Monthly Archives: August 2009

Trafalgar Brewing to Launch Hop Nouveau Fresh Hop Ale

trafalgar-logoOAKVILLE, ONTrafalgar Brewing is set to become the first brewery in Ontario to sell a “fresh hop” ale via the LCBO.

The beer, to be called Hop Nouveau, will be brewed this coming weekend using hops picked the same day. It will be available at select LCBO outlets on or around September 23rd.


Anheuser-Busch and Labatt Suing Brick Brewing Over Red Baron Lime

redbaronlimeWATERLOO, ONBrick Brewing announced today that they have received a Statement of Claim from Anheuser-Busch and Labatt (both part of the multinational brewing company AB InBev) claiming that the Waterloo brewery’s recently launched Red Baron Lime infringes of Bud Light Lime trademarks and copyrights.

Red Baron Lime is one of several lime-flavoured beers launched by breweries across Canada this summer in an attempt to capture market share from the popular import Bud Light Lime. Brick has been marketing Red Baron Lime as both a cheaper and locally brewed alternative to the Anheuser-Busch product, which is brewed in the UK and US, and distributed in Canada by Labatt.

Among claims made in the suit are that the Red Baron Lime label uses images of limes and the colour green, and that, the website promoting the beer, uses images of young people wearing swimsuits.

This is the second lawsuit issued against Brick by Labatt this year. The first, which claimed that the packaging on Brick’s original Red Baron lager was too similar to Brava, a beer brewed by Labatt subsidiary Lakeport, was issued in May and settled out of court in June.

Golden Tap Awards 2009 Winners Announced

goldentapsTORONTO, ON – Last night at a gala event at beerbistro in Toronto, the winners of the 2009 Golden Tap Awards were announced, representing the best in beer and brewing in Ontario. This annual awards event is overseen and organized by Cass Enright, founder of The Bar Towel, a website and forum dedicated to covering and promoting the Ontario craft brewing scene.

The winners, as selected by online voting by the general beer-drinking public, were as follows:

  • Best micro/craft brewery in Ontario – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Vankleek Hill
  • Best micro/craft brewery in Ontario for cask-conditioned ale – Granite Brewery, Toronto
  • Best bar in the Ontario in terms of draught beer selection – C’est What, Toronto
  • Best bar in the Ontario in terms of bottled beer selection – Volo, Toronto
  • Best bar in the Ontario in terms of cask-conditioned ale – Volo, Toronto
  • Best brewpub or tied house in Ontario – Mill Street Brewpub, Toronto
  • Best regularly-produced craft beer brewed in Ontario – Beau’s Lug-Tread Lagered Ale, Vankleek Hill
  • Best seasonally-produced craft beer brewed in Ontario – Black Oak Saison, Toronto
  • Best cask-conditioned ale brewed in Ontario – County Durham Hop Head, Pickering
  • Best of the Fest (based on votes last night) – Beau’s Lug-Tread Lagered Ale, Vankleek Hill

Four Editor’s Circle awards were also handed out, recognizing significant achievements in the Ontario beer industry. The Editor’s Circle awards were determined by Enright and a panel of Bar Towel members and associates. They went to:

  • Cask Ale Crawl, a weekend long event held in Toronto earlier this year that featured cask ale being served at 6 different bars across the city.
  • Rob Creighton & Grand River Brewing, for Rob’s long participation on the Bar Towel forum and the brewery’s quick rise to being one of the best in the province.
  • Derek Hyde & Amsterdam Brewing, for their Strong Spring Bock, the first high-profile collaboration between a homebrewer and a commercial brewer in Ontario.
  • Jim Brickman, founder of Brick Brewing, for his pioneering contribution to the Ontario craft brewing industry.

And finally, the Ontario Craft Brewers presented a surprise award to Enright, recognizing The Bar Towel’s 10 years of support for the province’s craft brewing scene.

Mill Street Seasonals Coming Soon

millstreet_logoTORONTO, ONMill Street Brewery have two new seasonal beers set to be released soon at their brewpub in Toronto’s Distillery District.

On September 19th, they will be tapping the first keg of this year’s Oktoberfest Märzen, an annual seasonal described as a “classic golden malt-accented 5.5% alc./vol lager.”

Following in early October will be the debut of Nightmare On Mill Street Pumpkin Ale, “brewed with real pumpkin in the mash along with a number of spices to make a sunset-coloured wheat beer that is perfect for the fall.”

UPDATE (August 31st): Mill Street has just announced a third seasonal beer for the fall: Mill Street Roggenbier, due to appear at the brewpub in October/November. It’s described as “a mid-copper coloured rye based ale made with German Weizenbier yeast”, and a “a spicy, clovey, slightly sweet, classic German-style rye beer.”

Phillips Rifflandabräu Pilsner Returns

phillips_logoVICTORIA, BCPhillips Brewing have just released this year’s batch of Rifflandabräu Pilsner, a seasonal beer brewed especially for the Rifflandia music festival which takes place September 24-27 at various venues throughout downtown Victoria.

