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Golden Tap Awards 2017 Announced

September 21st, 2017 Posted by Beer Events, Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Yesterday at a gala event at beerbistro, the 2017 Golden Tap Awards were announced. The Golden Tap Awards are Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, with all winners determined by public vote. The winners were as follows:

  • Best brewery: Beau’s All Natural
  • Best bar for draught beer selection: Bar Hop
  • Best bar for bottled and/or canned beer selection: Birreria Volo
  • Best brewpub or tied house: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer: Beau’s Lug Tread
  • Best seasonal, limited release or specialty craft beer: Great Lakes Octopus Wants to Fight!
  • Best craft cidery: West Avenue
  • Best Beer Design and Branding: Collective Arts
  • Most Innovative Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best Newcomer (Bar): Arabella Park
  • Best Newcomer (Brewery): Merit Brewing
  • Best Event: Cask Days
  • Best Staff: Beau’s All Natural
  • Best Beer Writer: Ben Johnson
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: Tooth and Nail Vim and Vigor
  • Best Beer of the Festival: 555 Brewing Footprint
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Ontario Beverage Network
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Half Hours on Earth
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Craft Beer Passport
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Funkfest

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Toronto Beer Week Begins Tomorrow!

September 14th, 2017 Posted by Beer Awards, Beer Events, Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Toronto Beer Week, a 10 day celebration of beer in the city, begins its 2017 edition tomorrow, September 15th. With 200+ events across 60+ venues and 30+ breweries, it truly is an amazing way to experience “The Best Beer City in Canada”.

The Bar Towel (a founding member of Toronto Beer Week), is thrilled to be a part of a number of events during Toronto Beer Week:

Beer Writers Debate & Discussion: Sunday, September 17th. Starting at 3pm at C’est What, I’ll be a part of a panel of local beer writers (including Jordan St. John, David Ort, Robin LeBlanc, Thomas Gilbert and Crystal Luxmore) in debating the meaning of Craft Beer, discussing crap vs. craft, and gazing into the crystal ball to determination the path of Ontario’s beer future.

I&G_Roundel_Logo_2017_CMYK (1)The Science of Flavour with Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp: Tuesday, September 19th. In this Q&A we will chat with Innis & Gunn’s Founder and Master Brewer to get a sneak preview of some of Innis & Gunn’s newest beer innovations before they arrive in Ontario and hear from on his brewing journey, the “happy accident” that led to Innis & Gunn Original and the inspiration behind the flavours in their beers. Tickets are $10, but as a reader of The Bar Towel you get a chance to enter a contest to win tickets! Simply email your name to innisandgunn@bartowel.com and we will draw three winners who will receive a pair of tickets each.

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Golden Tap Awards: Wednesday, September 20th. The Golden Tap Awards returns for its 15th year in recognizing the best in beer in Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event. We will hand out the awards at an all-Ontario beer festival at beerbistro, where all tap lines will be turned over for one night only. Participating breweries include Great Lakes, Shillow, Collective Arts, Nickel Brook, Junction, Indie Alehouse, Tooth & Nail, Bellwoods, Folly, Exchange Brewery, Bench, Beau’s, Left Field, Halo, Side Launch, Granite, Cheshire Valley, Spearhead, Katalyst, 4 Degrees, Merit, Shawn & Ed, Halcyon Barrel House, Cowbell, County Canteen and more! Admission is free and no tickets are required to attend. Doors open at 5pm and the awards show begins at 8pm.

We’ll also be floating around at many of the other great events taking place during Toronto Beer Week. Looking forward to see you in Canada’s Best Beer City!

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Vote Now for the 2017 Golden Tap Awards

August 29th, 2017 Posted by Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Voting for the 2017 Golden Tap Awards is now open, and you should vote now. The Golden Tap Awards, now in their fifteenth year, are Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, as all winners are determined by the drinkers and beer fans in the province.

