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Beer For The Holidays

December 6th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

In Wednesday’s Toronto Star Food section, beer writer Josh Rubin offers some gift ideas for the beer lover on your Christmas list. Some of his suggestions include Beer: The Story of the Pint by Martyn Cornell; the Mill St. Barley Wine Gift Pack; a Granite Brewery Gift Pack featuring an empty growler, a certificate for a fill-up, and four pint glasses & coasters; and the Canadian Edition of the microbrewery board game Brewopoly.
Over in the pages of Thursday’s Metro, you’ll find Aonghus Kealy getting some tips from Roger Mittag on throwing a holiday beer-tasting party for women – although plenty of men will enjoy his picks as well.
Also getting into the holiday spirit are the Ontario Craft Brewers, who have issued a press release touting their various holiday brews – including Amsterdam Tilted Kilt Scotch Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Winter Ale & Trafalgar Celebration Ale – as well as food & beer pairing tips for your holiday feasting, and some more gift ideas. The full press release appears after the jump below.
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Beaumont on The Year In Beer

November 23rd, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

The December/January issue of City Bites has just hit the streets, and in his regular Malt column, Stephen Beaumont gives props to what he considers the best things to happen in the beer scene (plus a couple of whisky highlights) during 2006.
You’ll have to pick up a copy (or download the PDF version from their website) to read his complete thoughts, but here’s a quick summary of the beery bits: Mill Street Brewpub, Black Oak Summer Saison, Volo Cask Days, Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Westmalle Dubbel, West 50 Pourhouse & Pete Brown’s Three Sheets to the Wind.
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Beer Bulletins

November 12th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

Here’s a quick round-up of some local beer-related bits that have appeared in print and online in the last couple of weeks:

New Beer Writer at The Star

October 11th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

Local beer lovers were saddened by last month’s announcement by Jon Filson that he would no longer be writing regular beer features for The Toronto Star. But it looks like the paper’s commitment to positive beer coverage remains, as they have recently brought in writer Josh Rubin to helm a new weekly feature called What’s Brewing.
The column has been running for several weeks now, and has already featured some great locals & imports:
Sep 20th – “A bottle of joe?” (Mill Street Coffee Porter)
Sep 27th – “Beer with divine links is Trappist” (Westmalle Dubbel)
Oct 4th – “Roll out the barrel” (Taps Wine Barrel Lager)
Oct 11th – “What to drink in October” (Amsterdam Oktoberfest)
The seasonal Amsterdam brew also got some coverage in last week’s installment of Suds, the weekly column written by Aonghus Kealy for the free daily paper Metro. Other recent articles by Kealy have focussed on Walkerville Light, King Dark Lager & Negra Modelo.

LCBO Bottle Return System Being Considered

September 7th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

According to an article in today’s Toronto Star, the Government of Ontario is considering the implementation of a bottle return system for the LCBO:

Ontarians will soon be charged a deposit on bottles purchased at the LCBO and will be able to return their booze empties to The Beer Store.
No details were available on how much deposits will be or how quickly the system will be up and running for consumers.
But Premier Dalton McGuinty advised his cabinet yesterday about the ambitious new deposit-return program, sources said. It’s a public-private partnership with Brewers’ Retail, owned by Labatt, Molson and Sleeman.

The report goes on to say that there will be discussions of this initiative during an inner cabinet meeting today, with an official announcement to follow as early as next week. Ontario is currently one of only two provinces to not have a deposit return system for bottles purchased at liquor stores.

Beer & Cheese Pairings In City Bites

August 9th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

The August/September issue of City Bites is hot off the press, and it includes an article by cheese experts Julia Rogers & Tonia Wilson on beer and cheese pairings. Along with a brief look at why beer may be a better partner for cheese than wine, they offer some suggested pairings for the three beers in Brick’s Founder’s Series.
This issue also features Stephen Beaumont’s regular column, Malt, which is focused this issue on scotch whisky; a cover feature on Sake; an article on smoked cheese by the aforementioned Julia Rogers; and much more. Look for free copies of City Bites at various locations around Toronto, or read it online via a handy PDF version.

OCB Tour in Sunday Sun

July 17th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

The Travel section of this past weekend’s Sunday Sun included a feature article on a tour of four Ontario Craft Brewers members. Receiving visits for the piece were Mill Street, Old Credit, Wellington and Brick.

Beer Bulletins

July 15th, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

A few local beer articles – and one not-so-local one that may still be of interest to Ontario beer drinkers – have appeared in print and online in the last little while:

  • In his weekly Toronto Star beer column, Jon Filson offers up a of mini-profile of Stratford Brewing. The article mentions that their previously draught-only Pilsner is now available at select LCBO outlets.

  • The beers in the LCBO summer release get reviewed by Metro‘s Aonghus Kealy in his weekly Suds column, and by your friendly neighbourhood Bar Towel news editor Greg Clow in his latest article for local food & drink website Gremolata. The latter is the first in a two-part series on fruit beers, with next week’s second part to focus on the fruit beers that are available in Ontario on a year-round basis.
  • The British Columbia edition of The Globe & Mail recently published an article on the lack of U.S. microbrews in B.C. liquor stores. This is an interesting parallel to our situation in Ontario, where the only micro from south of the border that is available via the LCBO on a regular basis is Anchor Liberty Ale.

Jon Filson on “The Brewer’s Tour”

June 21st, 2006 Posted by Beer In The Press No Comment yet

In today’s edition of the Toronto Star, beer columnist Jon Filson contributes a feature story on touring some of Ontario’s craft breweries. The main article covers visits to Wellington and Robert Simpson, and mentions moves & expansions planned by Glenora Springs and Lakes Of Muskoka. There is also a sidebar article that puts the spotlight on Neustadt Springs and the unique network of caverns located under their brewery.
You may also want to have a look at some of Filson’s other recent articles that we’ve neglected to mention here previously, such as last week’s look at weisse beer, and earlier columns on Mott’s Red Eye (a questionable combination of Clamato and beer that is contract brewed by Brick) and the launch of canned Creemore Springs.