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Finding Out Which Stout No Comments »

In this first podcast for 2015, Master Cicerone Mirella Amato introduces our new guessing-game format. Featured guests, beer writer Robin LeBlanc and cookbook author David Ort are tasked with identifying the OCB-brewed Russian Imperial Stout in front of them. They can ask six questions to help them zero in on the correct answer … can you beat them to it?

About our two guests this month:

Robin LeBlanc is a Toronto-based Photographer and writer. As the owner of the award-winning craft beer site The Thirsty Wench and Beer Writer for Torontoist, she has appeared on television, radio and newspapers preaching the gospel of good beer. www.thethirstywench.com

David Ort is the author of the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, a freelance food and drink writer, and the web editor at PostCity.com. Follow his writing on all things from beer to Toronto restaurants on his site at davidort.com or on Twitter: @ortdavid

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Ottawa Region Beer Scene is Capital No Comments »

In this last Ontario Brewer podcast for 2014, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Matthew O’Hara from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. Also in the studio is Lon Ladell, from Big Rig Brewery. Lon and Matthew share their impressions of the beer scene in the Capital Region.

Find out:

  • How the Ottawa area beer scene has evolved in the past 10 years
  • How brewers feel about the current Ottawa region brewery boom
  • What’s new in the upcoming 2015 edition of Ontario Brewer

 

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Proposing a Peppermint Porter 1 Comment »

In this Episode of Ontario Brewer, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato chats with Lon Ladell, co-owner and operator at Big Rig Brewery and Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. brewmaster, Matthew O’Hara.

The trio samples a collaboration brew, called Peppermint Porter that was brewed especially for the Ontario Brewer podcast.

Find out:

  • How to make sure you don’t over-mint your beer
  • The role that balance plays in a beer’s flavour profile
  • Where & when this special limited-edition brew will be released

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Release the Hounds! No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer podcast for August, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Paul Brady, from Walkerville Brewery Also in the studio is Lon Ladell, from Big Rig Brewery who has brought in a bottle of his seasonal Release the Hounds Black IPA.

Find out:

  • About the Ottawa beer scene
  • How brewers adapt to new equipment
  • The origins of the Black IPA style

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Milking and Touting a New Stout No Comments »

In this Episode of Ontario Brewer, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato chats with Lon Ladell, co-owner and operator at Big Rig Brewery and Paul Brady, the head brewer for Walkerville Brewery. The trio samples a Milk Stout, currently available from Walkerville Brewery.

Find out:

  • Where the name Big Rig comes from
  • The brewery version of hot chocolate mix
  • How to make a hot scotchy

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Historic Pumpkin Ale Brewed Just in Time for Halloween No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer podcast for October, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Kyle Smith, from Cameron’s Brewing Co.

Also in the studio is Dave Jameson, the head brewer for Trafalgar Ales and Meads who also brews the commercial beers for Black Creek Historic Brewery. Dave has brought in a bottle of the Black Creek Pumpkin Ale.

Find out:

  • How Black Creek Brewery and Trafalgar Ales and Meads are connected
  • The difference between historic pumpkin ales and modern examples
  • The many ways that a brewer can add ‘pumpkin flavour’ to their beer
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Making a Resurrection Connection No Comments »

In this episode of Ontario Brewer, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato chats with Kyle Smith, who brews at Cameron’s Brewing Co. and Dave Jameson, the head brewer for Trafalgar Ales and Meads. The trio samples one of the beers in the Cameron’s seasonal Brewmaster Series: Resurrection Roggenbier.

Find out:

  • Why rye beer disappeared in Germany
  • How beets are used in brewing
  • The many qualities that rye can contribute to beer

 

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The Beer Scene in the T-Dot No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer podcast for September, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Mark Murphy, from Left Field Brewery and Austin Roach, from Granite Brewery. The trio chat about the beer scene in Toronto.

Find out:

  • About classic Toronto craft beer establishments
  • How the Toronto bar scene has evolved in the past few years
  • Why TV dinners are sometimes very expensive

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Collaboration Brewing with Granite and Left Field No Comments »

In this episode of the Ontario Brewer podcast, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato chats with two Toronto brewers: Austin Roach, from Granite Brewery and Mark Murphy, from Left Field Brewery. Mark and Austin have brought in a special, limited-edition beer they brewed together especially for the Ontario Brewer Podcast.

Find out:

  • How long a beer has to stay in a cask before it’s ready
  • Why brewers enjoy brewing on each other’s systems
  • When the collaboration brew is being launched
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Spicing Up a Witty Traveller No Comments »

In this second Ontario Brewer podcast for August, Master Cicerone®, Mirella Amato is once again joined by Ryan Morrow, from Nickel Brook Brewing Co. Also in the studio is Muthu Sakthivel, from Railway City Brewing, who has brought in the feature beer for this podcast, Witty Traveller — a witbier brewed with white pepper.

Find out:

  • How brewers feel about bottles vs cans
  • The best way to package bottle-conditioned beers
  • How brewers make sure that unfiltered beers don’t keep fermenting in the bottle

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