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.

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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

PRESS RELEASE: Lost Craft acquires Sextant Craft Brewery

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

See the full Press Release below.


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

About Lost Craft Inc.

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

About Sextant Craft Brewery

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

PRESS RELEASE: 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

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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: Muddy York Brewing Co. Releases Two Barrel Aged Seasonal Beers

The time has come for the release of a pair of barrel aged beers from Muddy York Brewing. Inkwell, a Imperial Stout and a barrel aged version of their Porter. Both beers will be sold through their retail shop as well as bars and restaurants throughout the city.

Full Press Release below


December 15th, 2016

Toronto, ON – After many months of waiting, Muddy York Brewing Co. has bottled and released a pair of barrel aged beers: Batch #96 Inkwell Imperial Stout and Batch #105 Muddy mybc-barrel-aged-whiteYork Porter. The two beers are Muddy York’s first barrel aged offerings and are available in 750ml bottles. They will be sold through Muddy York Brewing’s retail bottle shop and select bars and restaurants.

Barrel Aged Series Batch #96 – Inkwell Imperial Stout was brewed as part of our Commonwealth Series earlier this year with friend and brewer, Richard Sigesmund. It’s a delicious combination of Pale Malt, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Wheat, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley, Special B and Oak Smoked Wheat malt paired with Columbus hops. This lavish beer has notes of Scotch Whisky, a velvety mouth-feel with a big, roasty, tobacco finish. Aged for 117 days in a Macallan Whisky Barrel. ABV: 7.7% and IBUs: 99

Barrel Aged Series Batch #105 – Muddy York Porter is our debut recipe brewed with a combination of UK Pearl, Pale Wheat, Chocolate Wheat, Brown, Medium Crystal and 100% Ontario grown Willamette hops from VQH Farms. It has notes of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla & Scotch Whisky with a soft mouth-feel. Aged for 109 days in a Macallan Whisky Barrel. ABV: 5% and IBUs: 21

“What’s exciting for me about launching our barrel-aged series is the opportunity to learn and explore the possibilities of marrying our beers with the unique characteristics that you can get from barrels,” says Jeff Manol, founder and head brewer of Muddy York Brewing Co. “Our goal with each release is to showcase the complexity and smoothness brought out by each individual barrel. It also allows us to channel our creativity and passion into these special releases and learn about the process as we go. These two Macallan barrel aged sippers are as refined as any wine or spirit, and we think it’s a shame that beer doesn’t always share the same image of sophistication, although that is thankfully changing.”

About Muddy York Brewing Co.

Muddy York Brewing Co. is a craft brewery situated in East York. Named after the somewhat derogatory term for York, the 18th century settlement that is now Toronto, Muddy York Brewing Co. pays homage to it’s brewing roots, making beer that is handcrafted in small batches. Muddy York Brewing Co. strives to brew beer of high quality that is perfectly balanced and remarkably drinkable.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Cowbell Brewing Announces Partnership with Children’s Hospital Foundations

Tis’ the season of loving and Cowbell Brewing Co. in Blyth ON’s is doing their part. Cowbell Brewing Co. just announced that they will be partnering with four hospital foundations for their Greener Pastures Community Fund (5 cents of every can or pint sold to be donated to the foundations). These donations will go towards providing life-enriching technology and equipment for children, as well as funding services to help children and their families on their health care journey.

Full Press Release below


Cowbell Brewing Co. partners with Ontario’s four children’s hospital foundations for Greener Pastures fundraising initiative

BLYTH, ON, December 13, 2016 — Cowbell Brewing Co. is pleased to announce a partnership with Ontario’s four children’s hospital foundations, officially naming them as the recipients of the untitled-31brewery’s Greener Pastures Community Fund. As part of their commitment to the community, Cowbell Brewing Co. has been contributing five cents from every can and pint sold to the fund.

Proceeds from Greener Pastures, which started with the first pint sold in May of 2016, will support the highest priority needs of each children’s hospital foundation with specific projects being identified annually. Funds raised from the Greener Pastures initiative will support the CHEO Foundation (Ottawa), Children’s Health Foundation (London), McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation (Hamilton), and SickKids Foundation (Toronto).

“At Cowbell, we are guided by doing what rings true, and creating the Greener Pastures Community Fund was just that. We wanted to give back to the community, and since most Ontarians have been touched by the remarkable care and treatment of our world-class children’s hospitals — my family and our Cowbell family included — we are pleased to support these hospital foundations. We are proud to announce this long-term partnership that will support children and their families in a meaningful way,” says Steven Sparling, Founder & CEO, Cowbell Brewing Co.

