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.

PRESS RELEASE: The Return of Samuel Adams Utopias coming to LCBO

The return of the highly-coveted Samuel Adam Utopias is coming to the Summerhill LCBO on September 23rd. If you miss the limted run of the $114.95 bottle of this one of a kind beer you will be able to buy it through the LCBO Vintages Shop Online Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30 a.m.  This 2015 edition of Utopias will go fast. I am personally looking to add a bottle to go along side my 2012 edition of the beer.

To celebrate the launch of Utopias in Ontario, Jim Koch Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer  will be hosting a tutored tasting of a number of Samuel Adams beers, including Utopias, at the LCBO’s Summerhill location at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the launch. He will also join a celebration of Samuel Adams beer at a Toronto Beer Week event called For the Love of Beer. Although Utopias will not be available to sample at this event, beer fans will be able to meet Jim and sample several Samuel Adams beers not typically available in Canada. For the Love of Beer starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at 99 Sudbury.

Full Press Release Below


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LIMITED RELEASE OF SAMUEL ADAMS UTOPIAS ARRIVING AT THE LCBO SEPTEMBER 23
Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch to host tutored tasting in Toronto prior to launch

TORONTO, ON (September 7, 2016) – On Friday, September 23, the LCBO will release a limited number of bottles of Samuel Adams Utopias. A total of 700 bottles of the highly-coveted beer will be available both in-store and through the LCBO’s Vintages Shop Online at a price of $114.95 per 710mL bottle.

In-store, 350 bottles will be released for sale to the public at the LCBO’s Summerhill location (10 Scrivener Square, Toronto) at 4:00 p.m. on September 23. The remaining 350 bottles will be sold through the Vintages Shop Online beginning the following Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30 a.m.unnamed

For beer fanatics, Samuel Adams Utopias has become one of the most sought-after beers on earth. Meant to be savoured like a fine cognac or port, Utopias is known for its extraordinary flavour profile; wood, toffee, cocoa, raisin and maple aromas contribute to the distinctive flavour, which includes notes of molasses, earthy wood, dates, and light smoke, nuts and toffee. Utopias is a blend of batches, some of which have been aged for more than 22 years in a variety of barrels at Samuel Adams’ Boston Brewery. This Utopias release is 28% ABV.

To celebrate the launch of Utopias in Ontario, Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch will be hosting a tutored tasting of a number of Samuel Adams beers, including Utopias, at the LCBO’s Summerhill location at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the launch. A total of 24 tickets are available for the tasting at a cost of $75 each. The ticket also guarantees the right to purchase one Utopias bottle before its general release at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for this experience go on sale tomorrow, September 8, through helloLCBO at 1-800-668-5226.

While Koch is in Toronto, he will also join a celebration of Samuel Adams beer at a Toronto Beer Week event called For the Love of Beer. Although Utopias will not be available to sample at this event, beer fans will be able to meet Jim and sample several Samuel Adams beers not typically available in Canada, including Cinder Blonde Gratzer, Grumpy Monk and Chai Saison. For the Love of Beer starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at 99 Sudbury.

In summary, beer lovers should mark the following dates and times on their calendars:

Thursday, September 8 (8:30 a.m.) Tickets to tutored tasting with Jim Koch (including the opportunity to purchase one bottle of Utopias) go on sale through helloLCBO at 1-800-668-5226 (limit of 2 per customer).
Thursday, September 22 (7:30 p.m.) For the Love of Beer with Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch at 99 Sudbury Street. Tickets and information available at http://www.samueladams.com/TorontoBeerWeek.
Friday, September 23 (2:00 p.m.) Jim Koch will lead a tutored tasting of Samuel Adams beers (including Utopias) at the LCBO Summerhill location.
Friday, September 23 (4:00 p.m.) Utopias released for sale to the general public at the LCBO’s Summerhill location (350 bottles available, limit of one per customer). Jim Koch will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to meet with Samuel Adams fans and sign bottles.
Wednesday, September 28 (8:30 a.m.) An additional 350 bottles of Utopias released to beer fans across the province through the LCBO VINTAGES Shop Online (note that pre- registration with the VINTAGES Shop Online is required for telephone or online purchase, limit of one per customer).

