The 5 Events We Will Be At This Toronto Beer Week

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Ah, Toronto Beer Week.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

There are tons of events to be found this week, from tap takeovers, to beer dinners, to awards shows – there’s something for both the grizzled beer veteran and the fresh-faced newcomer to the Toronto beer scene.  The full event list can be found here!  Italic text denotes the events as described by those running it.  

As much as we love beer and all the amazing events there are to attend, we simply cannot hit them all!  With that said, we wanted to select a few events – one per night of the week – that you’re likely to see one of us at this week.  Keep an eye out for myself, Matt, Beth, or Victoria at any or all of the events below and be sure to say hi!


Monday, Sept 19 – Toronto Beer Week Industry Pub Crawl

Junction Craft Brewing and three Toronto bars have teamed up for a Monday to remember!  (be sure to buy a beer for Beth, this event lands on her birthday!)

Toronto’s BEST Industry night Pub Crawl begins at the Queen and Beaver Public House at 8pm Monday, September 19th with a special Cask Ale offering from Junction Brewery. We will be hitting up Duke’s Refresher as we continue the pub crawl. Then on to the Antler Room at The Loose Moose to finish off the party. Admission is free. Come thirsty!


Tuesday, September 20 – GLB x Rainhard Tap Takeover @ The Wren

Two of our favourite breweries, GLB and Rainhard, have got together in what will sure be hoppy glory – with a full tap takeover and the first ever GLB x Rainhard collab suprise beer on tap, we’re almost guaranteed a great time.  Look out for Mike and/or Matt, as well as a ton of ther friendly and familiar faces!

Great Lakes Brewery and Rainhard Brewery are teaming up to take over the taps at The Wren!

Each brewery will split the taps, including a special collaboration beer that all parties will brew.

Start time 4pm.

Beer list to be announced closer to the date of the event.

 


Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Baseball, Beer, and Brewery Tours

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The Great Left Side is an ESB, collaborated on by Left Field, Great Lakes, and Side Launch – and we can’t wait to get our hands on some!  Left Field exemplifies some of the friendliest and most captivating hospitality at their east-end brewery, and you just may spot all 4 of us Bottomless Pint writers out for this tasty, tasty event.  This, of course, is only two days after the release of Left Field’s Vermont IIPA, Laser Show, so hopefully they have a bottle or two left for us…

Join us at the brewery on Wednesday, September 21 to celebrate Toronto Beer Week. Enjoy a day full of beer, food, baseball and free tours. No reservations, just show-up and enjoy!

Festivities include:

– Tapping The Great Left Side at 11 am, an ESB brewed in collaboration with Great Lakes / Side Launch / Left Field

– Toronto Blue Jays vs Seattle Mariners showing in the Tap Room with full audio

– Arepa Republic Food Truck will be serving up delicious eats from 4-8pm

– FREE Brewery Tour starting at 6 pm

 


Thursday, September 22 – The Golden Tap Awards

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The Golden Tap Awards are Ontario’s most democratic beer awards, handed out every year as voted by the public!  Voting closed September 18, but we look forward to hearing about the winners in beer, breweries, beer-related activities, and most important to us, beer writers! Our friend, originally-Toronto-based-but-now-lives-in-London writer Ben Johnson is attempting to three-peat (having won the last two Golden Tap Awards for writers in a row), so we look forward to either basking in his defeat (maniacal laugh) by another deserving writer, or to raising a glass to his win (we’ll get you next year, ya haircut)!  Look out for us here and say hello!

The gala awards event to hand out the Golden Tap Awards will be taking place on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 as part of Toronto Beer Week at beerbistro (18 King Street East) in downtown Toronto.

Our event will feature an all-Ontario craft beer festival as we announce the winners.  Doors will open at 5pm, where you will be able to try sample sizes of all the beers available.  The awards show occurs at 8pm, and after the show all beers will be available in full pints.  Admission is free and no tickets are required.

