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Monday, February 25, 2013

Amsterdam Brewing Company Set To Release 2013 Spring Seasonal Beer – ‘Spring Bock’

Toronto, ON

The Amsterdam Brewing Company, one of Toronto’s oldest independently owned and operated craft breweries, is set to release their first seasonal beer of 2013 – Spring Bock. Checking in at 7.8% ABV, the 2013 version of Spring Bock is slightly higher in alcohol when compared to previous years and can be cellared for up to 36 months.

Originally brewed only in monasteries for consumption during Lent, bock beers are the richest, creamiest, and most full-bodied beers in the world. Because of their high food energy and nutritional content, bock beer provided sustenance to monks who were required to fast for over 40 days and nights. If there were one beer you could literally live off of, this would be it. Fermented with a house strain of Danish yeast and aged three times longer than their other beers, Amsterdam Spring Bock is a seasonal brew you do not want to miss out on.

To celebrate the spring brewing season, Amsterdam is hosting the third annual “Rock Out With Your Bock Out” at the brewery this Thursday, February 28th from 6-9pm that will feature Spring Bock samples, entertainment and food from K-Song Taco. The event will also feature a vertical tasting of Spring Bock vintages from years past. 'Rock Out With Your Bock Out’ is free and open to the public. All are welcome!
Amsterdam Spring Bock is available for sale in 500mL bottles from select LCBOs ($4.25, Product #208942), the Amsterdam Retail Store (45 Esandar Dr., 416-504-6882) and on tap at fine bars and restaurants. Amsterdam brews its seasonal beers in small batches so Spring Bock will only be available while supplies last.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cheers! For Charity Presents “Beer 4 Boobs” An Event Where Local Brewers Help Fight Breast Cancer

Toronto, ON

For the 2nd year in a row, local brewers collaborate to produce unique one off beers for a cause - but this time it will be twice as good!

On two separate days at two separate bars in two separate cities, a group of passionate local brewers, both female and male alike, will work together to help fight Breast Cancer. Starting at The Rhino (1249 Queen St. W, Toronto) on Sunday April 7th, 2013 and continuing on to The Casbah (306 King St W, Hamilton) on Sunday April 14th, 2013, a series of unique one-off kegs and casks will be tapped in honor of the event “Beer 4 Boobs”. Both events will feature the same selection and volume of specially created craft beers.

“We are excited to host the second annual Beer 4 Boobs event, says Kaitlin Vandenbosch- co-founder of Cheers for Charity and Beer 4 Boobs. “Our first event at bar Volo was a huge success.  This year we have been able to expand to include two locations and triple the amount of beer at each event due the enormous support from the brewing community in Toronto and across South-Western Ontario.”

Every beer on tap at during these two events will be brewed by a member of Ontario’s brewing industry. Brewers from: Amsterdam Brewing Co., Black Oak, Mill Street, Oast House, Railway City, Beyond the Pale, Camerons, Niagara College, The Ship, Grand River, Bellwoods, Silversmith, Trafalgar, Indie Ale House, Cheshire Valley, Granite and a few others have all generously donated their time, ingredients, and pilot systems to collaborate special one-off beers to be served only at the “Beer 4 Boobs” events.  “We are all looking forward to serving our collaborative beers on a behalf of a great cause”, says Morgan Wielgosz of Amsterdam Brewing Co. “2012 was a huge success.  We hope our beers can really make a difference.”

Tickets will be $25.00 each and will include 1 sample beer ticket, and a commemorative sampling glass. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle and beer will be donated locally.  Proceeds from the Toronto event will be donated to PYNK, a breast cancer program for young women under 40 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. While proceeds from the Hamilton event will go to “Breast Cancer Support Services” an organization that provides comfort and support to women and families living with breast cancer in the Greater Hamilton & Halton regions.

Tickets for the Toronto “Beer 4 Boobs” Event at The Rhino will be sold at the door. The event will run
from 2pm – 8pm on Sunday April 7, 2013.

