30 Days of Ontario Beer: New Brewery Profile – Innocente Brewing Company

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‚ÄčThe newest entry in southwestern Ontario's cadre of up-and-coming craft brewers has 20 years of brewing experience (in one form or another), has brewed commercially on two continents, and did his postdoc research with yeast. This spring, Steve Innocente opened Innocente Brewing Company on Northfield Drive East in Waterloo. Out of the gates, Innocente focused… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer – Ontario Beer The Book

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They had beer in Ontario before the 1970s? Obviously, that's a facetious question, but the time before microbreweries, at the height of beer consolidation in the 1970s is usually set as the starting point for discussing the current state of Ontario's favourite alcoholic drink. At the same time it is useful to remember that we're on… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer: Brewery Only Beer

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Summer weather brings a noticeable increase in how much beer we consume and also our willingness to travel to get it. No longer trapped in our driveways by drifts of snow, we'll even venture as far as Guelph, Muskoka or Niagara for a brewery visit and a good bottle of beer.  The best that can be… 

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Pommies Apple Tree Giveaway

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At a recent cider tasting hosted by the LCBO, many superlative statistics about the growth of Ontario's cider market were thrown about. My eyes opened widest though at the one that demonstrates how much room there is left for expansion. For every 100 pints of beer consumed in Canada, we knock back one of cider. In Ireland that… 

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Jack Astor’s Winter Fling Festival

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Over the last eight weeks, Jack Astor's has invited their customers to "have a fling" with craft beer. The idea is that Jack's drinkers are faithfully married to a national brand and would never leave (think of the kids), but they might want to branch out a bit. The chain of over three dozen bars… 

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Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Blend

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Like Kleenex and Saran Wrap, Mott’s Clamato has broken through the barrier between brand name and product category. When we order a Bloody Caesar I think we expect that it it will be made with it. A recently-found, small company out of Vancouver is hoping to change that ingrained expectation with the release of their… 

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Hudson Kitchen’s Private Dining Room

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I think most new restaurants in Toronto would love to snag a couple profiles on the usual-suspect sites, maybe a couple blog posts, and eventually a positive review or two in print. If this is where Hudson Kitchen was aiming, they well exceeded expectations when they opened in late summer 2013. The Globe & Mail… 

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