PRESS RELEASE: Beau’s All Natural Brewing begins distribution of craft beer across Canada

2016 has  been a big years for Beau’s. First changing its ownership to employee owned, their 10 year anniversary and now announcing Canada wide distribution. Yesterday (July 7th 2016) Beau’s announced they will begun distribution of its Lug Tread Lagered Ale across Canada. In addition to Lug Tread, Beau’s popular “Wild Oats” and “Farm Table” series of beers will see some distribution as well into these new markets. By year-end Beau’s will be in 8 of 10 provinces , with distribution fully Canada-wide by the end of 2017.

Full Press Release below.

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(VANKLEEK HILL – July 8, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Eastern Ontario craft brewery Beau’s All Natural has begun distribution of its award-winning Lug Tread Lagered Ale across Canada. Two east coast provinces, New Brunswick and PEI, now have Beau’s Lug Tread available, and sales will launch in Manitoba next week. Beau’s has already made its portfolio available in Québec for more than a year, and plans are in place to add Alberta and British Columbia this summer to the list of provinces Beau’s Lug Tread is available.

Lug Tread is a German-inspired hybrid beer style Beau’s has dubbed a “lagered ale” – meaning that it is brewed with ale yeast, but then cold-aged like a lager, giving it light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Since its launch in 2006, the versatile golden ale has garnered more than 20 local and national awards and distinctions, including 4-times Gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards, and 7-times Best Beer in Ontario at the Golden Tap Awards. Like all Beau’s beer, Lug Tread is certified organic, and brewed with local spring water at the family-run brewery in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.

“We are excited to be able to add Beau’s to the selection of great craft beer already available in these provinces,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “Craft beer drinkers are always happy to have more choice, and we know from our fans in Ontario and Québec that Lug Tread is something truly special. It’s got lots of flavour to enjoy, but at the same time it’s crisp and finely balanced. It’s really the best qualities of an ale and a lager in one fantastic beer.”

As noted, New Brunswick and PEI will have Lug Tread on shelves of local beer sellers right now, and Manitoba is expected to have it available next week. In addition to Lug Tread, Beau’s popular “Wild Oats” and “Farm Table” series of beers will see some distribution as well into these new markets. Distribution of Beau’s in the east will be handled by Eisenhauer Agencies, in BC and Alberta by UnTapped Craft Imports, and in Manitoba by Eclectic Beverages. Steve Beauchesne expects to have Beau’s in 8 of 10 provinces by year-end, with distribution fully Canada-wide by the end of 2017.

Cross-Canada distribution represents a major change of plans for Beau’s, who had previously stated an intent to keep its beer within a one-day drive of the brewery. Beauchesne notes that his rationale is a reaction to changes in the craft beer landscape in Canada, and his concern for its future. “With the recent and sudden acquisitions that the ‘hyper-mega’ breweries have made of strong Canadian craft breweries, we became quite concerned that with only a small handful of national independent craft breweries, the whole industry is at risk of being commoditized. Our commitment to staying regional made us part of the problem. We’ve made this expansion to make sure that there are strong voices on a national level for craft beer in this country.”

The cross-Canada expansion is part of a series of big announcements Beau’s is making as part of its 10th birthday celebrations this year. On July 1, 2016, Beau’s began the process of making its 160 employees into owners of the brewery through an ESOP, and in early June announced its partnership as the official brewery of Ottawa 2017, a major celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday taking place in the National Capital Region. More announcements are planned for this banner year marking 10 years of award-winning brewing for the employee-owned, independent Canadian craft brewery.

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; 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, PEI, and New York, and is coming soon to Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.


Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural


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: 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: 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.

5 Things I Wish All Beer Nerds Would Start Doing

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4 Beer Nerds in the wild drinking from their local watering hole. The Festival-branded 5oz glassware is native to their geographic area.