In advance of the festival, Rifflandabräu is available in the newest edition of Phillips Showcase, a mixed pack of Phillips beers that features three bottles each of Blue Buck Ale, Phoenix Gold Lager, Slipstream Cream Ale and a rotating seasonal beer.

In addition, specially marked Blue Buck bottles in each package include a download code to access tracks by six of the artists who will be performing at the festival, including the Racoons, Flash Lightnin’, Longwalkshortdock and more.

Duggan’s Brewery to Open Soon

TORONTO, ON – Michael Duggan, the founding brewmaster at Mill Street Brewery and more recently brewer at Cool Brewing, has announced that he will soon be opening Duggan’s Brewery at 75 Victoria Street in downtown Toronto.

This address is well known to Toronto beer drinkers as it once housed Denison’s Brewing as well as an associated trio of restaurants, Growler’s Pub, Louie’s Brasserie and Conchy Joe’s Oyster Bar.

Duggan’s will also include an on-site restaurant as well as a retail outlet, and Duggan tells Great Canadian Pubs & Beer that he is “going to try to have 8 beers on tap all the time, trying being the key word. I’ll have the #9 IPA, a Pale Ale and seasonal products like an Oktoberfest, Pilsner, Weiss and more. I like the idea of rotating seasonals, so I’ll be rotating the line-up four times a year.”

If all goes as planned, brewing will start this week, and the doors will open in mid-September. Bottles of Duggan’s #9 IPA should be available to take-home purchase soon afterward.

Porter Airlines Now Serving Steam Whistle

steamwhistle_logoTORONTO, ONPorter Airlines announced this week that they have started serving Steam Whistle Pilsner on all of their flights as part of the complimentary onboard menu.

Porter is one of the few airlines to still offer free in-flight food and drink, and this partnership marks the first time they have featured beer from a local brewery.

Somewhat fittingly, Steam Whistle Brewery is located less than two kilometres from the Toronto City Centre Airport, which is Porter’s base of operations.

Wild Rose Dunkelweisse

wildrose_logoCALGARY, AB – CBN correspondent James Burla reports that Wild Rose Brewery will be releasing their next seasonal offering, Wild Rose Dunkelweisse, next week. Here are the details:

Radiant with a beautiful medium-roast espresso colour, Wild Rose Dunkelweisse (duhn-kuhl-vice) is silky smooth with suggestions of chocolate, bananas and cloves. With a style deeply rooted in Bavarian brewing history, this dark unfiltered wheat beer is brewed to 5.5% alc./vol., is highly complex in both its flavour and aroma and it pairs well with spicy ginger dishes and banana splits.

According to Wild Rose Brewer, David Neilly, Wild Rose’s “dunkel” is brewed in the traditional German style with a special combination of wheat and barley malts as well as a unique blend of caramelized and roasted malts. Says Neilly, “our Dunkelweisse has a wonderful complexity with notes of coffee and a hint of smoke resulting in a finish that lingers long after your glass is empty.”

Wild Rose Dunkelweisse will be launched on Friday August 28th, with a celebratory cask to be tapped at 4:00 PM at Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom in Calgary. The beer will be available in 500ml flip-top bottles at select liquor stores in Alberta, and on draught at select bars.

Hart & Thistle Looking for Hop Harvesting Help

HALIFAX, NS – Greg Nash, brewer at the Hart & Thistle brewpub in Halifax, has made a post to his blog asking for help harvesting hops this coming weekend:

What: Hop Harvest

When: Sat August 22nd 2009, 9:00 a.m. sharp (weather permitting) – leaving HRM ~ 8:00 a.m.

Where: Lazy Acres Hopyard – 2055 Melanson Rd., Wolfville, NS

Why: Simply put: Hurricane Bill. Josh Herbin owner of Lazy Acres Hopyard is having a very tough time rounding up enough hands to pick 40kg’s of fresh Cascade hops in one day for us to do a wet-hop harvest ale and is worried the looming weather forecast for this Sunday from Hurricane Bill could destroy or seriously damage the prime flowers which were scheduled to be picked next week! Since Lazy Acres doesn’t have million$ in harvesting equipment we need help to make this feasible for the brewery and the hop farm both.

According to the post, Nash is hoping to round up between 20 and 30 volunteers to help out, with each volunteer to receive 1 kg of hops (if interested, and willing to pick them after the 40 kg Hart & Thistle harvest is complete), complimentary beer, and special treats at the release party for the wet-hop ale when it’s ready in a couple of weeks.

Anyone in the Halifax area who is able to help out can contact Nash at

Brick Launches Red Baron Lime

redbaronlimeWATERLOO, ON – The latest Canadian brewery to jump on the lime beer bandwagon is Brick Brewing, who have just launched Red Baron Lime, a brand extension to their flagship Red Baron Lager.

Brewed to 4% abv with natural lime flavouring, Red Baron Lime will be available at all Beer Store outlets in Ontario, and will be supported by a multi-platform advertising campaign, including the new website

In other lime beer news:

  • New Brunswick’s Moosehead Breweries have announced that Moose Light Lime will be available in Ontario in time for the Labour Day weekend.
  • Alberta’s Big Rock Brewery have made Big Rock Lime a permanent addition to their portfolio after originally launching it as a summer seasonal.