Tickets for the Hamilton “Beer 4 Boobs” Event at The Casbah will be sold at the door. The event will run
from 1pm – 6pm on Sunday April 14, 2013.

·       Both Event are 19+.
·       CASH ONLY, with ATM available.
·       Only specialty one-off beers brewed by those involved will be served on these nights.
·       Additional beer tickets can be purchased at the event
·       Both The Rhino and The Casbah will not be open for regular business during the presented      
        days and hours due to this event.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fourth Annual Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) Province-Wide Festival Launches June 16, 2013

Toronto, ON

"Mark your calendars, craft beer lovers," says Steve Abrams, co-chair, Ontario Craft Beer Week 2013 and partner/owner, Mill Street Brewery. "Ontario Craft Brewers' annual celebration of craft beer, the people who make it and the people who drink it, will return to communities across the province this Father's Day."

The goal of Ontario Craft Brewers' week-long, province-wide festival is to celebrate the local craft beer scene and expose consumers to the premium quality and culture of Ontario craft beer. OCB breweries will host events on-site at their breweries, in pubs, restaurants, and event venues throughout Ontario in cities such as Toronto, Guelph, London, Ottawa and smaller communities from Cambridge to Vankleek Hill and Muskoka to Niagara.

"This is an awesome opportunity for people to join in on the Ontario craft beer revolution," says Cam Heaps, co-chair, Ontario Craft Beer Week and founder, Steam Whistle Brewing. "It's a great way for people to experience the flavour and fun of craft beer and celebrate the success of our homegrown industry."

Last year's Ontario Craft Beer Week 2012 saw 23 breweries hold 120+ events in 25+ towns and cities across the province. For the past four years, OCB Week has grown in size and scope, with more breweries, pubs and people participating in craft beer events and tastings. This year's beer week promises plenty of unique opportunities, such as:

Father's Day celebrations: Take Dad to your local craft brewery or Father's Day event
Visit your local brewery: Tours, tastings and meet the people behind the brands; brewmasters, owners, sales and production people

Craft beer 101: experience beer tastings and food pairings with the experts, including cheese, BBQ & chocolate

One-offs, cask & collaborations: Taste new, creative and collaborative brews not normally available
Craft beer and music: Battle of the Brewery Bands and other indie music events

Large-scale tasting festivals: Toronto Wine & Spirits Festival, Beach BBQ & Brews Festival at Woodbine Park and the official closing event, SESSION 99, A Craft Beer Festival, this year to be held at Artscape's Wychwood Barns

Pub crawls: Grab your buds and taste your way through multiple craft-friendly licensees
Brewery Tours: Sign up for a personalized regional beer tour, such as: the Old Toronto Beer Tour™ by Toronto Beer Lovers Tour Co., OR Ontario Group of Touring Companies, Ontario Craft Brewery Tours

Collaboration is a key theme of OCB Week. Ontario Craft breweries and their brewers will partner together to host events, make new beers and have fun. There will be many new, one-off beers, casks and special brewery collaboration beers for consumers to taste.

"OCB Week also exemplifies the close community that exists within Ontario's craft brewing industry," says Abrams. "It's a great way for consumers to rub shoulders - and raise elbows -- with members of the craft brewing industry".

First round of event listings will be posted on May 1st, 2013 at or visit

Interested parties with event ideas or requests should contact their local brewery or send an email to

"Plan your trip to Ontario in June," says Heaps. "And discover the great taste of Ontario and its thriving craft beer culture."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beer Mail from McAuslan Brewing

We received some Beer Mail today from the folks at McAuslan Brewing.  An incredible assortment of treats.  From their Maple Ale to their wonderful Scotch Ale, Oatmeal Stout, both the 2012 Vintage Ale and Russian Imperial Stout, as well as their newly canned Pale Ale.  This beer geek cannot wait to sample all of these goodies.
A big thank you to Peter and Barry.  Keep making fantastic beers!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Founders Brewing Co. Expanding Distribution to Ontario

Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Beer Will Be Available in the Canadian Province beginning in February 2013

Founders Brewing Co. announced today that it is expanding its distribution territory to include the nearby province of Ontario, working with Bruce Ashley Group to get their beer to the LCBO for distribution beginning in February.

