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ABBOTSFORD, BC – Trading Post Brewing has announced that it will be opening a second Trading Post Eatery later this year in Abbotsford.

Set to be located at 3090 Gladwin Way in Central Park Village, the new location will include “a growler bar and to-go fridge for offsite sales in addition to a 180 seat restaurant that includes an all season 65 person patio and a 14 person bar.”

The new Eatery will be the third Trading Post location, following the original brewery in Langley and the first Eatery in Fort Langley.

Trading Post Eatery Abbotsford is expected to open this autumn. More details will be announced closer to the opening date.

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VANCOUVER, BC – Tap and Barrel Restaurants has that its newest beer-focused establishment is now open in Vancouver’s Brewery Creek neighbourhood.

Brewhall is described as “a craft brewery and food hall bringing the community together with fresh beer, tasty bites, fun games, and great vibes.”

Located at 97 East 2nd Avenue – the former home of Steel Toad Brewpub – Brewhall features a 10-tank brewery overseen by head brewer Kerry Dyson that will “focus on collaboration beers that push the boundaries on small-batch product innovation in BC’s burgeoning beer scene.”

The food menu at Brewhall features “local ingredients and healthful options”, and a selection of local wines and custom cocktails are on the beverage menu in addition to the house-brewed beers.

Brewhall is open from 11:00 AM daily. For more details, see the Brewhall website and Facebook page.

[Photo from Brewhall Facebook page]

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NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Bring Your Porter to the Slaughter reports that Steel & Oak Brewing has released a new limited edition beer.

Rhabarbarum (6.4% abv) is described as follows:

Dry hopped with a generous amount of Huell Melon and Jaryllo for a kick of strawberry and tropical fruit, Rhabarbarum is a crisp Pale Ale brewed with acidulated malt and conditioned on rhubarb for an added refreshing tartness.

Rhabarbarum is available now in the Steel & Oak tasting room, and at select private liquor stores and beer bars in British Columbia.

[Photo from Steel & Oak Facebook page]

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VANKLEEK HILL, ON – Halcyon Barrel House – an off-shoot of Beau’s All Natural Brewing dedicated to mixed fermentation and barrel aged beers – has announced the release of a pair of new beers.

Echo Chamber (4.8% abv) is a sour ale dry-hopped with Idaho 7, and described as follows:

Echo Chamber pours a hazy straw gold with a bit of foam. The aroma moves into citrus with faint grassy hay notes in the background. The beer is very tart to begin then gradually softens to balanced acidity. Fruity tang throughout adds to the refreshing nature of the beer. Echo Chamber finishes dry with a little bit of barrel tannin rounding out the finish.

7 Years Bad Luck (7.4% abv) is a double Brett IPA with the following notes:

If you double HBH’s Brett I.P.A. Infinity Mirror what do you get? You get 7 Years Bad Luck. This beer pours a hazy orange with heaps of foam. The aroma is freshly hoppy, with tropical fruit dominant, and lighter notes of grassy meadows and wildflowers. It tastes juicy, with ripe fruit, citrus and pine. A full body starts with sweetness, then the barrel takes over with tannins and a hint of wine. The finish wicks with warming alcohol and hop bitterness.

Both new beers are available at the Beau’s retail store & taproom and BYBO delivery service while supplies last

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TORONTO, ON – Toronto beer bar Birreria Volo is hosting a tap takeover event with Quebec’s Brasserie Dunham this weekend, and has announced that the line-up will feature the debut of a new collaborative beer.

Dunham X Volo Miscela is a blended saison with pineapple that will be on tap at Volo tomorrow (July 14th) from 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM along with 25 other Dunham beers, including several rarities. Dunham’s brewmaster Eloi Deit and owner Sébastien Gagnon will be on hand throughout the day and evening.

Bottles of Miscela will be available via LCBO.com online ordering at a later date. Watch the website and social media of Volo’s associated beer agency Keep6 Imports for more details.

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TORONTO, ON – Brunswick Bierworks has announced the release of a new beer brewed in collaboration with Scotland’s Innis & Gunn.

Kanzan & Sakura (5.5% abv) is a sour cherry wheat ale that is fittingly named after two types of cherries.

