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Barley Days May Bock Named CCBA 2009 Label Of The Year

August 25th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

The Collectors of Canadian Brewery Advertising (CCBA), Canada’s national organization for collectors of brewery memorabilia, have selected Barley Days May Bock as winner of their 2009 Label of the Year award.

The announcement was made earlier this month during the 31st annual CCBA convention in Kitchener, Ontario. The award has been presented annually since 1983, and recognizes achievement in beer label design.

May Bock was launched by Barley Days Brewery of Picton as a seasonal beer in the spring of 2009. The striking label incorporates the detail of an oil painting by renowned artist Manly MacDonald (1889-1971). MacDonald grew up on a farm east of Belleville, Ontario, and gained fame for his many paintings of Prince Edward County scenes.

“Brew North” by Ian Coutts

August 25th, 2010 Posted by Beer Books No Comment yet

Out now from Greystone Books is Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada, an illustrated look at Canada’s brewing history by Ian Coutts.

The following description of the book has been provided by the publisher:

Brew North tells the delightful story of our national beverage, from New France and the British conquest, through Prohibition and the beer parlour era, and right up to the rise of the microbreweries. Lively and informative, Brew North puts beer lovers front and centre. Whether they are cowboys quaffing India pale ale in a western saloon, flannel-shirted working stiffs swilling Cinquante from brown “stubbies” in Montreal taverns, or modern-day beer snobs sipping pints of caskbrewed bitter and commenting on its “chocolate and cigar box bass notes,” this is the story of the men—and women—who brewed, served, and drank our national beverage.

Brew North doesn’t just tell this story, it shows it. Early illustrations of rustic taverns and Victorian photographs of opulent saloons are combined with fantastic advertisements, giveaways, and gewgaws brewers have long used to market their product. It’s all here, from fussy Victoriana to fifties kitsch to today’s sophisticated ad campaigns.

Beer built Canada. Now the classic era of Canadian beer is ending; brewery giants Molson, Labatt, and Sleeman are in foreign hands. At the same time, more small brewers are producing more interesting beers. A new golden age? Brew North arrives at a key moment to chronicle where beer has been and point to where it is going.

Brew North is available now in book stores and online retailers for a suggested retail price of $24.95.

MicroBrasserie Charlevoix in Ontario – July 16th to 18th

July 8th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

HMH Negotiants Presents
MicroBrasserie Charlevoix in Ontario!
Friday, July 16th – Sunday, July 18th, 2010

HMH Negotiants are very happy to announce that MicroBrasserie Charlevoix will be coming to Toronto on Friday, July 16th, 2010! The visit will commemorate the availability of Charlevoix beers in the province and introduce Ontario to this world-class brewery from Baie-St-Paul, Quebec. It is our pleasure to announce the following events that will take place;

Friday, July 16th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Meet the Brewers @ The Only Café

The Only Café will be serving Microbrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Tripel and La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout in bottles with the brewers and founders present!
– 972 Danforth Avenue Toronto, ON (416) 463-7843

Friday, July 16th | 9:00pm
Meet the Brewers @ The Rhino
The Rhino will be serving MicroBrasserie Charlevoix; Dominus Vobiscum Reserva Hibernus, Dominus Vobiscum Reserva Lupulus,
La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout, Dominus Vobiscum Tripel in bottles with the brewers and founders present – 1249 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON (416) 535-8089

Saturday, July 17th | 2:00pm-4:00pm
Trade & Media Tasting @ barVolo
barVolo will be serving samples of Charlevoix beers in bottles along with artisanal cheeses from the Charlevoix region in Quebec and local artisan chocolates from Chocosol Traders! This tasting is by invitation only. If you are part of the beer/hospitality industry and are interested in attending, please contact – 587 Yonge St., Toronto, ON (416) 928-0008