This partnership is an opportunity to raise both funds and awareness of the vital and unique role that children’s hospitals play in providing specialized care for families throughout Ontario. Proceeds from 2016 and 2017 will support state-of-the-art technology, specialized equipment, and life-enhancing programs and services to enhance kids’ health care journeys.

“We are pleased to welcome Cowbell Brewing Co. as a new partner with Children’s Health Foundation. It is an honour to be chosen as a recipient of the Greener Pastures Community Fund and we are thankful for this partnership that will positively impact thousands of children in our communities who rely on Ontario’s children’s hospitals,” says Sherri Bocchini, Chief Development Officer, Children’s Health Foundation (London).

Cowbell Brewing Co. is a family-owned and environmentally responsible craft brewery founded by the Sparling family in Blyth, Ontario. Cowbell brands are currently available through the LCBO, The Beer Store, restaurants and pubs across Ontario.

About Cowbell Brewing Co.:

Cowbell Brewing Co. is owned by the Sparling family who has entrepreneurial roots in Blyth, Ontario, going back three generations. They are embarking on an ambitious project designed to have positive local community and regional tourism benefits. They have recently broken ground on 111-acres of land on the outskirts of the village where a state-of-the art brewery, restaurant, and event venue is set to open in spring 2017. Cowbell Brewing Co. launched its first beer, Absent Landlord, in May. The brewery’s second beer, Doc Perdue’s Bobcat, will be hitting LCBO shelves in December.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Let’s just get this out of the way- I never fully understood the saying “put your money where your mouth is.” Expressions have never been my forte. This article is about taking action and making smart choices as a consumer. But that doesn’t make for a very interesting blog title. Anyway, here we go.

Pictured: My muscles, which I use to crush stereotypical gender roles.

If you know me or have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that I have no problem calling out sexism when I see it. In fact, *sips from mug of White Male Tears* it’s actually a source of joy for me, to do my part to squash the patriarchy at every possible opportunity. It’s pretty easy to look at the beer industry (as well as the beverage industry in general) and find inequalities between men and women*, from the way their treated at the time of service, to the types of jobs they hold at the brewery level. Calling these instances out and talking about them is important. But what do we do about it?

Well, I may not have an all-encompassing answer for you regarding these complex problems. However, I know at least one way to make yourself heard, and it comes down to the concept of “voting with your dollar” or using your power as a consumer to make conscious choices about where you spend your money. Ladies, I know what you’re thinking: “But Victoria, we only make 77% on the dollar to what males make, I don’t have piles of money to be spending on all the companies I’d like to support!” Girl, I hear you. So I’m going to make it easy for you, let’s talk about the bars you go to. If you’re reading this, you probably like drinking (can I get an amen?) and no matter how much your bank account may be hurtin’ this month, let’s be real- you’re probably going to go out and buy a pint or 5 anyway. So take your beat-up credit cards and head to an establishment where ladies are thriving in senior leadership positions or are owners. Show them that you dig what they’re doing and the places they’ve created, and appreciate them for the badasses they are.

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Photo from the Ladies Pub Strut during OCB Week 2016

Below is a list of  bars that my friends and I like to go to in Toronto that are owned or spearheaded by strong women. If you have more that you want me to show love to, tweet them to me @_VictoriaBrews! Shoutouts to The Danforth for having so many BossLadies!

  1. Grand Trunk
  2. Brass Taps
  3. Folly Brewpub
  4. The Edmund Burke 
  5. I’ll Be Seeing You 
  6. Little Sister & Noorden
  7. Sauce on Danforth
  8. The Old Nick
  9. Wise Bar
  10. The Local

There you have it. Now get out to these bars and make it rain on these ladies! Just kidding, you should probably just politely pay your tab like a normal human.

 

 

 

 

* I’d also like to acknowledge that there is substantial inequality faced by those in this field that identify as non-binary, and that these issues also disproportionately affect women of colour. However, I do not feel that my lived experience allows me to speak authentically on these topics, and encourage you to research literature written by my awesome friend Robin Leblanc, and interviews done with my other super cool friend, Renee Navarro, for some more intersectional perspectives.

PRESS RELEASE: Eastbound Brewing Company coming to Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood

Looking like there is going to be another brewpub coming to Toronto. This time it will be in the Riverside area, 700 Queen St. E. Eastbound Brewing Company is the project started by David Lee (BrewMaster), Tara Lee (Kitchen) and Adam Stiles (Brand Lead). Eastbound will be a 3500 sq foot space with a full working brewery and dining area. Look out for their opening in early 2017.

