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Exploring Barrel Aging with Amsterdam Brewery (Part 1) No Comments »

In this episode of Ontario Brewer, BeerologyTM’s Mirella Amato explores the topic of barrel aging beer with head brewer Iain McOustra and brewer Cody Nolan from Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Cody and Iain both talk about the new brewing facilities that they’re working in. They then turn their attention to barrel-aged beers, explaining how they use barrels and the learning curve involved in working with new barrels instead of attaining barrel-aged notes using wood chips. They provide details on how they choose which beers to barrel age, how they decide the amount of time a beer will spend in a barrel as well as the various yeasts and bacteria that are involved in barrel-aging and souring beer.

The two brewers then talk more specifically about the feature Amsterdam Beers for this month’s podcasts: Barrel Aged Rye Peppercorn Saison & De Wallen Barrel Aged Sour Framboise.


Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery & Cheese (Part 2) No Comments »

In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada

In this second Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Mirella Amato of BeerologyTM is once again joined by Experimental Brewer Sebastian MacIntosh. Also in the studio is Andrew Laliberte, from Glen Echo Fine Foods.

This month, the three cheeses in the podcast are from different producers, all represented by the Dairy Farmers of Canada: Le Riopelle de l’Isle by Fromagerie Ile-aux-grues; Pacific Pepper by Natural Pastures and Applewood Smoked 2 Year Old Cheddar by Cow’s Creamery.

Once Sebastian has talked the group through a tasting of this month’s two feature beers: Flying Monkeys City in Colour Imperial Maple Wheat and Ginger Bread Winter Warmer, the trio dives in to find their favourite beer and cheese interactions — they are surprised by the variety of great results! They also take the time to discuss potential pitfalls when pairing beer with cheese.

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Exploring American Hops with Nickel Brook Brewery (Part 1) 1 Comment »

In this episode of Ontario Brewer, BeerologyTM’s Mirella Amato, chats with brewmaster Ryan Morrow and co-founder Peter Romano, of Burlington’s Nickel Brook Brewery. Together, they explore West-Coast American hops and what these hops contribute to Nickel Brook’s Naughty Neighbour American Pale Ale and Malevolent Imperial Black IPA.

Peter and Ryan discuss the popularity of American Style ales. Ryan lists the many different American hop varieties that he uses at the brewery, explaining how he chooses which one to put in any given American style ale. He then details which hops are in this month’s two feature beers, explaining which particular aroma and flavour each of them contributes to these beers. He also describes the hop selection process that brewmasters use to decide which new hop varieties they will use. Mirella then asks Ryan and Peter which is their favourite American hop …

Exploring English Hops with Granite Brewery (Part 2) No Comments »

In the second Ontario Brewer Podcast on English hops, featuring Granite Brewery beers, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM and Mary-Beth Keefe from Granite Brewery are joined by cheese educator Debbie Levy.

Together, the trio of women embark on a beer and cheese exploration, featuring Granite IPA and Peculiar Strong Ale as well as three cheeses from Black River Cheese: 1 Year Aged Cheddar, Maple Cheddar and Dill Mozzarella. Debbie shares the story of Black River Cheese as well as the “barley days” of Prince Edward County. Debbie also explains why there are so many herbed cheeses in Ontario.

Mary Beth talks the women through a tasting of the Granite Peculiar Strong Ale and IPA and the trio then dive into the pairing, discussing their preferred tasting technique and choosing their favourite Black River cheese to go with each of this month’s two feature Granite Brewery beers.


Exploring English Hops with Granite Brewery (Part 1) No Comments »

In this episode of Ontario Brewer, BeerologyTM’s Mirella Amato, continues to explore the different kinds of hops that can be used in beer and turns her attention to English hops. Ron Keefe and his daughter Mary-Beth Keefe, from Granite brewery, join Mirella in the studio having brought along two Granite beers that are brewed with English hops: Peculiar Strong Ale and Granite IPA.