For more information on the Utopias launch, customers can contact the LCBO through helloLCBO at 1-800-668-5226.

ABOUT SAMUEL ADAMS UTOPIAS
Beer collectors and connoisseurs already know Samuel Adams Utopias is unique among beers. Utopias is an uncarbonated blend of batches, some of which have been aged in different wood barrels for more than 22 years. The 2015 blend was aged in single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery.

With an alcohol content of 28%, Utopias is best enjoyed as a two ounce pour in a snifter glass at room temperature like a cognac or fine port. This latest batch has notes of fig, chocolate, molasses, tobacco and spice with a subtle sweetness and a deep, rich, malty smoothness.

Samuel Adams Utopias is considered by some beer collectors to be the culmination of the art of brewing. The 2015 batch produced less than 10,000 bottles, of which the LCBO is offering 700 for sale.

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


 

The ABCs of success to Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest

Photo credit Mike Palmer

August 13th & 14th is the return of Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival (RHCBF); a summer must. Hosted in Roundhouse Park in Toronto, the festival embodies the laid-back, friendly nature synonymous with Ontario’s craft beer scene. Come experience the flavours from over 40 craft breweries and over a dozen gourmet food trucks as they share their bests in suds & bites.  Tickets are available at http://www.craftbeerfest.ca/.

Photo credit Jeff Rogers

Here’s your #RHCBF warm-up  a.k.a the ABCs of success to the Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest.

 

Appreciate: With + 40 craft breweries it’s tempting to over-indulge in sudsy deliciousness. Remember it’s not a race. Pace yourself and appreciate the flavours & the atmosphere, because what other festival can you bring a blanket, find a patch of grass and relax as you soak it all in?

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

Be strategic: While a high IBU may be your go-to brew, it may blow-out your taste buds. It’s best to start by getting a feel for the breweries and their offerings (any limited editions?). Then make a plan – start off with lighter beers such as Steam Whistle Pilsner or blonde ales, then head into the darker ales from ambers to stouts. Save those Double IPAs and high-hopped brews for the grand finales.

Conquer your fears: Don’t be afraid to break the mold, be bold and step out of your comfort zone. If you’re committed to one style, try that style from a few breweries so you can appreciate their subtle (or big) differences.

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

Drink water: Stay hydrated; match a water for every beer. Not only does water keep you hydrated it also helps cleanse your palate leaving you ready for the next taste. Complimentary waters stations are available at the #RHCBF.

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

Eat, drink and be merry: Live by this rule! Eat first then worry about your thirst! With over a dozen food trucks to choose from, there is sure to be something to satisfy any craving. Start your day with a good meal and snack in between to ensure your day isn’t cut short.

Photo credit: Jeff Rogers

Find a friend: Or make some new ones. Take the opportunity to chat with brewers and learn about their craft. Not sure what to try next? Ask fellow patrons for their recommendations!

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

Get dressed: It’s an outdoor festival, be sure to dress for the weather (whether rain or shine), bring a hat and keep the SPF coming.

HAVE A BLAST! And check out the full listings of breweries at www.craftbeerfest.ca

Beer In The Burbs- Putting the “Great” in the “Greater Toronto Area”

Or perhaps… making the GTA great again? Nah- I’d rather not go there…

For the past few years I’ve either been working or studying in Toronto while living in Ajax with my roommates (see: Mother and Father). I’ve found that it’s very easy to become very narrow-minded about the city, and all of the things going on in it. Many people can be reluctant to go North of a certain street if they live in the Entertainment District, hesitant to travel West of a certain street if they live in the Beaches, and so on. I’ve noticed that this hyper-local allegiance is also prevalent in beer, as well as when discussing better beer bars. Some people are choosing to drink only from breweries that are from their stomping grounds of Toronto, or will only support a bar that’s within spitting distance.

