Bar Hop Brewco to host Beer Dinner with Stephen Beaumont to celebrate book release

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Holy beer pairings!  Just as I was reading about this on Twitter, I recieved this over email!  As if anyone needs more reasons to attend BarHop Brewco.  Thanks a lot, Matt.

This looks fantastic.  If you’re a beer nerd in any capacity, I highly recommend you attend this.  Well-respected beer writer and traveller Stephen Beaumont will host a beer dinner on October 4 at BarHop Brewco!.  Tickets available here.

 


On October 4 beginning at 6:30 pm, Bar Hop BrewCo at 137 Peter Street presents a four-course beer dinner hosted by Toronto beer luminary Stephen Beaumont to celebrate the release of his ALL NEW, completely revised and updated second edition of THE WORLD ATLAS OF BEER, co-authored with Tim Webb.


unnamedThe new WORLD ATLAS OF BEER is a richly illustrated and comprehensive guide that kicks off in Europe and travels through the Americas and Asia before ending in the Middle East and Africa. Beaumont and Webb are tireless beer travellers who in this newly revised and expanded edition add coverage of nations such as Poland, Switzerland, India and China to fully updated information on beer lands both traditional and untraditional. In total, close to one hundred countries are covered, so that with this ultimate companion in hand readers can explore the best beers the world has to offer.

The dinner at Bar Hop BrewCo on October 4 will be the first beer dinner Stephen has hosted in Toronto in over a decade! He will relate stories about the creation of the new ATLAS, share insight into the changing nature of the world of beer today and generally talk about everything beer-related, all while sharing an outstanding four-course dinner designed by Bar Hop BrewCo chef Mark Cutrara and expertly paired by Stephen with an array of exciting and delicious international beers. After dinner, Stephen will stick around to chat and sign copies of the new WORLD ATLAS OF BEER.

The dinner tales place at BAR HOP BREWCO on Tuesday, October 4, beginning at 6:30.

Tickets are $75 (including all taxes & gratuities) and are available online at www.universe.com/worldatlasofbeer.

Pre-release copies of THE WORLD ATLAS OF BEER will be available for the reduced price of $32, tax included.

 

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

Drinking For a Cause at Canada’s 1st Ladies Craft Beer Fest!

Friday (April 1st 2016) was Canada’s first ladies only craft beer festival. It sounds like a big deal…because it is! But also when you think about it, it seems so obvious; how has no one thought of this yet?!

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The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies has been hosting monthly bevies all around our great city for two years and they just keep getting better! Learn more about the SOBDL and their bevies in Victoria’s post from June: “Where are all the badass ladies at? SOBDL bevies, that’s where.”

The ladies went all out this time just as we knew they would (all of us who bought up every ticket in only 36 hours, that is). The Evergreen Brickworks is a stunning venue and a perfect choice for the occasion. My personal favourite parts being the fire pits and the ping pong tables. The fire pits were necessary because it was quite brisk out there but they also created a lovely atmosphere and that oh so nostalgic campfire smell that sticks to you for days. I personally spent most of the night huddled around one, happily sipping beer and making new friends. The ping pong tables, on the other hand, presented a hilariously pathetic hand-eye coordination test, which turned into a lot of laughing and a great way to stay warm.

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Upon arrival (on a big yellow school bus!) we were each given a sample glass. The cutest sample glass you ever did see. Each month the ladies brew a one-off collaboration beer with one of the attending breweries called the bevy brew. This time it was called Anne Bonny’s Revenge, a Coconut Vanilla Porter brewed in collaboration with Junction Craft Brewing. Named for a female pirate and brewed by female brewers, this was probably my favourite beer of the night. The roasted coconut and malt flavours balanced well with the sweetness of the vanilla. Another stand out beer in my opinion was the Blood Brothers Abattoir Farmhouse Ale, a fruity saison with just the right amount of tanginess.

Some great food choices are always available. I demolished a plate of Beef cheek Chili Nachos from Beast Toronto. Apart from the top-notch beer and food, the highlight of my evening, as with all bevies, was the beer drinking lady love. All the great women who come out to these events and just want to make new friends, chat about beer and life and inevitably start dancing and singing 90’s pop songs. The backstreet boys and spice girls sing-a-long on the bus ride home was a seriously close second for best part of the night.

I am so grateful to the SOBDL for making this type of event a regular occurrence. At every bevy I meet someone who is there for the first time, and they can’t believe how normal it is for all of these women to genuinely love the beer they are drinking. It really shows how important this type of thing is. And not only that, a portion of the money goes to the Canadian Women’s Foundation. So cheers to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies and drinking for a cause!

The Only Cafe’s Winter Beer Fest

Happy Family Day from your Bottomless Pint Family! Since I worked all weekend while you were off at a cottage or ski trip or NBA all-star party, I’m going to tell you about the great time I had two Saturdays ago at The Only Café in Toronto’s east end.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by living in the city and I start fantasizing about how much more beer I could make if I moved away to somewhere with more space and less people. But then I ride a couple subway stops to Donlands station, walk into the crowded comfort of the The Only Café and I am suddenly reminded of why the city life is so amazing. There is always something going on no matter what part of Toronto you’re in, you don’t have to drive and you will probably stop for some sort of salty treat on your way home too because well you can, everything is still open. The city is alive.

