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LCBO Autumn Special Releases Revealed

August 5th, 2014 Posted by LCBO Releases No Comment yet

Even though we’re still in the prime time of the summer, the LCBO beer releases for autumn have been revealed.  Over 30 beers will be available in LCBO stores across three sets: an Autumn seasonal beer release, a themed Hallowe’en beer release, and a special Mikkeller brewery feature.  Beers will begin arriving around the middle of September, and you can see which tasty treats are coming out via The Bar Towel’s Discussion Forum:


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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Westvleteren 12 causing a beer frenzy in Ontario

December 11th, 2012 Posted by LCBO Releases No Comment yet

The pending limited-edition retail release of the world famous Westvleteren 12 in Ontario is causing a “beer frenzy” amongst local beer aficionados.  The release, consisting of a six-pack of the beer plus two branded glasses, is selling for $76.85 at the LCBO in selected stores only.

The news that Westvleteren 12, or “Westy”, first hit the beer community in June with a lengthy thread in Bar Towel’s discussion forum.  More recently another thread started up in late November with the discussion about Westy hitting the shelves mid-December.  The discussion in the recent thread has been tracking the stores where Westy will be available, plus accounts of what LCBO stores have been telling customers, some of which is contradictory.  Many stores that are receiving stock are anticipating morning lineups of eager consumers.

The enthusiasm for this beer release is arguably the most anticipated ever in Ontario, so much that yesterday (December 10th) the Bar Towel web site experienced its highest level of single-day traffic for all of 2012.  Other high-profile beer releases through the LCBO in the past include Ola Dubh 40 in 2009, Sam Adams Utopias in 2010 and 2011, and probably the first Ontario beer frenzy, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA in 2008.

This isn’t the first appearance of Westy in Ontario, however, as a couple of years ago a limited amount was distributed to selected bars in the province.  This time, however, is the first time it’s been available for home purchase.

You can stay up-to-date on what’s happening with Westy, and pretty much everything else in the Ontario beer scene, in our discussion forum.  Please join in on the fun, and good luck to everyone hunting Westy this week!


BC Beer: May 2012 Releases

May 17th, 2012 Posted by British Columbia, LCBO Releases, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

With the May Two-Four upon us, there’s a couple of unconventional wits to enjoy with the outdoors. First up is the Flying Tanker White IPA, which is a hybrid of the Wit and IPA styles. Vancouver Island Brewing told the Alberni Valley news that “Flying Tanker IPA is the first bottle in our Vancouver Island series to be released — we’ve got a whole series of beers tied to Vancouver Island icons planned”.

Second is Parallel 49 Brewing’s Seedspitter Watermelon Wit. This is their first brew, and they’ve launched it just in time for Vancouver Craft Beer Week. Bottles should be available shortly and they’ve got three other brews that will be available soon.

Tin Whistle Brewing Company has released their new Scorpion Double IPA. They’ve been brewing since 1995, so it’s about time they threw some more hops into the mix… and why not make it a double? This was supposedly a big hit at the Okanagan Fest of Ale, and should be available in BC Liquor stores soon.

Steamworks Brewing Company recently brewed the Copper Roof Ale in honour of the Vancouver Sun’s 100th Anniversary. Check out Randy Shore’s online article and video clip with some good discussion with the brewers.

Speaking of ESBs, Driftwood’s Naughty Hildegard is back. This year they’ve returned to Pacific Northwest hop varieties (the 2011 had UK hops), which I believe make this a truly epic West-Coast ESB. Coincidentally, Pope Benedict has now officially recognized Hildegard von Bingen as a saint.

For those in Ontario, the LCBO’s Tree Brewing feature is starting to hit the shelves. This includes the Hefeweizen, Raspberry Porter, Captivator Doppelbock, Hophead Double IPA and the new Hophead Black IPA. This has already sparked some discussion in the forums. Their Duke’s Cider is on the LCBO shelves as well.

Garrison Brewery Feature Arriving in Ontario

January 25th, 2012 Posted by LCBO Releases No Comment yet

The LCBO’s popular Brewery Feature program, which has spotlighted specific breweries such as Dieu du Ciel!Fuller’sNørrebro Bryghus, and Rogue, returns on January 29th with Garrison Brewing of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Garrison Brewing, which has seen their Imperial I.P.A, HopYard Pale Ale and Oktoberfest released over the past couple of years through the LCBO, arrives with a set of five special seasonal beers in this release.

The Brewery Feature will offer the following Garrison beers, available from January 29th to March 30th, or while stock lasts:

  • Black I.P.A., $4.25, 500mL, 6.2% alc./vol. (Gold medal winner at 2012 Canadian Brewing Awards)
  • Winter Warmer, $5.25, 500mL, 6.8% alc./vol. (Silver medal winner at 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards)
  • Spruce Beer, $5.25, 500mL, 7.5% alc./vol.
  • Grand Baltic Porter, $5.95, 500mL, 9.0% alc./vol. (Gold medal winner at 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards)
  • Pils, $4.25, 500mL, 4.7% alc./vol.
As with all Brewery Feature releases, all beers are available in limited quantities, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.  The beers will be available at 25 LCBO stores, which are listed after the break.

