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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.

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