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Winners of the 2014 Golden Tap Awards Announced
Golden Tap Awards 2014 winners announced

The Golden Tap Awards, co-sponsored by Ontario Craft Brewers, recognize the best craft beer achievements in Ontario. Now in their twelfth year, the Golden Tap Awards are a completely democratic awards event, with all voting taking place online by the general public. The 2014 winners were announced on September 17th.

This year saw a new category of awards, the Tappies, recognizing special beer achievements in Ontario. These new awards strive to reflect the depth and creativity that exists in the craft beer scene, and include: Design Award, Innovation Award, Newcomer Award, Event Award, Staff Award, Beer Writer Award, and Brewmaster’s Choice.

   > Click here for the list of 2014 winners
October Tech Talk takes place on Friday October 31, 2014
Agenda, Suppliers Set for Ontario Craft Brewers Conference
 
Tickets are on sale for 2014 OCB Conference

The agenda and list of exhibiting suppliers has been set for Ontario Craft Brewers' third annual, one-day industry conference and suppliers' marketplace. The OCB Conference will take place on Thursday, October 16 at Toronto's Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place. This engaging day of education and networking brings together high-profile industry members from around the world. OCBC is the craft brewing industry’s ultimate education day. Meet, connect, network and learn with craft brewers and industry suppliers from across Canada.

Along with keynote speaker Stephen Beaumont, who will talk about international beer trends, attendees will be able to choose from dozens of great sessions covering the latest trends, technologies and opportunities in craft brewing. The Suppliers' Marketplace will be a hub of activity with 40+ industry suppliers networking with 400+ members of the craft brewing industry.

   > See conference agenda and list of marketplace suppliers
   > Visit conference home page and learn about hotel discounts

Certified Cicerone® Exam in T.O. Prior to OCB Conference
Certified Cicerone Program offers exam in Toronto on October 15, 2014 Beer professionals looking to bolster their credentials have a chance to sit for a Cicerone Certification Program exam on October 15th in Toronto, the day before the OCB Conference takes place. The exam will be held at 9am at Steam Whistle Brewery.

The word Cicerone (pronounced sis-uh-rohn) formally designates expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving beers. The Cicerone Certification Program offers independent assessment and certification so that industry professionals and consumers can be sure of the knowledge and skills possessed by beer servers.
   > Get full details at the Cicerone.org website
3rd Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition Opens
Invitations are open for the 3rd annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, taking place on February 18, 2015 at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The competition is open to commercial brewers, students in their graduating year of an accredited Ontario Brewmaster course, and commercial hop producers in Ontario.

Each entry is required to use only Ontario-grown hops. Entrants must register by November 1st. No more than 15 beer entries will be accepted, and entrants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis in the form of a completed registration received before the deadline.
   > Get more details and entry form
2015 Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition Off and Hopping

New Beer-Cheese Guide available from the Dairy Farmers of Canada
New Beer-Cheese Guide From Dairy Farmers of Canada
Wine-and-cheese parties may have been popular in the past, but cheese plates matched with fresh local beers are rapidly becoming one of the hottest trends in the food service industry. Working in conjunction with Certified Cicerone Mirella Amato of Beerology, the Dairy Farmers of Canada have produced an informative and easy-to-use new guide that describes how to pair various cheeses with craft beers.

In addition to suggesting specific cheeses that best accompany the different styles of beer, the guide also offers tips on the proper ways to handle, store, and serve cheese.
   > Download a PDF of the new guide

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