Archive: International

Brock Street Brewing Company Shows That Dreams Come True

Gold, silver, and bronze winners of the Ontario Brewing Awards were announced in Ontario’s Great Hall on April 28th. Winners were selected by Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges in 43 categories from over 600 beers entered by 112 Ontario brewers. Beers were judged according to the Ontario Brewing Awards style guide. The guide lists each of the 43 styles of beer along with its characteristics- color, malt character, hop character, body, alcohol by volume, and international bittering units (IBUs), a measure of the bitterness of a beer. (The style guide can be found here http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php) A standard blind taste system was used to insure objectivity. In addition to the style winners, the judges chose a 2016 Newcomer of the […]

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Craft Beer European: Spain

One of a number of mid continental, hot European countries and something of a popular tourist trap, Spain is very much at the epicentre of the changes taking place at the moment within the new wave of craft beer. There are countries that are more dominant regions than others and have more of a trendsetting influence. And then there are also emerging, up-and-coming countries. Spain falls somewhere in between the two. In fact, what has taken shape in Europe in recent years is not unlike an evolving cultural melting pot of ideas and innovation within the craft beer sector. A vibrant and eclectic combination of ideas, taste and style. A hot bed of activity of many combined influences and aspirational […]

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Ontario Craft Brewers Renew $1.4 Million In Funding to Support Local Brewery

On February 25th, the Ontario Craft Brewers, an association of over 60 brewers dedicated to making great beer in Ontario, acknowledged the renewal of their government support in the form of $1.4 million in funding. The 2016 provincial budget extends the Ontario Microbrewery Strategy, a grant to promote the local brewing industry, which has become a major source of jobs, revenue, and pride for Ontario. Darren Smith, president of Lake of Bays Brewing, and vice-chair of Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) said of the grant, “we will use it to support our efforts to have a brewery in every city and town in the province.” Currently, over 80 communities can claim at least one brewer of their own. The OCB knows […]

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Craft Beer European – Luxembourg

  Luxembourg is often confused with neighbouring Belgium as being one and the same place and vice versa. The two countries however, although separate are indeed neighbours and they do share a common history, having experienced repeated periods of cross-border conflict. Luxembourg has yet to make a significant mark on the European craft beer sector and the European market, but it is catching on slowly. Here we have a prime example of a smaller ore independent European country catching the vibe and the surge of activity at the back of the line that has been sweeping many if not all other parts of Europe over the past five years or more.   Beer in Luxembourg tends to be dominated by […]

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A New Year and a New Day for Ontario Craft Beer

The typical image of a man and his beer involves a frosty brew in a chilled glass on a hot summer day. Not the first thing that comes to mind on a crisp January morning. But appreciation of a fine beer knows no season. For those who know malt from hops, January 30th is as good a day as any in July to indulge. And so they will in Toronto. On January 30th, the year in beer begins with the Winter Craft Beer Festival in Roundhouse Park. Craft beer goes back a long way in Canada. The country’s first white settlement, Cupers Cove (now Cupids) in Newfoundland was established in 1610 by John Guy under a royal charter from King […]

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Homemade in the U.K.

Its no coincidence that craft beer has been doing so well in the U.K. for so many years, thanks in part to the strong relationship that exists between the U.K. and the United States. The U.S. has had a sizeable influence on beer development in Britain in recent years, with a particularly strong emphasis on its ever expanding new range of craft beers. As more and more traditional old fashioned pubs of yester year are closing their doors for business, sales of mainstream beer have been notably in decline in the U.K. As a result of this a new range of over a thousand microbreweries have opened. These new breweries are taking their influence from the old standard and breathing […]

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Retired Steel Worker Fights Monopolies, Prohibitionists

The mission of the Canadian Constitution Foundation is to “protect the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication, and litigation.” True to its mission, the CCF has taken on the case of Gerard Comeau, who was arrested for buying beer in Quebec and taking it home to New Brunswick. There are those in Canada, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who believe this to be illegal. In October 2012 Comeau drove across the bridge from his home in Tracadie, New Brunswick to a store in Pointe-a-la-Croix, Quebec where he purchased a few cases of beer. No one disputes that this is all perfectly legal. Mr. Comeau didn’t break the law until he crossed back over the J. C. van Horn […]

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Craft Beer European: Austria

With this series of articles I will be familiarising the reader with the very broad range of tastes and topics and unique influences that makes up the brand history past and present that is- ‘Craft Beer European’. Europe is a powerful and versatile continent in more ways than one. The words; sophistication, style, elegance and panache often spring to mind when we stop to consider the strength of European cultural influence. In many ways this helps set the tone for other countries, nation states, and indeed continents for that matter who may aspire towards fulfilling their own potential in similar ways to that of the Europeans. This benchmark effect creates a far greater, more illusive, and perhaps above all aspirational […]

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Craft Beer European – The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a kingdom whose origins date to way back when, well as far back in actuality that is as c.1830. At the turn of the 19th Century between 1815 and 1830, the Kingdom of The Netherlands at that point during its history included Belgium as a constituent country. A common misunderstanding amongst many people today is an air of confusion around what constitutes the Netherlands, and what or where is Holland, and how the two might compare? In 2015 The Netherlands is agreeably recognized as being officially comprised of twelve individual provinces. The provinces of Groningen, Friesland, Drente, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland, Utrecht, North-Holland, South-Holland, Zealand, North Brabant and Limburg. The most populated and major cities are Amsterdam, Rotterdam […]

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Beer College at Simon Fraser University, BC

  This fall, Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada will launch a new certificate program- Craft Beer Brewing and Essentials which the school’s website describes as, “a comprehensive approach to the art, science, and business of craft beer.” SFU’s Career and Professional Programs Director Larry White said, “the program is designed for “anyone who is interested in craft beer and beer production. It’s ideal if you’d like to begin a career in the craft beer industry, or if you’d like to add to your expertise as a current industry professional.” It is being offered in the university’s Life Long school for adults. The idea for the program grew out of the success of a 13 week elective in Brewing […]

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