Last Saturday (Feb 6th) I ventured to The Only Café’s Winter Beer Fest. It’s a small bar and they hit capacity pretty fast so I had to wait a few minutes to get in but it was not nearly as cold as this past weekend and the doorman was very nice. The Only hosts four beer fests per year, one for every season. Such an amazing idea because:

A- Breweries come out with seasonal beers, changing with the SEASONS, I think you know where I’m going with this. It’s a great way to try what’s new and keep up with beer trends without having to individually seek out every limited edition brew.

B- If you miss out, it’s only a few months until the next one!

ALSO by having them so frequently, the vibe is much more relaxed, this is not a once in a lifetime opportunity (although you do instantly feel your quality of life go up a few notches once you’re there).

Did I mention that it’s totally affordable? There’s no cover and beer tickets are $1 apiece. A ticket gets you a 5oz sample and 3 tickets gets you 16oz. Its not very often you can go to a beer festival with 15 bucks in your pocket and be set for the night. (Anyone who knows me knows that I didn’t drink 15 samples but I know a few people who could!)

Some highlights of my night:

We will be sure to let you know when the Spring Beer Fest is scheduled, see you there!

Cheers!

Beth

I Drank Beer With The Queen and Frolicked About The UK

By Victoria Rombis

So no, I didn’t have beer with the Queen. But now that you’re here, strap in for a blogtacular journey through the things I learned about beer on my trip to England, Scotland and Ireland!

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Rose St Brewery, Edinburgh


1. Hand-pumped beers (aka real/cask ales)
Usually, you head out to a pub, pray for there to be some sort of half-decent craft beer on tap, and order a pint of that in a cool frosty glass, am I right? NOT ACROSS THE POND, YOU DON’T! At almost every pub I went to in all three countries, there was some type of hand-pumped cask ale on tap. This means that instead of kegs under the bar in a beer fridge, they have casks of extra special beer hanging out in the basement or beer cellar of the pub (usually kept at just below room temperature) and they manually pump the beer through the lines and up to the bar to serve a pint. This ALSO means that all of the carbonation is naturally occurring – I know what you’re thinking, “who wants to drink (comparatively) warm, flat beer??” I’ll tell you who – you. Although not as crisp (generally speaking) as the carbonated beers I’m used to in good ol’ Ontario, this method of serving beer makes one really appreciate the subtlety and flavour of the beer. I tasted as many of these cask ales as possible, some of my favourites being the Broughton Ales Elder Power, Siren Craft Brew Gueuze-style Sour, and By The Horns Samba King Rye Blonde Ale. Also, it sort of makes you feel like a badass Englishman from the 1700s or something.

The best beer I had on the trip. London.
The best beer I had on the trip. London.

2. Don’t mess with Irish people and their Guinness
I’ll be the first to admit that Guinness is by no means my favourite stout. Although I don’t consider this style my favourite, I’ve had many stouts and porters that I adore because of their complexity and balanced sweetness and bitterness (J.W. Sweetman Porter, Wellington Brewery Chocolate Milk Stout, Amsterdam Brewery Tempest Imperial Stout). However, when in Dublin, a beer fan is pretty obligated to stop by the Guinness Storehouse, because this experience is mind blowing. Arthur Guinness was making beer and employing thousands of Irish people for a good 100 or so years before Canada was even a Confederation! The story of Guinness is a story of the evolution of transportation, storage and brewing of beer, and one that everyone should respect.

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Guinness from the original brewery, overlooking Dublin.

3. Beer is a tasty addition to stews/pies
When we landed in Edinburgh at about 2pm, once we hiked (so many hills) to our place and ditched our stuff, we hit up a pub, as one does in Scotland. Little did we know that we stumbled upon an absolute gem of a place called the Rose St. Brewery where we ate the first of, admittedly, many meat pies flavored with some type of ale. I can’t even begin to explain the richness and warmth that you experience when you eat a traditional Scottish or Irish stew, with the added depth of the ale in the gravy. To die for. See more gems – The Celt Bar , Biddy Mulligans, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Ye Olde Six Bells.

Meat, beer, pie. Notice I get my own gravy boat. Jealous yet?
Meat, beer, pie. Notice I get my own gravy boat. Jealous yet?
Bonus beer wizardry: Guinness-broth stew.
Bonus beer wizardry: Guinness-broth stew.

4. It’s hard to bring beer home
Much to my chagrin, I was unable to bring home any of the tasty beer that I had in these places, mainly due to the fact that I had one backpack to carry everything I needed in (the best way to do it, will never travel with a suitcase again if I don’t have to).  A lot of what I sad, sadly, is not available in our fair LCBO; save for the delicious Brewdog Punk IPA (which you can also find on tap at The Caledonian on Ossington), Fuller’s London Pride, and Smithwicks; all of which I picked up as soon as I got home!

I had an amazing time traveling through these three countries and would definitely recommend a trip across the pond to any of you readers out there. Cheers!

 

– Victoria

 

About the Author

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Thrown headlong into the Toronto craft scene by her

adoration for the sustainable and local business, 

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies.  

She works in the bottle shop of one of Ontario’s

best craft breweries, and adores the children she 

teaches dance, a good book, and investigating new beer. 


Find her on twitter here