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Craft Beer Passport offers discounted pints in Toronto

Posted by Ben Johnson / May 21, 2014

craft beer passportThe Craft Beer Passport is available for $20 starting today and offers holders a chance to visit participating Toronto bars for discounted craft beer. Bars will have a selection of beers available to passport holders for just $2.00 per 12oz serving (so, technically, 3/4 of a pint). Show your passport, get that beer stamped, and save some dough on craft beer.

The list of 20 participating bars includes some of the best beer bars in Toronto, including Get Well, Tequila Bookworm, and Thirsty and Miserable and will provide access to discounted pints of local beer.

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Summer beer festivals saved by...The Beer Store?

Posted by Ben Johnson / May 15, 2014

Summer beer festival torontoThe bureaucratic beer snafu we reported a few weeks ago that posed a potential threat to Ontarian's enjoyment of beer festivals this summer appears to have been avoided with the assistance of an unlikely hero: The Beer Store.

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LCBO bureaucracy forces craft brewers into Beer Store

Posted by Ben Johnson / May 12, 2014

Beer Store craft breweriesWhen Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery and Kensington Brewing Company both announced new beer releases last week, the news from both companies was somewhat surprising: Both would be releasing their new beers in The Beer Store. Yes, Flying Monkeys' El Toro Bravo Dark Rye Ale and KBCo's Fruit Stand Watermelon Wheat will soon be available to Ontario's beer drinkers, but in order to get them, we'll need to patronize our province's increasingly contentious, mostly foreign-owned, private, beer monopoly.

But why?

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Woodhouse Brewing Company coming soon to Toronto

Posted by Ben Johnson / May 7, 2014

woodhouse brewing companyIf you're going to name a brewing company after yourself, it helps if you have a cool-sounding name. So at the very least, Graham Woodhouse, the founder of Woodhouse Brewing Company, has that going for him. Which is nice.

As it happens, he also has some experience in the brewing industry, a keen eye for label design, and a recipe for a tasty little lager that he hopes will be a hit among the city's patio frequenters this summer when his beer officially launches.

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AGCO cracks down on contract brewers at beer festivals

Posted by Ben Johnson / May 3, 2014

Beer Festivals Banned Contract OntarioThe list of breweries participating in Toronto beer festivals this season might be considerably shorter than you'd expect. That's because today, as reported by Toronto's own Left Field Brewery, the AGCO has ruled that the products of contract brewers--those small companies that opt to "rent" space from larger brewers to make their beer--won't be allowed at events that are licensed with a Special Occasion Permit (SOP).

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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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