PRESS RELEASE: Beau’s kicks off feBREWary with Gruit Day celebration and new gruit ale

Beau’s is set to kick off their five-week midwinter celebration features a brand new beer released every week. First beer will be in celebration of annual International Gruit Day on February 1. This year Beau’s will release a new gruit tripel “Triceratops Tripel”.  Triceratops Tripel is spicy, herbal and fruity coming in at 9.0% alc./vol. and will be available at more than 250 restaurants and pubs in Ontario and Québec, and sold by the bottle at approximately 75 Québec retailers, as well as at the Vankleek Hill, Ont. brewery, for a limited time.

See the full press release below.


FeBREWary series launches with brand new gruit tripel “Triceratops Tripel” and Beau’s yearly celebration of centuries-old brewing tradition of using herbs, spices and other botanicals to create inventive new recipe

(VANKLEEK HILL – Jan. 31, 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Since 2013, Beau’s Brewing Company has marked Feb. 1 as International Gruit Day. The event plays double-duty as both Beau’s celebration of the ancient technique of brewing gruit ales – and the official launch of its feBREWary series that introduces one brand new beer every week for the month of February.

Beau’s feBREWary series is a month-long winter beer celebration put on across Ontario and Québec by the local craft brewery. Details can be found at www.beaus.ca/febrewary.

In its five years, International Gruit Day has inspired participation from craft breweries as far as The Netherlands and as near as Casselman, Ont., and many places in between. The 2017 edition is no different, garnering its highest rate of participation among craft breweries to date, with several satellite events across Canada and the United States.

To mark the occasion, the Beau’s team will be gathering to raise a glass of the independent craft brewery’s new gruit tripel, Triceratops Tripel, at its retail shop at noon EST on Feb. 1, 2017. More than 35 craft breweries (and counting) from all over will be joining Beau’s via the hashtag #gruitday – which generated 1,350,159 Twitter impressions in 2016 (almost double that of the previous year). The 2017 edition is poised to make the biggest impact yet.

“We are excited to be celebrating the 5th annual International Gruit Day with new and old friends!” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “Gruits connect us to our past and are a cool way to appreciate history, as well as creating the future of craft beer.”

Brewed specifically for this occasion, Triceratops Tripel features an assortment of organic botanicals including bog myrtle, dried heather flowers and lavender. Like all Beau’s beers, this hazy pale yellow ale is certified organic. The tripel is a relatively new style of beer, originating in the Trappist breweries of Belgium. Triceratops Tripel is spicy, herbal and fruity. At 9.0% alc./vol., its finish lends a lasting warmth.

This new beer will be on draught at more than 250 restaurants and pubs in Ontario and Québec, and sold by the bottle at approximately 75 Québec retailers, as well as at the Vankleek Hill, Ont. brewery, for a limited time starting Feb. 1. A new beer will be released weekly each following Thursday in February.

Breweries participating in International Gruit Day include Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! (Québec), Cambridge Brewing Company (Massachusetts), Fyne Ales (Scotland), Dundulis (Lithuania), Solarc (Los Angeles, CA), The Tap (Indiana), and The Second Wedge (Ontario) and many more.

Gruit enthusiasts (and the curious) are encouraged to visit the newly revamped gruitday.com for a full list of participating breweries, each presenting their unique gruit ales and celebrating in their own way – including Bellwether Brewing, who will be making a collaborative gruit with several other nearby craft breweries for “Gruitfest”, located at the brewery in Spokane, WA, USA; plus many more.

Gruits take inspiration from centuries-old brewing tradition; a time before the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516 that declared that all beer be made solely with barley, hops, and water. In gruit ale, herbs, spices and other botanicals replace a dominant hop character, throwing open the door to experimentation with flavour and beer terroir.

Since the arrival of its first gruit, Bog Water, in 2008, Beau’s has led the charge in raising awareness of the style; and with the release of St. Luke’s Verse for the first gruit day in 2013, fellow craft breweries have rallied around Beau’s in marking Feb. 1 as the official international day of celebration.

 

Beau’s All Natural is an employee-owned and totally independent Canadian craft brewery. Founded in 2006 by father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s brews interesting, tasty beers using best-quality certified organic ingredients & local spring water. In addition to flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale, Beau’s portfolio of award-winning beers include the “Wild Oats”, “Farm Table” and “Gruit” Series. Beau’s has been a recipient of more than 100 awards for brewing, packaging design and business practices, including 2 Gold medals at Mondial de la Bière (Strasbourg, France, and Montréal, Québec); 6 Gold medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, 7-times “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” and 7-times “Best Regularly Produced Beer in Ontario” at the Golden Tap Awards. As a Certified B-Corporation, Beau’s meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Beau’s beer is available across Canada and in New York State. Beau’s is the Official Brewery of Ottawa 2017. Oh yeah!

