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Friday, March 29, 2013

Game Day Brewery Tours a Big Hit with Sports Fans

Toronto, ON


Centrally located between the Rogers Centre, the Air Canada Centre and BMO Field, Steam Whistle Brewing, an independent brewery housed in Toronto’s historic Roundhouse caters to sports fans looking to add to their Game Day excitement with brewery tours every half hour and often special food & entertainment.

Josh Hillinger, Retail Manager at the underdog Canadian craft brewery, shares “Every Jays game day we see hundreds of jersey-wearing fans, young and old, come into the brewery. I wanted to acknowledge this group of visitors with some ballpark-themed fun.” Josh has enlisted key restaurateurs, food trucks and pop-up food vendors to bring their specialties to the brewery while DJ McQueen or live bands pumps up the crowd with great tunes and shout outs on key weekend game dates.

A visit to Steam Whistle Brewery pre- or post-game always includes a friendly greeting from their staff offering a complimentary taste of this award-winning Pilsner. Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis and tend to book up for on game days by 2pm, so come early if you want to secure a tour reservation and enjoy the good vibe and refreshing beer at $4 a bottle while you wait. New this year are draught pints for $5.


Steam Whistle Brewing, open daily for complimentary samples and brewery tours, will be ‘stepping up their game’ to compliment the Blue Jay’s season. Baseball fans are encouraged to drop by the brewery before games on Jay’s game day Saturdays through the spring and summer for a whole lot of fun:  live music or Djs; gourmet food c/o a changing roster of pop-up food vendors and/or food trucks; $4 bottles or NEW this summer - draught pints of our beer ($5).

On Tuesday April 2nd, Jays Home Opener, Steam Whistle will be running an event all day long with extended hours (12noon to 10pm):
·        Live music: The Honey Runners and DJ Francis
·        Food:  Fidel Gastor's food truck (www.fidelgastro.ca) and pop up by Smash Cakes (www.facebook.com/Iwantsmashcake)
·        Stay and watch the game on our big screen! Or come back after to celebrate the first win (fingers crossed!)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One- Two- Three- Make it FUNKY!

New York, NY


What results from blending six Shmaltz ales and lagers aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels? One, 9.4 % alc. mashup of award-winning wonder that's the grooviest brew on the craft beer block. A combination of Jewbelation 15 (aged seven and ten months), Origin Pomegranate Strong Ale (aged eleven months), Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. (aged twelve months), Messiah Nut Brown Ale (aged six months), Coney Island Lager (aged twelve months), and Albino Python (aged three months), this beer will have you doing the hustle regardless of your dancing capabilities! The 2012 version of Funky Jewbelation is still basking in the glow of its Gold Medal from the World Beer Championships.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Beer Store Closing Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Toronto, ON

The Beer Store will close all stores across the province Friday, March 29th and Sunday, March 31, 2013 . All Beer Stores will observe their normal closing hours for the rest of the weekend.


For stores hours, visit us at www.thebeerstore.ca The Beer Store would like to wish their employees and customers a safe Holiday. 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.

Canada's Homegrown Superfood Set to Take Centre Stage

Calgary, AB


Lowers cholesterol, easy-to-use, made in Canada - check it out at www.GoBarley.com

Barley is finally getting the recognition it deserves with a new consumer website—www.GoBarley.com—a one-stop-shop for everything barley.

The website features over 60 brand new recipes from mains dishes to desserts, as well as a series of barley "how to videos" and multiple blog posts from nutritionists and foodies. Aimed at showing consumers just how versatile barley can be in our day to day cooking and baking, the website is part of a new market development initiative of the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC)—a grassroots, farmer-run organization for barley producers.

"We're excited about the new site and we think it does a great job of sharing barley's health benefits with consumers," said ABC Chairman Matt Sawyer, a farmer near Acme, AB. "We believe there is great potential to grow the food barley market and increase consumer awareness and demand for this healthy grain."

Canada's third largest crop, barley received approval from Health Canada for a new food claim which concluded that daily consumption of barley helps to reduce blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease. To help spread the word about the barley health claim as well as the new GoBarley.com website, the Commission has sent Market Development Manager Linda Whitworth on a cross-Canada barley blitz.

"Everywhere I go, people are excited to talk about barley," said Whitworth. "Barley is delicious and good for you. It's versatile and lends itself well to all types of dishes. Plus, it doesn't get much more local and healthy than barley."

