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Magnotta Co-Founder Passes Away

January 5th, 2010 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

The Welland Tribune features an article today about the death of Magnotta Winery Corperation co-founder Gabe Magnotta, who passed away after a seven year fight with Lyme disease.

Magnotta founded the winery with his wife in 1990 and in 1996 they added the Magnotta Brewery, brewing six beers under the True North branding.

He was 59 years old.

News for Homebrewers: 25% Off Sale & Whole Leaf Hops

September 2nd, 2009 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Two bits of news that may be of interest to homebrewers:
Homebrewers Retail, an online shop for homebrewing supplies, is holding an End of Summer Inventory Blowout. Until Sept 30th, every item in their inventory is 25% off.
Roots Down Organic Farm have harvested their first crop of hand picked and hand packed certified organic whole leaf hops, and are offering them for sale. A dozen varieties are available in various quantities – see their website for full details.

The Bar Towel Announces Appointment as Agent for Garrison Brewing

March 19th, 2009 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

The Bar Towel, through its partner corporation Cecktor Limited, is proud to announce that it has been appointed the exclusive agent in Ontario for Garrison Brewing Company of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Beginning immediately beer lovers are able to participate in a private order to purchase full cases of the following:

  • •The multiple-award winning Imperial Pale Ale
  • •The new seasonal Sugar Moon Maple Ale
  • •A mixed-six of different brands including Irish Red Ale, Tall Ship Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Raspberry Wheat Ale, Martello Stout Ale and Jalapeno Ale.

You can read more about this announcement via The Bar Towel’s press release. You can participate directly in the private order at

Ask for CASK!

July 15th, 2008 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

At this past weekend’s Summer Ale Cask Festival at the Victory Cafe, a newly formed beer advocacy group made their first public appearance with an information and recruitment table.
Called CASK!, the group is dedicated to raising awareness of local cask conditioned ale and to promote it to a wider audience. CASK! seeks to improve the availability, selection and quality of cask ale in Toronto, and ultimately across Ontario.
Membership in CASK! is free for individuals, and they will soon be introducing a Commercial Membership level with a nominal fee for brewers and licensees.
Watch the CASK! website for details on future meetings and other ways you can get involved.
Get Real… Ask for Cask!

Michael Jackson RIP

August 30th, 2007 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Very sad news in the world of beer today, as legendary beer writer Michael Jackson has passed away at age 65.
Known to many as “The Beer Hunter“, Jackson was an extremely influential figure in the beer world, and he was instrumental in such movements as the revival of real ale in the UK during the 1970s, and the craft beer boom in North America that started in the 1980s and continues today.
Mr. Jackson revealed last year that he had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for some time, but he remained active as a writer, speaker and tasting host until his death. His final column for All About Beer magazine has been posted to their website along with an online book of condolence, and beer bloggers and writers around the world have been posting their thoughts on his passing. He will be missed.

“Collector Showdown” Looking For Breweriana Collectors

August 2nd, 2006 Posted by Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Do you collect any and everything to do with beer? If so, the TV show Collector Showdown is seeking collectors for an episode they’re filming in the GTA. You don’t need a huge collection, but you must consider yourself a collector and be passionate about your collection!
Collectors featured on the show must live in GTA. Last names and addresses are not revealed on the show. If you’re interested, contact Alejandro at 416-646-3264 or