Archive: International

CRAFT BEER CRAZE PAVES THE WAY FOR GROWTH OF CANADIAN CIDERIES

  The continued growth and appeal of craft beer in Canada is paving the way for a new crop of craft cider-makers. Cideries are taking their cue from area microbreweries, increasingly explor-ing new flavors and production techniques, and marketing their products to a new generation of customers looking not just for a drink to enjoy, but also a story to tell. The influence of craft beer culture was evident at the 12th annual Mondial des Cidres event held in the Grande-Place atrium of the bustling Complexe Desjardins shopping mall in the heart of downtown Montreal in March. The nonprofit event, organized by the Producteurs de cidre du Québec and sponsored by Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), the province’s liquor […]

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CANADIAN MICROBREWERIES ADD LEMONADE, KOMBUCHA, SODA AND OTHER NON-ALCOHOLIC ‘BREWS’ ON TAP

Tap space is often dear, but many Canadian breweries are finding it makes good business sense to dedicate one or more taps to quality non-alcoholic beverages to cater to light drinkers and non-drinkers coming to the taproom with friends. For microbrewery fans, the local brewery’s tasting room isn’t just a place to go drink. Tasting rooms are chummy, sociable spaces where people go to hang out with friends and neighbours and meet other local folks. While these places have obvious appeal to beer fans, some brewery owners have noticed social groups often include customers who can’t drink, or need to limit how much they imbibe. Some are designated drivers. Others are pregnant women or nursing mothers, who have good reason […]

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Gaining Ground in Grimsby: Mountain Top Hops

  It’s no wonder the International Herb Association named it the 2018 Herb of The Year.  The history of the Humulus Lupulus, better known as the hop plant, was first documented in the 1st century AD when its female cones were used for beer preservation on long nautical journeys from Europe. A flowering perennial with an abundance of uses, the plant’s hop cone is best known for adding bitterness or aroma to beer and is a popular crop choice among both small scale and larger commercial farmers in Ontario. According to the 2018 market and acreage update from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Farms and Rural Affairs, this cousin to cannabis took flight in Ontario between 2011 and 2017, helped […]

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Nelson-Jameson and 3M™: Driving the Fight Against Food Allergens

With industry demand calling for new innovations in allergen testing, Nelson-Jameson is proud to offer 3M Allergen Protein Rapid Test Kits. These kits are a qualitative immunochromatographic assay for rapid in-plant monitoring of specific food allergens, and are designed for accurate detection of processed and unprocessed allergen proteins. With results available in 10 to 12 minutes, these fast, easy tests can be used for clean-in-place (CIP) final rinse water, environmental swab samples, raw ingredients and finished food products. We currently have the following test kits available: Almond, Bovine Total Milk, Cashew, Coconut, Egg White, Fish, Gluten, Hazelnut, Peanut, Pecan, Pistachio, Soy, and Walnut. All test kits include 25 tests per kit. Nelson-Jameson also offers 3M’s line of Allergen Protein ELISA […]

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KNOCK, KNOCK! LIQUOR STORE AT YOUR DOOR IN 60 MINUTES OR LESS

Don’t want to leave the party to pick up the missing ingredients to make your signature cocktail or to try a new recipe? Wish you had options to save time, or you don’t want to head out into the elements to go pick up your favorite alcoholic beverages? Canadians can now enjoy greater options for their alcoholic beverage home delivery, including a wider selection of craft beverage products with Drizly. In Canada, liquor laws are regulated by each province individually, and some have permitted home delivery of wine beer and spirits for decades. The original alcohol delivery service, Dial a Bottle, was taking orders by phone and delivering bottles before apps or even the internet existed. Today, the home delivery […]

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CRAFT VS. CONTRACTORS: VIRTUAL CRAFT AND MASQUERADERS

Most craft brewers are happy to share their story. It often starts with hard work, long hours, starting small and slowly building their business, one batch of beer at a time. Craft brewing has long been linked to artisanal production, with brewers making beer on a smaller-scale using traditional techniques. Recently, not just beer, but controversy is brewing surrounding the definition of craft brewing and whether contractors and ‘virtual beer’ makers can give themselves the title of ‘craft.’ In the U.S. since 2017, a new seal appears on authentic craft beer stating, ‘independent craft beer.’ It both certifies that the beer came from one of the nation’s independently owned and small-scale breweries and signals that these upstarts are fighting back […]

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Brewing to the Green Extreme – Steam Whistle’s Premium Canadian Pilsner

At Steam Whistle Brewing, they live by their motto: Do one thing really, really well.  Since 1998, Steam Whistle has grown from a dream hatched by three friends around a campfire into one of Canada’s largest and most beloved independent breweries. Greg Taylor, Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell had previously been colleagues at a Canadian premier microbrewery in the 1980’s and 90’s before it was bought out by a national brewer and closed down, as the fate of many of Ontario’s independent breweries at that time. Sitting around the fire, the self-named “Three Fired Guys” dreamed about their own brewery one day, making a Pilsner that would compete with the best in the world. Not only has their only product, […]

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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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