Barley is low on the glycemic index and packed full of fibre that will help keep people feeling fuller, longer. You can cook pot or pearl barley in water or broth and add it to soup or salads—or substitute it in any dish where you would normally use rice or pasta. Barley flour has a rich, nutty-flavour and can contain more than three times the dietary fibre of enriched all-purpose flour. It can be found at bulk food stores, health stores and major grocery stores.

Gobarley.com also features partnerships with Canadian bloggers covering the other uses of barley such as malt barley used to produce beer. These blogs introduce consumers to Alberta's craft brewers and breweries as well as helpful tips for pairing food and beer.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

LCBO Stores Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Select Stores Open Easter Monday


Toronto, ON

LCBO stores and LCBO agency outlets will be closed on Good Friday, March 29 and on Easter Sunday, March 31.

In view of the Good Friday and Easter Sunday closings, some LCBO stores that would normally close at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings will observe extended hours on Thursday, March 28. All LCBO stores will observe their regular Saturday hours of business.

Some 280 LCBO stores will open on Easter Monday, April 1, with modified hours of operation. LCBO agency outlets will observe their regular Monday hours of business. As with most government offices, LCBO Toronto head office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

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 or hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291. The helloLCBO Contact Centre will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Easter Monday and be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

The LCBO reminds everyone to drink responsibly over the Easter long weekend and to never drink and drive. LCBO store staff can provide tips and recipes to help entertain responsibly and help ensure your guests get home safely. Responsible hosting information is also available at www.deflatetheelephant.com.

Monday, March 25, 2013

New Beau’s Hopped-Wheat Beer “Wag the Wolf” Coming March 28


Fruit and spice flavours meet up with citrusy, tropical hop aroma for an inspired twist on the traditional German weissbier


Eastern Ontario craft brewery Beau’s All Natural will welcome spring next week with a brand new Wild Oats Series beer called Wag the Wolf: a refreshing, hop-forward 6% abv weissbier designed to pair with the changing seasons.

Wag the Wolf is a hazy, pale gold weissbier (wheat beer) that has been generously late-addition hopped — a brewing technique of adding hops at the end of the boil to benefit mainly from their aroma, while taking away less overall bitterness for the resulting beer’s taste. Made with 65% wheat, and fermented with German weissbier yeast, the traditionally fruity, spicy and refreshing style is matched with big New Zealand hop aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Wag the Wolf offers up banana, clove, papaya, mango and citrus on the nose, lively carbonation with pleasant maltiness, and a slightly dry finish.

“This is a versatile, ‘shoulder-season’ kind of beer,” explains Beau’s brewmaster Matthew O’Hara. “Spring weather in Ontario can be pretty unpredictable, so we decided to brew a beer that that plays equally well with duck, sausages and spicy food as it does with summer salads and goat cheese.”

Wag the Wolf is part of the Beau’s Wild Oats Series, a family of Beau’s beers designed to challenge the drinker’s palate with bold flavours, interesting ingredients, and innovative styles that begin with respect for brewing traditions — and then break the rules. The Beau’s Wild Oats Series is available on tap at select restaurants and pubs across Ontario; a list is available at www.beaus.ca.

Wag the Wolf will be served up on tap for the month of April at these establishments, and will also be available beginning Thursday Mar. 28 in 600 ml single-serve bottles at the Beau’s retail store, as well as through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca). The bottles will retail for $7.85.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Beer Mail from Dead Frog Brewery

Well, they have done it again!

Thank you for the samples Dead Frog.  It looks like another great beer in your arsenal.


"A golden hop monster with a refined edge.

Our Valiant Belgian IPA is a celebration of the valiant brewing forefathers in Belgium who perfected the art of making great beer and inspire us to do the same. This hybrid unfiltered IPA is our most romantic brew yet; it's the perfect marriage of a West Coast hop powerhouse and an elegant Belgian ale.

The beer is a vibrant, hop forward, delicately balanced IPA brewed using West Coast hops and traditional Belgian yeast. Flavours from two distinct styles of beer combine to make a unique brew with inspiration from two sides of the brewing world."

At a whopping 9% ABV, this is a monster with some serious kick.  Unfiltered and spectacular!



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pompous Ass English Pale Ale Getting Another Batch Brewer

Toronto, ON

Great Lakes Brewery has been receiving great feedback on their Pompous Ass English Pale Ale. So much so that they decided to brew a second batch!

