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GUELPH, ON – Wellington Brewery has announced the schedule and other details for the 2019 edition of its Queen of Craft series of beer education events for women.

Taking place each Friday evening in March, the series will include the following sessions:

  • March 1st at Wellington Brewery: The Great Race – A scavenger hunt style event where teams will “explore every step of the life of a beer, from early beginnings as a wee grain of malted barley, to the final product coming off of the canning line.”
  • March 8th at 10C: Mastering Malts – A hands-on workshop that will “examine the formulation of a grain bill, the transition from barley to malt, alternative grains and agricultural practices.”
  • March 15th at 10C: Beer & Cheese PLUS – “Expand our knowledge of fermented foods [and] explore all things fermented (cheeses, sourdough, and veggies) paired with unique Ontario craft brews.”
  • March 22nd at 10C: Return to the Roundtable – A panel session that will “delve into current and cutting edge topics in the craft beer industry.”
  • March 29th at venue tbc: GLOB (Gorgeous Ladies of Beer) – An evening of craft beer and women’s wrestling, with more details to be announced in February.

A collaborative Queen of Craft beer will be brewed at Wellington on January 27th and will be available to purchase at the brewery in time for the series in March.

Full details and ticket ordering for all events are available on the Queen of Craft 2019 Eventbrite page. Proceeds from the series will be donated to Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis to support its important work in the community.

Source & Photo: Wellington Brewery press release

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MONCTON, NB – Pump House Brewery has announced the launch of a new subsidiary company to supply an increasingly important item to breweries in Atlantic Canada.

Candu Packaging has been established to offer aluminium can shrink-sleeving and printing as well as bulk blank can sales to breweries that previously had to look to suppliers outside of the Maritimes.

“Currently, when a microbrewery needs cans to put their beer in, their only option is to source them from Ontario or beyond,” says Shaun Fraser, co-owner of Pump House Brewery, in a statement. “By the time they get cans printed or sleeved, then delivered all the way to Atlantic Canada, the shipping costs add up. This can be tough on smaller breweries, where every penny counts.”

Candu is sourcing its cans from a manufacturer in China that also owns a brewery, and has negotiated exclusive rights to distribute them in Canada and Mexico, as well as shared distribution in the United States.

“We personally toured the facility in China and got to see first-hand the world-class operation they are running there,” says Roland Arsenault, Director Sales for Candu. “Their plant dwarfs some of the larger facilities back home and is state-of-the-art. They produce over 500 million cans per year for customers all over the world.”

Candu Packaging started operations in late 2018, and is now ramping up to full production. For more details, see the Candu Packaging website.

Source & Photo: Candu Packaging press release

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VANCOUVER, BC – Temporal Artisan Ales has announced the release of its latest limited edition barrel-fermented and blended ale.

Confluence is a blend of four beers that were fermented in bourbon and gin barrels. Brewer Tristan Stewart fully describes it as follows:

This blend is one of the more interesting and strange beers I’ve put out. The gin barrels arrived with about a liter of gin still in them, which presumably seeped out of the wood during transit. They all had really potent aromas of pine and juniper, with underlying notes of pepper and flower petals. I cast out two different worts to these barrels, and they each received a few different strains of saccharomyces, brettanomyces, and lactobacillus.

Tasting the beers as they slowly matured and watching that pine-y juniper note transform into something different in each beer was really fascinating. In barrel #32 there is no longer any juniper to be found, only a distinct chocolate/cocoa puff note. I can’t explain how or why that transformation occurred. Or how in barrel #29 the juniper also disappeared, but the botanical/floral notes became even more prominent.

These unique barrels became the backbone for Confluence, and to round them out I chose to blend in a brett-forward beer from one of my bourbon barrels. This contributed sweetness and mouthfeel in the form of vanilla, coconut, and oak. Also lots of musty brett notes.

Confluence is available now in 375 ml bottles at Luppolo Brewing, where Stewart works as a brewer, and produces and ages his Temporal beers under a rental arrangement.

Source: Bring Your Porter to the Slaughter
Photo: Temporal Artisan Ales Facebook page

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PARKSVILLE, BC – Mount Arrowsmith Brewing has announced the release of a new limited edition collaboration with Parallel 49 Brewing.

Forty Nine Karat (8.2% abv) is described as follows:

We teamed up with our friends at Parallel 49 to brew this Belgian Golden Strong Ale, packed with Australian Hops. With its medium body, juicy flavours, moderate bitterness and high carbonation this beer is very tasty.

Forty Nine Karat is available now in 650 ml bottles at Mount Arrowsmith, and is shipping this week to select private liquor stores in British Columbia.

