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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.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Platform 13 Winners Announced!

St. Thomas, ON

Railway City Brewing announced the winner’s of this year’s Platform 13 Home Brew competition. Last year, the winning beer was brewed featuring locally grown Beets and Honey. The overall winner of the Platform home brew competition receives a cash prize and the opportunity to brew alongside Railway City brewers. The full size brew is then made available to both retail customers along with local bars and restaurants.  The label design features the signature of both the home brewer and the Railway City Brewing team.

In the end 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.

And the winners are:

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

Although all the judges were impressed with the overall quality of all the beers entered, one of the beers stood out amongst all of them. The IPA, was chosen for its overall flavour balance and enjoyability and all the judges could see themselves drinking more of it!
The IPA was brewed by Ryan Harrison of St.Thomas.

When asked why Ryan brewed this beer he told Railway City: “I never liked beer growing up, but one day I tried craft beer and fell in love, then I decided to try and brew my own.”  Ryan also commented that “I find IPA’s on the market too dry, which lead me to malt it up! Commercial IPA’s are more bitter than hop”.
It is a delicious IPA that will be brewed later this summer and should be available in early September.

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