We hope to see you at the Golden Tap Awards as we reveal this year’s winners and enjoy the best beer Ontario has to offer!

The Golden Tap Awards are presented in 2016 by the Ontario Craft Brewers.


 

Friday, September 23 – Taps Of The West @ Wickson Socialwest

Lots of love for the west this year at TBW – and it doesn’t stop here, as Rainhard, Junction, and Henderson take over the taps at the Wickson Social just off of Yonge St.    What a great party for a Friday!  Look out for all 4 of us here too.

Join us at The Wickson Social for the second stop on the Taps Of The West Tour! Junction Craft Brewing, Rainhard Brewing Co. and Henderson Brewing Co. are taking over the Wickson’s back room taps to bring you exclusive small batch brews!


Did we miss an event or get something wrong?  Tweet me @beermostly, or all of us @bottomless_pint.   See you at Toronto Beer Week!

Sexism & Beer

The following is a post in our ongoing welcoming of guest writers to the Bottomless Pint.  Find out more about Susannah in her bio below the article.  


It starts with the feeling of being invisible.

After several attempts to join the conversation going on immediately around you, to no avail, you realize your attempts are futile. You could say anything right now and it would go completely unheard and unacknowledged. Or, conversely, the ground could open up and swallow you whole and, unfortunately, still nothing. Because you are a woman… a woman at a beer event. 

It doesn’t matter how many articles about beer I write, how many free media passes to beer events I get, or how many facts I spout off about Brettanomyces lambicus, the fact remains that most people (women included) working behind the taps at beer events completely ignore my existence and choose to only speak to, engage in conversation with, acknowledge or even make eye contact with my (male) fianceé. I can’t tell you how angry and disappointed this makes me. First of all, in the words of our Prime Minister as well as, you know, common sense, it’s 2016! No matter what the scenario this behaviour is unacceptable, but since I don’t have enough years left in my life to write about all of the feminist travesties happening around us constantly, let me, for the moment, focus on my experience as a woman in the beer industry.

Let me begin by saying that I know for a fact that I’m not alone in my experience, and that far worse happens to women who are more deeply entrenched in the industry, brewers, brewery owners, etc., but someone else’s experiences don’t negate mine, and I can only speak to my own. Frankly, I am fed up and disgusted with some of the behaviour I have seen, and treatment I’ve received, from people serving at these pricey beer events that people are paying good money to attend.

It is unfathomable to some of these people that I’M the one who earned these media passes and that I, a wittle girl, could be knowledgeable about beer. Every single time this happens, my fiancé makes a point to say I’M the beer writer, and to try to bring me back into the conversation that the third party has decided I’m not worthy of, but by this point we are usually so discouraged and we just move on. This has happened at the booths of some of my favourite breweries, and these are not one-off situations.

The sexism in the beer industry is known to rear it’s ugly head in many different ways. Whether it is me being unable to profile or promote certain breweries because when I try to ask questions about their brews they completely ignore me and talk to the man beside me (penis = beer, didn’t ya know?), or when we order our samples (10% double IPA for me, 2.8% Berliner for him) and they mindfully hand him the strong one (this happens 9/10 times).

Luckily, I’m an aware and confident enough person that I don’t take it personally, rather I take it generally on behalf of all women, which makes me even more rage-y. Let it be known that, as a general rule in life, I believe in giving everyone the benefit of the doubt (I even call it the B of the D in case you needed further proof of my easy-going and understanding nature). But when I’m covering dozens of events over the course of the year, and see the same behaviour over and over again, it’s time for me to get on my soapbox, mainly because I’m 5’2″ so I mean, if I want anyone to see me… Now, do I have sudden urges to turn the tap on them and blast their faces with Sriracha stout? Of course, but where would that get us beside wasting delicious craft beer?

So instead I turn to you.

