PRESS RELEASE: Nickel Brook To Release “Dreamsicle” Orange Vanilla Pale Ale

Bring back your childhood memories with the newest beer from Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Nickel Brook announced yesterday “Dreamsicle”, an Orange Vanilla Pale Ale evoking memories of the classic orange Creamsicle™ dessert. The beer will come in at 4.1%ABV and 25IBUs. Dreamsicle will be available in 375ml bottles for a limited time at the Burlington Bottle Shop starting Friday July 8th, the Arts & Science Beer Garden and at very select licensees starting July 11th.

Be sure to check out Nickel Brook’s social media for more details. Full press release below.

Nickel Brook To Release “Dreamsicle” Orange Vanilla Pale AleNickelbrook logo(1)

BURLINGTON, ON – July 6th, 2016 – Nickel Brook announced today the newest beer to come from its Burlington funk facility will be “Dreamsicle”, an Orange Vanilla Pale Ale evoking memories of the classic orange Creamsicle™ dessert. Designed by the brewing staff and Head Brewer Patrick Howell, this one-of-a-kind summer treat is unlike any beer you’ve ever tried before. Brewed with orange peel, natural vanilla extract and lactose sugar, the beer combines citrus and ice-cream notes with the classic American Pale Ale base. “This beer is my childhood summer memories in liquid

form” said Howell. “Eating a melting popsicle on the front porch on a warm summer night, that was the idea we had when designing this beer.” The beer comes in at 4.1%ABV and 25IBUs.

Dreamsicle will be available in 375ml bottles for a limited time at the Burlington Bottle Shop starting Friday July 8th, the Arts & Science Beer Garden and at very select licensees starting July 11th. Details of licensees pouring Dreamsicle will be available on Nickel Brook’s social media feeds.

For more information please contact:

Matt Gibson,, (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 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. Nickel Brook continues to be an award-winning Ontario craft brewery that constantly strives to push the boundaries of brewing culture.

864 Drury Ln, Burlington, Ontario @NickelBrookBeer

PRESS RELEASE: GTA Brews announces Brew Slam 2016 Homebrew Competition

Are you a homebrewer in the GTA? Do you think you beer is good enough to win some awards? If so GTA Brews (a homebrewing group) and Toronto Brewing Homebrew Supplies presents Brewslam 2. After the huge success of last years event with over 318 entries, this year is looking to be even bigger and better. The event deadline is a couple months away so start planning your beers and be sure to submit them before the September deadline.
Full Press Release below

Press Release
July 5th, 2016 – Toronto, ON
GTA Brews is pleased to announce the dates and details for our Brew Slam 2016 Homebrew Competition in Toronto. These dates might seem like a ways away, but it’s actually under 3 months away so get brewing and mark the deadline in your calendar!
Entry Deadline: Sept 24th, 2016
Judging Dates: Sept 30th – Oct 2nd, 2016
Account registration is open now! Visit the Brew Slam 2016 page for rules and entry details!
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Brew Slam 2015 (recap) was our club’s first big competition. It was a huge success with 318 entries judged in only 2 days, almost 50 amazing volunteers, and thousands of dollars in prizes!

We are excited to build on last year and make Brew Slam 2016 bigger and better. Our goal is to make this the premier competition in the area for both judges and entrants. Toronto has the largest pool of BJCP judges in Canada which allows us to focus on the best quality judging and feedback possible. We are also excited to work with some fantastic sponsors for even better prizes than last year!

About GTA Brews

We are Toronto’s local homebrew club. Since establishing our club in 2013 we have gained momentum and grown into Canada’s largest homebrew club with well over 200 Paid Members. We bring Toronto area homebrewers together in person, and online, to create a friendly community where we share knowledge, talk shop, and provide feedback on each others homebrews. We welcome members of all experience levels including; potential brewers, new brewers, experienced brewers, and pro brewers.

PRESS RELEASE: All or Nothing Brewhouse Acquires Trafalgar Ales & Meads

Big news coming out of All or Nothing Brewhouse this morning! Brothers Eric and Jeff Dornan have acquired ownership of Trafalgar Ales & Meads as well as their sister companies: Black Creek Historic Brewery and Trafalgar Artisanal Distillery. This is a huge move, going from contract brewing to having the space not only to brew their own product but to expand their production into cider, mead and spirits!

These guys are truly giving it their all after going through more than their share of obstacles to get here (See: December 1st article, All or Nothing Brewhouse- Trademark Issues Cause Underdog Brewhouse to Drop Their Gloves). Congratulations guys! Can’t wait to see (and taste) what you have in store for us.


