Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ontario MPPs Vote for Their Favourite Ontario Craft Beers

Toronto, ON

19 Breweries Sample 68 Beers at Popular Annual Tasting Event

Members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario joined members of Ontario Craft Brewers® to celebrate the great taste and success of Ontario's thriving craft beer industry during the annual tasting event held at the Queen's Park Legislature.

Hosted by Hon. Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in cooperation with Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario MPPs and Queen's Park staffers tasted a wide selection of craft beers from breweries across the province and cast their votes in favour of the craft beers to be highlighted at the Legislative Assembly for 2013-2014.

"Queen's Park staff flock to this annual tasting event," says Speaker Levac. "Ontario's independent brewers do excellent work not only producing some of the highest quality products available in Ontario but also add to Ontario's economy by creating jobs and economic growth."

Speaker's Selection: Hoptical Illusion, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Golden Lagers, Pilsners and Light Beer: Old Credit Pale Pilsner

Malty Dark Lager or Ale: TIED: Highlander Scottish Ale and Mill Street Tank House Ale

Wheat Beer or Specialty: Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner

Amber Lagers, Ale and Honey Beer: Old Credit Amber Ale
Refreshing Ales: Beau's Lug Tread Lagered Ale, Beau's All Natural Brewing

Bold Flavoured Ale, Stout or Porter: Dead Elephant Ale, Railway City Brewing
Nineteen Ontario Craft Breweries poured 68 different Ontario Craft Beers for 300+ government members and staff who enjoyed their samples with delicious Ontario food supplied by Saffron Catering and cured meats from the Association of Ontario Food Processors. Enterprise Canada was also a sponsor.
 "Our industry is experiencing fantastic growth and momentum," says Gary McMullen, Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers and President of Muskoka Brewery. "We are extremely proud of our premium quality products and our success to date. With Ontario's support, we will continue working toward our goal of being a North American centre of excellence for craft brewing."

 The new beers, to be highlighted in the Legislative Dining Room and at other Queen's Park venues, are brewed in local communities throughout the province, including: Barrie (Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery), Baysville (Lake of Bays Brewing Co.), Bracebridge (Muskoka Cottage Brewery), Burlington (Nickel Brook Brewing Co.), Cambridge (Grand River Brewing), Etobicoke (Black Oak Brewing Co. & Great Lakes Brewery), Guelph (F&M Brewery & Wellington Brewery), Port Credit (Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd.), Niagara-on-the-Lake (Niagara College Teaching Brewery), Nobleton (King Brewery), Oakville (Cameron's Brewing Co.), South River (Highlander Brewing), St. Thomas (Railway City Brewing), Toronto (Amsterdam Brewery, Mill Street Brewery, Steamwhistle Brewing) and Van Kleek Hill (Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.).


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