You, the breweries, brewers, readers, event volunteers, coordinators (… uh, humans?) to stop the cycle, and stop perpetuating the stereotype that women are good enough to sell beer (what half-naked young women have to do with beer I’ll never know, this coming from a former promo model) or be the face of beer (if I see another friggin’ pin up girl or “sexy” cartoon woman on a beer can I’m going to scream, use your imagination, creatives!) but couldn’t possibly actually be knowledgeable on the subject. This way, it can appear to be an inclusive industry, without ever actually having any intention of including women in this world. If we get rid of preconceived notions and perceptions of this former boys-club and eliminate sexism in the beer industry, maybe it’ll spill over to other areas in life, and the world will become a little more equal. (See what I mean? Total B of the D, you may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.)

So what say you? Let’s smash this Pilsner-glass ceiling together and all drink from the same stein, shall we? 

Wait… oh my God… you haven’t heard a word I’ve said, have you? You’ve been talking to the guy behind me this whole time haven’t you?

Sigh.


susSusannah Kiernan is a writer, actress, singer, and comedian who currently resides in Toronto. She has worked extensively in stage, film, and television in Canada and the United States. Her female comedy duo, “L’il RasGALS”, writes and performs shows across the country and regularly
in Toronto, and were nominated for “Best Sketch Troupe” by Now Magazine. In the summer of 2014, Susannah sang back-up for the band Heart at some of their Canadian tour stops. She is also a graduate of the Fashion Management Program at George Brown and is acting as Managing Editor and writer at Chloe Magazine and is a writer for Bev Nine to Five.  Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Rainhard Brewery Releases Gold Medal-Winning Sweetback’s Milk Stout

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Whoa, whoa.  In case you have never had Jordan Rainhard’s award-winning Sweetback’s Milk Stout – it is now available at the Rainhard Brewery at 100 Symes Rd. in the Stockyards – the real news here is that it is going to be available year-round.  Thank you, based Jordan, for your awesome beer and what I’m sure is difficult brew-schedule-movement that allows us to get tucked into stouts right as we round the corner into fall!  Full press release below, folks.

 


TORONTO, ON: This Thursday, September 1st marks the return of Sweetback’s Milk Stout to the Rainhard Brewing taproom and bottle shop and to good beer bars in Toronto and throughout Ontario. It’s the first release of this beer since winning the Gold Medal in the Stout category at the 2016 Ontario Brewing Awards.

Milk Stout is a traditional beer style unique in its use of lactose, an unfermentable sugar, to add sweetness. Also known as Sweet Stout, it’s the alternative to the Dry or Irish stout. Our take on the style is creamy and easy-drinking, with notes of cocoa and cold-brewed coffee, and sits at 5.25% and 25 IBU.

With this release, Sweetback’s will be part of Rainhard Brewing year-round lineup, along with Armed ‘N Citra Pale Ale, Unfiltered Pilsner, and Kapow! IPA.

About Rainhard Brewing Co.

Located at 100 Symes Rd. in the Stockyards, one of Toronto’s last standing industrial areas, Rainhard Brewing showcases the craft and passion for developing our signature brews in a friendly, welcoming bar setting. We have designed our event space, taproom and bottle shop in the heart of our brewhouse. Once a refinery, our facility has been completely renovated with sandblasted walls, exposed ceilings and a glass paned store front. When you visit our brewery, you will be able to enjoy a fresh glass of our hand-crafted brews surrounded by the brewing vessels, fermenters and aging tanks and see firsthand the brewing process and the devotion that goes into making all of our small-batch craft brews.

Awards:

2016 –   Lazy Bones IPA, Gold Medal, Canadian Brewing Awards

Hop Cone Syndrome IIPA, Silver Medal, Canadian Brewing Awards
Sweetback’s Milk Stout, Gold Medal, Ontario Brewing Awards
Nosbeeratu Black IPA, Silver Medal, Ontario Brewing Awards

2015 –  Best Newcomer to the Beer Scene in Ontario, Golden Tap Awards


 

PRESS RELEASE: Ontario Self-Guided Brewery Discovery Routes Bigger and Better for 2016

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More news fresh from the brain of ever-helpful and informative OBN – Ontario Tourism has announced their 2016 initiative celebrating food, beer, and other Ontario-made goodies in their Brewery Discover Routes platform!  Take a look at the homepage here.

