CREEMORE, ON – As first reported in March, Creemore Springs Brewery is bring back its popular seasonal Kellerbier for a second year, this time in larger quantities to help satisfy the overwhelming demand that led to it being an almost instant sell-out in 2009.
The beer is described in a press release as follows:
Kellerbier dates back to the middle ages in small artesian towns in rural Germany. This unusually hoppy beer comes right from the cellar and is naturally cloudy due to the vitamin rich yeast still present in the beer. Kellerbier is lower in carbonation and abundant with hop aroma and flavour. Small batch brewed, this unique beer uses only four natural ingredients and is then packaged unfiltered. Often served as an aperitif before dinner to stimulate the appetite, this surprisingly thirst quenching Kellerbier has a citrus and spicy finish imparted by fresh whole leaf hops and a lavish malt backbone.
Creemore Springs Kellerbier will be available as of May 3rd at a number of LCBO locations and at the brewery in 473 ml cans. It will also be available on draught at select bars and restaurants.
VANKLEEK HILL, ON – Beau’s All Natural Brewing has announced that their planned collaboration with Dutch Trappist brewery De Koningshoeven has been affected by the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland that has caused flight cancellations to and from Europe.
Due to these cancellations, De Koningshoeven brewmaster Lodewijk Swinkels will unfortunately be unable to fly to Canada, and will not be participating in tomorrow’s brewing session at Beau’s in person as planned.
However, Swinkels will be communicating with Beau’s brewmaster Matt O’Hara via phone and email, and the brew will go ahead as a remote collaboration, allowing it to be available in May as originally intended.
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON – The St. Catharine’s Standard reports that the brewmaster program at Niagara College first discussed last spring has been confirmed for a start date in Fall, 2010, and there is already a waiting list for the programs 24 spots.
Students taking the two-year brewmaster and beer operations management diploma will spend much of their time in the newly built, $350,000, 1,500-square-foot craft beer-making building, which will be constructed soon. Other courses will teach the 19-years-and-up crowd about beers around the world, how to evaluate the taste of suds and run a brew-based business.
The program will be taught at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, which is already well-known for its wine making and culinary courses, making the beer program a logical fit.
VANKLEEK HILL, ON – This Wednesday, April 21st, Beau’s All Natural Brewing will be welcoming Lodewijk Swinkels, brewmaster of De Koningshoeven Brewery in The Netherlands, who will join Beau’s brewmaster Matt O’Hara to craft a unique one-off beer. This rare event will mark the first time that a Canadian brewery has collaborated with one of the world’s seven Trappist breweries.
The partnership was arranged by the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa to marks the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The resulting beer will be officially launched during royal visit of Princess Margriet to Ottawa in May, and will be available exclusively at the House of Orange festival of Dutch and Canadian creative culture, taking place at Mercury Lounge in Ottawa on May 10th to 23rd.
HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Spectator reports that Labatt Breweries quietly shut down the Lakeport Brewing plant in Hamilton last Friday, April 16th, two weeks earlier than initially planned:
Labatt spokesman Jeff Ryan said in an e-mail it decided to shut the plant early because work on transferring Hamilton’s production volume to London was ahead of schedule. Spokeswoman Catherine Pringle said the firm “didn’t feel there was a reason” to make the sudden closure public unless it was contacted by the media because it had spoken to the union and “all parties involved.”
In response to the closure, as well as Labatt’s plans to strip the plant of all equipment that would allow another brewery to take over the location, a number of bar owners and beer drinkers in Hamilton are calling for a boycott of all Labatt products. In addition, provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has vowed to continue lobbying the governing Liberals to intervene with Labatt on behalf of the now unemployed workers.
BRAMPTON, ON – At a media and industry event last week in downtown Toronto, Hop City Brewing officially launched their second brand, Hop City Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse.
In a press release issued the day after the event, the beer was described as follows:
Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse is a true Bavarian-style Hefeweizen beer with a light golden colour and naturally cloudy appearance. Made with a blend of two-row Canadian Malt, Canadian Wheat Malt, Canadian Carastan Malt, German Hops and Bavarian Wheat Beer Ale Yeast, beer drinkers are sure to love this truly local brew.
Like the previous Hop City beer, Barking Squirrel Lager, Lawn Chair “Classic” Weisse is a draught-only beer available at bars and restaurants throughout Ontario.
OTTAWA, ON – Kichesippi Beer Co., a family-owned business founded last year in Ottawa, will be officially launching next month with the release of Kichesippi Natural Blonde.
An all malt pale ale being brewed at an established Ottawa brewery on a contract basis, Kichesippi Natural Blonde will be available exclusively in the National Capital Region, and only on draught.
The beer will be launched in the first week of May, with details to be posted on Kichesippi’s Facebook page and website.
HAMILTON, ON – While it’s been more than 2 weeks since Labatt Breweries announced plans to close down their Lakeport Brewing plant in Hamilton, media coverage has continued.
There’s been a flurry in the last couple of days in particular due to several parties – including Minhas Creek Brewing Company – approaching the city to express interest in taking over the facility, although Labatt is standing by their plan to remove all of the brewing equipment, rendering the plant useless to any competing brewing company.
Here are links to a few stories and articles that cover various aspects of the situation:
Calgary firm wants to buy Lakeport brewery (The Hamilton Spectator – April 12th)
Buyers lining up for Lakeport brewery (The Hamilton Spectator – April 13th)
Calgary siblings bid for Lakeport site (The Globe & Mail – April 13th)
Boxer beer in Hamilton? (The Toronto Sun – April 13th)
Labatt Lakeport move not competition violation: experts (The Hamilton Spectator – April 14th)
Suds battle starts to bubble (The Hamilton Spectator – April 14th)
The Labatt blues (The Hamilton Spectator – April 14th)
GUELPH, ON – The latest edition of the monthly Wellington Newsreal newsletter, Wellington Brewery announced that they’ve got a new beer in the works as part of the celebration of their 25th anniversary, although they haven’t revealed much more about it:
In honour of our 25th year of brewing we are planning a series of monthly events, as well as a large 25th anniversary party in September. We are also planning to launch a new beer in May, as part of a “Silver Selections” 4 pack. So keep an eye on our website for upcoming events and products.
As soon as we find out more details about the new beer and 4 pack here at CBN, we’ll be sure to pass the info along.
BRAMPTON, ON – Hop City Brewing has announced the impending release of a new beer, a Hefeweizen, with the name set to be unveiled at a launch event in Toronto next week.
The beer is described by the brewery as:
A true Bavarian style Hefeweizen with a deep golden colour and naturally cloudy appearance. A beautiful balance of exotic fruity and spicy notes followed by a crisp refreshing finish.
Hop City is a subsidiary of Moosehead Breweries launched last fall with Barking Squirrel Lager, a draught-only beer available at bars and restaurants throughout Ontario. This new Hefeweizen will likely have similar distribution.