This observation has only been amplified by the recent adoration for the “Toronto VS Everyone” trend. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with this trend (much love to Peace Collective, do your thang dawg). I actually think it’s awesome to see people showing love for their city and remaining loyal to their neighbourhoods and local stops. However- there’s some seriously good stuff happening in the suburbs these days, and I don’t think they are getting enough recognition. You may be thinking I’m being biased since I’m a burbs girl born and raised, but I have actually just signed a lease on an apartment in the city, so I see firsthand the draws to both ways of living. I’ve also noticed while working at a brewery, that events like Ribfests or some of the specialty activations during Ontario Craft Beer Week are far more impactful and well attended in these regions. Of course this is, in part, due to the relative quietness of the regions in comparison to the city. But the significance of the events to these communities is, in turn, exponentially more impactful- and I think that needs to be noted and rewarded. I think there should be more attention paid to the suburbs and the GTA, because any effort exuded in these regions seems to be paid back tenfold by the appreciation and participation of consumers.

Outlined below are three examples of areas outside the city that are home to some awesome bars and breweries, with a few gems being highlighted as inspiration for you to get in a car, or dare I say it, on the GO train, to visit these not so sleepy suburbs.

Whitby/Oshawa

Bar to Visit: Tap & Tankard

Live Music, daily specials, and two different bars with over 15 taps and plenty of tall cans to choose from. This bar is a hub for the community, and houses many different groups throughout the week including philanthropic and running groups. The food is excellent, proving it’s far more than just that bar you went to when you were perhaps slightly less than 19 years of age.

Breweries To See: 5 Paddles, Brock St, and while you’re out here, go to Bowmanville and see the nice folks at Manantler.

Photo by The Tap & Tankard.
Photo by The Tap & Tankard.

Mississauga/Etobicoke

Bar to Visit: Rib Eye Jack’s Ale House

Ridiculously long bottle list (100+ beers in total between bottle and draught) with goodies from Ontario and Quebec, as well as rotating cask selections. Need I say more? Oh yeah, they also have pretty great whisky if that’s your thing. They try to use local ingredients when possible, and the atmosphere is laid back and welcoming.

Breweries to See: Trafalgar and Cameron’s in Oakville, Black Oak & Great Lakes Brewery in Etobicoke

Photo by Hungry Brew Hops.
Photo by Hungry Brew Hops.

Newmarket

Bar To Visit: Hungry Brew Hops

Amazing rotating tap selection that changes so often they have an “on deck” section in their beer menu so you can plan accordingly. The owner Boris is well known in the industry, and for good reason. Tons of variety in the food offered, amazing beer and the atmosphere is exciting and just upscale enough without feeling stuffy. If you know someone who’s been here or lives in Newmarket, people love to rave about this place! Good vibes all around.

Breweries to See: Arch Brewing

Photo by @rebeccabentolilaphoto on Instagram.
Photo by @rebeccabentolilaphoto on Instagram.

I’ve barely skimmed the surface of what these regions have to offer, but I hope this encourages you to venture outside of Toronto if you get the chance. Thanks to the following lovely folks for inspiring this article, who work (and drink) in these places and helped me create this blog post: Kristin MacDonald, Jen Reinhardt, Mike Relic, Jon Graham, Jared Allen.

Have any suburban spots that you think should have been included? Tweet me and tell me about them: @_VictoriaBrews

PRESS RELEASE: The Craft Brasserie & SOBDL Women of Beer event

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) and The Craft Brasserie (107 Atlantic Ave, Toronto) have partnered up for a one night only “Women of Beer” event. With the growing number of women involved in the beer industry this event with feature over a dozen one-off beers created and brewed by the women in the industry. The event will be held August 4th at The Craft will be a free admission event with a portion of the beer sales going to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

This event will give men and women alike to meet and mingle with some of the great women in the Ontario Craft Beer industry while helping raise money for a great cause.

Full Press Release below.


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PRESS RELEASE: Single-day tickets now on sale for Beau’s Oktoberfest

It’t that time of year again! Summer is almost over which means it’s time for the two-day fall festival of Bavarian proportions happen at Beau’s in Vankleek Hill. The festival in its 8th year has grown year over year and this year should be no different. Starting July 25th single day tickets are on sale. So if you plan on going get your tickets fast as last years Saturday was a sell out.

There are plenty of ways to get there with bus transportation and also if you’re looking to make a weekend out of it camping space is available. Tons of great acts will be on stage all weekend including 2016 Juno nominee k-os.  The festival will have biggest craft beer line-up in festival history, with 16 different Beau’s beers, 40 guest brewery taps, gluten-free beer and craft cider will also be available.

This is one event you don’t want to miss.