Check out the full Press Release below!

 


Self-Guided Tours of Craft Beverages and Local Food Across Ontario and Its Protected Greenbelt Launched for Ontario Craft Beer Week 2016

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – June 09, 2016) – As Ontario Craft Beer Week celebrates local beer across Ontario, self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers’ markets and scenic outlooks.

First launched in 2015, the 2016 expanded version includes nearly 150 independent craft beverage producers, over 100 Feast On restaurants and additional points of interest across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt. Some 250,000 maps will be distributed for free to residents throughout the province and all the routes are also available online at brewerydiscoveryroutes.ca

“Brewery Discovery Routes are the full package, showcasing Ontario’s independent, craft beverage producers, restaurants, artisanal cheesemakers, shops and farmers’ markets. They are the backbone of the rural economy and tourism landscape,” said Greenbelt Fund CEO Burkhard Mausberg. “The experiences let you taste the difference local makes from drink to food.”

“There is a great story behind every brewery in Ontario,” says Cam Heaps, co-founder Steam Whistle Brewing and chair of Ontario Craft Brewers. “Ontario Craft Breweries are ideal places for visitors to learn about the local brewing process, tour historical buildings, sample premium, award-winning brands and meet the real people behind the real craft beer in Ontario.”

“In Ontario we’ve seen a major growth in brewery tourism with a new survey showing beer, burgers and gastropubs are the favourite destinations of 32% of food tourists,” said Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. “The Brewery Discovery Routes Map is a great new tourism product that builds regional connections to deliver an economic boost to the tourism sector in rural communities.”

While sampling is part of any brewery tour, participants are reminded to drink responsibly and establish a designated driver if touring the Discovery Routes by car. Most breweries, cideries and distilleries have bottle shops on site so visitors can take their favourite craft beverage home with them to enjoy.

The project was made possible with an investment from the Greenbelt Fund to support local food literacy and encourage Ontarians to enjoy local more often.

About Brewery Discovery Routes:

Brewery Discovery Routes is a partnership of fifteen Ontario organizations and tourism partners, including: the Greenbelt Fund, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Greenbelt Fresh, Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario Beverage Network, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Ontario Craft Cider Association, Ontario Craft Distillers Association, Central Counties Tourism Durham, Grey Bruce Tourism, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Ontario Hop Growers’ Association and the Centre for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare

About the Greenbelt Fund:

The Greenbelt Fund changes the way we eat food in Ontario. Our innovative investments get more local food onto the plates of Ontarians. We work with businesses, institutions and NGOs to make Ontario’s farmers the first choice for consumers. The Fund’s work has generated a 13-fold return on our investments, permanently changed the food value chain, and improved local food awareness and education around the province. As a not-for-profit, the Greenbelt Fund is supported by public and private sources.

For more information, contact:

Christine Mulkins
Ontario Craft Brewers
647-242-3686
pr@ontariocraftbrewers.com

Erica Woods
Greenbelt Fund
Communication Manager, Greenbelt Fund
416-960-0001 ext. 306
ewoods@greenbeltfund.ca

Nickel Brook announces Nickel Brook x Arkells x Detour Coffee “Morning Brew” Brett Coffee Pale Ale

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Are you attending Sessions Toronto this weekend?  I am, and if there’s anything I love, it’s music and beer.  As you can probably expect, I was pretty pleased to see this Press Release in my inbox this morning!

Fresh off the presses today, Nickel Brook has announced their partners for their Sessions Toronto/Collaboration Nation beer.   Full text of the press release below!

