part of Beau’s Wild Oats Series, a family of beers designed to challenge the drinker’s palate with bold flavours, interesting ingredients, and innovative styles that begin with respect for brewing traditions – but aren’t afraid to break the rules.

The Oktoberfest Mix Pack contains:

Smokin’ Banana Peels, a Rauch Weissbier (smoked wheat beer) displays a banana aroma that has been matched with a bacon-like smokiness, and offers flavours of banana, bacon, and clove.

Two Weeks Notice, a German Porter featuring aromas of chocolate, coffee, and a malty sweetness. It is medium-bodied with flavours of roasted malt, and a crisp finish with a lingering mocha character.

Mr. Hyde, a Roggenbier which displays floral aromas and herbal, peppery flavours. Mr. Hyde features the use of German hops which provides a characteristic bitterness in the flavour and hoppiness in the aroma, while rye malt provides a spiciness to the beer.

Oktobock, a reinterpretation of the Maibock style, was created specifically for Oktoberfest. Oktobock pours an orange-gold and features aromas of biscuit, candy sweetness, and spicy hop bitterness. Its medium body is complemented by peppery flavour and a malty sweetness.

Presented in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles, the Oktoberfest Mix Pack will be available at LCBO stores for a retail price of $24 including tax and deposits. The Oktoberfest Mix Pack will also be available at select restaurants and pubs, the Beau’s retail store at the brewery, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca).  

Beau’s 5th annual Oktoberfest will be held October 4th and 5th at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds. Oktoberfest tickets can still be purchased online at www.beaus.ca/oktoberfest, at all Bridgehead locations, and at the brewery retail store in Vankleek Hill. Tickets include admission, parking, an alpine hat, pretzel, and first beverage (beer, coffee, pop or water).  Single-day adult passes are $22, or a two-day pass can be purchased for $38. Youth admission (18 or younger) is $5. Ottawa, Cornwall and Montreal residents are invited and encouraged to travel to Oktoberfest via shuttle bus. Round trip bus fare can be added on to any ticket for an additional $15.  Festival organizers suggest purchasing tickets early as past years have sold out in advance.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Beer Store Closed for Labour Day - Many Craft Brewery Retail Stores Open!

Toronto, ON

All Beer Stores will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2012 to observe the Labour Day statutory holiday. All Beer Stores will observe regular Sunday hours of sale and reopen Tuesday, September 3th.

For more information about The Beer Store, visit them at www.thebeerstore.ca.  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. All customers and employees, please enjoy a safe holiday.

Please note that 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.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

LCBO Closings on Labour Day

Toronto,ON

All LCBO stores will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 2 and resume business on Tuesday, September 3.

Many LCBO stores in cottage and resort areas will stay open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30. All LCBO stores will observe their normal business hours on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.

LCBO agency stores may be open on Labour Day, provided local municipalities do not object. 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.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Collingwood's Northwinds Brewery Launches with a Fall Release of Beers

Collingwood, ON

Craft beers are growing in popularity across Canada, and soon Collingwood residents will be able to sip a handcrafted brew produced in their own backyard.

Northwinds Brewery, a locally owned microbrewery, joins the vibrant four-seasons community this year. To celebrate their launch, Northwinds is releasing a select line of beers to bars and restaurants in the GTA and the Georgian Triangle area this Fall. “We are looking forward to introducing top quality handcrafted beers that celebrate the Georgian Bay lifestyle,” states Geoff Conway, local resident and owner/operator of Northwinds Brewery.

“Our beers are bold, adventurous and in some cases out of the ordinary, designed to reflect
Ontario’s all-season destination.” Northwinds is launching their name along with their first beer, Corduroy Rye India Pale Ale, this September. Until their facility is up and running, Northwinds’ beers will be contract brewed at an existing production brewery. Head Brewer, Andrew Bartle, will be creating the Northwinds
portfolio, producing sessionable and eclectic beers in predominantly North American style profiles.

“Our first release, Corduroy Rye IPA, is a full bodied beer with a hefty addition of hearty rye malt and loads of hops,” states Bartle. “It is bold and complex, with a crisp, clean finish that beer aficionados will love.”

Northwinds also has plans to open a Brewhouse and Eatery in the same area in 2014. Their goal is to collaborate with local producers and businesses to provide seasonal menus, craft brewed beers and other local selections showcasing the region.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lake of Bays Brewing Company Reveals "Top Shelf Classic Lager"

Baysville, ON

Lake of Bays Brewing Company and the NHL Alumni Association are proud to reveal the name and look of their first official collaboratively-produced beer: Top Shelf Classic Lager.

"Top Shelf is when you score high in the net, and of course it's the kind of superlative we're looking for in all the beers we make," said Lake of Bays Brewing Co. president and founder Darren Smith.