For those who haven't had a chance to try it yet, this 4.2% ABV English Pale Ale boasts a moderate malt body with a fresh herbal hop finish. Cans are available at their retail store as well as select licensees throughout the province and draft can be found at a various establishments in the GTA.

Steam Whistle's April Art Exhibit


Toronto, ON

Garrison Creek Bat Co. presents the "Season Opener" - a celebration of baseball and art, opening Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 at the Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto). Featuring customized baseball bats and art from over 30 different artists, illustrators and craftspeople, and live music from The Beverleys, this year's Season Opener is set to be a fantastic show.  What's more, GCBC has provided the Jays Care Foundation with a hand-turned GCBC bat to be signed by the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays, which will be raffled off for charity at the show!

The Opening Night Party will take place on Wednesday April 3rd 2013 from 7-11pm at Steam Whistle Brewing at 255 Bremner Blvd or visit the brewery during all of April to see the exhibition.

The Season Opener features work by:

Adam Hilborn - www.pkartdept.com

Adrian Forrow - www.adrianforrow.com

Alex Rodway - www.alexrodway.com

Base Camp X - www.basecampx.com

Britt Wilson - www.brittwilson.com

Bryce Huffman - www.brycehuffman.com

Carla Poirier - www.carlapoirier.com

C.R. Fieldhouse - www.crfieldhouse.com

Dan Rocca - www.danrocca.com

Darren Booth - www.darrenbooth.com

Darryl Graham - www.darrylgraham.com

Dave Murray - www.davemurrayillustration.com

Doublenaut - www.doublenaut.com

Dushan Milic - www.dushanmilic.com

Erin McCutcheon - www.erinmccutcheon.com

Erin McPhee - www.erinmcphee.com

Graham Roumieu - www.roumieu.com

Jamie Lawson - blog.jaimielawsonart.com

Jacqui Oakley - www.jacquioakley.com

Jordan McKie

Joe Morse - www.joemorse.com

Kathryn Macnaughton - www.kathrynmacnaughton.com

Kid Icarus - www.kidicarus.ca

Lauren Reed - ltreed.blogspot.ca

Lorraine Tuson - www.lorrainetuson.com

Patrick Gray - www.grayillustration.com

Pete Ryan - www.peterthomasryan.com

Sandra Dionisi - www.sandradionisi.com

Speakeasy Tattoo - www.speakeasy-tattoo.com

Steve Hughes - www.primaryhughes.com

Tavis Coburn - www.taviscoburn.com

Tessar Lo - www.tessarlo.com

And live music by The Beverleys - http://thebeverleys.bandcamp.com/

Please visit www.garrisoncreekbats.com for more details leading up to the show, and check out GCBC on Twitter and Instagram - @GCBatco

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Gallery to showcase local creative talent.  Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time.  Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold.  At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.

All exhibitions are open free to the public- Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am -6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm.  Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse - 255 Bremner Blvd.  Toronto. (south of the CN Tower) 416 362 2337 x 246.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kensington Brewing Company Announces Launch of Community Supported Beer (CSB) Initiative


Toronto, ON

The Kensington Brewing Company is pleased to announce the launch of a Community Supporting Beer (CSB) program, an exciting initiative that aims to involve the community in the construction of our new brewery. Like Community Supported Agriculture programs, our CSB is an opportunity for beer enthusiasts to pre-purchase limited edition and experimental beer, perks at our retail store and bar, access to exclusive beer experiences and more.

Individuals may register online for one of 5 unique tiers ranging from “Keg Washer” (gift cards with instant bonus) to “Brew Master” (the ultimate brew day experience, including making your own beer for fellow CSB members). There are varying degrees of financial commitment for each membership tier, each offering genuine value and a proportionate return.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wellington Brewery Gives The Boot to their Bottles

Guelph, ON


This year has been off to a busy start for Wellington Brewery. In January, the brewery announced a major expansion to their brewing facility. Now, Wellington Brewery is excited to release all-new package designs for their award-winning line-up of craft beers. The re-branding is the result of an ongoing transition away from the brewery's use of the "Duke of Wellington", towards the use of the iconic Wellington rubber boot as a logo.

Last summer Wellington Brewery launched their new look on 473 mL tall cans at the LCBO and now they're ready to roll out the fresh designs on their 341 mL bottles and 6 Pack boxes.  The new branding from Toronto design firm Hayes & Company, puts a modern twist on Wellington's classic line-up of craft beers with a new look that is colourful, fun, and engaging.