Website: www.beaus.ca

Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural

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PRESS RELEASE: Toronto Rock and Great Lakes Brewery Team Up For 2017 Season

Ontario’s 2016 Brewery of the Year Becomes Official Beer of Toronto Rock for the teams post game parties. For those of you who have been to a lacrosse game in Toronto, you’re missing out. They are action packed and full of energy. This season is no different with this exciting partnership with one of Ontario’s best breweries.
If you are ever at a Rock game be sure to head over to Jack Astor’s at St. Lawrence Market to get some fresh Canuck at the teams post game celebrations. If you are heading to the teams Home Opener tomorrow night, be sure to send me at tweet (@bottomless_pint) and maybe we can meet up.
Full press release below.

Toronto Rock and Great Lakes Brewery Team Up For 2017 Season
– Ontario’s 2016 Brewery of the Year Becomes Official Beer of Toronto Rock –   

Toronto, ON (January 13, 2017) – It’s official. Two of Canada’s national pastimes have collided just in time for the year-long 30th anniversary celebrations at Great Lakes Brewery (GLB).

GLB and Toronto Rock are pleased to announce that they have entered into a sponsorship agreement for the 2017 National Lacrosse League (NLL) season. The sponsorship will seeGLB as the official beer partner of the Toronto Rock and Canuck Pale Ale as the official beer of the six time NLL championship team.

“We are extremely excited to work with the Toronto Rock and support Toronto’s championship team,” said Peter Bulut, Owner and Chief Brewing Officer at GLB. “With lacrosse being Canada’s national sport, and our Canuck Pale Ale emulating Canada’s blossoming craft brewing industry, this is a great fit for our independent company.”

To celebrate each Toronto Rock home game, tallboy cans of Canuck Pale Ale, a multi-award winning west coast style pale ale, will be available at Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill (St. Lawrence Market) for the official post-game party.

About Great Lakes Brewery
2013 & 2014 Canadian Brewery of the Year – 2014, 2015, 2016 Ontario Brewery of the Year
A fiercely independent owned and operated brewery, Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) is celebrating 30 years in the craft beer business, making them one of the oldest craft breweries in Ontario. GLB specializes in producing flavourful beers that will be sure to awaken your taste buds with each sip. From unique seasonal ales and premium lagers to our Project X and Tank Ten Series beers, we produce a variety of products to be enjoyed by everyone! Based in Toronto at 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. we invite you to visit our brewery for a taste of our award winning beers. To learn more about Great Lakes, visit www.greatlakesbeer.com

About Toronto Rock
The Toronto Rock are a member of the nine-team National Lacrosse League and have won six NLL Championships.  Those six championships tie the Rock for the most championships in league history and the franchise has accomplished that feat in just 18 seasons.  The team plays their home games at Air Canada Centre in front of an average of 10,000 fans per game from January to May.  The Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville is the hub of Toronto Rock business operations and is also the practice and training facility for the club.  Season tickets are currently available for the 2017 Toronto Rock season. To learn more about Toronto Rock tickets, visit www.torontorock.com or call 416-596-3075 to speak with a ticket representative.

 

Beers of the Year 2016: Mike Burton

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A highlight for us this year was brewing with the wonderful people at Royal City! I took the picture.

Before you people accuse me of being late, I’ll have you know that I wanted 2016 to finish before telling you what I thought of this year in beer!

2016 saw our blog continue to grow; all 4 writers have been working hard (two within the beer industry, our very own Beth Hughes at Junction and Victoria Rombis at Muskoka #ladiesdrinkbeer) to maintain active and well-honed social presence to bring our own flavour of op-ed content to you wonderful readers.  We’ve been a little slow on those lately for various life changes both positive and challenging (Congrats to Matt on the purchase of his first home), but we thank you for sticking around for our unique points of view.  Thanks for being great, readers.  We still love you.

I had a truly difficult time sticking three new beers from 2016 that stuck out to me.  The industry has grown so significantly, even in the short time The Bottomless Pint has been around, that we have hundreds of beers to assess.  After some therapeutic drinking,  meditation, and existential crises, I have been able to settle on my three favourites from 2016.  Pull up a comfy chair and listen to your friend Mike.

