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.

30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 3 – Draught Wine

30 Days of Ontario Wine – Day 3 - Draught Wine

Over the last ten years, the craft beer industry has picked up a few lessons from winemakers: bottle design matters, consumers like to collect dated releases, and suggesting some food to go with the beverage of choice is an appreciated gesture. That flow of information might now be going in both directions as Ontario winemakers… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer – Day 29 – Mill Street’s Bierschnaps

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"The ghosts down here must be very happy that we're distilling again," joked Mill Street's head brewmaster, Joel Manning, as we sat down to discuss the brewery's new Beer Hall last month. He was referring to the bierschnaps distillery that Mill Street has added to their facility in the historic Distillery District which hasn't had… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer – Day 26 – The Craft Beer Pour

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Earlier this month, Michael Di Caro and I put together a video that covered the idea that there is a certain science to matching styles of beer to shapes of glassware. It's part of a push we wanted to make this year to focus on helping educate the craft drinking public. In that video we… 

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30 Days of Ontario Beer – Day 25 – Session Toronto

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This year's Session Toronto event, the cap-off to OCB Week, changed venues from 99 Sudbury to the indoor-outdoor space at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. Nearly 40 Ontario breweries served their wares to an impressive crowd of dedicated craft beer fans.