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Queen Victoria’s Secret Returns on Monday

May 17th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

BO-logo_outlined_v1Queen Victoria’s Secret, the third annual Brewer’s Backyard on Victoria Day, returns on Monday, May 19th from 11am-4pm at the Evergreen Brick Works.

As is with tradition, the exact beer and food menu won’t be revealed until the event begins, but it will include beer from Sawdust City, Oast House and Amsterdam, along with food from FeasTO, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch and Royale Popcorn Company.

New for this event is the Brewer’s Backyard’s first-ever collaboration beer, a British ale infused with Indian inspired flavours named Balmoral’s Outrage, brewed with Sawdust City.  And in keeping with the theme the exact ingredients in the beer will be revealed as the event begins.  There’s only a single keg of the beer and it will be sold in limited quantities at the top of every hour during the event to ensure that it can be tried throughout the day.  Samples of Balmoral’s Outrage will come with its own limited edition, take-home collectible glass.

The Brewer’s Backyard takes place from 11:00am until 4:00pm at the Koerner Gardens and Holcim Gallery areas of the Evergreen Brick Works (event goes rain or shine).  Admission is free and the event is all-ages and family friendly, with proceeds going to Evergreen’s great cause.

Toronto Beer Week Early Bird Deadline is Today

May 16th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

TBW_2014Logo_WhtBG-300x300The early bird deadline for bars and breweries to participate in Toronto Beer Week (at a discounted rate) is today, Friday, May 16th.  Toronto Beer Week, which will take place from September 12th to 20th this fall, is one of the city’s preeminent craft beer celebrations.  Now in its fifth year, Toronto Beer Week featured 56 bars, restaurants and pubs, 30 breweries and over 150 events across the city in 2013, with more expected in 2014.

Participating as a licensee or brewery has many great benefits and this year’s Toronto Beer Week promises to be another outstanding week of craft beer events.  If you are a licensee or brewery and are interested in Toronto Beer Week, please take a look at the details and benefits of participation here.  If you are ready to sign up or have any questions, please contact Troy at Toronto Beer Week.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out at TBW2014!

The Bar Towel is a founding sponsor of Toronto Beer Week.

Brewery Market Ottawa Returns Tomorrow

April 25th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

DoDThe weather indicates that winter isn’t over, but spring is definitely here for the Brewery Market.  On Saturday, April 26th from 12-6pm, the Brewery Market returns to Ottawa at Hintonburg Park with our first event, the Drink of Dreams.

Tomorrow’s event should be a smash hit, with upwards of 20 beers available from Covered Bridge, Big Rig, Kichesippi and Clocktower, with food from Stone Soup Foodworks and Clocktower.  Tomorrow’s event marks the first of four this year in Ottawa, with future dates in May, July and October, each one on the following Saturday after the Brewer’s Backyard.

Admission to the Brewery Market is free and the event is all-ages.  Proceeds from the event go towards the great work of the Ottawa Riverkeeper.  Bring your umbrella and boots as the event will go rain or shine, and we hope to see you there!

Great Friday is Tomorrow!

April 17th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

PrintGreat Friday, our next edition of the Brewer’s Backyard, arrives tomorrow from 12-6pm at the Evergreen Brick Works.  This one is extra-special as we kick off the weekend this time around, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming Junction Craft, Mill Street and Double Trouble to pour some delicious beer, and Bricks & Mortar serving up some tasty eats.

Beers available tomorrow include Mill Street Organic Lager, Tankhouse, 100th Meridian and Spring Thaw, Double Trouble Hops & Fire, Cheshire Valley Robust Porter and Junction Craft Brakeman’s Session Ale + 3 more surprise brews.  And Bricks & Mortar is serving up Santa Monica Tritip Sandwiches and Mac and Cheese.  And if that’s not enough, we’ve got a special after-party at the Mill Street Beer Hall, where a free shuttle will take us there where we’ll have an exclusive $10 and keep-the-stein promotion for us.

So come and join us at the Koerner Gardens area of the Evergreen Brick Works from 12-6pm tomorrow, Friday April 18th.  Admission is free and the event is all-ages.  We hope to see you then!

Denver CBC Preview, Part Two – Our Seminar Picks

April 5th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events, On The Road Reports No Comment yet
The Colorado Convention Center. Photo courtesy Visit Denver.