 

 

 


Burlington, Ontario – June 9, 2016 – For Immediate Release

In preparation for Sessions Toronto and the Collaboration Nation

contest, Nickel Brook Brewing Co. is excited to announce the details of

their collaboration with Hamilton-based rock band Arkells and

Burlington-based coffee roasters Detour Coffee. Called “Morning

Brew”, the beer is a Brett Coffee Pale Ale made with freshly-brewed El

Vendaval coffee from Costa Rica.

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Inspired by their new album, Morning Report, and their love for great

coffee, Arkells, Detour and Nickel Brook wanted to create a truly special

coffee beer. Using a unique strain of Brettanomyces yeast , German and

American hops, and freshly brewed Detour Coffee, the three parties

have created a one-of- a-kind collaboration brew! Front-man Max

Kerman and lead guitarist Mike DeAngelis joined brewmaster Patrick

Howell and roaster Geoff Woodley a few weeks back to brew up 300

liters of coffee and blend it into the Brett Pale Ale. After ageing and

mellowing, it came out perfectly!

Aromas of apricots and biscuits make way for a mouthful of toffee,

pineapple, and gooseberry. Hints of jalapeno and chipotle are present,

along with a distinctive coffee bite in the finish.

Working with the Nickel Brook design department, Mike DeAngelis

also created an exclusive label that’s sure to become a collector’s item

for fans everywhere. A true collaboration, this beer brings the science

of brewing, the art of coffee roasting, and the creative spark of Arkells

for an exclusive beer you wont find anywhere else. 

Morning Brew will be premiering exclusively on tap at this weekend’s

Sessions Toronto festival at Yonge and Dundas square. Fans can vote

for the beer in the Collaboration Nation contest, with the winner

receiving a one-year LCBO listing.

Beer Subscription Boxes Part 1: OTR Bartending Services

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This is the first part of a series dedicated to exploring the newly popular option of Craft Beer Subscriptions – boxes delivered to your door, usually monthly, filled with craft beer.  The idea behind these are usually twofold: exclusivity (usually beer that one cannot find in the LCBO or TBS), efficiency (breweries from around Ontario or even Canada that one cannot access reasonably), as well as limited-time offerings catered to each month or user.

Reddit is a funny place.

If you have never been to the  r/TorontoCraftBeer sub-reddit, it’s a place where a very small number of Toronto beer nerds hang out and ardently discuss articles, breweries, and events in Ontario.  This was where Adam Kurello and Chris Tarsitano pitched their idea as an expansion to their existing service, On The Rocks Bartending Services; a craft beer-of-the-month club.

In some discussion with OTR, their offerings were originally not exclusive or efficient, and placed the link to the subscription site online for feedback from Toronto’s most savvy beer people, where it was promptly given (probably too much) constructive feedback.  Heading back to the drawing board, OTR sent me a their May Craft Beer of the Month club box for delicious evaluation, and I thought it’d be a great time to kick off a new multi-part series to educate beer drinkers and decipher which of the many beer subscription services in Ontario make their beer tastes and wallets happiest.

The Box

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OTR’s site about the club, while still under construction, is all about letting you know what you’ll get.  I found this system to be the opposite of some other subscription services, where the box remains a mystery until you get it at your door.  While there are benefits to both, I think there’s something positive to be said for the amount of planning ahead it takes to line up this type of brewery-tripping to get beer you can’t get at your LCBO.

OTR says that in each monthly box, you’ll receive two bottles or tall cans from 4 breweries (totaling 8), one each in the four compass directions of Ontario – In the case of the box I got, Stonehammer from Guelph, Brock Street from Whitby, Brimstone from Ridgeway, and Highlander from just north of Huntsville.  You also receive 6 bottles or cans of their Craft Beer of the Month, which is selected by the team at OTR, for your enjoyment, which in this case, was Barnstormer’s Billy Bishop Brown (which, at the time, was not yet in Beer Store locations, I am told).

As one can see from the image, I was not disappointed in the selection – the beers received were unique and not regularly available to me, a great selection of styles, and held up to the promise of the amount of beer I would be getting for what I would pay if i subscribed.  On to the stats:

Cost/Commitment: $49 a month, tax and hand delivery included.  3, 6, 9 or 12 month memberships.  No cancellation fees.

