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A Beer with Jim Koch

Jim Koch, Founder and Brewer of the Boston Beer Company, known for the legendary beer brand Samuel Adams, was in town last week for Toronto Beer Week. During that time I was fortunate to record a podcast with him, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my beer drinking lifetime. Samuel [...]

September 27, 2016|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature|

2016 Golden Tap Awards Announced

Last night at beerbistro the 2016 Golden Tap Awards were handed out at a gala event featuring an all-Ontario craft beer festival.  The Golden Tap Awards are Ontario's most democratic beer awards event, and have been recognizing achievements in the beer industry for fourteen years. The winners were as follows: Best [...]

September 23, 2016|Categories: Beer Awards, Feature, Golden Tap Awards|

Quaff & Ale with Jason Fisher of Indie Alehouse

As we approach the start of 2016's Toronto Beer Week, we are proud to present a new Quaff & Ale with Jason Fisher, owner of the Indie Alehouse.  Indie was the brewer of the official beer of Toronto Beer Week, Interloper, and is hosting the West End Social on Monday, September 19th, [...]

September 15, 2016|Categories: Feature, Quaff & Ale|

San Diego’s Beer Paradise

San Diego is one of my favourite beer drinking cities, and generally just an amazing place to visit all-around. Recently I was able to spend a couple of days there enjoying the always delicious beer, and was fortunate to be able to chat with Jill Davidson, President of the San Diego [...]

September 10, 2016|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature, On The Road Reports|

A Torontoian Beer Lover in Los Angeles

Recently I was fortunate to spend a couple of days checking out the beer scene in Los Angeles, California. Although it's one of the largest cities in North America, the beer scene does not have a long history compared to other beer spots around the continent. But that's changing quickly, with the [...]

September 1, 2016|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature, On The Road Reports|

Golden Tap Talk with Ben Johnson and David Ort

The Golden Tap Awards voting season is upon us, and during this time beer lovers in the province get talking. And this year is no different, so Ontario beer writers Ben Johnson, David Ort and I decided to record a podcast to discuss some of the issues of the past, present and future of [...]

August 29, 2016|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature, Golden Tap Awards|

Golden Tap Awards 2016 Voting Launches

The Golden Tap Awards, Ontario's most democratic beer awards event, has launched its voting for 2016.  Now in its fourteenth year, the Golden Tap Awards recognize the best in beer and cider in Ontario, across breweries, beers, brewpubs, cideries, bars and more. All voting is determined by the beer loving general [...]

August 23, 2016|Categories: Beer Events, Feature, Golden Tap Awards|

Tapping into Some New Kegs for Ontario

For those of you who know me, I have long criticized the archaic keg importation and distribution system in Ontario. It is one that is legacy at its finest, something that favours a few select companies, has not kept up with the changing beer times and ultimately has affected the potential [...]

August 6, 2016|Categories: Consignment & Private Orders, Feature, LCBO Releases|

Warm Smiles and Cold Beers at Cruz Blanca

With so many breweries opening up nowadays (620 did in 2015 according to the Brewers Association), it is sometimes hard to get excited for a specific one to debut.  But there was much excitement this summer when Cruz Blanca, the new brewery from Rick Bayless, the restaurateur behind Chicago’s Frontera Grill, [...]

July 19, 2016|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature, On The Road Reports|

Lester P. Beerson Celebrates Canada Day

The Brewer's Backyard returns on Canada Day, Friday, July 1st with Lester P. Beerson Day, a celebration of Canada, great beer and delicious food at Toronto's most open beer festival. At the Evergreen Brick Works the event will feature breweries Great Lakes Brewery, Henderson Brewing, Pitschfork Brewing, Durham, Railway City Brewing and Brimstone Brewing, alongside food from Kanga Meat Pies, Food [...]

June 29, 2016|Categories: Beer Events, Feature|

Crack into a Homebrew in Baltimore

The Bar Towel is proud to present our annual preview of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrewers Conference, now known as Homebrew Con, taking place from June 9th to 11th, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. This article will cover highlights of the conference as well as recommended beer destinations in Baltimore. [...]

June 8, 2016|Categories: Beer Events, Feature, On The Road Reports|

A Beer At…The Publican

The Bar Towel is proud to present a new series entitled “A Beer At…”, where we feature a single bar or restaurant, have a beer there and get a feel for what makes them special. Our first visit is to Chicago’s famed The Publican, a shrine to beer and pork in [...]

May 15, 2016|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature, On The Road Reports|

Our Philadelphia CBC Seminar Picks

The Bar Towel is proud to once again present our annual preview of the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America (CBC), taking place from May 3rd to 6th, 2016 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Part One of the preview covered our highlights of breweries, bars and other sights [...]

May 3, 2016|Categories: Feature, On The Road Reports|

Craft Brewers Conference 2016 Preview: The Bars of Philadelphia

The Bar Towel is proud to once again present our annual preview of the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America (CBC), taking place from May 3rd to 6th, 2016 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Part One of the preview covers our highlights of breweries, bars and other sights [...]

May 2, 2016|Categories: Feature, On The Road Reports|

Pints and Pistes in Ellicottville, New York

When one thinks of combining good skiing and good beer whilst living in Toronto, usually that means an arduous trip to venture to Quebec, Vermont, or further afield to the Rockies or beyond. But as learned this winter, we've got access to a great destination for both that's only a couple [...]

April 30, 2016|Categories: Feature, On The Road Reports|

A Visit to Detroit’s Cass Corridor

In the late summer we posted an article about the emerging Windsor beer scene, noting that a visit to the city can be amplified even further with a trip across the river to Detroit.  Luckily on that particular trip I was able to do just that, and wanted to relay some [...]

January 7, 2016|Categories: Feature, On The Road Reports|

Ontario Craft Ingredients: Escarpment Yeast

In recent years craft brewing has undergone quite the renaissance. Hundreds of new brewers, thousands of new beers and countless loyal craft beer drinkers. Behind the scenes, a second revolution is starting to take shape: The craft growers, cultivators and producers of craft beer ingredients. As part of a three-part series, [...]

December 23, 2015|Categories: Feature|

Unibroue on Bar Towel Radio

Recently I was lucky enough to sit down for a live conversation and morning beer tasting with Jerry Vietz, Brewmaster and Sylvain Bouchard, Beer Sommelier of Quebec's renowned Unibroue. The pair of them were in Toronto to promote the launch of the limited edition 6-litre releases of Unibroue 17 Grand Réserve [...]

December 12, 2015|Categories: Bar Towel Radio, Feature|

Folly Brewpub: Farmhouse Meets Gastropub in Little Portugal

It was just over a year ago that the news of Habits transitioning their gastropub to include a nanobrewery appeared on The Bar Towel forum.  By early 2015, the nanobrewery was up and running and Habits was selling their new world saison on tap (a saison dry-hopped with Amarillo).  About seven [...]

November 19, 2015|Categories: Feature|

Ontario Craft Ingredients: Clear Valley Hops

In recent years craft brewing has undergone quite the renaissance. Hundreds of new brewers, thousands of new beers and countless loyal craft beer drinkers. Behind the scenes, a second revolution is starting to take shape: the craft growers, cultivators and producers of craft beer ingredients. As part of a three-part series, [...]

October 20, 2015|Categories: Feature|
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