Nickel Brook to Release Café Del Bastardo through Bottle Shop

Nickel Brook will be adding another beer into their Bastard family. This time it will a barrel-aged imperial stout with six pounds of coffee from Burlington’s Tamp Coffee Co. added to the barrels. Café Del Bastardo will be a limited run of 2500 bottle that will be available  on Saturday February 11 in the bottle shop.

For all the details on the release see all the details below


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Nickel Brook to Release Café Del Bastardo through Bottle Shop

BURLINGTON, ON – Feb 3, 2017 – Nickel Brook is excited to announce the release of the latest member of the Bastard family, Café Del Bastardo, at the Burlington Bottle Shop. On February 11 2017, Café Del Bastardo will be available exclusively at the Nickel Brook Bottle Shop in 750ml wax-sealed bottles.“We only have a few thousand bottles of this amazing beer, so we hope everyone that wants some is able to get their hands on it” says President and Co-founder John Romano. “It’s a really interesting variation on Kentucky Bastard, with the coffee beans bringing a new layer of flavour and aroma.”

Café Del Bastardo is the latest iteration in the growing barrel-aged ‘Bastard’ family from Nickel Brook, adding six pounds of whole-bean coffee from Burlington’s Tamp Coffee Co. to a select few Kentucky Bastard barrels.  The result is an intensely aromatic beer with bright coffee, bourbon, vanilla and malty mocha notes, followed by warming booziness.  Only about 2500 bottles will be available starting at 10AM on Saturday January 27 in the bottle shop, with a very limited number of kegs going to better beer bars across the province.

Details of licensees pouring Café Del Bastardo on draught will be available on Nickel Brook’s social media feeds.

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

Beau’s Strong Patrick first of Wild Oats Series to see national distribution

Looking like Beau’s is adding another beer to their Canadian wide distribution, and this time it is a beer in the Wild Oats Series. Strong Patrick, an Irish-style red ale will be joining Lug Tread in 7 provinces.  Strong Patrick is available now at LCBOs across Ontario, as well as dépanneurs and grocery stores in Québec, as well as many bars and restaurants in both provinces.

Read the full release below.


Irish-style red ale to be available in BC, Alberta and Manitoba (bottles and limited draft), widely available in Ontario and Québec, plus on tap in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick

(VANKLEEK HILL – Feb. 3, 2017) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Beau’s Brewing Co. is following up Canada-wide distribution of its flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale in 2016 with wider distribution of its Wild Oats Series, beginning with Strong Patrick Irish-style red ale. Strong Patrick will be available in 7 of 10 Canadian provinces beginning this February, as a limited-edition two-month release.

British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba will have it retailing by the bottle in those provinces, with limited quantities on draft at craft-friendly establishments. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will see it tapped as well at restaurants and pubs this month. First brewed in 2015, Strong Patrick has to-date been available only in Ontario, Québec and New York State, where it has been well received.

“We’re excited to start sharing our Wild Oats Series beers across Canada,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “We created this series for the craft beer drinker who is looking for bold flavours or interesting interpretations of beer styles. With Wild Oats we get to innovate and push the boundaries of what people expect from a particular style, or really, even beer in general. I can pour Wild Oats Series beer at events, and see in that moment that we are literally changing how someone thinks or feels about beer.”

Luscious and malty, Strong Patrick is a strong barrel-aged interpretation of a traditional Irish-style red ale. Part of each batch was aged in whiskey barrels, and then reintroduced to add subtle wood and vanilla nuances. It has the toasty caramel and toffee notes characteristic of the style, complemented by whiskey flavours and alcohol warmth imparted by the barrel-aging process. Like all Beau’s beer, it is certified organic.

In addition to the first-time availability in western and eastern Canada, Strong Patrick is available now at LCBOs across Ontario, as well as dépanneurs and grocery stores in Québec, and numerous draft locations as well in those provinces. And as always, local fans of Beau’s are welcome to pick up Strong Patrick and the full complement of other Beau’s beers currently available by the bottle at the brewery’s retail store in Vankleek Hill, open 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm.

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

Website: www.beaus.ca

Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural

Facebook www.facebook.com/beausbrewery

 

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

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


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

15th Annual CBAC will be held in Ottawa, Ontario

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

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

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

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

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

About the Canadian Brewing Awards

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

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

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

See the full press release below.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Website: www.beaus.ca

Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural

Facebook www.facebook.com/beausbrewery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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: 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.

Website: www.beaus.ca

Twitter & Instagram: @beausallnatural

Facebook www.facebook.com/beausbrewery

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

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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: http://bit.ly/HHOEorders.

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.

www.halfhoursonearth.com

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.

*exhale*

PRESS RELEASE: Beau’s Farm Table Series continues with Farm Table: I.P.A.

Another beer in Beau’s Farm Table Series is coming down the river.  It is the return of the “Beaver River IP Eh” with a new look. will be available for a four-month feature in Ontario LCBO stores, and will also be made available in the next few weeks through Ontario grocery outlets that carry craft beer. Craft-friendly Québec-based grocery and corner stores will also stock it for the same four-month feature.

See the full release below


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(OTTAWA – Apr. 8, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Fans of Beau’s two-time Canadian Brewing Award gold medal winner “Beaver River IP Eh” will be pleased to see the recipe return this week, under the umbrella of the Farm Table Series. Called Farm Table I.P.A., the assertive yet very drinkable 6% India pale ale marries the typical flavour profiles of the British and American interpretations of this style. Its bready malts and caramel flavour are complemented by a hop blend of five varieties, creating citrusy, earthy aromas.

The Farm Table Series from Beau’s Brewery is designed to feature beers brewed true to a classic style, and that have a “more-ish” characteristic in the way that each lends itself easily to another sip. The Farm Table: I.P.A. recipe has been brewed each spring at Beau’s since 2008, and garnered gold medals for the local craft brewery at the Canadian Brewing Awards in both 2011 and 2013. The beer is unfiltered, and is dry hopped to amplify the bold hop aromas the I.P.A. style is known for.

Farm Table I.P.A. will be available for a four-month feature in Ontario LCBO stores, and will also be made available in the next few weeks through Ontario grocery outlets that carry craft beer. Craft-friendly Québec-based grocery and corner stores will also stock it for the same four-month feature. It will be sold in Beau’s signature 600 ml bottles. Farm Table I.P.A. can also be purchased from the Beau’s Brewery retail store, or for home delivery in the City of Ottawa via the BYBO service (www.bybo.ca).