Top Shelf is an American-style lager brewed with noble hops and Canadian malt. It's an easy-drinking 4.5% alc./vol., handcrafted to please craft beer drinkers as well as the mainstream beer market.

Tall cans of Top Shelf Classic Lager are set to arrive in LCBOs and on tap at select Ontario pubs and restaurants in the fall. The beer will be available all year around.

Distribution to other Canadian provinces and the northeastern United States is scheduled to follow in late fall or early 2014.

Lake of Bays Brewing Company and the NHL Alumni Association signed a deal to team up to produce a family of hockey-themed beers in June. Top Shelf is their first release. The duo's first limited-release Signature Series specialty brew is in development, with more to follow.

A portion of the proceeds from NHLAA beer sales will go to support the activities of the NHL Alumni Association.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Railway City's Raspberry Rhubarb to be Release August 22nd!

St. Thomas

Join Railway City as they release their newest one off brew. Their first Thursday night Session Event in their new Building! They will be able to accommodate even more people however they do expect a large amount of interest.

They start off the event with a tour of the new facility, then they feature 3-4 different samples on a blind taste session, invite everyone to take part in tasting notes on each beer and at the end reveal the beer they just enjoyed.

The Raspberry Rhubarb features fresh locally grown raspberries harvested from Berry Hill Farms in Aylmer & Rhubarb from Burke's Farms just south of St.Thomas.

The combination of fresh local fruit & vegetables have never tasted so good!

The Aroma is predominantly Caramel that hits hard initially leading the way for toasted and baked scents reminiscent of raspberry muffins, ending with earth and herbal notes from the hops and rhubarb: a backwards trip from oven to field.

The flavour opens with a splash of sweet and tart moving into caramel and burnt sugar. Rich and full body marries harmoniously with the tartness of the rhubarb making a smooth and silky mouth feel. Finishing finds the raspberry coming initially as jam but building to ripe fruit with a gentle warming as the pint goes on.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Beau’s Announces Release of Oktoberfest Lager “Night Märzen” and Spruce Beer “The Spruce Moose”

Ottawa, ON

Fall Seasonal returns to LCBO and latest Pro-Am Series Collaboration now available  

Beau’s All Natural Brewing welcomes the return of their Fall Seasonal beer Night Märzen. Beginning today the Oktoberfest style lager will be available at select LCBO locations throughout Ontario. Last Thursday, Beau’s also released the latest beer in their Pro-Am Series called The Spruce Moose. The American Pale Ale spruce beer is available while quantities last at the brewery and through Beau’s Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO.

Night Märzen is an orange-copper coloured, Oktoberfest Lager. Night Märzen is based on a traditional German style that would be lagered in cellars through the summer and then released for Oktoberfest celebrations in the Fall. Keeping with tradition, Night Märzen is available just in time for Beau’s Oktoberfest: the brewery’s 5th  annual signature fundraising event taking place in Vankleek Hill, Ontario on October 4th and 5th.

The Fall Seasonal is Beau’s only regularly produced lager and features a bready malt backbone that is complemented by a firm hop presence. “Our Night Märzen is essentially a throwback version of the Märzen style. It features a greater intensity of flavour, as well as a deeper and darker malt character than some paler contemporary versions of the style,” explains Beau’s brewmaster Matthew O’Hara. The Oktoberfest Lager pairs well with traditional Oktoberfest fare such as pretzels with mustard.

The Spruce Moose is the 8th release in the Beau’s Pro-Am Series; beer recipes developed by amateur brewers, and then scaled up for a full-batch at Beau’s. The American Pale Ale is a 6.2% deep copper-coloured beer featuring an addition of more than 60 kilograms of spruce tips hand-harvested from the wild. It has a clean, mellow malt character that is complemented by zesty, piney hops. The Spruce Moose was brewed with Patrick Boisvenue, winner of the 2012 Members of Barleyment Beau’s Oktoberfest Homebrew Competition and collaborator to the award-winning Burnt Rock Vanilla Porter.

Presented in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottle, Night Märzen is available beginning today at select LCBO locations, select restaurants and pubs, the brewery retail store, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca) for a retail price of $4.35. The Spruce Moose is available in 600 ml bottles for a retail price of $7.85 and can be purchased at the brewery retail store and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bellwood's Brewery and barVolo Team Up for Bellwood's Sunsplash

Toronto, ON

A Day of Soul, Reggae, and Bellwoods Beer @ Volo, Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Looks like another great event from barVolo.  This time teaming up with Bellwood's Brewery.

        Session One: 12:00pm - 4:00pm (Tickets)
        Session Two: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Tickets)
        Session Three: 9:00pm - 2:00am (No Tickets/ $5 Entrance)

TICKET INFO

 $25 price includes: admission, event glass, tasting booklet, and five drink tickets.