 

Folly Brewpub – Loquacious (Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Quadrupel w/Brett)

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Surprise, there’s a Brett beer on this list.  Christina Coady and Chris Conway, co-brewers at Folly brewpub, have always caught my eye (and my tastebuds) with their takes on experimental and sometimes wacky Farmhouse beers.  This glorious creation, Loquacious, is a take on a Belgian Quadrupel (using a ramped up malt bill from their Bruin, Inkhorn), aged in a Pinot Noir barrel with Brettanomyces Lambicus (a strain similar to that utilized in open-vat fermentation in koelschips in the Senne River valley in Belgium that create Lambic beer such as Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen).  This ruby-red beer is massive at 11% ABV, and has tart notes of plum, cherry, leather, and funk that come together to create a blend of Rodenbach and Jacobins vibes that dry out on the palate and change as the beer warms.  Absolutely incredible, creative work from Coady and Conway.  Well done, Folly. (No longer available)

 

Rainhard Brewing – Hop Cone Syndrome (IIPA)

Jordan Rainhard created a masterpiece with Hop Cone.  There isn’t much to say here, sadly – Rainhard has created the best IIPA in Ontario with this beer, and I have personally thanked Jordan for its creation on several occasions.  It is floral, intense, and astringent in the best way.  The juicy melon and citrus notes from the Mosaic and Citra hops come together with an absolutely perfectly balanced malt backbone to deliver a hop punch directly to the dome, but never overwhelms.  Best drank fresh, obviously.  (No longer available, may return seasonally in Spring)

 

Half Hours On Earth – Yalla Yalla Citra (Tart Farmhouse Ale dry hopped w/Citra)

If you haven’t had anything from HHOE and don’t plan on going to Seaforth, Ontario to get some, you can order their beer online and have it shipped to your door.  They specialize in Farmhouse Ales, specifically tart or sour beers, with inspiration coming from Belgian and Trappist ales as well as Lambics.  This Yalla Yalla Citra was like lemon juice in a glass, sans bitterness – it was beautifully tart, with notes of lemon and grass in the nose.  I also specifically remember it being a beautiful vibrant yellow colour, lending to its citrus quality even further.   Watch for big things from HHOE, who already have a collaboration with at least one other Ontario brewery in the books.  (Currently available)


Well, with 2016 a wrap… tell us, folks!  Did I miss one?  Am I way off?  Tweet me @beermostly, and stay tuned for our other writers’ lists to come!

 – Mike

Toronto’s Winter Brewfest Returns for 2nd Event

Well, well.

Seems that Toronto’s Winter Brewfest is determined to secure a place in the GTA; announcing on Monday that they would be returning for two days of beer, food, and fun at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition place for  March 24-25, 2017.

You may remember this name from the well-attended but poorly reviewed event last year – where the organizers took heat for inflated beer costs ($4/4oz on average), a jammed venue, and a few other missing pieces.  Read about our point of view from last year here.

This year’s event promises a few key changes:

 

Cashless RFID Wristbands – you’ll be able to charge up your wristband both pre-event and on-site with Brew Bucks (1 BB = $1), and upon requesting a sample, will simply be tapping your wristband for payment.  This is anticipated to relieve lines, and if it works anything like it did for RepublicLive’s WayHome this year, it should accomplish that.  Other features include a list being emailed to you with the beers you tried, so you won’t have angry twitter followers complaining about all your Untappd checkins.  Okay, this is neat.

 

Capped Pricing – With the absolute clusterfuck that was last year’s pricing, Brewfest has remodeled itself this year to be significantly more affordable – 70% of 4oz samples will be available for 2 BrewBucks, or $2, with any beer 6.1% ABV or higher coming in at 3 Brewbucks ($3).  This puts Brewfest at the middle-upper of Ontario craft beer festivals, and will certainly attract a larger crowd.  For some context, last year’s average was $1 an ounce – so you’re looking at nearly a 50% smaller investment here.  Let’s hope these prices don’t hinder great beers being brought in (There are 150+).