On the side of each 6-pack box the brewery has featured an innovative approach to describing the characteristics of each beer by including technical specs such as the I.B.U. (bitterness), O.G. (Original Gravity), and a visual indicator of the colour of each beer. With these details Wellington aims to help craft beer drinkers know exactly what to expect from each beer.

Vice-President Brent Davies is excited to see what customers will think, saying "it's the same consistent, high-quality beers we've become known for with a design that is more fun, and something we hope will encourage new craft beer drinkers to try a welly on".

In the coming months, look for these new bottles and 6-pack boxes to be hitting the shelves at over 250 Beer Store locations across Ontario and at bars and restaurants that carry Wellington products.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kensington Brewing Company Announces Construction of New Brewery, Retail Store & Bar at 299 Augusta Avenue

Toronto, ON


The Kensington Brewing Company formally announced today, the construction of a full production brewery at 299 Augusta Avenue in Toronto’s historic Kensington Market. They are working with the property developer, architects and suppliers to create a completely unique facility that will feature an on-site retail store and bar. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and they hope to open by the winter of 2013.

The new brewery will operate with a mandate to push boundaries, explore beer styles and produce specialty beer. A retail store will operate on a full time basis, offering a diverse selection of bottles and growler fills. The bar will offer a wide range of beer produced entirely in house, as well as collaborative beer and special versions of our core offerings.

They are proud to continue in the tradition of the market as an independently owned business with community at the forefront of their endeavors. They look forward to working with our neighbours to utilize natural, market-sourced ingredients from Kensington vendors to brew delicious craft beer!

Dave Lee has joined the Kensington Brewing Company as Head Brewer. Dave holds an International Diploma in Brewing Technology, the highest brewing certification offered by the world-renowned Sibel Institute in Chicago. He comes to the Kensington Brewing Company after 5 years with the Mill Street Brewery where he gained valuable experience as a brewer. His primary duties will lie in executing the creative direction of the KBCo, brew house operations and managing our quality assurance program.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Renaissance Brewing Company - Elemental Porter


Beer Review, Craft Beer, London, Ontario, BeergeeksABV 6% (Bottle 500ml)
The Brewery

"Located in Blenheim, in the heart of the gourmet province of Marlborough, New Zealand, the Renaissance brewery crafts intensely rewarding ales for the enlightened palate."

The Bottle
Get all in the info on this brew.


The Pour
Pours black as oil with no head and no lacing.  The brew lies very still with no discernible carbonation.  2nd pour produced at 1/2 finger off-white beige head. 

Aroma
Sweet and rich with roast malt and dark caramel overtones, and some Lowland Scotch flavour's lend this Porter a mild, mellow and delicate whiskey character. 

Taste
Rich again and dry with strong roast coffee, cacao, raw chocolate, hints of blueberry and a light carbonation that balances the body very well.  Hops are there in the dry aftertaste with some espresso along for the ride.

Overall
It's really nice that the LCBO is branching out into beers from countries that don't come readily to mind when most people think of buying a bottle eg. Iceland, New Zealand.  This porter has a big kick for 6% and could almost be called a light RIS; even if that is a contradiction in terms.  It's very hop forward and gets better as it warms.  A solid B+.  Quite good, but not quite A material.  

Next up...
I tackle Big Rock's (newly available in Ontario) IPA

Friday, March 8, 2013

Beau’s Strong Irish Red Ale “Strong Patrick” into LCBO


Ottawa, ON

Winter may be winding down, but Strong Patrick will stick around: find it on LCBO shelves and on tap at nearly 50 locations this spring

Beau’s month-long Winter beer celebration, FeBREWary, finished with a Strong Irish Red Ale called Strong Patrick. The strong (6.7% abv) interpretation of the Irish Red style is nuanced with a partial aging in whiskey barrels, lending subtle wood and vanilla notes. It is lightly hopped, well rounded and balanced, with a pleasant toasted malt character. Strong Patrick offers up an alternative St. Patrick’s Day brew for those who don’t enjoy stouts.

Strong Patrick was tapped at nearly 50 restaurants and pubs across Ontario Thursday Feb. 28 (a list of locations is available at www.beaus.ca), and will also be widely available this spring in 600 ml single-serve bottles at the LCBO, as well as the onsite brewery retail store, and through the Ottawa-based home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca). The bottles will retail for $7.85.

