PRESS RELEASE: Lost Craft acquires Sextant Craft Brewery

It has been a good start to 2017 for Lost Craft Inc. First the success of Revivale in 2016, second the launch of their new beer Crimzen, and now the acquisition Sextant Craft Brewing. This announcement will now add a third beer (Why so Sirius) to their portfolio. The beer will go through a re-branding process before being re-launched into the LCBO and Grocery stores Spring 2017.

See the full Press Release below.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lost Craft Inc. (“Lost Craft”) today announced that it has acquired the assets of Sextant Craft Brewery (“Sextant”). “We are excited to announce the acquisition. The transaction adds a refreshing American style Pale Ale that is complimentary to Lost Craft’s core year-round product portfolio. Sextant’s flagship beer, “Why So Sirius ?”, is well balanced and sessionable, consistent with Lost Craft’s brewing philosophy.” said Shehan De Silva, Lost Craft CEO. “We viewed Lost Craft as a partner of choice. The Company’s passion to make approachable craft beer was consistent with our vision and we’re thrilled that the Sextant legacy will live on under the Lost Craft banner.” said Dave Wingfelder, Sextant CEO. Lost Craft intends on rebranding “Why So Sirius?” which is expected to be re-launched in LCBO and Grocery stores Spring 2017.

About Lost Craft Inc.

Founded in 2015, Lost Craft is a craft beer company that focuses on brewing world class session style craft beer. The Company travels the globe to source beer styles from around the world to inspire their recipe development. Lost Craft’s core brands include Revivale, a German-style lagered ale, and Crimzen, an English-style red ale. Based in Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city, Lost Craft embraces diversity and is committed to being active in the communities where they operate.

About Sextant Craft Brewery

Founded in 2015, born out of an appreciation for good beer and a love of travel, Sextant is the brainchild of husband and wife team Dave Wingfelder and Cindy Eveline. Sextant’s successful flagship beer, “Why So Sirius”, has distribution in licensees, LCBO, and grocery stores across Ontario. Based in Toronto, Sextant brews under contract at Common Good Beer Co. For further information, please contact: Shehan De Silva Founder 416 271 5980 shehan@lostcraft.ca David Wingfelder Founder 416 707 9837 dave@sextantcraftbrewery.com

PRESS RELEASE: The Canadian Brewing Awards are coming to our Nation’s Capital

It’s that time of year again! The 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards is fast approaching. This year some of Canada’s best breweries and cideries will be honored in our nations capital. The awards will be held May 25-27 2017. Online submissions far now open at entries.canadianbrewingawards.com and will be open until March 10, 2017. For more information on the awards, conference and tickets head over to canadianbrewingawards.com and read the full release below.


The Canadian Brewing Awards are Coming to our Nation’s Capital

15th Annual CBAC will be held in Ottawa, Ontario

Toronto, ON – January 31, 2017 – The 15th annual Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAC) is set for May 25-27, 2017 at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. CBAC 2017 combines three days of industry education and business networking, ending with an exciting awards gala recognizing the top beers and ciders in over 50 different style categories.

“Being Canada’s 150th birthday and the [Canadian Brewing Awards’] 15th anniversary, it only makes sense to have this year’s CBAC in our nation’s capital,” said Rob Engman, CBAC president. “Ottawa’s vibrant brewing community is so eager and enthusiastic about this year’s CBAC, it’s going to make it a really diverse and exciting experience!”

Alongside the announcement of the 2017 conference location, new eligibility rules have been announced for this year and beyond. Taking effect this year, all beer and cider submissions must be from a Canadian-owned brewery or cidery whose products are produced and packaged in Canada.

Last year, the CBAC saw over 1200 entries from 240 breweries/cideries. This year, organizers expect to see a significant increase in entries to reflect the growth in the Canadian brewery and cidery industry.

Online submissions for the CBAC are now open at entries.canadianbrewingawards.com and will be open until March 10, 2017. Early bird pricing for the conference is also open and tickets can be purchased at canadianbrewingawards.com. With tickets selling out in 2016, the planning team is anticipating another sold out conference for 2017 in Ottawa.

About the Canadian Brewing Awards

The Canadian Brewing Awards are the premiere competition for judging the quality of Canadian manufactured beer and ciders. The contest is the only truly national competition that invites breweries and cideries of all sizes from across the country to compete in a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned blind tasting to determine who creates the best beer/cider in a variety of style categories. A Canadian Brewing Award medal is a widely recognized symbol of brewing excellence in Canada.

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

Facebook www.facebook.com/beausbrewery

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Rorschach Brewing Co. Opening Early 2017!

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Are you ready for this?! ANOTHER brewpub is set to open in Toronto’s East end for early 2017! We are getting spoiled over here and I for one could not be happier.

Introducing Rorschach Brewing Company! Opening at 1001 Eastern Avenue. Rorschach Brewing Co. is the brainchild of four friends, three of whom met at the University of Toronto’s Engineering program. They have spent the last two years in the planning stages and now their dream is becoming a reality. Matthew Reiner, the brewmaster has been home brewing for the past eight years. His focus is on aggressively hopped IPAs and mixed fermentation Saisons. Mohan Pandit and Chris Ristevski are also engineers and Ben Ragan has a background in construction and wine.

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As you probably know (or have assumed from the clever logo) Rorschach is the name of the infamous inkblot test, when asked how they decided on this name their answer was quite philosophical: just like the inkblot test, beer is a subjective experience. Every person’s palate is unique and they perceive flavours differently so they wanted their name and slogan “Life’s too short for ordinary beer” to reflect the ideology that beer is something to be experienced and experimented with! Their goal is to craft beers that are complex and flavourful but also highly drinkable. This is a philosophy that The Bottomless Pint can get behind! see Victoria’s previous post on the subjectivity of beer tasting.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Matthew, Mohan and Ben over a few samples of their brews. They showed me around the (mostly empty) space explaining their vision. There will be a ten bbl brewhouse with six fermenters and two bright tanks. They will be installing 14-16 taps but will probably launch with about five beers. The founders have all discovered their love for beer while travelling abroad where they also experienced many culinary styles. The inspiration for their menu comes from tapas style dining. They will not be serving your average pub food but rather snacks that are meant for sharing and most importantly complementing the beer. The main floor holds 70-80 guests while the massive second floor patio holds approximately 100. Ideally there will be a take away counter for bottles as well, all depending on licensing of course.

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Now to the good stuff, the beer! I was lucky enough to try three of Matthew’s creations. A Saison, a West Coast IPA and a Coffee Oatmeal Stout. The Saison is currently in line to be the flagship beer: fruity, dry and medium bodied, this beer is definitely a crowd pleaser. The IPA is hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe, very juicy with the hop focused in the aroma and flavour and very little lingering bitterness. The Coffee Oatmeal Stout is beautifully roasty and smooth. Matthew roasted the coffee beans himself and they are currently trying to convince a family member with a coffee-roasting hobby, to create of a unique blend for this particular beer.

There is still a ton of work to be done and licensing to be acquired so an opening date cannot be accurately predicted at this time, but be sure to watch out for this one! The location is absolutely gorgeous, the building itself is an old house with a massive expansion added on the back but the front of the original house has been beautifully preserved. The parking lot next door is a huge bonus and it is literally just minutes from the lake (and the lakeshore bike path!).

Good luck guys! I can’t wait to see (and taste) the final results!