“There is a growing craft beer scene in Ontario that we’re excited to be a part of,” said Co-Founder, President & CEO Mike Stevens. “Some great beer enthusiasts from our neighbor to the north have reached out to us over the past few years, and we’re looking forward to supporting that enthusiasm and to supporting recognition of the American craft beer scene internationally.”

Founders’ first shipment to Toronto consisted solely of Centennial IPA bottles. The brewery is hoping to add more beer brands to its Canadian distribution lineup in the next year.

For information on Founders’ new 2013 lineup and release calendar, visit

Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch Brings Utopias 10th Anniversary Batch to LCBO

Toronto, ON

The LCBO is offering the rare and highly sought-after 10th anniversary batch of Samuel Adams Utopias starting Friday, March 1. The 710 mL bottle will sell for $114.95.

To celebrate the anniversary and launch of this eagerly anticipated brew, LCBO will host a noon-hour guided tasting at the LCBO Summerhill Events Kitchen by Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch on Thursday, February 28. A very limited number of tickets will be available for $75 by phone only through the helloLCBO Contact Centre on Friday, February 22. Customers can purchase a maximum of two tickets per call, to taste four Samuel Adams premium beers, including Utopias, and appropriate food pairings. Tickets to the tasting will also permit customers to buy one bottle of Utopias before its general release on Friday, March 1.

Due to the extremely limited availability of this product, and to ensure all customers have an equal opportunity to purchase it following the tasting, the LCBO will be offering Utopias on a first-come, first-served basis by telephone only. It will not be sold in LCBO stores or online. Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Orders will be shipped to the LCBO store of the customer’s choice at no extra charge.

Samuel Adams Utopias is considered by some beer collectors to be the culmination of the art of brewing. The 10th anniversary batch produced 15,000 bottles, of which the LCBO is offering almost 400 through the helloLCBO Contact Centre. The brew is an uncarbonated blend of batches, some aged in a variety of wood barrels for more than 20 years. Utopias is meant to be enjoyed more in the manner of a fine sherry, brandy or Cognac. The LCBO is the only liquor board in Canada offering Utopias at this time, but it is expected to release later this spring in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

Order by Telephone

Tickets to the tutored tasting event with Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch will be available for purchase by telephone beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 22 by calling the helloLCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-668-5226 or (416) 365-5900 (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Note: Only 24 tickets will be available for purchase due to limited seating at the Summerhill Events Kitchen.

Sam Adams Utopias will be available for purchase by telephone beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 1 by calling the helloLCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-668-5226 or (416) 365-5900 (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Due to the very limited availability of this product, there will be a limit of one bottle per customer per call. We expect this product to sell out quickly so customers are encouraged to call early.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Beau’s Brewery Presents “The Snowman Lounge” at Ottawa’s Winterbrewed Craft Beer Festival this Weekend

Beau’s Snowman Lounge to Feature 360-Degree Ice Bar, tunes by Local DJs, an Ice Sculpture Gallery, and 12 Beau’s beers on Tap -- including fan-favourite BogFather

Eastern Ontario’s microbrewery, Beau’s All Natural, will be at the heart of Ottawa’s outdoor winter beer festival Winterbrewed, taking place this Saturday Feb. 16 and Sunday Feb. 17. Happening in conjunction with Ottawa’s annual Winterlude, the event takes over Sparks Street each day from 11 am to 9 pm, and features a variety of craft brewed beers and local food served up al fresco, along with music and activities.
Hosted within the festival is the Beau’s Snowman Lounge, where the folks from the Vankleek Hill craft brewery will be transforming an entire block of Sparks Street into a Beaus-ified Winter Wonderland Party of beer, music and fun. The Beau’s Snowman Lounge will be serving up samples and full glasses of 12 different Beau’s beers — including a 2013 edition of fan-favourite BogFather Imperial Gruit — from a huge 360-degree bar carved out of ice.