Predicted Value: about $40 for this particular box

Exclusivity: Save for the Barnstormer beer of the month, I would not normally make my way to these breweries from where I am located.  This will evidently vary geographically (for example, Brock St. in Whitby is a 10 minute drive away for me, and I’m sure there will be a point where a person receives cans from the brewery next door, but that’s just the way these things work), but for the cost and predicted value, you are paying so little of a premium that it’s not worth the complaint.  And, of course, these beers are not widely distributed, so you’re likely going to be trying a great majority of new stuff, which is the point, no?

Efficiency:  In a world where there’s tons of terrible craft beer that is often priced at the same as the excellent stuff, boxes like OTR’s give you the chance to try new things from places you may have never been or ever seen.  I find OTR’s box to be of excellent value for a dollar as far as exploration goes; the fun of peeking into your freshly-delivered beer box once a month is something that I really get a kick out of.

Interested in subscribing?  The folks at OTR have let us know that you can get 5% off by using “BottomlessPint” as a promo code here: Sign Up

Stay on the lookout for the next parts of our ongoing Beer Subscription Box series!

Are you a subscriber to a “Beer Box” already?  Have a favourite?  Let us know on Twitter @bottomless_pint!


 

 

BREAKING: Beau’s Sells Brewery to Staff via ESOP, Guaranteeing Independence

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I almost made the title of this article “Beau’s Announces Intent To Sell Brewery”, but then I couldn’t stand the inevitable click-bait accusations.

With a raucous battle cry, Tim and Steve announced to employees on May 16 that, as of July 1, 2016, Beau’s will begin selling the entirety of it’s brewery to its employees via an Employee Share Ownership Plan, or ESOP, and employees will buy shares over time.

With that said, speaking with Steve Beauchesne this morning on an early phone call, it seems he wants everyone to know how proud he is of their brewery, and that he wants it to remain independent and “cement that independence, not for the next 10 years, but for the next 100”, he affirmed.

“It seemed an appropriate gesture for our upcoming 10-year anniversary” Steve explained. “News about craft breweries is dominated in the news by selling out, and not for their beer.  To me, it has been important for me to find a way to give back to the employees, and I feel this is now the time to stand up and say that independence is a viable business.”  Steve has no plans to leave the business.

 

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Late last year, Toronto brewery Mill Street was purchased by Labatt, which shook up the Ontario craft beer world and made a lot of beer nerds and writers alike think, for the first time that this could happen to any of them.

Beau’s was particularly vocal, issuing a press release touting themselves as “Canada’s largest craft producer of organic beer” and encouraging Mill Street employees to apply for their open positions.  Independence has always been at the forefront of the Beau’s organization, and this move indeed signals an affirmation of independent existence forever.

Steve went on in our chat to talk about the fans – “The people who have supported us have been the reason for our success, and all they’re asking for is for us to always be around for them the way we are now.  The comments from fans are always, you know ‘please, never sell out!’, and this is how we’re giving back to them.”

Announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDDzK4MOJO0

Full text of the press release below!


BIG NEWS BREWING AT BEAU’S ALL NATURAL:

CANADIAN CRAFT BREWERY ANOUNCES INTENT TO SELL

Vankleek Hill, May 17, 2016Yesterday morning, Steve Beauchesne, CEO of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Canada’s largest craft producer of organic beer, took centre stage in Ottawa’s ByTowne Cinema amidst the brewery’s employees to announce the news of its imminent sale under an Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Since its inception in 2006, Beau’s has experienced rapid growth at a compounded rate of 45 per cent year-over-year, and now employs approximately 150 full time staff. The offering of the ESOP is in keeping with Beau’s legacy as a fiercely independent, Canadian owned and family-run operation. The employees will become co-owners and an even greater part of the Beau’s family, with shared responsibility for the brewery’s future and continued growth as it sets to expand across the country by the end of the year.