 

Venue Improvement – Last year’s Brewfest featured 37,000 feet of jammed, drunk audiences to a DJ, whose name I don’t care to remember, pounding the latest and greatest in some kind of house music (please god don’t bring this back) – and people were unhappy being “sardined” (that was the word I heard that made me chuckle).  It seemed the organizers underestimated how attended the event would be, so on the second day, added some more space.  For this event, they have more than doubled alst year’s commitment, up to 80,000 square feet, and promised more room for food trucks, places to mill about and drink with your friends, and maybe even some places to sit down and take it all in.

 

Beer Experts – Last year’s servers were volunteers, more than half of which didn’t even show up for their shifts.  It’s been noted that this was a horrible occurrence and beyond the control of the organizers, but none the less, contributed to overworked and under educated staff.  This year, Brewfest will be bringing in those with Cicerone qualifications (which level TBD, but don’t be surprised if there is a mix – I’d think the Cicerone CBS are more than enough for this role) as sort of like those people in Ikea that can guide you to the right shade of cushion for your Elsebet.  Seriously though, there will be well-marked staff to guide you and your friends to their style and brewery recommendations.  I like this, as they will use their experience to guide people to expand their tastes and their knowledge.

 

With the above changes, it sure seems that Brewfest has made a commitment to impressing the Toronto market and throwing an event that tries to push off the negativity that last year’s event has brought them.  In my article last year, I said I didn’t want them to come back in the format they were in – and it seems they’re seeking to address many pain points they were informed of.

After reading and speaking to the organizers, I have to say – it seems that this time they’re ready to throw a great event, readers!  If you’re interested, tickets are $20 here.  Oh yes, that also includes your first drink (3 BrewBucks).  Let us know on Twitter what you think!

As always, full release below.

– Mike


Toronto Winter Brewfest – Press Release – Dec 21 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Muddy York Brewing Co. Releases Two Barrel Aged Seasonal Beers

The time has come for the release of a pair of barrel aged beers from Muddy York Brewing. Inkwell, a Imperial Stout and a barrel aged version of their Porter. Both beers will be sold through their retail shop as well as bars and restaurants throughout the city.

Full Press Release below


December 15th, 2016

Toronto, ON – After many months of waiting, Muddy York Brewing Co. has bottled and released a pair of barrel aged beers: Batch #96 Inkwell Imperial Stout and Batch #105 Muddy mybc-barrel-aged-whiteYork Porter. The two beers are Muddy York’s first barrel aged offerings and are available in 750ml bottles. They will be sold through Muddy York Brewing’s retail bottle shop and select bars and restaurants.

Barrel Aged Series Batch #96 – Inkwell Imperial Stout was brewed as part of our Commonwealth Series earlier this year with friend and brewer, Richard Sigesmund. It’s a delicious combination of Pale Malt, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Wheat, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley, Special B and Oak Smoked Wheat malt paired with Columbus hops. This lavish beer has notes of Scotch Whisky, a velvety mouth-feel with a big, roasty, tobacco finish. Aged for 117 days in a Macallan Whisky Barrel. ABV: 7.7% and IBUs: 99

Barrel Aged Series Batch #105 – Muddy York Porter is our debut recipe brewed with a combination of UK Pearl, Pale Wheat, Chocolate Wheat, Brown, Medium Crystal and 100% Ontario grown Willamette hops from VQH Farms. It has notes of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla & Scotch Whisky with a soft mouth-feel. Aged for 109 days in a Macallan Whisky Barrel. ABV: 5% and IBUs: 21

“What’s exciting for me about launching our barrel-aged series is the opportunity to learn and explore the possibilities of marrying our beers with the unique characteristics that you can get from barrels,” says Jeff Manol, founder and head brewer of Muddy York Brewing Co. “Our goal with each release is to showcase the complexity and smoothness brought out by each individual barrel. It also allows us to channel our creativity and passion into these special releases and learn about the process as we go. These two Macallan barrel aged sippers are as refined as any wine or spirit, and we think it’s a shame that beer doesn’t always share the same image of sophistication, although that is thankfully changing.”

About Muddy York Brewing Co.

Muddy York Brewing Co. is a craft brewery situated in East York. Named after the somewhat derogatory term for York, the 18th century settlement that is now Toronto, Muddy York Brewing Co. pays homage to it’s brewing roots, making beer that is handcrafted in small batches. Muddy York Brewing Co. strives to brew beer of high quality that is perfectly balanced and remarkably drinkable.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Cowbell Brewing Announces Partnership with Children’s Hospital Foundations

Tis’ the season of loving and Cowbell Brewing Co. in Blyth ON’s is doing their part. Cowbell Brewing Co. just announced that they will be partnering with four hospital foundations for their Greener Pastures Community Fund (5 cents of every can or pint sold to be donated to the foundations). These donations will go towards providing life-enriching technology and equipment for children, as well as funding services to help children and their families on their health care journey.