Source & Photo: Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Instagram

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ABBOTSFORD, BC – Field House Brewing has announced the release of a new collaboration with Trading Post Brewing.

Boer’n Beer (6% abv, 17 IBU) is a traditional Dutch farmhouse style ale described as follows:

This brew gets its amber colour from a blend of darker caramel and aromatic malts lending a subtle sweetness which is tempered by fermenting very dry with a traditional saison yeast. We then bottle conditioned this beer with wild European Brettanomyces yeast, which allows this beer to evolve in the bottle for years to come.

Boer’n Beer was released yesterday as part of the celebration of Field House Brewing’s 3rd anniversary. It’s available now in bottles and on tap at Field House while supplies last.

Source & Photo: Field House Brewing website

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VANCOUVER, BC – Parallel 49 Brewing has announced details of the latest release in its Cork & Cage Series of limited edition barrel-aged beers.

Rosa Del Desierto (7.1% abv) is described as follows:

This Tequila Barrel Pale Sour will light up those taste-buds with its grassy and earthy notes along with aromas of lemon verbena with a juicy tart finish. Aged to perfection for 4 months in tequila barrels.

Rosa Del Desierto is available now in 500 ml bottles at Parallel 49, as well as select private liquor stores in British Columbia and Alberta.

Source: Bring Your Porter to the Slaughter
Photo: Parallel 49 Brewing Facebook page

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VANCOUVER, BC – R&B Brewing has announced the release of a new limited edition premium lager.

Champagne Pilsner (7% abv, 20 IBU) is described as follows:

An elegant lager with a crisp, clean palate, tight Champagne-like bubbles and a super dry finish. Brewed with Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin hops. A perfect pairing with smoked or cured fish and meats and creamy cheeses.

Champagne Pilsner will be available this week in 650 ml wax-dipped bottles at select private liquor stores.

Source: Bring Your Porter to the Slaughter
Photo: R&B Brewing Facebook page

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NEWMARKET, ON – Market Brewing has announced the release of a new seasonal beer that is intended to be a “reminder of warmer weather while it’s cold as ever outside.”

Take Me Back Tropical Stout (7.3% abv, 15 IBU) is described as follows:

Lighter on the roasted malt than a traditional stout, this beer has a dark brown color, with just enough roast on the nose and in the flavour. To this, we added over 300 pounds of organic mangoes, which adds a bit of sweetness, and a lot of richness to the flavour. This tropical stout will have you dreaming of warmer weather, and begging to take you back to wherever you took that selfie on a beach.

To mark the release of the brewery’s first ever stout, Market is holding a “Take Me Back” photo contest. Entries can be submitted by taking a selfie – with a beer in hand, of course – that represents a place “where you want to be taken back to,” and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #takemebackmarket and the tag @marketbrewing. The top 3 pictures will receive prizes of mixed packs from Market Brewing.

For more details, see the announcement on Instagram.

Source & Photo: Market Brewing mailing list

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AYR, ON – Abe Erb Brewing has announced the opening of its third location in Ontario’s Waterloo Region.

Abe Erb at the Mill opened over the weekend in Ayr, a small community near Cambridge in the Township of North Dumfries.

Located in a former feed mill at 143 Northumberland Street, the restaurant and brewpub shares space with the newest outpost of Settlement Coffee Roasters, a café and roastery chain founded by Abe Erb president and CEO Rob Theodosiou.

The new establishment includes a brewhouse producing a rotating selection of beers for the bar, where they will be pouring alongside beers brewed at the other Abe Erb locations in Waterloo and Kitchener. It also offers a larger food selection than the other Abe Erb restaurants, with pizzas and flatbreads added to the menu of burgers, pasta, and other comfort food favourites.

A fourth Abe Erb location – also featuring a Settlement café – is currently under construction in Guelph as part of The Junction, a new mixed-use development in a former CN Rail building.

Abe Erb at the Mill is open from 11:00 AM daily. For more details, see the Abe Erb website.

Source: The Record
Photo: Abe Erb Brewing Facebook page

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HALIFAX, NS – Garrison Brewing has announced the release of the first of four barrel-aged variants of its seasonal Wintervention Chocolate Imperial Stout.

Cherry Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wintervention (11% abv) is a portion of the 2017 edition of Wintervention that spent almost 2 years aging on cherries in bourbon barrels.

The “dark and delicious” beer is available now at Garrison in 650 ml bottles selling for $15.95 while supplies last. Details for the three remaining beers in the series will be announced as they are released in coming weeks.

Source: Atlantic Canada Beer Blog
Photo: Garrison Brewing Facebook page

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