In the craft beer world, we like to brand ourselves as a welcoming and friendly industry that is filled with people and companies that are more like friends than competitors. Yet, there’s still so many people too intimidated by condescending beer nerds to get into craft beer, people that back away hesitantly from their local breweries clinging to their wine glasses with white knuckles.  Humour me here, let’s pack away all of our certifications and beer biases for a hot minute and get back to why craft beer is so great- community. Too far up your own butt to know how to do that? Don’t worry, I got you covered- in a fancy listicle format because who doesn’t love listicles??  HERE’S HOW:

  1. Stop bashing people’s beer choices.

If you think you’re going to switch somebody off of a corn-based macro brew to your barrel aged saison by berating and belittling their beer choices- you’re going about it the wrong way. I know, we all get a bit caught up in the excitement and wonder that is locally made, quality driven, and naturally created beer. It’s easy to become blinded by passion for quality and complexity in your beer and let it take over your better judgement. That’s why I’m here. So don’t. Okay? It’s mean and it’s not cool, especially when you know that person paid money for that beer.

2. Remind yourself that craft beer is for everyone- not just you and your super rad friends.

Remember when men used to think women couldn’t drink beer? That was pretty terrible and no fun at all. Can we please just let everyone enjoy beer now? Don’t overlook a person or rule them out because of the group of people they associate with. Don’t assume Brad in the Leafs Jersey only enjoys crushing Budweiser in the locker room, he is just as capable of enjoying and respecting craft beer as you are.

3. Be confident in your own preferences and tastes, and let that be enough.

Be confident enough that you don’t have to try to validate yourself by bullying someone else into agreeing with you about what specific orchard fruit is on the nose of that Belgian ale you cracked open. Shoving beliefs of any kind down a persons throat is generally a terrible idea, but it can be pretty discouraging to a person just starting out their foray into craft beer. I’ve said it before, but beer is totally science, so take a hint from scientists and encourage people to prove you wrong and give you different results from the particular beer experiment in your hand. Any time I’ve spoken with Brewers about their beers, they’re intrigued and open to hearing about what flavours and feelings you get from their brew, so don’t take it upon yourself to decide that there can only be one correct way to experience any given beer. Science, bitch.

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Bar Hop Peter St.- Natural habitat of the wild Torontonian Beer Nerd. Photo by Mike Burton.

4. Understand that craft beer is not the be all and end all of beverages.

The Craft Beer world is amazing, but there are many different worlds our there that are amazing to a lot of people. Let’s talk about Brad again. Maybe he’s crushing a Budweiser. What you may not know is that maybe he’s hesitantly enjoying that Budweiser because last night he dipped into his private scotch collection that he’s been grooming for years and got a little too crazy and just wants something different today. Brad is a genius when it comes to scotch and knows a whole lot more than you, and places a lot of value in scotch rather than beer- but you didn’t know that when you interrupted him and trashed his beer choice. Respect that, appreciate it, and give that Brad some props for having a beer at all. Because he’s a whole lot closer to being persuaded to drink craft beer than a full-on beer hater. Feel me? It is okay for people to not enjoy beer.

5. Don’t take yourself too seriously.

I’ve met a lot of people who have been in the beer industry for longer than I’ve been alive, and they are the first ones to reach over and shake hands and make friends and buy rounds, and most of the time they aren’t the ones bashing anyone else. Remember that beer has been around for a pretty long time, and just because you developed a passion for it when it started to become trendy, does not make you an expert. Be forgiving and allow yourself to enjoy a beer without scrutinizing it too carefully, or attend a party without trying to convert someone to craft beer. It’s just beer after all, we’re all going to carry on living our lives after we finish our pints. And don’t get me wrong, if you love craft beer, please indulge in all of the resources and literature and certification programs there are in this world and soak up every piece of information you can. Learning is seriously the best. Just remember why you liked beer in the first place, and allow yourself to take it easy every now and then.

Thats all for now. Feel free to disagree with me, or if you’d like, add to this list. I’m open to discussing with anyone who has an open mind. Let’s try a bit harder to live up to the reputation of the inclusive community that we started out as and are known as, and appreciate the different places and backgrounds that all beer drinkers come from.


Brew Tours officially launches and announces Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition for Spring 2016


Starting May 21st 2016, the Muskoka region will be getting their very own Brew Tour.  The tour will showcase three of the main craft breweries within the Muskoka region:  Lake of Bays Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, and Sawdust City Brewing Company, as well as lunch at The Griffin Gastropub.​ So if you are ever in the Muskoka area and wanted a behind the scenes look at 3 amazing Ontario Craft Brewers, be sure to look into these tours.

Full release below. Cheers!



