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Great Lakes 6th Annual Charity BBQ No Comments »

It’s that time of the year again, the sun’s out, the day’s are long, and what better way to celebrate than with a BBQ and cold beer?

Join us on Saturday, May 23, from 12-6 at our brewery (30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, near Royal York and the Queensway in Toronto) for an afternoon of live music (2 bands), free food, cold beer, and activities for kids. It’s a great event for the whole family.

We’ll be donating all proceeds from sales of our beer at the BBQ and all LCBO stores on the 23rd to the Gatehouse, a local centre for abused children.

And for the first time, we’ll be pouring cask beer at the BBQ. This year we’ll have our Orange Peel Ale in a cask, packed full of extra orange flavour.


OCB Enthusiast….looking for the HOPPIEST beers in Ontario…Help! 2 Comments »

I was contacted recently by an OCB enthusiast named Gary with this request: Is there a way to get a list of ON available beers by IBU’s? Gary (thankfully) clarified for me (the marketer/not a brewmaster), that what he was looking for is a list of the hoppiest or bitter beers in ON or Canada. They will often quote themselves in international bitterness units or IBU’s. He provided me with some learnings regarding IBU's which I thought I would share here: The International Bitterness Units scale, or simply IBU scale, provides a measure of the bitterness of beer, which is provided by the hops used during brewing. An IBU is one part per million of isohumulone — the higher number, the greater the bitterness. The bittering effect is less noticeable in beers with a high quantity of malt, so a higher IBU is needed in heavier beers to balance the flavor. For example, an Imperial Stout may have an IBU of 50, but will taste less bitter than an English Bitter with an IBU of 30, because the first beer uses much more malt than the second. The technical limit for IBU's is around 100, others have tried to surpass this number but there is no real gauge after 100 IBUs when it comes to taste threshold. A light American lager might be as low as 5 on the scale, while a barley wine can range up to 100. Measures for other beverages include:
– Belgian Lambics: 11–23
– Blonde ale: 15–30
– Kölsch: 18–25
– Märzen/Oktoberfest: 18–25
– Ordinary English Bitter: 20–35
– Porter: 20–40
– Brown ale: 15–25, with North American styles higher, 25–45
– Bohemian-style Pilsner: 30–45, sometimes it can range up to 100 (e.g. german Bitterpils)
– India Pale Ales: 40 or higher
– An Irish stout like Guinness: 45–60

I found this interesting… but I'd like to answer Gary's original request…. calling all OCB brewers and bloggers… HELP!

Ontario Craft Brewers At Queens Park Tasting No Comments »

Ontario MPPs voted in the most popular representatives of Ontario’s Craft Brewing industry during a popular tasting event hosted by Hon. Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

MPPs and Queen’s Park staffers sniffed, swirled and sipped from a selection of 59 of Ontario’s finest craft beers and cast their votes in favour of the craft beers to be highlighted at the Legislative Assembly for 2009-2010.

This is the second year that Hon. Steve Peters has invited the OCB to Queens Park … and it just gets better every year! His staff is very supportive and could be heard throughout the night echoing Mr. Peter’s ‘order!’ to ‘BUY LOCAL’!!

Last year’s “Speaker’s Choice” was from Neustadt Brewery. Val and Andrew were thrilled, and commissioned a local artist to create a portrait of the Speaker… many thought it was a lot of fun!

The winning Ontario Craft Beer brands were selected in the following categories:

Golden Lagers, Pilsners & Light: Great Lakes Brewery – Golden Horseshoe Premium Lager
Refreshing Ales: MacLean’s Ales – MacLean’s Pale Ale
Amber Lagers, Ales & Honey Beers: Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd. – Old Credit Amber Ale
Malty Dark Lager or Ale: Railway City Brewing – Amber Ale
Bold Flavoured Ale, Stout or Porter: Black Oak Brewing Company – Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
Wheat Beer & Specialty: Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery – Muskoka Hefe Weissbier
Speaker’s Selection: Mill Street Brewery – Mill Street Tankhouse

CRAP – Craft brewers Re-cyled Art Project No Comments »

This is one of the coolest things to come along since the Cameron’s Credit Card Bottle Opener (now sold out).

Brewer extraordinaire George Eagleson and his Partner Hana have launched a project interestingly named CRAP which stands for Craft brewers Re-cyled Art Project. They make useful everyday products out of waste from the craft brewing industry. Items include soft goods made from discarded malt bags and pencil holders created from brewing hose. All of these products remove items from the waste stream and repurpose them which is obviously good for the environment, they are produced in Guelph Ontario which is good for the local economy and beyond having the feel good factor, they are just plain cool.


We really dig the 6 pack holders and hope to have them available in the Cameron’s Brewery Store if we can get our hands on some before they sell out. If you can’t wait you can order products directly from them on-line.

Find CRAP at:

A Chat with Charles of MacLean’s Ales 1 Comment »

Charles MacLean of MacLean’s Ales

In this episode, Ontario Brewer interviews Charles MacLean, one of Ontario’s veteran craft brewers, who has helped launch a number of other breweries as well. MacLean’s Pale Ale has been the MacLean’s Ales signature product for several years, guest brewed through a larger brewery in Guelph, but now MacLean has a boutique craft brewery in West Grey, Ontario, where he can experiment with small custom batches and produce some distinctive products for bottling. The move has clearly paid off, as this year MacLean’s Ales has added several new offerings to their roster. Charles talked to us about his brewing philosophy and his early training in England.

Wellington Brewery’s Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes! 1 Comment »

Looking for a great opportunity to head out West? Well, look no further than Wellington Brewery’s Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes!
Wellington Brewery is hosting their first Adventure Getaway contest, the Grand Prize is a 14 day Canadian Rockies Adventure, courtesy of Intrepid Travel. For those of you who like to experience the Great Outdoors, please go to and enter to win!

If you feel like you never win anything, don’t give up! Their are also plenty of other prizes to be won… from Blundstone, Rough Guides Ultimate Adventure Books and Outpost magazines.

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