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

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​The 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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30 Days of Ontario Beer: The Twenty Dollar Challenge

30 Days of Ontario Beer Challenge

It's Friday evening and with work done and an invite to friend's barbecue in a couple hours your weekend is off to a good start. But then you a text message from your friend asking you to kindly pick-up some beer for the barbecue because he/she is almost out and too busy prepping to get… 

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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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30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 17 – Draught Wine II

30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 17 – Draught Wine II

Earlier this month, I took a look at the growing trend of draft service for wine in Ontario. From the customer perspective, kegged wine is mostly about the cost and quality of by-the-glass portions. Naturally, this technology also offers benefits (and challenges) for Ontario's wine producers.