One drink ticket = $2.50 (including tax)
Regular Beers (10oz) 1/2 Pint = $5.00  
Specialty Beers (10oz) = $7.50  (including tax)

Advertised ticket price does not include HST & online processing fee's (Paypal & Guestlist)
Only Bellwoods beers will be served on this day.
BarVolo will not be open for regular business.
Event is CASH ONLY, an ATM is available downstairs (19+).
Caribbean eats by Matthew Duffy and Aiden Galligan of Cafe Boulud

TAPS

1.  Bellwoods Grognard (Session Stout)
2.  Bellwoods Bootknife (Belgian Brown Ale)
3.  Bellwoods Lost River (Baltic Porter)
4.  Bellwoods Hellwoods (Imperial Stout)
5.  Bellwoods Bring Out Your Dead (Imperial Stout Aged in Cognac Barrels)
6.  Bellwoods White Picket Fence (Belgian Wit)
7.  Bellwoods Farmhouse Saison (Saison)
8.  Bellwoods Belgian IPA (Belgian IPA)
9.  Bellwoods Phantom Limb (Tripel)
10. Bellwoods Cuvee De Grandma's Boy (a blend of Tripel and Saison)
11. Bellwoods Wizard Wolf (Dry-Hopped Session Ale)
12. Bellwoods Monogamy Galaxy (Single Hop Pale Ale)
13. Bellwoods Monogamy Simcoe (Single Hop Pale Ale)
14. Bellwoods Monogamy Chinook (Single Hop Pale Ale)
15. Bellwoods Monogamy Summit (Single Hop Pale Ale)
16. Bellwoods Quien Es El Hefe? (German Hefeweizen)
17. Bellwoods Omertà (Pale Ale with Orange Peel and Hibiscus Flower)
18. Bellwoods Roman Candle (IPA)
19. Bellwoods Witchshark (IIPA)
20. Bellwoods Mashpipe Rhubarb (Berlinerweisse with Smoked Rhubarb)
21. Bellwoods Sour Berliner (Berlinerweisse with Ginger and Apricot)
22. Bellwoods No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Sour Stout)
23. Bellwoods Fruit Helmet (Pale Ale with Mango and Apricot, Collab with Evil Twin Brewing)
24. Bellwood Fruit Helmet #2 (Pale Ale with Pineapple and Goji Berry)
25. Bellwoods Frambizzle (Saison with Raspberries, Collab with Trou Du Diable)

CASKS

1. Bellwoods Tripel With Lemons
2. Bellwoods Imperial Stout aged In Cognac Barrel With Cacao Nibs and Cherries
3. Bellwoods TBD
4. Bellwoods TBD
5. Bellwoods TBD

From The Bellwoods Blog....

Over the last little while, we’ve been quietly, methodically and diabolically building a keg mountain in the most secret corner of our walk in fridge. This mysterious collection of individual ales is marked only with a simple note that says: RESERVED FOR VOLO. Do not touch!

A tap takeover at Volo has been in the cards for sometime, the question was only a matter of when — when would we finally have 26 unique beers to fill their extensive tap collection? It definitely took a bit of time and planning, but we’re excited to announce that the whole question of when has finally been answered. We’re ready!

Not only will we be pouring crowd pleasers like Wizard Wolf and Roman Candle, but also old favourites like the Smoked Rhubarb Mashpipe, Lost River Baltic Porter, Cuvee De Grandma’s Boy, and Omertá.

In addition to the 26 beers on draft, we’ll also be tapping 6 casks, and popping a selection of reserve bottles. This is definitely the most extensive single line up of our beers to date, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase them all at one time. With a total of at least 32 different beers to sample, we send you forth with only one piece of advice: choose wisely!

So if we don’t see you at some point on the 24th, the assumption will naturally be that you are either: A) in labour, B) in orbit, C) doing your hair that day, or D) all of the above. Of course, “D” is the most respected excuse.

Buy a compass, avoid heavy lifting the week before, and carb-load at breakfast, ‘cause this is going to be a marathon. Through some Darwinian chain of events, you are practically ensuring that your children will become successful brewers by attending this event. It’s science. Don’t mess with it.

Registration

Session One: Bellwoods Sunsplash ($29.96)
12pm - 4pm @barVolo

Session Two: Bellwoods Sunsplash ($29.96)
5pm - 9pm @barVolo

Click here to Register

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cask Days 2013 Tickets Now On Sale!

Toronto, ON


Canada's premiere cask conditioned ale festival is bigger than ever!

Be sure to visit www.caskdays.com for tickets now!



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's Back! 10Point IPA Now Available at LCBOs and on Tap

Baysville, ON

Great news for IPA and craft beer fans across Ontario. Lake of Bays Brewing Co. is proud to announce the return of its 10 Point India Pale Ale, now available at LCBOs and on tap at pubs and restaurants across the province. Find the location nearest you on your smartphone at BeerFinder.ca.