Full Press Release below


Cowbell Brewing Co. partners with Ontario’s four children’s hospital foundations for Greener Pastures fundraising initiative

BLYTH, ON, December 13, 2016 — Cowbell Brewing Co. is pleased to announce a partnership with Ontario’s four children’s hospital foundations, officially naming them as the recipients of the untitled-31brewery’s Greener Pastures Community Fund. As part of their commitment to the community, Cowbell Brewing Co. has been contributing five cents from every can and pint sold to the fund.

Proceeds from Greener Pastures, which started with the first pint sold in May of 2016, will support the highest priority needs of each children’s hospital foundation with specific projects being identified annually. Funds raised from the Greener Pastures initiative will support the CHEO Foundation (Ottawa), Children’s Health Foundation (London), McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation (Hamilton), and SickKids Foundation (Toronto).

“At Cowbell, we are guided by doing what rings true, and creating the Greener Pastures Community Fund was just that. We wanted to give back to the community, and since most Ontarians have been touched by the remarkable care and treatment of our world-class children’s hospitals — my family and our Cowbell family included — we are pleased to support these hospital foundations. We are proud to announce this long-term partnership that will support children and their families in a meaningful way,” says Steven Sparling, Founder & CEO, Cowbell Brewing Co.

This partnership is an opportunity to raise both funds and awareness of the vital and unique role that children’s hospitals play in providing specialized care for families throughout Ontario. Proceeds from 2016 and 2017 will support state-of-the-art technology, specialized equipment, and life-enhancing programs and services to enhance kids’ health care journeys.

“We are pleased to welcome Cowbell Brewing Co. as a new partner with Children’s Health Foundation. It is an honour to be chosen as a recipient of the Greener Pastures Community Fund and we are thankful for this partnership that will positively impact thousands of children in our communities who rely on Ontario’s children’s hospitals,” says Sherri Bocchini, Chief Development Officer, Children’s Health Foundation (London).

Cowbell Brewing Co. is a family-owned and environmentally responsible craft brewery founded by the Sparling family in Blyth, Ontario. Cowbell brands are currently available through the LCBO, The Beer Store, restaurants and pubs across Ontario.

About Cowbell Brewing Co.:

Cowbell Brewing Co. is owned by the Sparling family who has entrepreneurial roots in Blyth, Ontario, going back three generations. They are embarking on an ambitious project designed to have positive local community and regional tourism benefits. They have recently broken ground on 111-acres of land on the outskirts of the village where a state-of-the art brewery, restaurant, and event venue is set to open in spring 2017. Cowbell Brewing Co. launched its first beer, Absent Landlord, in May. The brewery’s second beer, Doc Perdue’s Bobcat, will be hitting LCBO shelves in December.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Let’s just get this out of the way- I never fully understood the saying “put your money where your mouth is.” Expressions have never been my forte. This article is about taking action and making smart choices as a consumer. But that doesn’t make for a very interesting blog title. Anyway, here we go.

Pictured: My muscles, which I use to crush stereotypical gender roles.

If you know me or have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that I have no problem calling out sexism when I see it. In fact, *sips from mug of White Male Tears* it’s actually a source of joy for me, to do my part to squash the patriarchy at every possible opportunity. It’s pretty easy to look at the beer industry (as well as the beverage industry in general) and find inequalities between men and women*, from the way their treated at the time of service, to the types of jobs they hold at the brewery level. Calling these instances out and talking about them is important. But what do we do about it?

Well, I may not have an all-encompassing answer for you regarding these complex problems. However, I know at least one way to make yourself heard, and it comes down to the concept of “voting with your dollar” or using your power as a consumer to make conscious choices about where you spend your money. Ladies, I know what you’re thinking: “But Victoria, we only make 77% on the dollar to what males make, I don’t have piles of money to be spending on all the companies I’d like to support!” Girl, I hear you. So I’m going to make it easy for you, let’s talk about the bars you go to. If you’re reading this, you probably like drinking (can I get an amen?) and no matter how much your bank account may be hurtin’ this month, let’s be real- you’re probably going to go out and buy a pint or 5 anyway. So take your beat-up credit cards and head to an establishment where ladies are thriving in senior leadership positions or are owners. Show them that you dig what they’re doing and the places they’ve created, and appreciate them for the badasses they are.