You can vote in as many of the following categories as you wish:

  • Best craft brewery in Ontario
  • Best bar in Ontario for draught beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for bottled and/or canned beer selection
  • Best brewpub or tied house in Ontario
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer in Ontario
  • Best seasonal, limited release or specialty craft beer in Ontario
  • Best craft cidery in Ontario
  • Design Award: For the best packaging design, label artwork and branding in Ontario
  • Innovation Award: For pushing the boundaries of craft brewing the furthest in Ontario
  • Newcomer Award (Bar): For the best craft beer bar or restaurant that is new to Ontario
  • Newcomer Award (Brewery): For the best craft brewery or brewpub that is new to Ontario
  • Event Award: For the best beer event that took place in the past year in Ontario
  • Staff Award: For the best (most beer-knowledgeable, friendly) staff in Ontario
  • Beer Writer Award: For the best beer writer (print, digital or other) in Ontario
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: For the best beer in Ontario, as decided by the craft brewers themselves

The Golden Tap Awards voting is open until September 12, 2017, and the winners will be announced at a gala event at beerbistro on Wednesday, September 20th during Toronto Beer Week. The awards gala is free to attend and no tickets are required, and will feature an all-Ontario beer festival with breweries from across the province being featured.

We hope you vote for the Golden Tap Awards this year, and see you at the awards gala on the 20th!

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2016 Golden Tap Awards Announced

September 23rd, 2016 Posted by Beer Awards, Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Last night at beerbistro the 2016 Golden Tap Awards were handed out at a gala event featuring an all-Ontario craft beer festival.  The Golden Tap Awards are Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, and have been recognizing achievements in the beer industry for fourteen years. The winners were as follows:

  • Best craft brewery: Great Lakes
  • Best bar for draught beer selection: Bar Hop
  • Best bar for bottled and/or canned beer selection
  • Best brewpub or tied house: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer: Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale
  • Best seasonal, limited release or specialty craft beer: Great Lakes Karma Citra
  • Best craft cidery: West Avenue
  • Best Beer Design and Branding: Collective Arts
  • Most Innovative Brewery: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best Newcomer (Bar): Bar Hop Brewco
  • Best Newcomer (Brewery): Halo Brewery
  • Best Event: Cask Days
  • Best Staff: Bar Hop
  • Best Beer Writer: Ben Johnson
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: Bellwoods Motley Cru
  • Best Beer of the Festival: Indie Alehouse Interloper
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Escarpment Labs
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Brad Campeau / Brew Donkey
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Stephen Beaumont
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Ralph Morana

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who voted!

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Golden Tap Talk with Ben Johnson and David Ort

August 29th, 2016 Posted by Bar Towel Radio, Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

The Golden Tap Awards voting season is upon us, and during this time beer lovers in the province get talking. And this year is no different, so Ontario beer writers Ben Johnson, David Ort and I decided to record a podcast to discuss some of the issues of the past, present and future of the Awards.

Please give it a listen below or via iTunes:

 

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Golden Tap Awards 2016 Voting Launches

August 23rd, 2016 Posted by Beer Events, Feature, Golden Tap Awards 1 comment

The Golden Tap Awards, Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, has launched its voting for 2016.  Now in its fourteenth year, the Golden Tap Awards recognize the best in beer and cider in Ontario, across breweries, beers, brewpubs, cideries, bars and more. All voting is determined by the beer loving general public.

Awards will be handed out in the following categories at a gala event at beerbistro in Toronto on Thursday, September 22nd as a part of Toronto Beer Week:

  • Best craft brewery in Ontario
  • Best bar in Ontario for draught beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for bottled and/or canned beer selection
  • Best brewpub or tied house in Ontario
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer in Ontario
  • Best seasonal, limited release or specialty craft beer in Ontario
  • Best craft cidery in Ontario
  • Design Award: For the best packaging design, label artwork and branding in Ontario
  • Innovation Award: For pushing the boundaries of craft brewing the furthest in Ontario
  • Newcomer Award (Bar): For the best craft beer bar or restaurant that is new to Ontario
  • Newcomer Award (Brewery): For the best craft brewery or brewpub that is new to Ontario
  • Event Award: For the best beer event that took place in the past year in Ontario
  • Staff Award: For the best (most beer-knowledgeable, friendly) staff in Ontario
  • Beer Writer Award: For the best beer writer (print, digital or other) in Ontario
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: For the best beer in Ontario, as decided by the craft brewers themselves

The Awards event will feature an all-Ontario craft beer festival, with all of beerbistro’s tap lines and a bottle station exclusively serving Ontario beers.  Admission to the Golden Tap Awards is free and no tickets are required.  Please vote for your favourites now and we hope to see you at the awards ceremony!