This was the final FeBREWary release, which saw 7 beer releases in 5 weeks, and multiple events across the province. “True to our word, we gave Old Man Winter a kick in the snow pants. and gave everyone a good reason to come out of hibernation!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne.

If picking up a bottle at the local LCBO this weekend or for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Beau’s Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara suggests pairing it with creme brulée, and/or some traditional soda bread and Irish stew.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Platform 13 - Railway City 2nd Annual Home Brew Competition!


Do you have what it takes to Brew the Best Brew?

We want to find out! Railway City Brewing Co. is launching our 2nd annual Home Brew Competition that encourages home brewers to submit their Best Brew!

The Competition ties in with the National Home Brew Day, held annually on the first Saturday of May. That event brings together thousands of home brewers from around the world, all brewing new beers simultaneously. More than 5,000 home brewers from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Australia are expected to participate this year. Some brewers that participate in our competition may enter one of their creations from that day.

Home brewers have been instrumental in the development and appreciation of craft beer around the world. Many Craft breweries have either been started by or have home brewers working in the brewing aspect of the business.

The winners will compete for cash prizes plus the bragging rights and opportunity to brew a full size batch alongside Railway City Brewing’s brewer. The winner will also have their signature identified on the bottles of their brew, which will also be featured as this year’s “Platform 13”, one of Railway City’s Seasonal offerings to be released later in July.

“Homebrewers are always pushing the boundaries and are very creative with their brews”. Many brew award winning beer,” states Al Goulding, Founder

One of the strengths of our competition is that it recognizes the Home Brewers and provides them a platform to create something special.  The creative process is alive and well throughout the craft brewing industry. There are a ton of interesting new creations being brewed everyday.

Railway City Brewing Company started in 2008 and just finished celebrating it’s fifth year in operation. Popular brands that are available in over 150 LCBO stores across the province include their Iron Spike Blonde Ale and their Dead Elephant Ale.

Other interesting brews that have been developed using local ingredients include their newest Honey Elixir – featuring local honey, Orchard Harvest featuring local Macintosh Apples and their popular Shambock featuring local Maple Syrup.

“Railway City is proud to share the spotlight and provide a Platform for the Homebrewer! Creating interesting and delicious brews is something we strive for, and we know the homebrewers share this passion as well.” Mike Gardner, Brewer

This year’s Platform 13 - Homebrew competition begins now, and entries are required to be submitted by May 18, 2013. Details can be found online at www.railwaycitybrewing.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dead Frog Kicks Off Their 2013 Release Schedule With The Dead Frog Valiant Belgian IPA


Described as "a golden hop monster with a refined edge", the Dead Frog Valiant Belgian IPA is a celebration of the valiant brewing forefathers in Belgium who perfected the art of making great beer and inspire us to do the same. This hybrid unfiltered IPA is our most romantic brew yet; it's the perfect marriage of a West Coast hop powerhouse and an elegant Belgian ale.

"The beer is a vibrant, hop forward, delicately balanced IPA brewed using West Coast hops and traditional Belgian yeast. Flavours from two distinct styles of beer combine to make a unique brew with inspiration from two sides of the brewing world".

Tech Specs and Random Info;

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, wheat, invest sugar

Malts: 2 Row, Cara 8, White Wheat

Hops: Columbus, Centennial

IBUs: 55

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dark Water Series coming to Toronto's Bar Hop

Toronto, ON

Exclusive one-offs ! Hard to get seasonals ! Everything DARK!


Davey D & Bar Hop will be bringing a total tap takeover of exclusive and interesting DARK BEERS from 18 Ontario Craft Breweries.

Come celebrate and explore the art of brewing craft beer from the dark side.

Geoff Polci from CREMA coffee will be at Bar Hop pulling fresh sexy espresso shots to toss into a Double IPA designed/brewed by Davey D and Iain McOustra (Amsterdam Brewery). If you have never tried this before you won't want to miss it!

36 taps, 2 casks of delicious and local DARK BEERS.

Participating breweries :

Beau's All Natural
Sawdust City
Neustadt
Great Lakes
Amsterdam
F & M
Beer Academy
Spearhead
Grand River
Black Oak
Granite
Wellington
Indie Ale House
Nickel Brook
Flying Monkeys
Bellwoods
Lake of Bays
Railway City

Surely an event not to be missed at one of my favourite lunch spots in Toronto!  Check the event out on Facebook here and be sure to visit their website for future event updates.

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