Posts by Troy Burtch

Trillium Chapter – Brewery Collectables Buy/Sell/Trade Show

January 25th, 2015 Posted by Beer Events, Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Trillium Flyer_Spring 2015_RevTrillium Chapter: Brewery Collectables Buy/Sell/Trade show at Great Lakes Brewery on March 28th. 

11am – 2pm ~ Free Admission ~ $5 GLB beers

Booths with brewery items can include labels, coasters, tap handles, growlers, posters, signage, bottles, cans, trays and more. Come out and see Canadian brewing history in person.

Have any interesting old brewery items? Bring them out on the 28th for collectors to see and possibly buy/trade with you. 

Great Lakes will also have an in-depth display of their history, including bottles, tap handles, posters, glassware, packaging, etc

Jordan St. John, author of “The Lost Breweries of Toronto”, will be on-site selling and signing copies of his fascinating look at Toronto’s rich & storied brewing past.

Questions –

Amsterdam Brewery & Great Lakes Brewery Collaboration a First in The LCBO

April 24th, 2013 Posted by Beer In The Press, Brewery News, LCBO Releases, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

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Amsterdam Brewery and Great Lakes Brewery Collaboration a First in The LCBO

(Toronto, ON, April 24, 2013) – The Amsterdam Brewery and Great Lakes Brewery, two of Toronto’s oldest independently owned and operated craft breweries, are set to release their award winning collaboration beer – “Maverick & Gose” in the LCBO later this month.

Maverick & Gose is a Leipziger Gose Beer that has been aged in Ontario Chardonnay barrels for 4 months prior to packaging. A rare German brew of medieval origin, this 2012 Canadian Brewing Awards Silver Medalist beer is brewed with a mostly malted wheat base, pink Himalayan salt, and spices. Notes of lemon, herbs and a slight saltiness make this collaboration truly unique to Ontario.

What is even more unique about this beer is that it is the first all-Ontario collaboration to be released in the LCBO. Brewers Iain Mcoustra of Amsterdam and Mike Lackey of Great Lakes first developed the recipe for Maverick & Gose in early 2012.

“We came up with the idea whilst playing shirtless, greased up beach volleyball, you know, like in the movie Top Gun, and we thought it would be fitting to collab on this one of a kind beer,” says Lackey. “I’m super pumped to be part of the first Canadian craft beer collaboration that will grace the shelves at the LCBO. It was a pleasure creating this beer with Iain and the Amsterdam crew.”

“We wanted to take an old world style and put our own twist on it by using local Chardonnay barrels” says Mcoustra. “We didn’t want to go over the top with any of the flavours and it’s easy for a spiced beer to get away from you. The barrel brought everything together in the end, balancing out the spices with the salt giving a nice roundness to the finish.”

“It’s always a blast brewing with Lackey and Great Lakes” says Mcoustra of the collaboration. “They’re a big reason why there has been so much collaboration and innovation in Ontario recently and it’s an honour to brew and release this beer with them.”

Maverick & Gose is available for sale in 500mL bottles from select LCBOs starting April 29, 2013 ($6.95) and the Amsterdam Brewery Retail Store (45 Esandar Dr., 416-504-6882).

Amsterdam_logoAbout The Amsterdam Brewery
The Amsterdam Brewery is an independently owned and operated craft brewery that is deeply rooted in the city of Toronto. A pioneer of the craft beer revolution in 1986 and initially called the Amsterdam Brasserie and Brew Pub, The Amsterdam was the first of its kind in Toronto to offer patrons hand crafted lagers and ales that were brewed ‘in-house’. Today they brew over ten different beers including their flagship lager – Amsterdam Natural Blonde, the award winning Big Wheel Deluxe Amber, Boneshaker IPA and multiple year-round and seasonal brews. The Amsterdam Brewing Company uses only traditional brewing methods and their beers are made with four all natural ingredients – malt, hops, yeast, and water. All beers are GMO-free, without preservatives, and never heat pasteurized.

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GLB-stamp_2About The Great Lakes Brewery
A fiercely independent owned and operated brewery, Great Lakes recently celebrated 25 years in the craft beer business, making them one of the oldest craft breweries in Ontario. Great Lakes specializes in producing flavourful beers that will be sure to tickle 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 Etobicoke, we invite you to visit our brewery for a taste of our award winning beers, including the Canadian Brewing Awards double Gold Medal Winner Crazy Canuck Pale Ale!