BC Beer – January 2012 Releases

January 19th, 2012 Posted by British Columbia, LCBO Releases, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

Last month I mentioned a few new breweries opening this year, but then Hoyne Brewing actually managed to get a few growlers out the door before Christmas! Now they’ve got their Pale Ale and Pilsner bottled, and it’s starting to hit the Private Liquor Store shelves.

Old Yale Brewing has entered into a new partnership and moved to a larger location. Canadian Beer News is reporting that kegs and bottles of the Sasquatch Stout and Sergeant’s IPA are currently available, and we’ll start to see cans of the IPA and Old Yale Pale Ale in February. It’ll certainly be great to have some more hoppy brews available in cans!

Lighthouse Brewing Company has their 6th limited release from their Big Flavour Series. The official press release says this 9% “Belgian Black is fermented with a Belgian Ardennes yeast strain. Enjoy the rich malty features of plum and dark cherry backed with subtle spicy notes”.

Mission Springs Brewing Company is releasing another special brew in bottles on January 30th. “The Strongman Ale” is an 8% Cascadian Strong Ale… this should be interesting.

Phillips has iced a barleywine, pushing the alcohol up to 12%. Thankfully, this so-called Mass Extinction is available in (reasonably-sized) 341 mL bottles.

Granville Island’s Imperial IPA will be on tap next week, and hopefully we’ll start to see some bottles again soon!

Tree Brewing’s Hophead Double IPA is currently available at the brewery. Many Bartowelers will be happy to hear that it just shipped to Ontario as well! You can expect to see it on the LCBO shelves by the end of February. In the mean time, Ontario will have to get their west-coast hop fix from the regular Tree Hop Head, or perhaps Central City’s Red Racer, which just hit the shelves again.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the LCBO

September 20th, 2011 Posted by LCBO Releases No Comment yet

Aside from the Autumn Beer release that is hitting the shelves now, beer lovers in Ontario can also look forward to a special, limited-time Oktoberfest beer release coming in the next week or so.

Three beers are being released as part of this promotion:

  • Garrison Oktoberfest Brau
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest (with a stein)

As with all LCBO specialty releases, the beers available for Oktoberfest are limited quantity so get them when you can an enjoy the season!

Garrison is represented in Ontario by The Bar Towel.

LCBO Autumn Beers Hit the Shelves

September 20th, 2011 Posted by LCBO Releases No Comment yet

As part of the LCBO’s ongoing Specialty Beer program, the following Autumn Beers begun hitting the shelves in the past week:

Item # / Product Name / Alc./ Vol. / Size (mL) / Retail
237693 / Cannery Maple Stout / 5.5 / 650 / $5.80
254656 / Ayinger Celebrator / 7.2 / 330 / $3.45
173658 / Garrison Imperial I.P.A. / 7 / 500 / $4.25
234047 / Bacchus Flemish Old Brown / 4.5 / 375 / $4.50
236091 / Celt Bronze Crafted Ale / 4.5 / 500 / $3.65
233486 / Marston’s Pedgree V.S.O.P. / 6.7 / 500 / $3.50
233494 / Wychwood Goliath / 4.2 / 500 / $3.50
236992 / Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale / 7 / 500 / $4.60
173534 / Southern Tier Choklat / 11 / 650 / $9.85
504670 / Fuller’s 1845 Bottle Conditioned Ale / 6.3 / 500 / $3.50
125153 / Affligem Dubbel / 6.8 / 330 / $2.75
239475 / Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Triple / 9 / 500 / $5.95
244376 / Les Trois Mousquetaires Porter Baltique 2011 / 10 / 750 / $9.95
237875 / Box Steam Funnel Blower / 4.5 / 500 / $3.55

As always, the LCBO seasonal beer releases are limited-time and limited-quantity, so get them before they’re gone! And while you’re at it, tell us what you think about the release in our discussion forum!

You’ll Love Canada (and HopYard)

June 3rd, 2011 Posted by LCBO Releases No Comment yet

As part of a new LCBO promotion entitled I Love Canada, a great beer from the East Coast is being released for a limited time.

Arriving from Garrison Brewing is HopYard Pale Ale.  This beer, which made its debut last year and won a silver at the Canadian Brewing Awards (North American Style Pale Ale/Bitter), is a west coast style ale that is dry-hopped.  It will be making its retail debut in Ontario and follows Imperial I.P.A. as the 2nd Garrison beer hitting the shelves in the province.  Garrison is represented in Ontario by The Bar Towel.

HopYard Pale Ale will be available in 6-packs of bottles for $13.95.  The I Love Canada promotion begins June 19th and runs through mid-July and also features a number of breweries from the Ontario Craft Brewers.

(Note: As previously reported Central City Red Racer IPA is expected to be released at the LCBO as well, but might not coincide exactly with this promotion.  Specifics will be posted as they are confirmed.)