TORONTO (March 7th 2016) – Brew Tours is excited to officially announce they are fully operational and starting this spring, they will be operating their first tours throughout Muskoka.Brew Tours officially launches and announces Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition for Spring 2016

Craft breweries have been exploding throughout Ontario over the last couple of years and with another 70 reportedly opening by the end of 2016, Brew Tours has noticed a void within the craft community. Similar to how winery tours are operated within the Niagara-on-the-Lake region, Brew Tours will be running day tours for local craft enthusiasts and tourists.

After a great deal of thought, Brew Tours decided to launch their first tour in the Muskoka community. Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition will feature Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Sawdust City Brewing Company and Muskoka Brewery. The tour will also visit the historic Griffin Gastro Pub for lunch. The Muskoka Edition has been designed to showcase the unique features of each brewery and how individually and combined they have done their part to continuously promote craft beer to larger audiences. Brew Tours: Muskoka Edition is starting May 21st 2016 and running consistently throughout the summer and into the fall.

Piers Simpkin, founder of Brew Tours is very excited for what the future holds. “Previously working within the music industry as a tour manager and booking agent, a common downtime activity I found myself doing was always looking for new local beers to try while on the road. Now that I have stepped back from touring and booking bands, I am very fortunate to be able to combine two of my passions into a new endeavor. Discovering great craft beers and creating exclusive touring experiences around the breweries has only produced positive feedback. Local residence and cottage goers to Muskoka this summer are definitely in for a great treat!”

For more information about Brew Tours, please visit or follow us on twitter @brewtoursca ( We are also on Facebook and Instagram

Left Field Brewery Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Two New Beers


Happy Anniversary to Toronto’s favourite baseball-themed brewery – Left Field celebrates three years of beer-making this month.

Hard to believe, really – My beer-drinking experimentation started around the same time as when Left Field started putting out beer, so they really hold a special spot for me as the little idea that could.  Now, with amazing branding, a killer tap-room (Toronto’s best IMO), and a rotating roster of beers that never disappoint, Left Field has more than established itself as a desirable, quality brewery with a keen eye for community support and creation of a welcoming atmosphere.  Unreasonable neighbours or not, this is one of Toronto’s most celebrated breweries, and with good reason.

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Mandie and Mark Murphy, the power marketing/brewer couple behind this awesome spot, gave The Bottomless Pint a preview of one of the all-new beers to be released on Thursday at 12PM,   Anniversary No.3 Saison, which is dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin (a fruity hop from New Zealand).  Anyone who reads us already knows i’m partial to the farmhand beers, and this is absolutely exemplary in both dedication to the Saison style, as well as an absolutely finely balanced hop-up by the addition of dry hops.  Fruity with the classic spicy Belgian esters up front, dominant flavours include honeydew melon, apricot and nectarine, with a depth of sweetness and aromatics of both grass and faint yet crisp cucumber rind – this is a spring beverage.  Gorgeous and opaque in off-orange colour with some sediment and a rocky, white head.  It kicks your ass ever so slightly at 7.6% ABV, which is a little hefty for a Saison; however, after having Sunlight Park Saison last summer (please bring it back this year), I knew Left Field could do it right, and again, they hit a Jose-esque home run with this.

Check out the press release below – say hi to a couple of our writers that you may find chillin’ in the Left Field tap room this Thursday afternoon, grabbing some bottles and chatting with the team!  Be sure to go grab some, i’m certain they won’t last long!



Today, February 5, 2016, marks 1 year to the day since we brewed our first batch of beer – Lead Off Single – right here in our very own brewery. Most breweries would celebrate this as their first anniversary but for us it isn’t that straightforward. Our story involves making a not-so-common leap from contract brewery to bricks and mortar brewery and because of this, our anniversary date is a bit of a moving target. You see, our first ever batch of beer, Eephus, was brewed under contract at Grand River brewery on February 14, 2013. On top of all that, we gained access to and started construction at 36 Wagstaff Drive on February 1, 2014. Because of all this, we tend to look at the entire month of February as our anniversary month.

Naturally, such an important month in our history deserves a special beer to mark the occasion. With that in mind, we decided to brew not one, but two celebratory anniversary beers for release this month.