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Morgans/Great Lakes Brewery Earth Day Beer Dinner!

April 10th, 2013 Posted by Beer Dinners, Beer Events, Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Morgans_BeerDinner_POSCome celebrate Earth Day with Great Lakes at Morgans on the Danforth with an intimate candlelight beer dinner.

Join us for a four course, four beer wonderfully paired meal that will be a night to remember! We’ll be turning down the lights and bringing out the candles for the event. Brewery representatives will be available to answer any questions about GLB that you may have and each pairing will be discussed between each course.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Morgans at 416.461.3020. $50+ tax and tip. 6:30pm

GLB Beers:
Pompous Ass EPA
Orange Peel Ale
My Bitter Wife IPA
Harry Porter & the Fair Grounds Coffee Bean

GLB December Project X – Ugly Sweater Edition

November 27th, 2012 Posted by Beer Events, Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

We are pleased to announce our December Project X plans! The Ugly Sweater Edition!

Join the Great Lakes Brewery crew for an epic night to celebrate the festive season on Thursday December 13th at The Monarch Tavern for our Ugly Christmas Sweater party! That’s right, dust off that sweater your Aunt gave you that one Christmas, or raid your Grandmothers closet and come decked out in your ugliest Christmas sweater/vest to win prizes and walk the runway! Yeah, runway. There will be a panel of judges picking out the best….errr, worst dressed person.

Here’s the deal – it’s $15 at the door, with $5 of that donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Hogtown Smoke will be on-site offering up pulled pork poutine!!

Stay tuned for more information about which beers we’ll be offering up for the event! But you can be sure to find our seasonal Winter Ale, and our latest Tank10 series beer – Karma Citra IPA.

Date: Thursday December 13th
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street
Cost: $15 ($5 donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank)
Food: Hogtown Smoke

GLB November Project X – 2nd Annual Movember Edition

October 29th, 2012 Posted by Beer Events, Brewery News, Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Hey Bar Towel,

Great Lakes Brewery has registered for Movember and pledged to grow our moustaches for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. This year, we honour the great men who have grown before us and, as Movember and Sons, pay respect to the simple truth “knowledge is power, moustache is king.”

As our forefathers always knew, the moustache is the mark of a man. Today, it is a man’s ribbon, a symbol to spark conversation and help change the face of men’s health.

You can take part either by growing one Dirty Son of a Mo as a Mo Bro, or join as a Mo Sista to help recruit others, share knowledge and support Mo growers.

Join the Great Lakes Brewery Movember team today!!

Also, please come out to our Movember party being hosted by Wvrst Beer Hall on Nov 8th from 6:30pm -9:30pm. Great Lakes will be doing a 12 tap take over for the evening featuring limited release Movember beers. Limited amounts of our Movember series beers will also be available in bottles at our retail store through the month of Movember. Proceeds from the bottles sales will be donated to Movember.

If you’d like to find out more about the type of work you’d be helping to fund by supporting Movember, take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website:

Please join and forward this message on to EVERYBODY you know!

Thanks everyone!!

TBW Announces 6-Month Countdown Event

February 23rd, 2011 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet


February 23, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – While St. Patrick’s Day may be on March 17th, craft beer drinkers will be awaiting the 19th with anticipation, as Toronto Beer Week (TBW) marks the start of its six-month countdown by inviting beer lovers on a drinking tour of some of the city’s finest establishments. The 2011 edition of TBW will take place over ten days in September from the 16th to the 24th, but drinkers can get a preview of the fun on March 19th.

Two pub crawls will hit the streets of the city at 2pm.A downtown crawl will be hosted by Cass Enright (founder of the popular and and Rob Symes (news editor on and contributing writer for TAPS The Beer Magazine). The crawl will begin at the Queen & Beaver at 35 Elm Street, before proceeding to The 3 Brewers, Duggan’s, beerbistro and C’est What.

At the same time, a second crawl hosted by Troy Burtch (Director of Sales & Marketing with TAPS The Beer Magazine and creator/writer of the Great Canadian Beer Blog) and Nick Pashley (author of ‘Notes on a Beermat’ and ‘Cheers! An Intemperate History of Beer in Canada’) will hit Kensington Market and the Annex. After meeting at The Cloak & Dagger (394 College Street) the next stops will be Caplansky’s Delicatessen, Burger Bar & Tequila Tavern, The Harbord House and the Victory Cafe.

