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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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Morgans/Great Lakes Brewery Earth Day Beer Dinner!

April 10th, 2013 Posted by Beer Dinners, Beer Events, Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

Morgans_BeerDinner_POSCome celebrate Earth Day with Great Lakes at Morgans on the Danforth with an intimate candlelight beer dinner.

Join us for a four course, four beer wonderfully paired meal that will be a night to remember! We’ll be turning down the lights and bringing out the candles for the event. Brewery representatives will be available to answer any questions about GLB that you may have and each pairing will be discussed between each course.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Morgans at 416.461.3020. $50+ tax and tip. 6:30pm

GLB Beers:
Pompous Ass EPA
Orange Peel Ale
My Bitter Wife IPA
Harry Porter & the Fair Grounds Coffee Bean

GLB December Project X – Ugly Sweater Edition

November 27th, 2012 Posted by Beer Events, Miscellaneous Beer News No Comment yet

We are pleased to announce our December Project X plans! The Ugly Sweater Edition!

Join the Great Lakes Brewery crew for an epic night to celebrate the festive season on Thursday December 13th at The Monarch Tavern for our Ugly Christmas Sweater party! That’s right, dust off that sweater your Aunt gave you that one Christmas, or raid your Grandmothers closet and come decked out in your ugliest Christmas sweater/vest to win prizes and walk the runway! Yeah, runway. There will be a panel of judges picking out the best….errr, worst dressed person.

Here’s the deal – it’s $15 at the door, with $5 of that donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Hogtown Smoke will be on-site offering up pulled pork poutine!!

Stay tuned for more information about which beers we’ll be offering up for the event! But you can be sure to find our seasonal Winter Ale, and our latest Tank10 series beer – Karma Citra IPA.

Date: Thursday December 13th
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street
Cost: $15 ($5 donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank)
Food: Hogtown Smoke

Fool’s Day Fiasco – Project X

March 30th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events No Comment yet

GTA beer lovers will know that on the 2nd Thursday of every month, Great Lakes Brewery creates a special cask or two and invites people to the brewery to help them drink it dry. On April’s scheduled date half of the brewery will be whooping it up at the Craft Brewer’s Conference so they’ve decided to move the next Project X to April Fool’s Day (I kid you not), and furthermore, they’ll be offering four cask ales! Here’s some more info straight from the Great Lakes blog:

“Join us on Thursday, April 1 (special date) from 6:30 on as we tap 4, count em 4, cask ales. From the mad minds of Great Lakes staff, we bring you the following beers:

Miami Weisse – 4.5%, 50 BU
Wimpy Impy Stout – 6.5%, 80 BU
My Bitterer Wife Double IPA – 8%, 90BU
Triple Trouble Barleywine – 9%, 70BU (and aged for 6 months!)

And what would April Fool’s Day be without fun and games? We’ll have some fun stuff to do, but you’ll have to show up to find out just what we have in store…

Tash and the gang at Bryden’s will be bringing the eats, and if the weather holds, we might have the BBQ up and running.

As usual, give us a shout ahead of time, or show up at the door. And don’t plan on driving – take the train, TTC, phone a friend, a cab, whatever, just don’t drive!”