SURREY, BC – To coincide with this week’s start of the 2009 Canadian Football League season, Russell Brewing have relaunched BC Lions Lager, the only beer to be officially branded with a CFL team name and logo. The beer is available now in 12-pack cans at government and private liquor stores throughout the province of BC.
The brewery and the team have also partnered on an Ultimate Fan Contest with a two-part prize package:
Part One – Home Game Experience
The winner (and guest) will receive a deluxe home game experience on Friday September 4th where the BC Lions take on the Montreal Alouettes. The winner will be hosted in the Russell Brewing Suite and meet the Felions and will receive a bag full of BC Lions swag and sideline passes.
Part Two – Away Game Experience
Ten days later, the lucky winner will be off with the BC Lions for the ultimate all-expense-paid road trip to Montreal for a re-match against the Alouettes on Sunday September 13th. The winner will receive airfare to and from the game, two night’s accommodation in the same hotel as the team, pre-game meal with the team, sideline passes and two tickets to the game.
For more information, visit www.beerofchampions.com.
NANAIMO, BC – Beer writer Stephen Beaumont has tipped us off that the previously announced closure of Fat Cat Brewery was premature, and the brewery will be remaining open, at least for the time being.
In an email to Beaumont, brewery Operations Manager Bunny Goodman says that Fat Cat has worked out new terms with their landlord that will allow them to remain in operation on a month-to-month basis.
She also notes that they are still looking to sell the brewery, and are hoping to find a buyer. But in the meantime, Fat Cat beers will continue to be produced for the forseeable future.
VANCOUVER, BC – The latest newsletter from CAMRA Vancouver mentions a number of new seasonal and limited release beers available at several brewpubs and bars in the city:
Derrick Franche put on a Double IPA at Dix today. It isn’t as big as last year’s “Pissing Contest” IPA, but it still has some heft at 8.3% ABV and 91 IBU. For fruit beer lovers, Steamworks Frambozen is imminent as the Sour Cherry is almost finished. Dave Varga also has a new seasonal at Taylor’s Crossing. It’s a 5% ABV Belgian-style Witbier with Curaçao orange peel and Indian coriander. You could do a comparative crawl, starting out at Taylor’s Crossing, stopping off at Steamworks for their Ipanema, then ending up at the Granville Island Tap Room to try Vern Lambourne’s GIB Limited Release Witbier.
VICTORIA, BC – Phillips Brewing is set to release a new mixed 12 pack called the Phillips Showcase.
The package will include three bottles each of their Blue Buck Ale, Phoenix Gold Lager and Slipstream Cream Ale brands, as well as three bottles of a rotating fourth beer. For the initial edition, the fourth beer will be their summer seasonal Wheatking Hefeweizen, but later editions may include “another Phillips favourite such as the Original IPA or the devious Dirty Squirrel or it may be something exclusive to the Showcase.”
In addition, each case will contain a code to download several tracks from a BC musical act. The first package will allow access to tracks from No Nations, the new album by indie rock band Jets Overhead.
The Phillips Showcase is being officially launched with a release party at the brewery today from 3 PM to 7 PM, and will be available in retail outlets in BC soon.
WEST GREY, ON – MacLean’s Ales, the new brewery from veteran brewmaster Charles MacLean (known for his work at F&M Brewery, Wellington Brewery and others), officially opened this past weekend with a special invitation event. The afternoon featured an opening presentation by Larry Miller, the Member of Parliament for Bruce Grey Owen Sound, followed by a sampling of several of MacLean’s beers.
The brewery is now open to visitors and customers on Saturdays from 12 noon to 5 PM, and also on Fridays from 12 noon to 8 PM starting July 3rd. The brewery is in a fairly remote location in West Grey Municipality, so those planning to visit are advised to call ahead (519-369-5061) to confirm directions.
NANIMO, BC – Troy Burtch at Great Canadian Pubs and Beer reports that Nanimo’s Fat Cat Brewery is closing down.
Bunny Goodman, the Operations Manager for the brewery, tells Burtch that they had to be out of their current location by July 31st due to problems with the landlord, and hoped to find a new location to continue brewing, but it wasn’t possible so they’ve made the decision to shut down.
Fat Cat’s brewing equipment is now up for sale on ProBrewer.com, and all serious inquiries are welcome.
CALGARY, AB – The rumours we reported last week have been confirmed: Big Rock Brewery is releasing Big Rock Lime Light Lager today as a new summer seasonal. A press release issued yesterday indicates that the beer is a 4% lager that will be available in bottles, cans and on draught, with distribution in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The press release also includes the following announcement:
Big Rock recently completed installation of their new pilot brewery, which will provide the brewing team even more creative latitude and result in some unique, colourful brews. Big Rock Lime Lager is one of many upcoming handcrafted seasonal offerings to come.
For those who haven’t noticed, we have a list of upcoming Beer Festivals across Canada on the site. Several of them are well-established events that have been happening for many years, but there are some new ones this year as well, including the Festival des Bieres du Monde in Chicoutimi, QC (July 24th-26th), and the Muskoka Beer Festival in Bracebridge, ON (August 29th). Check out the listings for further information.
In other festival news, the Brewhouse Beer Festival planned to take place in Whistler, BC on June 27th has been cancelled due to the main organizer, David Woodward (brewmaster at The BrewHouse at Whistler), suffering serious injuries in a mountain biking accident. The Love Good Beer blog has more information.
WATERLOO, ON – President’s Choice, the house brand at Loblaw’s grocery stores and their subsidiaries, has added a new brand to the line-up of discount beers brewed for them by Waterloo’s Brick Brewing.
PC Cerveza is described as follows:
PC Cerveza Mexican Inspired Beer is easy-drinking, smooth and light-bodied – pair it with spicy foods to help cool your palate or enjoy as the ultimate thirst quencher on a hot day. For some extra refreshment, serve with a wedge of lime in the neck of the bottle.
PC Cerveza is available now at Beer Store outlets throughout Ontario, and at Loblaw-owned groceries in Quebec.
TORONTO, ON – Traditionally, Amsterdam Brewery has released a filtered North American style wheat beer as their summer seasonal. This year, however, new head brewer Jamie Mistry has crafted a Belgian Wit for the summer.
Mistry describes the beer as being “spiced with bitter and sweet orange, coriander and tiny bit of anise”.
Amsterdam Belgian Wit is available now at the brewery store.