Luckily, there are some great cideries popping up in the province as of late, they've been widely embraced by the craft beer community (among others), and, since 2012, they've been associated under the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as the Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA).
So it's high time the great ciders of Ontario got some of the praise they deserve. Enter Ontario Craft Cider Week.
Luckily, I take these lists very seriously and, after extensive field-testing, have come up with a definitive list of spring beers that should meet your beer drinking needs--until, of course, my list of summer beers comes out.
Today, after a year of producing only small batches of their brews and maintaining only one regular account in their neighbourhood, Liberty Village Brewing Company is rolling their beer out to bars across the city.
Organized by Beerlicious and Roger Mittag of Thirst for Knowledge, the blind-judged awards have historically been known to have some less-than-obvious winners. They also sometimes include beers winning in categories you wouldn't expect them to win. Molson Coors, for example, took home a bronze last night in the Belgian Witbier category for Rickard's White and oddly, the Gold Medal winner for English Pale Ales was Muskoka Cream Ale.
Muddy York Brewery has been quietly preparing their brewery at 22 Cranfield Rd. in East York. News of their impending opening broke this week when the company posted a brief introductory notice on their website on March 31, followed by some more details about their plans for a brewhouse yesterday.
And while it wasn't quite the spring weather this weekend that organizers were probably hoping for, the event proved quite popular as throngs of thirsty revelers braced near sub-zero temperatures at the Evergreen Brick Works for the chance to sample a handful of brews and bites.
Get thirsty with these highlights of the Toronto Festival of Beer Spring Session.