“My Dad and I started Beau’s ten years ago with the promise of making excellent, flavourful beer, and using our brewery as a force for good,” says Steve Beauchesne, CEO of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. “Our success during this time is strongly rooted in the support of our employees and fans, who have always believed in our promise.”

On July 1, 2016, Beau’s tenth anniversary, the company will start the process of selling the brewery to its employees.

ESOP offerings are particularly rare in the craft beer category, with only a select handful across North America, signaling Beau’s fearlessness to go against the grain in order to maintain the integrity and independence of their company.

“By handing the reins over to our employees we are saying this changes everything, because this change is everything,” adds Beauchesne. “We look forward to our expansion and success across Canada, with the help of our new company stewards.”

2016 marks an exciting year for Beau’s. This announcement comes as Beau’s reaches the milestone of ten years, and will be followed by a series of commemorative initiatives – from now through June 2017 – including philanthropic projects, community recognition, merchant appreciation, limited-edition brews, and a fresh new brand look and feel.

 

About Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Founded on July 1, 2006, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Beau’s) is an independent, Canadian craft brewery run by a close-knit family and friends. Beau’s is Canada’s largest craft producer of organic beer. The Certified Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) produces certified organic beer including its flagship Lug-Tread, Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale, and The Tom Green Beer. The company supports hundreds of independent arts and community-building charitable organizations every year. Founded by father and son, Tim and Steve Beauchesne, the independent brewery will be rolling out its portfolio of craft beers across the country, expanding into major markets from the west to the east coast. Beau’s is currently available in Ontario, Québec and New York.


 

ENTER TO WIN: 2 tickets to Collective Arts Series 6 Label Launch Saturday May 14, 2016

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My, we like contests!

So, Collective Arts Brewing has different label series – 5, now, in total – and they’re launching their 6th series at their brewery at 207 Burlington Street East, Hamilton this Saturday, May 14.  Mathew Renda, the @bottomless_pint himself, owner and writer of your favourite beer blog (this one!), was a judge on this year’s panel, and we are happy to celebrate his success and the success of the artists chosen to have their album art or visual works featured on a series of beer labels!

Why would you want to go?  Oh, I don’t know.

$5 Pints?  Skratch Bastid, The Darcys, and Grand Analog are playing.  Food trucks.  IT’S A PARTY IN A BREWERY.

The Bottomless Pint team will be in attendance.  Will you?

(If you live in Toronto, bus transportation will be provided, so you get to hang out with us and the Collective Arts gang!)

Follow the instructions below to find out!

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HOW TO WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE “BASH IN THE BREWERY” SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

 1. Follow @bottomless_pint and @beermostly on Twitter and Instagram

2. Tweet or Instagram @ one (or both) of us the following:

 – your favourite Collective Arts beer (a picture gets you more points!)

 – tag it #BottomlessBreweryBash

3. We’ll let you know you made it in the draw, to be held this Wednesday evening at 6PM!

(We’ll let you know over Twitter or Instagram if you won and how to claim your two passes.)

Get it?  Good.  get a-tweetin’.

Good Luck!  Hope to see you there!

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PRESS RELEASE: Muskoka’s Summer Survival Sampler pack is back!

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For a while now, Muskoka has prided themselves on being synonymous with summer, boating, sunshine, and of course, cottage season.

They’ve announced for this year their Summer Survival pack, which for the first time, includes Kirby’s Kolsch – described as a crisp Kolsch-style beer, sessionable and with a hint of peach.  I can’t wait to try this, and as usual, the can art is gorgeous.

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See the full press release (and bonus pairing guide) below!


Just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, Summerweiss and the popular Summer Survival Sampler pack are back!

The seasonally brewed Summerweiss is a perfect balance of wheat, barley and subtle hopping. With notes of banana and cloves coupled with a refreshing crispness from the elevated carbonation, Summerweiss is an intriguingly aromatic, flavourful and sessionable summer wheat beer. Available individually in 473 mL tall cans, an eight-pack or the Summer Survival Sampler.