Saturday, July 17th | 7:00pm – 12:00pm
Launch Party @ barVolo
barVolo and HMH Negotiants will host the main MicroBrasserie Charlevoix launch event starting at 7:00pm open to the public.
The brewers and founders form MicroBrasserie Charlevoix will be in attendance and the following bottles will be available;
Dominus Vobiscum Blanche, Double, Tripel, Grand Reserva Lupulus, Grand Reserva Hibernus,
La Vache Folle Amarillo Double IPA, Herkules Double IPA, Imperial Milk Stout, ESB

Sunday, July 18th | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Charlevoix / Biergotter / barVolo Collaboration Brew Day!
With the addition of barVolo’s new pilot brew system, Frederick Tremblay from Microbrasserie Charlevoix, Russ and Eric from Biergotter Homebrew Club and Ralph Morana from barVolo will be collaborating to make a one off brew. This brew day will be open to the public. We will be serving beers in bottles from Microbrasserie Charlevoix.

Hops For The Hospital

July 7th, 2010 Posted by Beer Dinners No Comment yet

On September 1, 2010, Chancey Smith’s (130 King Street, London) will be hosting a special charitable event featuring gourmet food paired with Ontario-made, craft-brewed beer.

This event is called Hops for the Hospital and celebrates local healthcare, local food and local craft brewers – all in support of the highest-priority needs of the Department of Medical Imaging at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

Tickets are $100 and include your four-course gourmet meal featuring four different Ontario craft-brewed beer selections.

To purchase tickets, please contact Matt Brown at or 519.685.8500 ext. 52017.

More info:

Ontario Cask IPA Challenge 2010: Round Two

July 7th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

The second round of the Ontario Cask IPA Challenge 2010 will take place at Bar Volo (587 Yonge St.) on Friday July 9th and Saturday July 10th starting at 4:00PM Friday. It will feature the 9 beers that advanced from the first round, and will be a blind public vote. Upon arrival, everyone will receive a score card to rate all the beers. At the end of the event the scores will be tallied and the top score from each pairing will advance to the next round.

The following beers will be available on cask, while supplies last:

Round 2 – Division One: Toronto

Duggan’s Number Nine IPA v.s Cheshire Valley English IPA
Great Lakes My Bitter Wife IPA v.s Great Lakes Armadildo IPA

Round 2 – Division Two: Ontario

County Durham Hop Head IPA v.s Flying Monkeys Smash Bomb IPA
Beau’s Beaver River IPA v.s F&M Stonehammer IPA v.s Scotch Irish Sgt.Major IPA

Please Note:
– This is a 19+ event
– All beers will be available until supplies last
– Beers will be available by the quarter, half and full pint
– All beers will be served blind and disclosed the following Monday on the Volo website
– Pint (20oz) = $6.50 / Half-Pint (10oz) = $4.50 / Quarter-Pint (5oz) = $2.50

For more information please visit
barVolo Events Calendar

Toronto Beer Week: Sept 20-26, 2010

June 26th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

The team at Toronto Beer Week Ltd. is excited to announce that Toronto will have a week-long celebration of beer this fall. With over 15 North American cities (including Vancouver, San Diego, Chicago and Philadelphia) already hosting successful beer weeks, the time is right for Toronto to stage an event of our own.

Toronto Beer Week (TBW) is a collective series of events dedicated to the celebration and advancement of the craft beer movement. TBW will showcase authentically brewed and flavourful beer, the talented brewers who create them, and the licensees who proudly support them. It’s all about good beer – no bland, mega beer permitted!

The event will kick off the day after the Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, and will feature dozens of events held at some of the city’s finest restaurants, bars and pubs. Event examples might include:

– Beer dinners
– Feature cask ale tastings
– Brewing demonstrations
– Neighbourhood pub crawls
– Beer trivia evenings
– And much, much more

The TBW team will work with breweries and licensees to develop unique events that suit their independent character. We are working hard on some exciting ways to promote the Week and encourage awareness of the incredible beers that are now available in Toronto. Updates and more information can be found at or on the TBW Facebook page.

Ontario Beer Events for Summer 2010

June 25th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

As Ontario Craft Beer Week comes to an end with the Session festival on Saturday, it may feel like the best beer events of the summer are already behind us, but it’s important to remember that there are still plenty of good things coming up in the next few months.