Anniversary No. 3 is a strong Saison brewed with a French Saison Ale Yeast and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. A warm fermentation gives layers of tropical fruit and delicate spice, and this unique and audacious hop variety lends complimentary flavours of white wine and gooseberry. Expect this beer to be aromatic, dry, and filled with character.
7.6% ABV / 45 IBU

First & Third is our interpretation of the Berliner Weisse style of sour ale. We kettle-soured a mash made from 50% wheat with our house strain of lactobacillus. We made use of a blend of Belgian and American ale yeasts to produce a beer with light body, nuances of stone fruit, very low bitterness and clean, gentle tartness reminiscent of lemonade. In Berlin these beers are traditionally enjoyed with a sweet fruit or herbal syrup – we look forward to re-imagining this experience on our home turf.
4.0% ABV / 8 IBU

Anniversary No. 3 and First & Third will both be available in our Bottle Shop and Tap Room starting at noon on Thursday February 25th.

I Say Kombucha, You Say Ketchup – Why Beer is Subjective and You Should Drink Whatever You Want

Beer is pretty. Photo taken by Mathew Renda at Folly Brewpub

Picture yourself in a crowded and dimly-lit bar with your best pal, trying out a fancy new kombucha flavoured beer. You’re sipping it, you’re well on your way to reaching pinnacle Adventurous Beer Drinker status, and the Untappd badges are just rolling in. Tastes like glory. But then, in a cruel twist of fate, the girl next to you looks at you and says, “I don’t know, it kind of tastes like ketchup.” You take another sip, convincing yourself that there’s no way that this super awesome beer could taste like a processed red condiment… oh wait, there it is. It’s all you can taste now. (This story is based on true events, sorry to publish your pain, Melissa).

Even though that’s a tragic tale that ended in a dumped pint- there is an important lesson to be learned here. Beer is completely and exclusively subjective, and the way you taste a beer can be affected by a whole lot of different factors. The kombucha story wasn’t enough to convince you??

Take for example a story from my coworker: she was guiding a tasting of 7 different beers at Your Friendly Neighbourhood Brewery, and bravely led people through flavour profiles of one of her favourite Scotch Ales, only to realize afterwards that she actually poured them a very bitter American brown ale (okay, okay, it was totally me, I am ashamed). But the weird part is, as she (ahem, I… cowers in embarrassment) was describing the sweet flavours of honey, caramel, bold notes of coffee and espresso etc. to the group, absolutely NOBODY stopped her and said “I don’t know, I taste pine needles and a grassy bitterness.” Could this have come from lack of experience on behalf of the tastees? Quite possibly. But it brings up an important point: you probably shouldn’t believe all of the things people tell you about flavour.

On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve had someone taste the same APA as me and tell me that they taste dill. Like the pickle. To that person, I say bravo. Congrats on not letting anyone tell you how to enjoy your beer, and I applaud this person’s ability to dig deep and find complex flavours out of their beers. This method is referred to as The Drinking Whatever You Want, and Not Giving A Shit Method, and I wish for all beer enthusiasts to embrace it.

Basically, the purpose of this article is to tell you to trust in your own abilities and tastes. People will always be eager to tell you what you SHOULD be tasting, and sometimes that can be really helpful. But the best way, in my opinion, to truly taste a beer is to draw your own conclusions rather than adopting the views of others. This requires a certain degree of attention to context (see more about being present in Mike’s article here) because there are way too many things that can affect the way you taste your beer. Whether it is what you ate earlier that day, what the room smells like, what order you tried beers in, or what the label says- there are tons of ninja deception tools that can trick your tongue into tasting specific things. It can get pretty confusing, but it will inevitably always lead to you tasting a beer differently than someone else. It also takes a degree of confidence- it can be hard to offer up your take on a beer to a bunch of seasoned beer snobs.

Ultimately you have to learn how to come up with these tasting notes yourself, and discover new aromas and flavours that are personal to you. It starts with being able to distinguish flavour profiles that you like and don’t like, and then from there, trying out more and more different styles of beers until you can decipher what it is that you are tasting in a brew. Trust your own palate, and understand that your opinion about a beer is the only one that matters. When it comes to Yours Truly, I’m recently discovering that I am not a huge fan of Galaxy hops- or at least that’s what my beer sleuth skills have been leading me to believe. I could be wrong, but hey, that’s my take on it. Yours can be completely different.

