Canadian Brewing Awards Announced

September 29, 2010

At the end of Toronto Beer Week last week the Canadian Brewing Awards were handed out to the top three beer styles in 30 Categories as well as the Brewery and Beer of the Year Awards. From BC, Central City Brewing took home the Best Brewery Award, and their Thor’s Hammer Barley Wine won Best Beer. BC and Quebec brought home the most Gold awards, with Ontario getting some recognition as well. The biggest shock for me came in the Cream Ale category where Sleeman’s Cream Ale beat out both the Muskoka Cream and Cameron’s Cream. I would actually like an explanation on this. For the full award listings see the post at Great Canadian Pubs and Beer by Troy Burtch.

The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Tasting at the Beer Bistro

September 23, 2010

On Wednesday September 22nd, in the middle of Toronto Beer Week the Beer Bistro hosted a beer tasting of four Lost Abbey Beers, and two from Port Brewing. Cass Enright from the Bar Towel introduced Matt Tweedy, a Beer Bistro employee, and assistant brewer at Duggan’s Brewery who also spent 8 weeks at the Lost Abbey for a brewing apprenticeship. You couldn’t ask for a better journey through the six beers which Matt had very intimate experiences with. Each unique beer was introduced and described by Matt, who was able to regale us with stories straight from the brewery. The Lost Abbey focuses on Belgian inspired beer brewed in California, and Port Brewing creates classically west coast beers also in California. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Craft Beer Week Introduces a Truly Unique Viedo

September 23, 2010

Recently there has been a slew of Craft beer videos all resonating the same message about how much we love craft beer. Most of them are great, but absurdly repetitive uttering “I am a craft beer drinker” over and over again from different people at different angles. It was refreshing then to see the newest Craft Beer promotional video for the New York Craft Beer Week. This video is totally original, unique, and pretty awesome. I don’t think anyone has done a beer promotional video like this before. Hats off to ya guys. Oh, and NY Craft Beer week is going to be crazy! September 24th through October 3rd. If you are in New York, go get some great beer!

Great American Beer Festival Awards Are Handed Out

September 20, 2010

This past weekend in Denver Colorado the largest gathering of American beer and beer lovers enjoyed a flavor packed weekend of craft beer, great food, and good times. This year 3,523 beers were entered into the Great American Beer Festival brew competition, more than any other commercial beer competition in the world. Winners from the 79 beer categories were just announced over the weekend and Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were handed out. Pizza Port Brewing took an impressive 13 medals, and Firestone Walker to 6. For the full list of winners here is the PDF. Read more for some stats. Read the rest of this entry »

The National Post Pumps Toronto Beer Week

September 20, 2010

Last week on September the 17th the National Post published a listing of five things to do this week from the 18th to 24th. Number four on that list? The Toronto Beer Week. Obviously! Really though it should be number one, but I won’t complain to much. This is going to be a great week of beer events, as I have mentioned many times over the past few weeks. If you haven’t already, take a look at the events listing page to figure out where you want to be to enjoy all the amazing beer that you can!

The 200th Oktoberfest Is Here. Or, in Munich That Is

September 17, 2010

If I lived in or around Munich, I would be booking off the next 2 weeks to enjoy the 200th anniversary of the Munich Oktoberfest; the largest and most historic beer celebration festival on this planet! From September 18th to October the 4th tens of thousands of people will experience beer heaven in of of the most storied beer locations on earth. But everyone is getting in on the action; brewers all across the globe create Oktoberfest beers – but what is that?

Oktoberfest is more about celebration, friends, food and beer consumption rather than beer appreciation. Not that they don’t appreciate the beer, but it is definitely not a sipping affair. Oktoberfest beers are session beers, meaning that they are 3.5 to 5%, usually pale and lightly malty, with soft hop aromas. They are easy drinking, refreshing and consumable beers. Depending where you are they will be easy to find, but your best bet it you local brew pub, so enjoy!

Jealous of Anyone Going to The Great American Beer Festival

September 16, 2010

The Largest Beer Festival in North America, the Great American Beer Festival, Starts TODAY in Denver Colorado. I am madly jealous of everyone going to the fest to enjoy some of the best beers that the world has to offer – but I will be there one day! The GABF is also totally sold out, all 3 days will be packed to the fills with beer loving enthusiasts. There is a brewing competition, food and beer expos, meet the brewers pavilions, judging stations, and tons and tons of great beer! A lot of breweries even brew special one-off batches just for the show… *sigh*… One day! Next week I will post details on all the winning beers and find out who is crowned best of the fest!

A Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Tasting at the Beer Bistro

September 16, 2010

On Wednesday September 22nd during Toronto Beer Week the Beer Bistro will be hosting a tasting of 4 Lost Abbey Beers and 2 Port Brewing Beers for $25. Both of these Californian Breweries have made a prominent name for themselves amongst brewers and beer lovers. Their products perfume with heritage an passion, and are filled with life and excellence.

The Lost Abbey Beers Features will be the Carnevale (dry hopped saison at 6.5%), Avant Garde (Biere de Garde style malty beer at 7%), Red Bard Ale (a spicy farmhouse ale with roots in rustic Southern Belgium at 6.7%), and the Lost and Found (a trappist inspired Abbey Ale at 7.5%). The 2 Port Brewing beers are the Old Viscosity (nick named the big nasty, this is a 10.5% stout/barleywine/old ale that needs to be tried to be understood) and the Older Viscosity (A bourbon barrel aged version of the Old Viscosity that is up to 12.5%).