The Summer Survival Sampler pack includes Cream Ale, Craft Lager, Detour, Mad Tom, Summerweiss and for the first time – Kirby’s Kölsch. Available in six packs (with 473 mL tall cans) and twelve-packs (341 mL bottles).

Because nothing goes better with a long-weekend than great beer and food, please see below for an infographic with our favourite cottage inspired foods to pair with these summer brews.

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B-Side Background on Beau’s Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale

Now, when one thinks of a pale ale, there are several that come to mind in Ontario.  The style is certainly not lacking here, with session ales, english and North American hopped pales, as well as english-style malt forward ales; the term has nearly been exhausted and purged of all meaning due to the variety of tastes and experiences that can be found within a Pale Ale.

It seems Beau’s has the same line of thinking – so they brought in Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer to help create one of Ontario’s most unique year-round beers, Kissmeyer Nordic pale ale, a member of Beau’s B-Side beer collection.

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B-Side brewing label was conceived as a “record label” for beer. So, like a record label, Beau’s produces beer for artists. So far, they’ve got two artists on the label, Anders Kissmeyer, and Gigantic brewing. Anders Kissmeyer was the first artist “signed”, and Beau’s have produced two “records”, or beers, with him – The Nordic Pale Ale, for year-round enjoyment, and the Nordic Saison, which was a limited release. [Photo by Pat Bolduc]
In it’s own words, “Kissmeyer Beer is the brand of Denmark’s Anders Kissmeyer aka Kissmeyer Beer; his own, personal one-man gypsy brewing company. Kissmeyer Beer expresses a unique brewing philosophy, based on 30 years in the brewing business: Innovative beers with a distinct personal and unique character, brewed to the an exemplary degree of technical quality, inspired by and often brewed in collaboration with world-class brewer friends and colleagues.”

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Anders Kissmeyer, giving his Nordic Pale Ale the look we all give our beer. [Photo by Pat Bolduc]
Anders doesn’t take his worldwide brewing relationships lightly, either: ““My second-to-none network amongst the greatest brewers on the planet puts me in an extremely privileged position with regard to choosing where to brew my beers. Only those with a personality, competence and karma that I know will add an extra dimension to my beers qualify.”  And so, it would seem, Anders has knighted Beau’s as a worthy collaborator.

The beer itself is quite unique.  Medium-bodied, with a hint of caramel from the malt and some biscuit shining through in the finish, as well as an aroma bursting with a floral hop character (i’m sure complemented by the rose hips, wild sweet gale, yarrow, and dried heather flowers) that I’ve never before experienced outside of Cullen Gardens.  Interestingly, this beer also contains maple syrup – which, in combination with the touch of Rye malt used in mashing, presents a very complex (to me) flavour experience that is just juicy enough without being overpowering.  This is one of the lighter (by ABV, colour, etc) beers I’ve ever had that is an adventure as you go through the glass – warming temperature of the beer, head dissipation, and aromatics all change and mature on your palate as you make your way through.  This is an absolute treat.  Recommended glassware is a Toscana (pretty much a wine glass), which is appropriate for the carbonation and fruity, flowery, pleasant aromas.

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[Photos by Pat Bolduc]

From speaking with the folks at Beau’s about Nordic, it seems they have a bit of a success on their hands.  It’s available year-round in bottles at the LCBO, and carried with quite a bit of distribution around the city of Toronto, including Drift Bar at Dufferin & Bloor and east-end joint Hitch Limited at Queen & Leslie.  I’ve also seen it on tap at least once at Bar Hop (classic).

If you like Beau’s & Anders’ collaboration, let them know!  Here are some people you can talk to on Twitter:

Steve, Beau’s CEO @beaus_steveb
Beau’s Brewers @beausbrewhouse
Toronto Sales, Rob @beaus_stuntman
Events Manager Marybeth @mmmbeth

Cheers!

– Mike