Here’s a quick run-down of what we can look forward to from now until the end of August:

Every Friday: Cask Night at Mill Street @ Mill Street Brewpub, Toronto
Sun Jul 4: About Beer: Beer Exploration 101 @ The Only Cafe, Toronto
Thu Jul 8: Great Lakes Project X @ Great Lakes Brewery, Etobicoke
Fri Jul 9 & Sat Jul 10: 2nd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge: Round 2 @ Volo, Toronto
Fri Jul 23: 2nd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge: Round 3 @ Volo, Toronto
Thu Jul 29: Hart House Craft Beer Festival & Summer BBQ @ Hart House, Toronto
Thu Jul 29: Cameron’s Cask Night @ Cameron’s Brewing, Oakville
Wed Aug 4 to  Sun Aug 8: Collectors of Canadian Brewery Advertising 2010 Convention @ Holiday Inn, Kitchener
Thu Aug 5 to Sun Aug 8: Toronto’s Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Thu Aug 12: Great Lakes Project X @ Great Lakes Brewery, Etobicoke
Fri Aug 20 &  Sat Aug 21 : Golden Tap Awards 2010 @ beerbistro, Toronto

For more information on these and other upcoming beer events in Toronto and Ontario, check out the Bar Towel Events Calendar, or join the discussion in the Events folder on the Bar Towel Forum.

Session: A Craft Beer Festival

June 14th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

As part of Ontario Craft Beer Week, Jed Corbeil and Curt Dunlop of The Griffin Gastropub in Bracebridge will be presenting Session: A Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 26th from 12 noon to 8:00 PM at Sunnyside Pavilion in Toronto.

Session will feature breweries from Ontario and elsewhere in Canada including:

Amsterdam Brewing [Toronto, ON]
Black Oak Brewing [Etobicoke, ON]
Beau’s All Natural Brewing [Vankleek Hill, ON]
Brick Brewing [Waterloo, ON]
Cameron’s Brewing [Oakville, ON]
Duggan’s Brewery [Toronto, ON]
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery [Barrie, ON]
F&M Brewery [Guelph, ON]
Garrison Brewing [Halifax, NS]
Great Lakes Brewery [Etobicoke, ON]
Hockley Valley Brewery [Orangeville, ON]
Lake of Bays Brewing Co. [Baysville, ON]
McAuslan Brewing [Montreal, QC]
Mill Street Brewery [Toronto, ON]
Muskoka Cottage Brewery [Bracebridge, ON]
Nickelbrook Beers [Burlington, ON]
Niagara’s Best Brewery [Niagara Falls, ON]
Propeller Brewery [Halifax, NS]
Thornbury Village Cidery [Thornbury, ON]
Tree Brewing [Kelowna, BC]
Unibroue [Chambly, QC]
Wellington Brewing [Guelph, ON]

The festival will also feature food from local restaurants and artisans, as well as live entertainment. For more details, including ticket information, visit the Session website.

Ontario MPPs Pick Their Favourite Craft Beers For 2010-11

May 10th, 2010 Posted by Beer Awards No Comment yet

Last week at Queen’s Park, The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, led MPPs, Queen’s Park staff and selected guests in media in a third annual tasting of craft beers from across Ontario.

48 beers from 15 members of the Ontario Craft Brewers were available for sampling, and tasters cast ballots to choose their favourites in six categories, with a seventh category – the “Speaker’s Selection” – chosen by the Speaker himself. The winning beers will be available in the dining room and at catered events & receptions at Queen’s Park for the 2010-11 year.

The winners for this year were:

Golden Lagers & PilsnersBeau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale
Refreshing AlesCameron’s Cream Ale
Amber Lagers, Ales & Honey Beers Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale
Malty Dark Lager or AleMuskoka Dark Ale
Bold Flavoured Ale, Stout or PorterGrand River Plowman’s Ale
Wheat Beer & SpecialtyMill Street Lemon Tea Beer
Speaker’s Selection Railway City Dead Elephant Ale