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Golden Tap Awards Announced

September 24th, 2015 Posted by Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

Last night at beerbistro the 2015 Golden Tap Awards were revealed in front of an audience of Ontario’s brewing industry and beer lovers.  The Golden Tap Awards are Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, as all awards are voted upon by the general public.  A special set of Editor’s Circle awards are determined by a small group of beer writers to recognize achievements that fall outside of the general voting.  The 2015 Golden Tap Awards are as follows:

  • Best Brewery in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery
  • Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ales in Ontario: Granite Brewery
  • Best Brewpub or Tied House in Ontario: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best Cidery in Ontario: West Avenue Cider Company
  • Best Regularly-Produced Beer in Ontario: Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale
  • Best Seasonal or One-Off Beer in Ontario: Great Lakes Brewery Thrust! An IPA
  • Best Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario: Granite Brewery Hopping Mad
  • Best Bar for Draught Selection in Ontario: Bar Hop
  • Best Bar for Packaged Beer Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Bar for Cask Ale Selection in Ontario: Bar Volo
  • Best Beer Event in Ontario: Cask Days
  • Best Beer Writer in Ontario: Ben Johnson
  • Best Staff in Ontario: Bar Hop
  • Best Newcomer to the Beer Scene in Ontario: Rainhard Brewing Co.
  • Most Innovative Brewery in Ontario: Bellwoods Brewery
  • Best Beer Design and Branding in Ontario: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
  • Brewmaster’s Choice – Best Beer in Ontario: Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Charles MacLean
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Brux House
  • Editor’s Circle Award: Indie Alehouse Beer Events
  • Editor’s Circle Award: RunTOBeer
  • Best Beer of the Fest: Shillow Bitter Waitress Black IPA
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Toronto Beer Week Begins Tonight!

September 18th, 2015 Posted by Beer Events, Feature, Golden Tap Awards 1 comment

TBW_2015_White_Logo_250Toronto Beer Week, a nine-day celebration of craft beer in the city, officially begins tonight.  Featuring over 35 breweries and 75 bars, Toronto will be awash in delicious beer from today until September 26th.  There are over 125 events and counting coming up, including beer festivals, tap takeovers, beer dinners, pairings and more.

This year sees the debut of Six Boroughs, the official beer of Toronto Beer Week.  Six Boroughs is a bourbon barrel-aged rye porter, which will be available at select LCBOs across Toronto as well as at select events during the week.

You can pick up a free passport at participating venues, which includes a directory of the bars, breweries and restaurants of Toronto Beer Week, partner information and more.  Toronto Beer Week has received generous support from both Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory, signifying the stature that craft beer holds in the city and province today.

Select bars across Toronto have also received 4am liquor license extensions for Toronto Beer Week – find out more details on that in the passport on online, and at the venues themselves.

Happy Toronto Beer Week, and we hope to see you out at some great events!

The Bar Towel is a proud supporter of Toronto Beer Week.  The Bar Towel’s Golden Tap Awards will be taking place on Wednesday, September 23rd at beerbistro with over 25 breweries participating in an all-Ontario craft beer festival.

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Vote for the 2015 Golden Tap Awards

August 10th, 2015 Posted by Feature, Golden Tap Awards No Comment yet

The Golden Tap Awards, Ontario’s most democratic beer awards event, has launched its voting for 2015.  Now in its thirteenth year, the Golden Tap Awards is the only major beer awards event in Ontario predominately determined by public vote by beer lovers in the province, recognizing the following achievements:

  • Best craft brewery in Ontario
  • Best brewery for cask-conditioned ales in Ontario
  • Best bar in Ontario for draught beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for bottled and/or canned beer selection
  • Best bar in Ontario for cask-conditioned ale
  • Best brewpub or tied house in Ontario
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer in Ontario
  • Best seasonal or specialty craft beer in Ontario
  • Best cask-conditioned ale in Ontario
  • Best craft cidery in Ontario
  • Design Award: For the best packaging design, label artwork and branding in Ontario
  • Innovation Award: For pushing the boundaries of craft brewing the furthest in Ontario
  • Newcomer Award: For the best bar, brewpub, restaurant or brewery that is new to Ontario
  • Event Award: For the best beer event that took place in the past year in Ontario
  • Staff Award: For the best (most beer-knowledgeable, friendly) staff in Ontario
  • Beer Writer Award: For the best beer writer (print, digital or other) in Ontario
  • Brewmaster’s Choice: For the best beer in Ontario, as decided by the craft brewers themselves

Beer fans are encouraged to vote now until September 15th, 2015.  Winners will be announced at a gala event at Toronto’s beerbistro on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 during Toronto Beer Week.