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A Visit to Blyth’s Impressive Cowbell Brewing

November 10th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

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.

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Stephen Beaumont and Cass Enright

The Past and Present of Beer with Stephen Beaumont

August 26th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

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.

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Enjoying some Liquid Art with Ryan Morrow

July 5th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

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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Red Thread Brewing Co.

Making a Connection with Red Thread

June 10th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

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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Wheat Beers and More with Michael Hancock

June 9th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we have a beer and a chat with an good long-time friend of The Bar Towel, Michael Hancock. Michael was the brewer and owner at the legendary Denison’s Brewing Company in Toronto, and has been for the past number of years the founding brewer and currently beer ambassador at Side Launch Brewing Company in Collingwood. We had our chat at the Brewer’s Backyard in Collingwood about Michael’s history in beer, some stories about Denison’s, his role currently at Side Launch and the beer scene in Collingwood.

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Pete Brown and Cass Enright

Having a Pint with Pete Brown

May 8th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

Earlier in the year I was fortunate to have a beer and record this special podcast with famed beer writer Pete Brown. Pete and I met at the Camden Town Brewery in London, England and had a great chat about his background in marketing and beer, his latest book Miracle Brew, the Beer and Cider Marketing Awards, the craft beer scene in the U.K. and how it differs from North America, what’s in store for the future, and more.

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Drink like it’s 1870 with Amsterdam and Gary Gillman’s AK

May 2nd, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we have a chat with beer historian Gary Gillman and brewer Cody Noland about Amsterdam’s 1870 AK Bitter, a special collaboration beer between Gary and Amsterdam that was a recreation of an historical recipe from nearly 150 years ago. Chatting at the Amsterdam Brewery taproom, we chat about how the beer came out, what it was like to brew in those days, and how technology played a key role in the beer’s development.

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Legendary Microbrewery Upper Canada Returns with Repatriation

March 28th, 2018 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet
Cass, Oliver & Steve

Cass Enright, Oliver Dawson & Steve Himel

We’re thrilled to take a walk down beer memory lane with our newest episode of Bar Towel Radio. This special episode was recorded live at the launch of Upper Canada Repatriation, a recreation of the original Rebellion Lager by the famed Upper Canada Brewing Company, brought back by Henderson Brewing of Toronto in partnership with Sleeman Breweries. We chat with Steve Himel, General Manager of Henderson and Oliver Dawson, former head of marketing at Upper Canada (and now of the Beer Lover’s Tour Co.) about how the brand originally came to be, what it was like to create “craft” beer brands in the 1980s and 1990s, and how the beer returned in 2018.

This episode was recorded live on March 23rd, 2018 at the launch party at Henderson’s brewery taproom. Special thanks to Oliver and Steve for participating in this episode.

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Kensington Brewing Company

Kensington Brewing Company Comes Alive

September 14th, 2017 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature No Comment yet

A couple of weeks ago, just before the public taproom opening of the new Kensington Brewing Company, we recorded the latest episode of Bar Towel Radio with Mike Gurr, VP Operations and Johnny Briggs, KBC’s Head Brewer. In this episode we chat about KBC’s history and challenges in opening, their beers both of the past and present, their relationship to the Kensington Market neighbourhood and what beer lovers can expect from the newly opened space. We’re happy that the long road for KBC has resulted in beer finally being brewed on Augusta Avenue!

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