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 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

Brock St. Brewing Company – Durham’s Newest Brewery



“The most refreshing street in Canada.”

That is the tag line of Durham Region’s newest craft brewery. Brock St. Brewing Company, which had their soft opening back in April, is located at 1501 Hopkins St., Unit 3, in Whitby, Ontario. Yes that’s right, the name is Brock St. Brewery which is located on Hopkins, but I will get into that in a little bit. Brock St. Brewery was an idea that came from a night of 4 homebrewers enjoying a few beers a couple of years ago. The idea started to come to life in January 2014. The brewery was intended to be located in the old fire hall on Brock St.  Unfortunately the town was not ready for the sale of the building. That is not stopping the ownership group of the brewery from actively working with the Mayor, town staff, and council for the Town of Whitby to engage support to rebuild and establish a second location in Whitby’s downtown firehall.

IMG_8123The current brewery is run by brewmaster Eric Ross, who is a graduate of Niagara Brewing Collage, worked at Gananoque Brewery and Beaus before coming to Brock St. Eric, who developed all the recipes in conjunction with the ownership group, is brewing on a 30 hectalitre brewing system. The brewery also has four 60 hectalitre fermenters and 2 brite tanks. They have also introduced a new bottling line and in the summer they will be installing a grain silo which will gravity feed the mash tank inside the brewery. Currently the brewery offers a Blonde, American Brown and Traditional Red, with a Porter and a Pale Ale in the works. Brock St. Brewery is also working on a collaboration beer with 5 Paddles Brewing Co., located on the same street.

Currently, you can buy their beer in 1L and 2L growlers at the brewery, with bottles coming very shortly. If you are looking to try their beers at some local Durham restaurants you can find them at the following: Brock HouseBuster RhinosHot RocksChatterpaulsTetraVillage InnTap and TankardThree-Six Kitchen and Lounge and a few more in the area.IMG_8130

Mark Woitzik, one of the owners, said to me  “Brock St. Brewing would like to thank this amazing community for all the support we have received.”

Brock St. Brewery was the official beer of the Brooklin Spring Fair that took place June 4-6, 2015. Brock St. won 1st place at the Bowmanville Ribfest in the Light Beer Category for their Blonde. Brock St. will be participating in events over the summer including Craft Beer Saturday’s this Saturday June 13th at Victory Cigars inOshawa (sorry for the shameless plug of my event) Brock St. Brewing Company will be having their official grand opening, July 4th and 5th, 2015. There will be a few local radio stations that will be broadcasting live, as well as food and of course a ton of beer. If you want to try their beer soon, head over to the brewery or one of the local restaurants to grab yourself a pint or growler.

To see all the photos from the tour head over to my Tour & Events Gallery.