The new beer is available to sample today in the Brunswick retail store. Cans will go on sale tomorrow (July 14th) in the same location.

[Photo from Brunswick Bierworks Instagram feed]

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ST. WILLIAMS, ON – A year-and-a-half after launching as a contract brewing operation, Hometown Brew Co. has secured a location for a bricks-and-mortar facility in Norfolk County.

Hometown has announced a partnership with Long Point Eco-Adventures, a wildlife preserve and eco-tourist destination near the town of St. Williams on the shore of Lake Erie, and will be opening a brewery and taproom on the site in the spring of 2019.

Founded by Dusty Zamecnik, Tommy DeVos, and Matt DeVos, Hometown currently brews its beers – including Blue County Blueberry Saison, Southern Ale, and Southern Light – at Ramblin’ Road Brewery in nearby La Salette.

For more details, see this article in the Simcoe Reformer, and the Hometown Brew Co. Facebook page.

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TORONTO, ON – The 42nd Parliament of Ontario started its first legislative session this week, and the customary Speech From The Throne outlining the new government’s agenda included one item of special interest to the province’s beer drinkers.

As promised by Premier Doug Ford during the election, the Progressive Conservative government intends to greatly expand retail sales of beer and wine in Ontario.

The relevant section, as read by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, is as follows:

Your new government will respect consumers and trust adults to make the responsible choices that work best for them. That’s why it will expand the sale of beer and wine to convenience stores, grocery stores and big-box stores.

No timelines have been announced for the new legislation, and for the time being, retail beer sales in Ontario remain limited to the LCBO, the Beer Store, brewery retail stores, and select grocery stores that received licenses under the previous Liberal government.

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DARTMOUTH, NS – A new brewery and taproom associated with a popular Nova Scotia clothing brand will be opening this weekend in Dartmouth.

New Scotland Brewing Co. has been founded by brothers Kevin and Scott Saccary of New Scotland Clothing Co., along with brewer Mike Gillespie.

Set to open its doors tomorrow (July 14th), New Scotland features a 5 hectolitre brewhouse and 56 hectolitre fermentation capacity, as well as a 40-seat taproom and a retail store.

Details of the beers to be available at opening haven’t been announced, but when the project was originally announced earlier this year, it was stated that the brewery would produce a line-up of five core brands along with a rotation of “fun and sometimes experimental projects,” with a variety of beer styles represented including traditional Scottish and English ales, modern American-style beers, wild and sour ales, and more.

New Scotland Brewing Co. is located at 91 Alderney Drive in Dartmouth. For more details, see the brewery’s pages on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Here is this week’s round-up of beer festivals & events for the next 7 days, as extracted from our popular Beer Festival Calendar page. Click the links below for more details about each event, and watch for a new round-up to be published every Thursday.

Friday, July 13, 2018 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
BECAUSE BEER CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Pier 4 Park – Hamilton, ON

Friday, July 13, 2018 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
FESTIVAL DES BIERES DE LAVAL
Centre de la Nature, 901 Avenue du Parc – Laval, QC

Friday, July 13, 2018 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
NORTHERN HEAT ANCASTER RIB & CRAFT BEER FEST
Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. S. – Ancaster, ON

Saturday, July 14, 2018
NORTH ON TAP
Haileybury Harbour Place, 325 Farr Drive – Haileybury, ON

Saturday, July 14, 2018
LIBERTY VILLAGE LIBATION
Liberty Village Park, 70 East Liberty St. – Toronto, ON

Saturday, July 14, 2018
DURHAM CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Buster Rhino’s, 28 King St. E. – Oshawa, ON

Saturday, July 14, 2018
SUMMER SUDS
Vernon Recreation Complex Auditorium – Vernon, BC

Saturday, July 14, 2018
BIG AXE CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Adjacent to the World’s Largest Axe, 151 Otis Drive – Nackawic, NB

Saturday, July 14, 2018
BEER, BOURBON, BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL
NAV Centre, 1950 Montreal Road – Cornwall, ON

Sunday, July 15, 2018
QUENCH DOWNTOWN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Market Square – St. Catharines, ON

[Photo from Festival des Bieres de Laval Facebook page]

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