Toronto Beer Week is Less Than One Week Away!

September 14, 2010

Ok, I hope by now that beer lovers in and around Toronto already know about Toronto Beer Week (TBW). If not, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the website, contain your excitement, and book off the week to drink beer! This is a week long beer celebration starting on Monday September the 20th, running till Sunday the 26th. Thats only 6 days away!

I was going to post a full list of all the events happening during this week around Toronto, but there must be 100 of them! Check out the TBW Events Page for a full listing of what events are taking place where throughout the week. This is a great chance to enjoy some of the best beer available in Ontario, meet some of your favorite brewers, and mingle with beer lovers, media, and professionals alike. This is going to be a grand week ‘o beer!

Toronto Beer Week Events Begin To Flow

August 26, 2010

Toronto Beer Week is fast approaching, now less than one month away. Over 30 venues have signed up and more breweries and importers are filling in the gaps every day. The events page on TBWs website is now begging to fill, so keep you eyes peeled and calenders open for September the 20th to 26th. Alreasy C’est What, The Monk’s Table, Bar Volo, Cloak & Dagger, and Ronnie’s Local have posted events up.

As the week gets closer and excitement builds more and more events will show up and more and more participants will see the light. This is going to be a great week!

The Golden Taps Were Handed Out

August 23, 2010
This past Saturday, August the 21st the Golden Tap Awards were held at the Beer Bistro in downtown Toronto to celebrate the best beers, bars and people in the Ontario Craft Beer Scene – and it was quite the scene on Saturday. The event was filled with beer media, brewers, bar owners, publicans, and beer geeks – it was an amazing night to share great beer with some amazing people! It was also a time to recognize those who have achieved great things in the beer community in the past year – Beau’s All Natural Brewing took home 2 awards, Granite 3, and Bar Volo 2. See more for the full list of award winners. Congratulations to everyone!
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I am Madly Jealous of Everyone Going to Stone’s 14 Anniversary Party

August 20, 2010

Every year the Stone Brewery does two things; they produce an anniversary IPA of some sorts, typically a very hoppy one, and they also have an anniversary party. This year the 14th Anniversary IPA is an Emperial IPA – and IPA inspired by the English, and designed with English ingredients. I have enjoyed that already, as well as several of their earlier Anniversary beers.

But what I have never had the pleasure of enjoy is their Anniversary Party, one which takes place tomorrow in Escondido California. I can’t even really begin to describe why this festival is so awesome, because it will just upset me even more that I won’t be there. But just see more for the list of the over 150 beers that will be available. Read the rest of this entry »

The Golden Tap Awards Celebrate Ontario Beer This Saturday

August 18, 2010

The Golden Tap Awards open their doors at the BeerBistro this Saturday, August the 21st at 4pm in Toronto. This is really an amazing opportunity to enjoy some of the best beer that Ontario has to offer at one of the best beer bars in Ontario. Breweries will be brining they flagship beers as well as one-off beers to sample and will be fighting for the best-beer-of-the-ceremony award. The Bistro clears our the dinning room and sets up sampling stations, so all you have to do is walk in, buy some sampling tokens and use them on beer or food to your pleasure. The choices are endless.

If you are a beer fanatic already, or are just starting to appreciate real beer, this is the event to get you going. Beer media, brewers, and lovers alike will be flooding the bistro – it is always a great event. See you there!

Dire Du Ciel Invades Ontario. Finally!

August 6, 2010

If you don’t already know Microbrasserie Dieu Du Ciel, then soon enough you will have the opportunity to get to know them. From August 15th to September the 11 the LCBO will be featuring the Aphrodite (cocoa vanilla stout), Blanche du Paradis (Belgian White Ale), Corne du Diable (India Pale Ale), Derniere Colonte (abbey Style Blond), and Route Des Epices (Peppercorn Rye Ale) at several locations as a Microbrewery feature. Other Dieu Du Ciel beers will also be available shortly as seasonal releases.

Beyond the beers available at the LCBO for the microbrewery feature, 4 other Dieu Du Ciel beers will be released for the LCBO Seasonal Beer Selections. See more for those details. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate International Beer Day Today… With a BEER!

August 5, 2010

“Every August the 5th, we take a break from our everyday lives and take park in this beertastic elevation of the human spirit, though the drinking and appreciation of beer. On this day we celebrate the men, women, and organizations that bring us the beers we love.” It’s not just a dream anymore, International Beer Day is official! While employers and the stock exchanges may not see this as a statutory holiday, it is one that is good for your heart, soul and palates.

Quickly International Beer Day has flooded twitter, facebook, and the imaginations of beer lovers all across the globe. Hopefully your work day is ending soon, so why not finish the day by soothing your soul with a delicious and refreshing pint of your favorite beer. I could think of nothing better…

Wait! Maybe I can! Today just so happens to be the opening day of the Toronto Festival of Beer! What an amazing way to celebrate this amazing drink; an afternoon at a festival dedicated to real beer. Happy International Beer Day everyone!