A number of one-off beers will be available at most participating locations in addition to an already stellar lineup of brews. Food and drink promos will also be available at certain locations.

TBW crawl host and notorious propper-up of bars, Nick Pashley is a fan of pub crawls, and provided this quote in the run-up to the March 19th events: “Why a pub crawl? If you have to ask, this might not be quite for you. Some of us who can’t wait for Toronto Beer Week have put together not one but two pub crawls. The concept is simplicity itself: turn up, buy beer, drink same, tip the bar staff, chat amiably with fellow pedestrians, move on to next pub and repeat as required. Bask in the company of Cass and Rob downtown or Troy and Nick in lower midtown, visit a few fine pubs, and drink excellent craft brews. You have better things to do?”

While there is no fee to participate in either crawl – other than your beer… we’re not that generous – RSVPing is recommended. For the downtown crawl email numbers to Rob at , and for Kensington Market / the Annex email Troy at

About Toronto Beer Week
TBW is a 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!

TBW is a collectively owned organization involving some of Toronto’s most seasoned and passionate beer industry members. Our team includes publicans, brewers, media, marketers, and authors, all bringing their valuable experience and vision to create a significant event that reflects the best interests of all participants.

For more information, please contact:

Cass Enright
Executive Committee, Toronto Beer Week

Rob Symes
Executive Committee, Toronto Beer Week

Troy Burtch
Executive Committee, Toronto Beer Week

Cass’ & Troy’s First Annual OCB Pub Crawl

June 18th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

Join Cass & Troy on a walking beer tour through the streets of Toronto

Toronto, ON – Join Cass Enright and Troy Burtch on Wednesday June 23rd for their first annual Toronto Pub Crawl during Ontario’s first ever craft beer week hosted by the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB).

Enright, who founded Ontario’s premier online beer resource, The Bar Towel and the Golden Tap Awards, and Burtch, creator/writer of the popular Great Canadian Pubs & Beer Blog, will lead you on a walking tour of five terrific beer establishments along Toronto’s Annex and Kensington neighbourhoods.

Each stop will feature a Cheers! led by both men who will also address the crowd with a story or two about their experience working and dealing in the Ontario craft beer industry. There will also be numerous prizes handed out along the way including: subscriptions to TAPS Beer Magazine, beer books, bottle openers, t-shirts, OCB glassware, gift certificates and more.

The Pub Crawl will also act as the launch of voting for the 2010 Golden Tap Awards, one of the leading awards recognizing the best in beer in Ontario. Beer lovers from across the province will be able to vote for their favourite beers, breweries, bars and brewpubs until August.

List of Pubs that will be visited:

Victory Café – 6:30
581 Markham Street
Toronto, ON M6G2L7

Caplansky’s Deli – 7:30
356 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1S6

Ronnie’s Local 069 – 8:15
69 Nassau Street
Toronto, ON

The Embassy – 9:00
223 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON

Cloak and Dagger – 10:15
394 College Street
Toronto, ON

Admission is free and bracelets will be disseminated to everyone who joins the crawl, which will help distinguish you from the rest of the crowd.

Should you wish to participate in the crawl, please RSVP as soon as possible by sending an email to either Cass ( or Troy (

5th CASK! Social Announced

February 22nd, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

5th CASK! Social
Saturday Feb. 27th 3pm to 6pm
Granite Brewery (245 Eglinton Ave. East)

From the CASK! website:

We are happy to announce that our fifth CASK! Social will be held this coming Saturday, February 27th 2010, at the Granite Brewery, on Mount Pleasant just south of Eglinton, from 3pm to 6pm. Ron Keefe’s three fine cask ales will be on offer and, if you’re thirsty for more Granite ales, growlers can be purchased to take away. If you’re bringing a designated driver, there is free parking underneath the building. The rules remain the same: turn up, be genial, drink cask ale. We can’t make it any simpler. Watch this space for news of March and further socializing.

Magnotta Co-Founder Passes Away

January 5th, 2010 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

The Welland Tribune features an article today about the death of Magnotta Winery Corperation co-founder Gabe Magnotta, who passed away after a seven year fight with Lyme disease.

Magnotta founded the winery with his wife in 1990 and in 1996 they added the Magnotta Brewery, brewing six beers under the True North branding.

He was 59 years old.