The Colorado Convention Center, home to this year’s CBC. Photo courtesy Visit Denver.

The Bar Towel is proud to once again present our annual preview of the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), taking place from April 8th to 11th in Denver, Colorado. Part One of our preview covered our picks for some of the beer bars and brewpubs in the city, and Part Two will cover our picks for the conference seminars.

The Craft Brewers Conference allows the industry to get together to share, learn and drink while discussing the relevant issues facing craft brewing.  The conference itself is split into two main components: first, the seminars, in which speakers and panels discuss a wide array of subjects including Brewery Operations, Exporting, Governmental Affairs, Safety, QA, Sustainability, Marketing and more.  Secondly, the CBC also offers a massive trade show entitled BrewExpo America (only operating Wednesday and Thursday), where almost 500 diverse exhibitors showcase and promote their wares to potential clients and partners.  The conference also organizes brewery tours of local breweries, plays host to the results of the World Beer Cup competition (every two years, including this one), and has mini side-conferences specific for wholesalers and bar owners.  It is due to this breadth and scope that the CBC has grown dramatically and is attracting brewers from all over the world, even though the Brewers Association is U.S. based.  And for many years now, the CBC is a must-attend for Canadian brewers as well.  In fact, there probably isn’t a single event in Canada that attracts as many from the Canadian brewery industry as the CBC does.

And why is this? Well, the CBC is extremely relevant for Canadian brewers.  The U.S. is a leader in the craft beer movement, so the trends, insights and best practices that are seen in this market are very important for the Canadian craft beer industry to understand.  In this second part of our Craft Brewers Conference preview, we’ll look at the seminar picks that we believe would be most interesting and informative, from a Canadian perspective.


Craft Brewers Conference Preview, Part One – Denver, Colorado

March 30th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events, On The Road Reports No Comment yet
Photo courtesy Visit Denver.

A view of downtown Denver. Photo courtesy Visit Denver.

The Bar Towel is proud to once again present our annual preview of the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), taking place from April 8th to 11th in Denver, Colorado. Part One of our preview covers our picks for some of the beer bars and brewpubs in the city, and Part Two covers our picks for the conference seminars.

Denver is a great beer town, in an great beer state. There’s no doubt about it, this place loves their beer. Denver is home to the Great American Beer Festival, one of the largest beer festivals in the world, where over 3,000 beers are available to try. There are over 30 breweries within the city limits, and over 100 in the Metro Denver area. The state is governed by John Hickenlooper, the former mayor of Denver for seven years and founder of the Wynkoop brewpub, and a brewer himself (interesting fact – Colorado is the first state to elect a brewer as governor since Sam Adams in 1794). And, he recently installed craft beer taps into the governor’s mansion (how cool is that!)  It is remarkably obvious that Denver loves its beer, so it comes as little surprise that the Brewers Association decided to hold its annual Craft Brewers Conference here, which is precisely what it’s doing this year, from April 8th to 11th at the Colorado Convention Center.

The CBC, as covered by the Bar Towel in San Diego, San Francisco and Washington DC – is a chance to not only learn about and meet those in the craft brewing industry, but visit the cities on the cutting edge of craft beer in the U.S. And Denver is no exception, as those attending will be able to try some mighty fine beers across numerous great beer bars and brewpubs around the city. In this article we’ll cover some of the hot spots to check out in Denver (with a skew towards what is located downtown near the Convention Center), and our next article will cover our picks for the CBC itself.


The Brewery Market Returning in 2014

March 13th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

9601313799_2fde9179c5_bThe Brewery Market, after a successful multi-event run last year, returns to Ottawa in 2014 with four dates this year.

This year the Brewery Market will be moving to a new location (but still nearby in the neighbourhood) at Hintonburg Park.

Events this year will be taking place on the following Saturdays: April 26thMay 24thJuly 5th and October 25th.  Specific event details will be announced closer to the dates.  But for now, save the dates and we’ll see you in April!

Brewer’s Backyard Returns on Family Day

February 15th, 2014 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

G3B-All-postThe 2014 season of the Brewer’s Backyard kicks off on Family Day, Monday, February 17th with an event entitled Goldibocks and the Three Beers.