Full Press Release Below.


(VANKLEEK HILL – July 25, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Beau’s Brewery is kicking off single-day ticket sales today for the 8th annual Beau’s Oktoberfest, a two-day fall festival of craft beer and Bavarian culture held in Vankleek Hill, the small village where the local craft brewery is located. Last year’s event attracted nearly 19,000 festival goers over two days, with a sell-out crowd on Saturday.

Set for September 23rd and 24th, this year’s mainstage lineup will feature iconic Canadian rockers 54•40 and Toronto indie musicians Born Ruffians on Friday, and 2016 Juno nominee k-os and Vancouver singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas on Saturday. Additional entertainment includes Fast Romantics, Motel Raphaël, and Gazoline. Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostenek and his accordion will be back again to supply traditional German music during the day. The Black Forest stage will run daytime as well, featuring indie folk and punk music.Photo by Ben Welland. http://byfieldpitman.com

The 2016 edition of Oktoberfest will have the biggest craft beer line-up in festival history, with 16 different Beau’s beers flowing on tap at bars set up throughout the festival grounds, and more than 40 guest breweries supplying a keg of their finest in the Craft Haus area. Gluten-free beer and craft cider will also be available.  28 Ontario and Québec restaurants will be on hand to serve up a vast selection of Bavarian-inspired cuisine.

As in previous years, round trip bus transportation is available from Montréal, Ottawa, and Cornwall – this year guests can also choose to upgrade to coach buses for an additional fee. Camping space has been expanded for this year, and in addition to onsite food options, the camp area will show an outdoor movie on Friday and Saturday nights. Camping space is limited and must be pre-registered. Tickets are also now on sale for School of Bock sessions, a series of seminars exploring the world of craft beer with guest speakers and brewers. Sign-up is open for select onsite activities too (malt sack races, sausage eating, and partner-carrying).

Oktoberfest is Beau’s signature fundraising event, and this year total dollars raised is expected to top half a million dollars. On that theme, registration is underway for the United Way Charity Bike Ride to Beau’s Oktoberfest. Riders receive a custom Beau’s cycling jersey and free bus transportation back to their departure location (Ottawa, Bourget or Cornwall), with additional perks to top fundraisers. New for 2016 is Gigs4Good, a contest that gets bands to fundraise for Ottawa- and Montréal-based charities with a top prize of three paid gigs in 2017: Pouzza Fest, Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and Beau’s Oktoberfest Black Forest Stage.

Adult admission to the festival is $32; 2-day passes are $45, and kids passes (18 and under) are $5. The ticket includes a voucher for your first beer or other beverage, and the first 2,000 people through the gate each day will receive a souvenir alpine hat. Single-day tickets, weekend passes and all add-ons and registrations can be accessed at the Beau’s Oktoberfest website: beausoktoberfest.ca. As in previous years, Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so would-be festival-goers are encouraged to buy early to avoid disappointment.

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 85 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 in Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, PEI, and New York, and is coming soon to Alberta and British Columbia. 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: Nickel Brook Releases a Cucumber-Lime Gose, Ceres

Nickel Brook does it again with another beer in their Pilot Project. This time with it is a Cucumber-Lime Gose named Ceres. The limited run beer named for the Roman goddess of agriculture and grains,  will be available in 375ml bottles at select bars across Ontario and starting July 22nd will be on sale at the Burlington Bottle Shop and the Hamilton brewery Beer Garden July 21st. If you get your hands on a bottle or pint let us know your thoughts via twitter (@bottomless_pint)

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Nickel Brook Releases a Cucumber-Lime Gose, CeresNickelbrook logo(1)

BURLINGTON, ON – July 20, 2016 – Nickel Brook Brewing Co. announced today the next beer to come from the Burlington Funk Lab: ‘Ceres,’ a Cucumber-Lime Gose. Conceived as a tart and refreshing beer, this is a new twist on the classic German style. Brewed with cucumber, lime juice, fresh lime zest, coriander and a hint of Himalayan sea salt, this is a true hot-weather beer.

Nickel Brook co-founder John Romano returned from this year’s Craft Brewer’s Conference inspired to brew some vegetable beers, and he’s thrilled with what the team has come up with so far. “I love the play of sour, salty and fruity flavours in this beer,” says brewer Cam Gillstrom. “It’s a really unique, refreshing beer- perfect to beat the heat of the summer.”