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Photo from the Ladies Pub Strut during OCB Week 2016

Below is a list of  bars that my friends and I like to go to in Toronto that are owned or spearheaded by strong women. If you have more that you want me to show love to, tweet them to me @_VictoriaBrews! Shoutouts to The Danforth for having so many BossLadies!

  1. Grand Trunk
  2. Brass Taps
  3. Folly Brewpub
  4. The Edmund Burke 
  5. I’ll Be Seeing You 
  6. Little Sister & Noorden
  7. Sauce on Danforth
  8. The Old Nick
  9. Wise Bar
  10. The Local

There you have it. Now get out to these bars and make it rain on these ladies! Just kidding, you should probably just politely pay your tab like a normal human.

 

 

 

 

* I’d also like to acknowledge that there is substantial inequality faced by those in this field that identify as non-binary, and that these issues also disproportionately affect women of colour. However, I do not feel that my lived experience allows me to speak authentically on these topics, and encourage you to research literature written by my awesome friend Robin Leblanc, and interviews done with my other super cool friend, Renee Navarro, for some more intersectional perspectives.

PRESS RELEASE: Eastbound Brewing Company coming to Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood

Looking like there is going to be another brewpub coming to Toronto. This time it will be in the Riverside area, 700 Queen St. E. Eastbound Brewing Company is the project started by David Lee (BrewMaster), Tara Lee (Kitchen) and Adam Stiles (Brand Lead). Eastbound will be a 3500 sq foot space with a full working brewery and dining area. Look out for their opening in early 2017.

Full Press Release below


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Eastbound Brewing Company is happy to announce that it will be opening a brewery, kitchen and retail shop in the heart of Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, at 700 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1G9.

A full working brewery in the space will allow us to open with a selection of fresh beer crafted by our Brewmaster David Lee, formerly of Kensington Brewing Company, Mill Street Brewery & Grand River Brewing. The Siebel Institute trained brewer will bring his voice to classic styles, in the ever changing Eastbound beer line up. “I see us as having one foot into classical and one foot into the wild and adventurous” says Lee. “Our goal is to respect tradition, but at the same time push the boundaries of innovation. We are really excited to help build up the east end of Toronto’s beer scene, along side some of the great breweries that have already set up here.”

Working in tandem with our brewing operation, the kitchen will have a beer focused menu, crafted by a chef who knows her beer and her brewer. Accomplished chef, and wife to our brewmaster, Tara Lee will be heading up the kitchen. Tara has spent many years in kitchens across Toronto, as Sous Chef at Cowbell, Skin+Bones and currently Bar Hop Brewco. Chef Lee says “Beer is amazing to cook with, drink on its own and to pair with food. We are going to have a lot of fun with the dishes playing along with our evolving beer list.” More details and menus will be released as we approach the opening of the 80 seat brewpub.

A retail beer shop will offer grab and go cans for visitors and neighbours to continue enjoying Eastbound beer from the comforts of home or to share with a few friends. “I’ve always thought of the local beer scene as a place where you can try something new, learn a thing or two and get to share an experience with those around you. Good beer pairs best with good people. That is the atmosphere we are trying to achieve here in Riverside,“ according to Dave Watson, Managing Partner. Watson comes from a background of beverage manufacturing and building beverage brands.

The 3,500 sq foot space will drop guests right in the middle of the beer making process. The open concept offers views into our kitchen and our brewery from any seat in the house. The building’s past lives include a furniture store, and in the early 1930’s was a short lived cinema called Teck Theatre. “We want you to see the process and every step along the way, ask questions about where the stuff comes from, and why we choose to use the ingredients we do. I think that is going to be a really great part of your experience when you come to have a beer with us.” says Adam Stiles, Brand Lead. Stiles has been a student of the craft beer world and has shared his experience and expertise with television and online audiences across the GTA. By day he will be our brand lead, but by night you will still be able to catch his local weather forecasts, as Stiles has been a television meteorologist in the Toronto market for the past 8 years.

Timelines for the exact opening date is yet to be determined with a goal of early in 2017 set as the target.