Dry hopped for enhanced flavour, 10 Point IPA clocks in at 6% alc./vol. With IBUs (International Bittering Units) coming in at a relatively modest 55, this IPA is particularly sessionable (meaning that even those who are not hop heads can drink more than a glass of it).

"This is the second year that we've brought out the 10 Point," said Lake of Bays Brewing Co. founder and president Darren Smith. "It was really well received last year."

Alongside the release of the 10 Point IPA, Lake of Bays Brewing has partnered with The Friends of Algonquin Park to support their work in Algonquin Park, located 30km northeast of Baysville. For every 750mL bottle of 10Point IPA purchased at the LCBO, Lake of Bays Brewing Co. donates $.25 to the charity, which acts as ambassador and steward for Algonquin Park.

"We want to give back to the community, and we really admire what The Friends of Algonquin Park do," said Smith.

10 Point IPA is available while supplies last.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Early Bird Tickets for Beau’s 5th Oktoberfest Now on Sale

Ottawa, ON

Annual festival celebrates with more charities, food, activities, and music

Early bird tickets for Beau’s All Natural Brewing’s signature fundraising event go on sale today at 10 am, and the first 1000 ticket holders will receive a complimentary compilation CD featuring music by this year’s musical lineup. Celebrating its 5th year of hosting Oktoberfest, Beau’s Bavarian-themed festival will take place on October 4th and 5th at the Agricultural Fairgrounds in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

Oktoberfest festivities kick off Friday, October 4th (4 pm to 11 pm) and resume Saturday, October 5th (11 am to 9 pm). Traditional live Bavarian music, dancing, and performances by Canada’s Polka King and three-time Grammy Award winner Walter Ostanek will be featured each day alongside musical acts:

• FRIDAY: Kathleen Edwards, The Sadies, Young Rival, The Balconies
• SATURDAY: Sloan, Rich Aucoin, The Mahones

Activities return with Oktoberfest fan favourites such as the stein-hold struggle, spouse-carrying race, sausage-eating contest, malt-sack races, and the beer keg toss. For the first time festival goers will be able to participate in the Beau’s Oktoberfest Team Challenge where groups of six will compete together against opposing teams in keg toss competitions, malt sack races, and a tractor pull. Those looking to sharpen their beer knowledge are encouraged to participate in educational seminars known as “The School of Bock” for guided talks from beer experts, including renowned brewer Anders Kissmeyer from Denmark. Kinderfest, a non-licenced area will include new interactive games, activities, and entertainment for children of all ages.

Beau’s has raised more than $167,000 for charities in total over the past four years, and is projecting to add another $75,000 for its fifth anniversary. This year’s benefitting organizations include the Canadian Canoe Foundation (www.canadiancanoefoundation.ca), Kiva (www.kiva.org), and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society. New this year is the Beau’s Oktoberfest Ride: a 94 km ride from Ottawa to Oktoberfest to raise money for the United Way. The Just Food interactive midway returns, as does Rethink Breast Cancer’s beer-filled dunk tank.

On the food front, more than 20 restaurants will interpret Bavarian fare including:

• Union 613’s Bavarian Fried Chicken with Spicy Mustard
• Hintonburg Public House’s Braised Pig Cheek with Blaukraut and Potato Pancake
• Whalesbone Catering’s Oysters with Bavarian Twist
• Olivea’s Corn Beef Brisket with Garlic & Chili Sauerkraut

A total of nine beers will be featured, including Lug Tread, Night Marzen, Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale, The Tom Green Beer, and a surprise Beau’s brewer creation. The final four selections are past Oktoberfest favourites and will also appear in a commemorative 4-pack to be released in the LCBO prior to the festival. These are Oktobock, Smokin’ Banana Peels, Mr. Hyde, and Two Weeks’ Notice. The 4-packs will be available beginning in early September. As well, Cask Days returns with a large variety of cask-conditioned ales from Ontario and Quebec.

Oktoberfest tickets go on sale today online at www.beaus.ca, through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca), and at the brewery retail store in Vankleek Hill. Tickets include admission, parking, an alpine hat, pretzel, and first beverage (beer, coffee, pop or water).  Single-day adult passes are $22, or a two-day pass can be purchased for $38. Youth admission (18 or younger) is $5. Ottawa, Cornwall and Montreal residents are invited and encouraged to travel to Oktoberfest via shuttle bus. Round trip bus fare can be added on to any ticket for an additional $15.  Festival organizers suggest purchasing tickets early as past years have sold out in advance.

Beau’s also encourages attendees to “Volunbeer.” An integral part of the festival, Volunbeers will receive a complimentary 2-day pass to Oktoberfest, Volunbeer hat, and free transportation from Ottawa, Cornwall, or Montreal in exchange for one half-day shift helping out at the festival. Those interested can learn more at www.beaus.ca/volunteer.  

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