Named for the Roman goddess of agriculture and grains, Ceres will be available in 375ml bottles for a limited time at select bars across Ontario starting July 18th, and will go on sale at the Burlington Bottle Shop on Friday July 22nd . It will also be featured on tap at the new Nickel Brook & Collective Arts Beer Garden at 207 Burlington Street in Hamilton, starting Thursday July 21st.

Details of licensees pouring Ceres will be available on Nickel Brook’s social media feeds.

For inquiries, please contact:

Matt Gibson, matt@nickelbrook.com

(289) 208-8295

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 when they co-opened the Arts & Science 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. Nickel Brook continues to be an award-winning Ontario craft brewery that constantly strives to push the boundaries of brewing culture. 864 Drury Lane Burlington, Ontario

www.nickelbrook.com / @NickelBrookBeer

Glutenberg Craft Brewery – 5 years of activity, 7 internationals awards and many exciting projects ahead

 

 

Love beer but can’t have gluten? Well if that’s the case you need to get yourself some Glutenberg. The gluten free market has been somewhat lack luster in past yours but Glutenberg is one company truly making a name for itself. With 5 pillar products (Blonde ale, American Pale ale, Red ale, India Pale ale & White ale), and numerous awards the Montreal based company are brewing some of the best gluten free beers. With their recent induction into the LCBO if gives us Ontario beer drinkers another option to reach for. If you decide to give the beer a try let me know via twitter your thoughts on the beer.

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MONTREAL, July 12, 2016 – Glutenberg Craft Brewery celebrates its fifth year of existence with a flood of awards, first by winning both the gold and silver medals in the “Gluten Free Beer” category of the 2016 World Beer Cup, then by capturing all three steps of the podium at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Moreover, the brewery reached a new summit by being awarded the two most prestigious awards for the “experimental Beer” category, the Lapsang d’automne and the Myrcène de glace, two beers issued from the Série Gastronomie, conceived with François Chartier “Créateur d’harmonies”. These international recognitions highlight the local talent the young minds behind these award-winning beers. Glutenberg_One Pager Facts

Co-founders David Cayer and Julien Niquet (COO and CEO, respectively) see these rewards as a new step for the brewery: “Our first goal is and will always be to brew the world’s very best gluten-free beers. However, we quickly learned to see our gluten free methods as a springboard to our creativity rather than a barrier. It allowed us to come up with unique and singular recipes and it is truly wonderful to see that people know and appreciate our beers for what they are and not only for the fact that they are gluten-free”.

Glutenberg in a glance

  • Over 15 000 hectoliters (1 500 000 L) of beer produced in 2015;
  • 5 pillar products (Blonde ale, American Pale ale, Red ale, India Pale ale & White ale)
  • A gourmet collection, the Série Gastronomie, envisioned and created in partnership with world-renowned sommelier “François Chartier Créateur d’harmonies”;
  • More than 1 500 sales outlets in Quebec;
  • Over 50 % of annual production is exported in the United States, Europe, South America and Australia;
  • 6 different types of gluten-free grains are used in the brewing process: millet, buckwheat, corn amaranth, black rice and quinoa
  • 317 tons of grain as well as 6,8 tons of hops are used per year

 

National and international distinctions

Known as the world’s most prestigious brewing competition, the World Beer Cup takes place once every two years and welcomes contestants and judges from around the globe. The brewery snagged the gold medal for its IPA and the silver medal for its Lapsang d’automne, a limited edition gastronomic beer created with Francois Chartier. This category alone registered an impressive amount of 40 entries, an all-time records in the contest’s history. The brewery also defended its championship title at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2014 and 2015 by winning the podium for the third consecutive year in the gluten-free beer category.

About Glutenberg
Founded in 2011 by long-time friends Julien Niquet and David Cayer, Glutenberg Craft Brewery is a pioneer in gluten-free brewing. Under the watchful eye of head brewer Gabriel Charbonneau, the brewery boasts more than twenty beers, including a standard product line, a range of seasonal beers as well as few collaborations. Glutenberg is distributed across Canada, in 21 American states, in a few European and South American countries and in Australia.

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