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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Celebration at Mill Street Brewery

What does a brewery do after they win the Canadian Brewery of the Year Award? They throw a big party for their employees at their brew-pub and invite media representatives to share in their accomplishment.

Mill Street won the award last week at the Canadian Brewing Awards Gala hosted by TAPS Media. Back in October, Mill Street entered nine beers into the Canadian Brewing Awards to be judged in various categories. After tabulating more than 200 Canadian beers, the judges awarded five medals in total to Mill Street that included 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze.

I was lucky enough to get an invite so last night I spent a fun evening dining on some delicious finger foods and drinking some of Mill Street's awarding winning brews. Unfortunately, I did not remember to bring my camera to take pictures. So you'll have to visualize.

Steve Abrams, one of the founders of the brewery, was in panic mode before the party started as the power went out in various parts of the city including the brew-pub. He ran out to Canadian Tire to get a generator and gas but putting the gas in the generator was a tough go as the wind was terrible. Needless to say, Abrams was glad the power came back on just before 7pm.

The crowd consisted mainly of sales reps and shareholders but also included pub and restaurant owners who carry Mill Street's products. They mixed and mingled with each other while listening to the live entertainment that was provided. I was there representing TAPS Beer Magazine along with beer writer Greg Clow (Bartowel, BeersBeatsBites, Taste TO) and we had a good time discussing the beer industry as we know it. George Milbrandt from C'est What made an appearance and shared some stories about his respected pub which will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in February.

It was a good night celebrating Mill Street's award won because of dedication, hard work and fantastic products.

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