Ron shares the history of Granite brewery and Mary Beth, who is now the head brewer at the Granite, explains how she became involved in the family business. The brewing team then explains how English hops come through in their beer and what constitutes a traditional British style IPA, lingering on traditional dry-hopping techniques. Ron also details the inspiration behind the Peculiar Strong Ale. Ron and Mary-Beth then explain how hops change the character of beer as well as what gives Granite beers a signature flavour.


Exploring Noble Hops with King Brewery (Part 2) 2 Comments »

In the second Ontario Brewer Podcast featuring the beers of King Brewery and Noble Hops, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM is joined by King Brewery brewer, Matt Tweedy as well as Eric Leveille from Upper Canada Cheese.

Matt has brought in the King Vienna Lager and King Pilsner and talks the group through a detailed beer tasting, lingering on the character that Noble Hops add to beer. Eric shares the story of Upper Canada Cheese, describing the Guernsey Cow milk that they use at Upper Canada, and what it contributes to cheese.

The trio then dives into beer & cheese pairings, with Upper Canada Guernsey Curds, Comfort Cream as well as Guernsey Girl, a grilling cheese made in the tradition of Finnish Bread Cheese. Both Matt and Eric have an idea of the pairings they think will work, and find themselves surprised by the results of the tasting!


Exploring Noble Hops with King Brewery (Part 1) 2 Comments »

With this episode of Ontario Brewer, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM begins an exploration of the third beer ingredient featured in this podcast season: hops. Mirella is joined by Matt Tweedy and Doug Hyatt from King Brewery, where Noble Hops are used. The pair shares their experience with the two different kinds of Noble hops that are used to brew their King Vienna Lager and King Pilsner.

Matt and Doug also explain why these hops are key in brewing authentic European style beers. Matt explains what Noble Hops are and what it’s like to brew with them. He also talks about the current advances that are being made with hops in Germany. The pair then share their perception of the aromas and flavours that Noble hops impart to beer and share some of their favourite food pairings…it might be time for a King & Pizza party!KingBrewery

Exploring Roasted Grains with Lake of Bays Brewing Co. (Part 1) No Comments »

In this first episode of Ontario Brewer for 2012, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM, is joined by Lake of Bays Brewing Co. owner and president, Darren Smith.

Darren explains how roasted grains are used in this month’s two featured beers: Lake of Bays Sparkhouse Red and Old North Mocha Porter. He also explains when the brewery chooses to use roasted unmalted grains and when they use roasted malted grains and what each of these two roasted grains contributes to beer in terms of flavour and mouthfeel. He also goes into detail about how each of these grains affect the colour of different beers.


In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Exploring Specialty Malts with the Clocktower Brew Pub (Part 2) No Comments »

In the second Ontario Brewer Podcast on the beers of the Clocktower Brew Pub, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM and head brewer Patrick Fiori explore the aromas and flavours in this month’s two featured beers: Winstons Dunkel and Wisharts E.S.B.

Debbie Levy, who is representing St. Albert Cheese Co-operative Inc., joins the Patrick and Mirella for this podcast and has brought in three St. Albert cheeses to sample alongside the two featured beers: Extra Old Cheddar, 4yr Old Cheddar and Onion Cheddar. As the trio mix and match, discovering a range of interesting pairings, Debbie shares some interesting stories on the production and history of cheddar cheese in Ontario.

A special thanks to our guest for this podcast: St. Albert Cheese Co-operative Inc.


Exploring Specialty Malts with the Clocktower Brew Pub (Part 1) No Comments »

In this episode of Ontario Brewer, Mirella Amato of BeerologyTM is joined by head brewer Patrick Fiori and brewer Justin da Silva from the Clocktower Brew Pub in Ottawa. Together, the trio explores specialty malts and what they contribute to beer.

Patrick and Justin list the various specialty malts that they use at the brewery, paying particular attention to the ones that go into their Wisharts E.S.B. and Winstons Dunkel. The two brewers then describe their favourite specialty malts as well as one “specialty malt” that they could both do without!…

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