See full press release below:


Oshawa, Ontario – All or Nothing Brewhouse, is excited to announce the purchase of Trafalgar Ale’s & Meads and its sister companies – Black Creek Historic Brewery and Trafalgar Artisanal Distillery based in Oakville, Ontario.

This acquisition allows All or Nothing Brewhouse to immediately evolve from its contract brewing roots to a bricks and mortar facility. According to company Co-Founder, Eric Dornan, “This move gives All or Nothing a new place to call home, where the company can experiment and expand its product portfolio”.

All or Nothing will be making significant capital investments into the existing Oakville location through the installation of a state-of-the-art automated canning line as well as additional fermentation tanks to expand production capacity.

“By acquiring an already talented and award winning brewery, All or Nothing has an additional leg up in the hyper competitive craft brewing industry,” says co-founder Jeff Dornan.

The future looks bright for both All or Nothing Brewhouse and the Trafalgar Group of Companies.  By joining forces, All or Nothing will become one of the few breweries to produce craft beer, ciders, meads and even craft distilled spirits, all under one roof.  All or Nothing is committed to delivering exceptional quality and build on the 23 years of brewing excellence Trafalgar has shown the Canadian market.

About All or Nothing Brewhouse

All or Nothing gives it their all in pursuit of becoming Canada’s #1 craft wheat beer producer.  The company was founded in 2014 as a contract brewery based out of Oshawa, Ontario. Co-Owners/Brothers Jeff and Eric Dornan ventured away from archaic Bavarian brewing laws to bring fresh new flavours to beer-lovers across Ontario. All or Nothing’s flagship Hopfenweisse is now distributed province-wide in over 550 locations. Expect more unconventional wheat beer creations from All or Nothing as it unleashes the potential of Canada’s #1 crop.

About Trafalgar Ales & Meads

Trafalgar Ales & Meads was founded in 1993 by Mike Arnold, and has grown to be a unique gem in the Canadian brewing landscape. In its 12,000 sq/ft facility, the brewery produces a variety of craft beer, cider, meads and artisanal spirits onsite. Trafalgar is a pioneer of innovation by offering a diverse range of beers in its portfolio. The brewery is decorated with many awards throughout its history, including the LCBO’s Elsie Award for Marketing Innovation in 2000, Canadian Agri-Food Award of Excellence for Innovation in 2004 and recently in 2015 winning 7 Ontario Brewing Awards and “New brewer of the year”


PRESS RELEASE: Co-owner of Muskoka Brewery Takes ownership of Vancouver Island Brewery


VIBCORPTRANSPARENCYthumbYesterday, The president of  Vancouver Island Brewery Barry Fisher announced that he is passing the torch to new ownership and new leadership. Why is this relevent to us here in Ontario you ask? Well effective yesterday , Barry formally entrusts the ownership of Vancouver Island Brewery to Bob MacDonald, co-owner of Muskoka Brewery. As well, Barry announced that Tim Barnes will come on board as President.

We don’t often hear about one craft brewery owner taking control of another craft brewery but with the growth of Muskoka Brewery it is not a surprising move.

For the the full Press Release see below.

Media Release – June 15, 2016

To Vancouver Island Brewery fans and Canada’s local beer community, 

As you all know, I love Vancouver Island Brewery and we have been proud to serve premium quality craft brewed beers to the loyal communities of British Columbia for more than thirty years. Well, now, after all these years it is time to move on and pass the torch to a successor who will carry on the quality beer legacy that Vancouver Island Brewery has accomplished.

My old friend Gary McMullen, CEO and founder of Muskoka Brewery, introduced me to his partner and co-owner, Bob MacDonald. I first met Bob in January of 2015 and as I got to know him better I realized that Bob was passionate about the beer industry and his and my values were very similar.

Over the years, I have followed the growth of Muskoka Brewery with great interest as one does when he knows the founder. Like many craft brewers, Gary started Muskoka to live out his passion for beer; however, as the business grew, so did the need for financial resources for expansion. Gary was introduced to Bob as a potential investor. Seeing that Bob was committed to a long term vision, the two became partners in building Muskoka into the successful brewery that it is today.

Effective today, I formally entrust the ownership of Vancouver Island Brewery to Bob MacDonald. True to Bob’s ownership and management style, all operations and decision-making will remain on Vancouver Island and the brewery will continue to operate independently. I am certain that Bob’s long-term vision and orientation to investing for growth in the business will be welcome news to our long time loyal employees, many who have been with the brewery for twenty to thirty years – these are the people who built Vancouver Island Brewery.

