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.

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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