To follow along on the progress, as we work toward opening, check out our Instagram account: @eastboundbeer or visit www.eastboundbeer.com

Cask Beer Festival comes to Durham Region

Fall is in the air, the Pumpkin beers are pouring and Cask Days is around the corner. This year Durham Region will be getting their first ever Cask Beer Festival courtesy of The Tap and Tankard inTap Cask Fest Whitby (Read about the bar in Victoria’s post about Beer in the Burbs). For 12 years now Cask beer lovers have been attending Cask Days, personally my favorite beer festival. The event features hundreds of unique beers from around Ontario and the US. But the owner of The Tap, James Hobbs wanted to bring the Cask experience to the burbs.

For whose of you who do not know what Cask beer is here is a definition. “Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure.” (Wikipedia)

The Tap will host Cask Fest, a one day event feature casks from around Durham and Toronto. The event will take place Saturday October 15th between 2pm-6pm at 224 Brock St S, Whitby. This event is $25 which includes 5 – 6oz. samples and food.  This is a indoor/outdoor event with the food portion being a BBQ outside, while live music plays in the background. Tickets can be purchased at https://whitby.snapd.com/#/events/view/987591. Be sure to come by and say Hi to me if you are coming to the event.

The cask list continues to grow day to day but the list I currently have is:

Mill St. Brewery – Tankenstein
Muskoka Brewery – Peppered lager
Beaus All Natural  – St Luke’s Verse Gruit ale with lavender, rosemary and thyme
Great Lakes Brewery – Dry Hopped Canuck
Big Rig Brewery – Amber Ale and Chocolate Stout
Old Flame – Caramel Black Walnut Stout
Railway city – Double Dead Elephant IPA (might change)
Manantler Brewery has yet confirmed

PRESS RELEASE: Nickel Brook Converts Burlington Brewery To Funk Lab

Awesome news from the good folks at Nickel Brook Brewery! With sour beers becoming a huge trend in Ontario, it’s harder for the bigger breweries to participate without contaminating some of their equipment and their core brands. This is an innovative move, and a great way to utilize the facility. Read below for full details: 

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Nickel Brook Converts Burlington Brewery to Funk Lab

For Immediate Release
BURLINGTON, ON – September 28 2016 – Nickel Brook Brewing Co. announced today that its original brewery at 864 Drury Lane, Burlington is now operating as a full-time funk and sour beer facility known as The Funk Lab, making Nickel Brook the foremost funk brewer in Ontario.

The announcement follows Nickel Brook’s purchase of a new production facility in Hamilton, Ontario.  Their award-winning lineup of core beers, including Headstock IPA and Naughty Neighbour APA, are now produced in the larger brewery, which they co-own with Collective Arts.  The Funk Lab is dedicated to brewing small-batch funk and sour beers using rare and wild yeast strains, as well as barrel-ageing beers such as fan-favourites Cuvée and Winey Bastard.

Nickel Brook has already made waves with some of its earliest funk creations, including winning a Gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards for their Uber Raspberry Berliner Weisse, a sour German wheat beer aged on Canadian raspberries. The delicious Uncommon Element Brett Pale Ale and Brett Saison will be year round staples of the Funk Lab, with other unique recipes, such as a Cucumber-Lime Gose, being released throughout the year.

To celebrate this announcement, Nickel Brook will be hosting a Funk Lab Launch Event at BarHop, 391 King Street, Toronto on October 3rd, 2016. A by-invitation  event will begin at 5pm, with an open-to-the-public tap takeover starting at 7pm. Further details will be available on the brewery’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

For more information, please contact:
Matt Gibson, matt@nickelbrook.com (289) 208-8295

About Sour and Funk Beers
Historically, beer became funky when wild bacteria found their way into open-air fermentation tanks.  Over time, brewers and scientists worked to isolate the good bacteria from the bad ones, creating a catalogue of delicious funk strains.  The three most common strains of funk bacteria are Lactobacillus (aka Lacto), Brettanomyces (aka Brett,) and Pediococcus (aka Pedio), each of which contribute their own unique flavours and aromas.  Some brewers avoid the use of such bacteria for fear of cross-contamination, but Nickel Brook’s dedicated Funk Lab embraces the unique and wild flavours these microbes impart on beer.

About Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Nickel Brook Brewing Co. was founded by John and Peter Romano in Burlington, Ontario in 2005. They have since expanded operations to Hamilton, Ontario where they co-opened the Arts and Sciences Brewery with Collective Arts Brewing.  They are committed to using only the finest natural ingredients from around the world, and brew them in small batches for the highest standard of quality.  This award-winning Ontario craft brewery constantly strives to push the boundaries of brewing culture.