Lounge-goers can hang out and enjoy tunes spun by local DJs, check out frozen art in the Snowman Lounge’s Ice Sculpture gallery, and build a snowman in the onsite Snowman Field. Beau’s is asking people coming to the Winterbrewed Festival to bring any extra or unneeded winter wear with them to dress their snowmen and snowwomen up – the winter clothing will be gathered at the end of the festival and donated to those in need.

For those who prefer to stay indoors this time of year, Beau’s will be hosting a Winterbrewed Launch party at Bridgehead Roastery Friday February 15, to celebrate the release of the 2013 vintage of their coffee-beer collaboration with Bridgehead. There will be food, music, and 2013’s Winterbrewed on tap, and plenty of Lug Tread on hand as well. The Bridgehead roastery is located at 130 Anderson St. (at Preston), and the event, which runs from 7-11 pm, is free of charge.

The month of February has been changed to FeBREWary again this year at Beau’s All Natural Brewery. Celebrations continue throughout the month, with multiple events and new beer launches weekly in Ottawa and across Ontario. STILL TO COME IN FEBREWARY:

                · Mutineer Imperial Pilsner and Beaver River IP Eh Release, Mutineer Release Party (Toronto, Get Well), Cask Tapping of Mutineer, Beaver River open house at brewery, Beau’s Beer Brunch (5-Course), Vert Fourchette, VKH

            · Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale release, Cask Tapping of Strong Patrick, Strong Patrick Mexican themed Open House at brewery

More details about all these events are available on the Beau’s website (

Monday, February 11, 2013

Founders Brewing Co. To Introduce New Barrel-Aged Imperial IPA This Spring

”Doom” Marks the Sixth Release in Founders’ Popular Backstage Series

Founders Brewing Co. will introduce Doom, a bourbon-barrel-aged Imperial IPA, this April to mark the sixth installment in the brewery’s popular Backstage Series. Like all Backstage Series beers, Doom will be sold in 750mL bottles. It has a suggested retail price of $12.99 per bottle.

Doom is unleashed when Founders’ award-winning specialty Imperial IPA, Double Trouble, is aged in bourbon barrels for four months to create a distinct flavor experience. So, while Double Trouble is brewed to turn your world upside down, Doom is brewed to tear it apart: pungent hops conspire with boozy bourbon notes to send your senses spinning.

Known as “Hand of Doom” when originally brewed for Founders’ taproom, this 10% ABV beer is a unique addition to Founders’ barrel-aged repertoire, which has mostly consisted of malt-forward beers such as Backwoods Bastard and Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

“Doom is one of those beers that we’ve talked about releasing ever since we started the Backstage Series,” says Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “It’s hop heavy. It’s barrel-aged. It’s unapologetic. It’s the definition of a Founders beer.”

Founders’ Backstage Series is made up of boundary-pushing, experimental beers that have previously been available only in the brewery’s taproom and at a handful of high-exposure events. The intent of the series is to take the diehard Founders fan experience to a wider audience—though all of the beers are still released in limited batches. Since its introduction in the summer of 2011, Founders’ Backstage Series beers have quickly become some of the most sought-after releases in the industry.

Doom will be released in limited quantities across Founders’ distribution footprint beginning on Monday, April 22, and will be available at the brewery’s taproom through a ticketed release during the week of April 14. The brewery expects to release two more Backstage Series beers in 2013.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Deschutes River Ale

Bend, OR

If you are looking for a drinkable, crisp and refreshing beer that is full of Cascade and Crystal hop character and a great malt balance? Then have they got the beer for you. Deschutes River Ale gets its name from the river that has fed culture and inspiration to Deschutes beers for nearly a quarter century. After lots of experimentation, their brewers have created an approachable beer that honors its namesake and reminds them of the programs that they support to protect the health of the Deschutes River. This new year-round ale will be hitting shelves and palates this spring just in time for warmer weather and outdoor adventures. Be sure to grab a pint or bottle any time of year...your taste buds will thank you!

"Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci.

Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal."

4.0% ABV | 28 IBU's

Malt: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal
Hops: Cascade, Crystal, Nugget

Availability: 6-packs and draft where Deschutes beer is sold

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Garrison Builds Second Brewery at the Halifax Seaport

Halifax, NS

After 15 years in business, Garrison Brewing is expanding in a major way with the construction of its second location at the Halifax Seaport.
 “As exciting as it is to produce a new beer and have it sell out in days, that’s really not the goal,” explains Garrison President Brian Titus. "After six consecutive years of double-digit growth, we've simply run out of ways to make more beer in this location".

In 2012, Garrison produced 26 distinctive craft beers and five craft sodas, with limited distribution in eight Canadian provinces.

Garrison will develop over 13,000 square feet of rough industrial space in the Film Media Centre (FMC). The building was once used by VIA Rail for train repair but is now owned by the Halifax Port Authority and is home to a range of creative businesses.

The $2 million expansion will take several months to complete and allow Garrison’s production to eventually triple. It will serve as the brewery’s  primary facility for brewing, packaging and distributing while consolidating product and materials stored in three separate warehouses.

As with its original system, Garrison has commissioned veteran P.E.I. brewery fabricators, Diversified Metals Engineering, to produce the best gear possible with the greatest local impact. An integrated new brewhouse, large cellar tanks and support equipment will account for nearly half the expansion cost.

The existing location at 1149 Marginal Road will continue to be the destination for brewery visitors.

“By moving most of the process across the street, we’ll be able to expand retail and hospitality, providing a better experience for people and events,” Mr. Titus says.

The original brewhouse, grain silo and several tanks will remain in place for specialty beers and collaborations with other brewers.

Garrison’s expansion will also allow the brewery to pursue its environmental goals.
“We’ll immediately reduce energy consumption through improved layout, higher-efficiency equipment and increased monitoring and automation," explains Mr. Titus. “Down the road, we’ll also investigate solar power.”
The biggest impact though will come from a plan to meet stringent new wastewater guidelines. Over the first few years, Garrison will phase-in new technologies aimed at pre-treating its effluent - a first for small to mid-sized breweries in Canada.

"This issue is a real priority for us, and tackling wastewater discharge head-on will dramatically reduce our environmental impact.”

According to Mr. Titus, the decision to stay at the Seaport was an easy one.

“We’re excited to keep our operations consolidated in downtown Halifax where the majority of our customers are. We like the convenience and energy of this area and we’re eager to continue being a part of its development.”

While Garrison’s focus is primarily on serving the local market, a second facility means more beer for those living outside the Maritimes.

“We want to keep up with a growing demand for year-round local craft beers while having an interesting line-up of seasonal and specialty brews. We’d really just like to stop saying no so much!”

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

25 Years Of What?

Toronto, ON

Established February 13, 1988

For twenty-five years now C'est What? has been preaching from the book of local. They have always believed that Toronto has so much to offer that they would let the Irish have their own kind of pubs, the French their own style of wine, the Americans their own roadhouse food, and leave top-forty music to the radio stations.

From the time they first opened our doors at 11:00 PM on Thursday February 13, 1988 they have been proud local cultural ambassadors. They embrace Toronto's multiculturalism with a diverse menu of fresh, made from scratch, comfort food with real honest ingredients. As the city's original craft beer and wine restaurant they boast a selection of local craft beer, wine, and indie music that is unsurpassed in Toronto.

Twenty-five years into this grand experiment they are now part of Toronto's history and heritage. Against all conventional wisdom they have continually championed the "little guy", have survived to tell the tale, and have been an example to a new generation of establishments that are forging their own way without the influence of corporate tie-ins.

As with any endeavour or individual, they are not perfect, but their belief that "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well" keeps Torontonians showing up at C'est What every day. "As long as you keep visiting, we'll keep welcoming you in and together we'll see what the next twenty-five years has to offer".

Congrats C'est What, here's to another 25 years!


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