To ensure the future growth and success of the brewery, Bob felt it was important to find a strong leader with a demonstrated track record, someone with similar values and roots in the beer community. I am pleased to announce that Tim Barnes will be the new President of Vancouver Island Brewery.

I have a great deal of respect for Tim and I believe he has the vision and experience necessary to lead Vancouver Island Brewery through this next chapter. Most importantly, I know that Tim shares Vancouver Island’s values and will uphold our commitment to our employees and our community.

In Bob and Tim’s hands, the brewery will now have the strong leadership it needs to go to the next level of producing award winning craft brewed beers.


Barry Fisher

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


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

Check out the full Press Release below!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brewery Discovery Routes:

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

About the Greenbelt Fund:

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

For more information, contact:

Christine Mulkins
Ontario Craft Brewers

Erica Woods
Greenbelt Fund
Communication Manager, Greenbelt Fund
416-960-0001 ext. 306

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





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

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




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

In preparation for Sessions Toronto and the Collaboration Nation

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

their collaboration with Hamilton-based rock band Arkells and

Burlington-based coffee roasters Detour Coffee. Called “Morning

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

Vendaval coffee from Costa Rica.

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

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

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

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

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

Kerman and lead guitarist Mike DeAngelis joined brewmaster Patrick

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

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

mellowing, it came out perfectly!

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

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

along with a distinctive coffee bite in the finish.

Working with the Nickel Brook design department, Mike DeAngelis

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

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

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

for an exclusive beer you wont find anywhere else. 

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

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

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

receiving a one-year LCBO listing.

PRESS RELEASE: Henderson Brewing Company Grand Opening


Yet another brewery opening up in the Junction. This time is it Henderson Brewing Company. They will be cutting the ribbon this Saturday (June 4th) 11:00 at 128A Sterling Rd. Henderson founded in 2014, is looking to celebrate the stories and culture of Toronto through the beers they will be brewing in their shiny new brewery. The Tap Room and Bottle Shop are now open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

Full press release below regarding the brewery and the grand opening.

June 1st, 2016

Henderson Brewing Company is calling all Hendersons to join them in
cutting the ribbon at their Grand Opening

Grand Opening events will take place on June 4th from 11:00am to 10:00pm at
128a Sterling Rd.

Toronto, ON – On Saturday June 4th, Henderson Brewing Company is opening its doors to the people of Toronto and is calling all Hendersons to come out and help them celebrate.

The newly open Henderson Brewing Company is located at 128A Sterling Rd. in the heart of the Junction Triangle. Named after the earliest known Toronto brewer, Robert Henderson, the brewery would like to honour its namesake and invite all beer-loving Hendersons to share in cutting the ribbon at their shiny new brewery. Every Henderson who participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony will receive a commemorative t-shirt and will be in the Opening Day photo. Hendersons are requested to arrive at the brewery by 10:45am on Saturday June 4th to get set up.

You don’t need to be a Henderson to come and join the party. Opening Day celebrations will be open to everyone from 11:00am to 9:00pm on June 4th at 128A Sterling Rd. Come down to catch some live entertainment from Mark Thackway Acoustic Band, The Sudden Valley Boys and DJ ShakeDown Street. There will be fun for the kids, free brewery tours, food by Feed the Six Food Truck and Henderson beer specials all day long.

About Henderson Brewing Company: Henderson Brewing Company is an award winning, independent, neighbourhood brewery in downtown Toronto. Founded in 2014, Henderson is all about celebrating the stories and culture of Toronto through the beers they brew. The Tap Room and Bottle Shop are now open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

For more information on the Grand Opening, please visit:

2016 Edition of the Craft Beer Passport

Press-KitWho doesn’t like a good pub crawl from time to time? Well this years edition of the Toronto Craft Beer Passport makes a crawl even easier. In previous years the passport could consist of bars in
both the West and East ends of the city. Making a crawl tough, but this year there will be two passports with 20 destinations each. Using the passport will give the holder one $2 craft beer (12oz) from a list of three, at the participating bar between June 1st to November 30th.\
This change will allow from a greater concentration of bar and breweries giving the user affordable craft beer minutes away from each other. The passport allows the user to explore Toronto while supporting local bars and breweries.

Currently the passports are available online ( and at select bars starting June 1 for $20 each or $30 for both.