The event will feature four breweries, each bringing three beers: Indie Alehouse, Amsterdam, Great Lakes and Nickel Brook.  The breweries will be bringing beers that range from lighter in flavour to bolder in flavour, which will include an aged version of Spring Bock, Rebecca and Boneshaker from Amsterdam; Johnny Simcoe, Crazy Canuck and Harry Porter and the Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean from Great Lakes and APA, ESB and Maple Porter from Nickel Brook.  Pimenton and Indie Alehouse will be serving up some delicious food, including paella, empanadas and flavoured popcorn.

The Brewer’s Backyard will take place indoors at the Young Welcome Centre of the Evergreen Brick Works from 11am-4pm on Monday, February 17th.  Admission is free and the event is all ages.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

A Great Year at the Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard

November 23rd, 2013 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

BrewBackyardWe’re a bit late with this post, but we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our phenomenal Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard season in 2013.

This year was our best yet, with five dynamite events in Toronto at the Evergreen Brick Works and three amazing ones in Ottawa at Parkdale Park – all to help support the great causes of Evergreen and Ottawa Riverkeeper.

In Toronto, our events in JanuaryMayJulySeptember and October were our usual fun and laid-back afternoons, with breweries participating that included Great Lakes, Indie Alehouse, Nickel Brook, Amsterdam, Left Field, Beau’s, Granite, Oast House, Grand River, Black Oak, Cheshire Valley and courtesy Keep6 Imports, Charlevoix, Dieu du Ciel!, Trois Mousquetaires, Dunham, Trou du Diable, Hopfenstark, and Brasseurs Sans Gluten.

We took things up a notch this year in Ottawa, tripling our events from last year (JulyAugust and October) and welcoming all of the breweries from the region: Beyond the Pale, Broadhead, Cassel, Big Rig, HogsBack, Mill Street, Kichesippi, Clocktower, Turtle Island, Whitewater, Beau’s and Ashton. But we also had in some out-of-town breweries in the mix this year, including Barley Days, Flying Monkeys and Nickel Brook.

We are extremely thankful to all the breweries that participated – we like to think that the Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard features one of the most diverse range of local brewers of any event series that takes place in Toronto and Ottawa. After all, we did have over 30 breweries participate this year!

Food is such a key component to our events, and this year we welcomed some of the best restaurants and vendors around, including Big E’s Grinds, FeasTO, Sweet Sammies, Kanga Meat Pies, WVRST, Sovereign State Cheese, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, and Chef Pascal Poilbout. In Ottawa, our great partners Hintonburger, Absinthe Cafe and Murray Street Grill kept everyone well fed in the nation’s capital.

But our events wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do without the tireless work of our great staff. Our events this year at the Brick Works were led by Amy Whitham, who oversaw an amazing team which included Kelly Creighton, Samantha Calligen, Lizze McArdle, Suzy Marshall, Charles Lauzon, Gira Moin, Nicole Tomasi, Elyssa Gordon and Donna Bridgeman.

And in Ottawa, Taralyn Marshall, who brought the Brewery Market to town in the first place, once again led our bigger and better series this year, with her incredible team including event organizers Mark Carver and Danielle Quigley, plus volunteers Justin Sadler, Maribeth Butler, Ryan Janssens, Matt Jardine, Charles Lauzon, Jasmine Savoie, Jenny Purkiss, Patrick White and Sean MacGinnis, alongside Riverkeeper volunteers Ashley Brasfield, Lynette Chubb, Colleen Hulett, Richard Lamontagne, Erica Nadeau, Ian Redcay and Christina Sullivan.

Thanks Amy, Taralyn and the rest of the team – you are all awesome and we couldn’t do this without you.

Many thanks go out to our hosts: Evergreen and their continued, amazing partnership and use of the beautiful Koerner Gardens and Holcim Gallery, and the City of Ottawa for our use of the great Parkdale Park. And of course lots of thanks to everyone from Evergreen and Ottawa Riverkeeper who were invaluable partners at each event throughout the year.

But of course our events wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiasm and support of you – all the beer lovers, families, friends, kids and everyone else from Toronto and Ottawa who attended this year. Seeing so many people come out to the Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard was truly wonderful, and we dearly hope that you enjoyed yourself this year. And best of all – we’re happy to say that we’re coming back in 2014! So follow us on Twitter and keep an eye out for more details as we confirm our schedule. Thanks again and we’ll see you again next year!