Full Press Release below


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Eastbound Brewing Company is happy to announce that it will be opening a brewery, kitchen and retail shop in the heart of Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, at 700 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1G9.

A full working brewery in the space will allow us to open with a selection of fresh beer crafted by our Brewmaster David Lee, formerly of Kensington Brewing Company, Mill Street Brewery & Grand River Brewing. The Siebel Institute trained brewer will bring his voice to classic styles, in the ever changing Eastbound beer line up. “I see us as having one foot into classical and one foot into the wild and adventurous” says Lee. “Our goal is to respect tradition, but at the same time push the boundaries of innovation. We are really excited to help build up the east end of Toronto’s beer scene, along side some of the great breweries that have already set up here.”

Working in tandem with our brewing operation, the kitchen will have a beer focused menu, crafted by a chef who knows her beer and her brewer. Accomplished chef, and wife to our brewmaster, Tara Lee will be heading up the kitchen. Tara has spent many years in kitchens across Toronto, as Sous Chef at Cowbell, Skin+Bones and currently Bar Hop Brewco. Chef Lee says “Beer is amazing to cook with, drink on its own and to pair with food. We are going to have a lot of fun with the dishes playing along with our evolving beer list.” More details and menus will be released as we approach the opening of the 80 seat brewpub.

A retail beer shop will offer grab and go cans for visitors and neighbours to continue enjoying Eastbound beer from the comforts of home or to share with a few friends. “I’ve always thought of the local beer scene as a place where you can try something new, learn a thing or two and get to share an experience with those around you. Good beer pairs best with good people. That is the atmosphere we are trying to achieve here in Riverside,“ according to Dave Watson, Managing Partner. Watson comes from a background of beverage manufacturing and building beverage brands.

The 3,500 sq foot space will drop guests right in the middle of the beer making process. The open concept offers views into our kitchen and our brewery from any seat in the house. The building’s past lives include a furniture store, and in the early 1930’s was a short lived cinema called Teck Theatre. “We want you to see the process and every step along the way, ask questions about where the stuff comes from, and why we choose to use the ingredients we do. I think that is going to be a really great part of your experience when you come to have a beer with us.” says Adam Stiles, Brand Lead. Stiles has been a student of the craft beer world and has shared his experience and expertise with television and online audiences across the GTA. By day he will be our brand lead, but by night you will still be able to catch his local weather forecasts, as Stiles has been a television meteorologist in the Toronto market for the past 8 years.

Timelines for the exact opening date is yet to be determined with a goal of early in 2017 set as the target.

To follow along on the progress, as we work toward opening, check out our Instagram account: @eastboundbeer or visit www.eastboundbeer.com

Cask Beer Festival comes to Durham Region

Fall is in the air, the Pumpkin beers are pouring and Cask Days is around the corner. This year Durham Region will be getting their first ever Cask Beer Festival courtesy of The Tap and Tankard inTap Cask Fest Whitby (Read about the bar in Victoria’s post about Beer in the Burbs). For 12 years now Cask beer lovers have been attending Cask Days, personally my favorite beer festival. The event features hundreds of unique beers from around Ontario and the US. But the owner of The Tap, James Hobbs wanted to bring the Cask experience to the burbs.

For whose of you who do not know what Cask beer is here is a definition. “Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure.” (Wikipedia)

The Tap will host Cask Fest, a one day event feature casks from around Durham and Toronto. The event will take place Saturday October 15th between 2pm-6pm at 224 Brock St S, Whitby. This event is $25 which includes 5 – 6oz. samples and food.  This is a indoor/outdoor event with the food portion being a BBQ outside, while live music plays in the background. Tickets can be purchased at https://whitby.snapd.com/#/events/view/987591. Be sure to come by and say Hi to me if you are coming to the event.

The cask list continues to grow day to day but the list I currently have is:

Mill St. Brewery – Tankenstein
Muskoka Brewery – Peppered lager
Beaus All Natural  – St Luke’s Verse Gruit ale with lavender, rosemary and thyme
Great Lakes Brewery – Dry Hopped Canuck
Big Rig Brewery – Amber Ale and Chocolate Stout
Old Flame – Caramel Black Walnut Stout
Railway city – Double Dead Elephant IPA (might change)
Manantler Brewery has yet confirmed

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

Photo credit Mike Palmer

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

Photo credit Jeff Rogers

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

 

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

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

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

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

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

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

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

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

Photo credit: Jeff Rogers

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

Photo credit: Mike Palmer

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

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