The official launch party for the passport will take place tomorrow night (June 1st) at Revival Bar and will include samples from Rainhard, Great Lakes, Beau’s, Henderson, Collective Arts, Nickel Brook and Side Launch. Find all the details from the party on their official Facebook page.

PRESS RELEASE: Big Rig Brewery, NHL veteran Chris Phillips release Salute 1179


Well the summer is on the horizon, which means the NHL playoffs are starting to wind down. Lon Ladell (Brewmaster) and his partner Chris Phillips (former Ottawa Senator) are brewing up a new collaboration to add to the brewery’s core line.  Salute 1179 will be a 4% light lager which will be hitting the LCBO shelves mid-June, as well as direct at the brewery and at bars and restaurants across Ontario.

See the full Press Release below

OTTAWA—(May 26, 2016)

Today, Big Rig Brewery officially releases Salute 1179.

Although a brand new beer to enter the brewery’s core lineup, Salute 1179 has been years in the making.Salute

Big Rig Brewery brewmaster Lon Ladell had a standing offer on the table for Chris Phillips, his partner and long-time NHL defenseman, since the inception of the brewery.

“I told him almost from day one, ‘I want to make a beer with you. Whenever you’re ready, let me know!’”

The gruelling NHL schedule and his commitment to his family and community made it difficult for Phillips to find the time. However, earlier today Phillips officially announced his retirement from professional hockey—and his first foray into brewing.

Ladell and Phillips didn’t need a long conversation to decide on the style of beer they wanted to craft together.

“My favourite beer is Lon’s pilsner,” Phillips says. “I knew I wanted to make a beer with him that was similar in style, but a little more sessionable. Something that anyone can enjoy anytime, anywhere.”

The result is a 4% lager brewed with Saaz hops. It’s bright, full of flavour and incredibly refreshing. And, just as Phillips desired, it truly is a beer anyone can enjoy anytime, anywhere.

The name Salute 1179 is a nod to the number of games Phillips played—an incredible feat, especially with one team—but also goes well beyond just that.

“This beer is a salute to you—for your passion, loyalty and dedication to your own craft, whatever it is,” Phillips says. “Continue to pursue dreams and defy expectations.”

Salute 1179 will be available in 473mL cans in the LCBO beginning mid-June as a summer seasonal. It will also be available direct from the brewery, and on tap at bars and restaurants across Ontario throughout the year.

Founded in 2012, Big Rig Brewery is led by brewmaster Lon Ladell. With 20 years of experience, he expertly reinvents traditional styles and creatively crafts emerging ones. It’s no surprise the brewery has won numerous awards in a short span of time for its standout beer including New Brewery of the Year in Ontario (2013), 19 medals at the Ontario Brewing Awards and one gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

PRESS RELEASE: Half Hours on Earth Brewery announces online pre-ordering


Many of you might have never heard of Half Hours on Earth Brewery, but if you live Farmhouse/Brett Ales like we do then you need to pay more attention to the brewery. Half Hours on Earth Brewery is a small batch brewery located in Seaforth, Ontario, Canada.  The brewery will be launching a Pick-up service, as well as a home delivery service which is still in the works. See the full press release below

For Immediate Release – May 25, 2016

Half Hours on Earth Brewery announces online pre-ordering

Seaforth, ON – Huron County’s destination brewery, Half Hours on Earth, is proud to announce details of their online pre-ordering services.

In order to better meet the demand for their unique, small-batch beers, Half Hours on Earth now allows customers to order beer ahead of time so that it is available for pick up from the Main Street brewery.

Focusing on Farmhouse Ales, American Wild Ales, and 100% Brett Fermentation beers, Half Hours on Earth is currently open for retail sales every Saturday from 11am – 6pm.

Owner and founder Kyle Teichert says the addition of online ordering is in response to the overwhelming popularity of the fledgling brewery’s beers. “We have people driving from Toronto to try our beer as well as a lot of people passing through Seaforth on the way to the cottage who want to pick up some local beer,” he says. “Letting people order and pay for beer ahead of time means we’ll be able to ensure people get to try what they want and that, as a very small company, we’ll have more time to interact with our growing local customer base who come in to chat and sample beer.”

Half Hours on Earth Brewery’s next retail and brewery pick-up hours will take place Saturday May 28th.

 For more information and to pre-order beer, please visit:

About Half Hours on Earth

Half Hours on Earth is a small batch brewery located in Seaforth, Ontario, Canada.

With a focus on beers that impart a refreshing dryness with yeast forward flavour and aromatic characteristics, Half Hours on Earth is dedicated to introducing the Seaforth community to beers that are as interesting as the people who live here.