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First ever Ontario Craft Cider Week coming to Toronto

Posted by Ben Johnson / May 2, 2014

Ontario Cider WeekCider in Ontario has historically been something of an overlooked category when it comes to adult beverages, which is strange given that it was likely one of the first alcoholic beverages consumed in North America--and also strange given that Ontario's climate makes for perfect apples for making damn tasty ciders.

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.

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The top 5 spring beers in Toronto for 2014

Posted by Ben Johnson / April 24, 2014

Amsterdam Bock BeerThe top spring beers in Toronto are difficult to nail down for a couple reasons. First, as some local brewers technically contract brew their beer in facilities outside the city, it's increasingly difficult to nail down just what it means these days to be "made in Toronto." Second, given that spring in Toronto can mean it's 20 degrees outside, nearly zero, sunny, rainy, or even snowing, it's sort of impossible to find one or two beer styles ideally suited to this time of year.

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.

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Liberty Village Brewing rolls out its first large scale brew

Posted by Ben Johnson / April 8, 2014

Liberty Brewing CompanyIt's been over a year since we tagged along while Liberty Village Brewing Company brewed their first commercial batch of beer, but, unless you frequent 25 Liberty, it's unlikely you've had much of a chance to sample the fledgling neighbourhood brewer's beers. That's about to change.

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.

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Toronto shares the spotlight at Ontario Brewing Awards

Posted by Ben Johnson / April 4, 2014

Ontario Brewing AwardsThe Ontario Brewing Awards, the annual gala celebrating beer made in Ontario, took place last night at the Gladstone Hotel.

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.

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Muddy York Brewery coming to Toronto's east end

Posted by Ben Johnson / April 4, 2014

Muddy York BreweryEast Toronto is so hot right now. At least, it is with brewers. On the heels of the announcement that contract brewers Left Field Brewery would be opening up a brick-and-mortar location on Wagstaff Drive comes news that yet another brewery will open in Toronto's east end - as early as this summer.

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.

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Spring beer festival season kicks off at the Brick Works

Posted by Ben Johnson / March 31, 2014

Toronto Festival of BeerThe Toronto Festival of Beer's Spring Session is a new addition to the city's beer events this year and is, like the name might suggest, a smaller, spring version of the Toronto Festival of Beer that has for a number of years been taking place at Exhibition Place each summer. Like it's bigger, warmer sibling, the Spring Session offered much by way of beverage enjoyment options, as well as food trucks and live music.

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.
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