I had heard amongst the beer community that the Cowbell Brewery in Blyth, Ontario (a small village in Huron County) had to be seen to believed. And when I visited for the first time at the end of the summer, I realized that the early architectural illustrations and photos I... > READ MORE

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A Visit to Blyth’s Impressive Cowbell Brewing

A Visit to Blyth’s Impressive Cowbell Brewing

I had heard amongst the beer community that the Cowbell Brewery in Blyth, Ontario (a small village in Huron County) had to be seen to believed. And when I visited for the first time at the end of the summer, I realized that the early architectural illustrations and photos I had seen definitely did not do it justice.

Cowbell is a very impressive facility, a sparkling brewery and restaurant that emerges up from the Ontario countryside as a beacon for beer in this small community. During my visit I was fortunate to chat with Stephen Rich, the Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations at Cowbell. In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we chat about Stephen’s start in beer and how he got involved in Cowbell, the beer program and some of the unique methods and equipment that Cowbell employs at the brewery, and what’s in store for Cowbell now and in the future. You can hear the pride that Stephen has for Cowbell and what the Sparling family is doing in Blyth, so give it a listen and get yourself up there for a visit soon.

Give a listen to this episode of Bar Towel Radio below or on iTunesGoogle Play or Stitcher:

2018 Golden Tap Awards Announced

2018 Golden Tap Awards Announced

Last night alongside the Ontario Brewing Awards, the 2018 Golden Tap Awards were announced. Now in it its 16th year, the Golden Tap Awards are Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event and recognize the best in beer, as decided by the beer lovers of the province. The winners were:

Best brewery: Beau’s All Natural
Best bar for draught beer selection: Bar Hop
Best bar for bottled and/or canned beer selection: Birreria Volo
Best brewpub or tied house: Bellwoods Brewery
Best regularly-produced craft beer: Beau’s Lug Tread
Best seasonal, limited release or specialty craft beer: Great Lakes Karma Citra
Best craft cidery: Revel Cider Co.
Best Beer Design and Branding: Collective Arts
Most Innovative Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
Best Newcomer (Bar): Bar Lupulus
Best Newcomer (Brewery): Little Beasts Brewing Co.
Best Event: Cask Days
Best Staff: Beau’s All Natural
Best Beer Writer: Robert Arsenault a.k.a. Drunk Polkaroo
Brewmaster’s Choice: Tooth and Nail Vim and Vigor
Editor’s Circle Award: Liquid Art Festival
Editor’s Circle Award: Huether Hotel/Lion Brewery
Editor’s Circle Award: Kingston Brewing Company
Editor’s Circle Award: Evergreen Craft Ales
Editor’s Circle Award: People’s Pint Brewing Company

The Past and Present of Beer with Stephen Beaumont

The Past and Present of Beer with Stephen Beaumont

In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we share a few beers and many beer memories with acclaimed beer writer Stephen Beaumont. Catching up at Toronto beer hall WVRST, we chat about how Stephen got into beer, the past and present state of the beer industry, his beer travel adventures crossing the globe, his writing and publishing and more. I’ve known Stephen for 20 years and it was a real treat to be able to chat with him about many beery things.

Give a listen to this episode of Bar Towel Radio below or on iTunesGoogle Play or Stitcher:

Vote for the 2018 Golden Tap Awards

Vote for the 2018 Golden Tap Awards

The Golden Tap Awards, Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, is back for 2018.

From now until September 6th, 2018 you can vote for this year’s awards, which recognizes your favourite beers, breweries, bars and more. The Golden Tap Awards have been recognizing the best in beer in Ontario since 2003.

The Golden Tap Awards will be announced on September 13th, 2018 during Toronto Beer Week alongside the Ontario Brewing Awards. More details will be announced about the gala festivities.

In the meantime, time to vote!

Enjoying some Liquid Art with Ryan Morrow

Enjoying some Liquid Art with Ryan Morrow

In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we have a chat with Ryan Morrow, the award-winning head brewer of both Collective Arts Brewing and Nickel Brook Brewing. We share a beer at Collective Arts’ recent Liquid Arts Fest, the new festival in Hamilton which featured a remarkable slate of beers from around the world. We chat about how Ryan got into the brewing world, the background of the relationship between Collective Arts and Nickel Brook and being a head brewer for two breweries, and the burgeoning beer scene in Hamilton.

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Making a Connection with Red Thread

Making a Connection with Red Thread

In this episode of Bar Towel Radio, recorded at our recent Collingwood Brewer’s Backyard, we have a chat with longtime friend Carl Milroy, founder and partner of the Red Thread Brewing Co. We share a beer and discuss how Red Thread came to be, and what it’s like to launch in Ontario without a bricks and mortar brewery.

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