Me and three other beer nerds, drinking whatever we want.
Me and three other beer nerds, drinking whatever we want.

P.S. Yes I work at a brewery, no they don’t pay me to say anything, yes I can still have neutral views on issues in the beer industry. Drops mic


Best Beers of the Year: Round 4 – Mathew Renda

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope each and everyone of you has an amazing Christmas with your friends & family (and some amazing craft beers)! I wanted to thank everyone for their support this year and building Bottomless Pint to where it is today.  We don’t exist without the support of our readers, Ontario craft brewers, and fans. Keep your eyes peeled for us in 2016, as we have a ton of new things planned!

I have been thinking about what my top 3 beers of the year have been, and it was significantly harder than I thought it was going to be. 2015 was a big year for craft beer in Ontario. Brewers have been more experimental; using new, exciting ingredients that discerning drinkers have been looking for. We have seen so many new breweries open in Toronto (we’re up to 300 in the province now) and the surge of the ever growing Ottawa market. Being from the Durham area, it was great to see new breweries opening and current breweries expanding. The stage seems to be set for an exciting 2016 in the Craft Beer community in Ontario. Now, down to the brass tacks, my top 3 beers of 2015:

  1. Double Trouble French Press Vanilla Stout – Vanilla and Coffee Infused Stout

This is a stout you can always find in my fridge during the winter season. At this time of year there are a ton of coffee stouts and porters on the shelves at the LCBO and your local breweries, but being a lover of the coffee bean, this beer seems to combine two of my favorite things. It is a delicious blend of Vanilla and Espresso in each sip. I seem to enjoy it with a nice sweet dessert or with a full-bodied cigar. (Shhh, I have had this beer with my breakfast from time to time, but don’t tell anyone.) If you love stout and you love coffee, be sure to pick a couple of these cans up at your local LCBO, because you won’t be disappointed.



2.  Oast House Farm Funk – Saison with Brett

Oast House was a brewery I didn’t really get to explore much in 2015. I did happen to make a trip out to the Niagara on the Lake area in March and was able to swing by Oast House. The brewery known for their Farmhouse ales definitely did not disappoint with Farm Funk. This beer was a Saison brewed with the ever popular Brettanomyces, a strain of wild yeast. This beer was aged for about a year before being put on the shelves.  This 6.4% Saison was a nice sour, spicy blend that had your taste buds going on a roller coaster ride. It was definitely a very enjoyable beer, and if you like saisons, get on top of this. I promise you, it is a very unique creation from a very unique brewery. I wish that I could access to their beers on a regular basis, because it seems like whatever I do get my hands on from Oast I thoroughly enjoy. If you are in the Niagara area be sure to stop into the brewery and see what they have. I can’t wait to make another trip there in the new year.


3. Great Lakes Brewery Karma Citra – Single Hop IPA

It is very hard not to have an IPA in my top 3 beers of 2015 and it’s even harder not to look at Great Lakes Brewery  for a top contender in that category. 2015 was the year of single hop IPA’s. The biggest and newest hop to hit the brewing world by storm was citra. Karma Citra was GLB make on the Toronto Citra world, and they nailed it. This well rounded single hop IPA instantly had the community talking.  Lines started to form outside the brewery and the beer was being sold out faster than a new iPhone hitting the market. The popularity continued as the beer hit the LCBO shelves. At 65 IBU and 6.5% ABV you could easily enjoy this flavor bomb on a nice sunny day on the patio. I had a never ending supply of this in my fridge during the summer months. Great Lakes knows how to do a IPA right with Thrust, Karma Citra and their newest Lake Effect. Make the trip to Etobicoke and be sure to stock up because everything the brewery produces (rightly) sells out fast.

This end this Christmas Day Edition of the Best Beers of 2015 with my favorite event of all time, Cask Days. I look forward to this fall classic every year. The perfect setting with easily my favorite style of beer. With seems to be a endless number of casks from all over the world, there is going to be something for everyone there. Cask Days is that one event that you will find people in our beer community obsessing over, from the baller passes being sold to the excel documents of must try beers, the event brings out beer lovers of all kinds. Word of advice: get your tickets early as they are bound to be sold out fast.

From all of us at Bottomless Pint, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

– Matt