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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fun Things Brewing with the OCB

What a corny title.

I have been meaning to post on this for some time, but things just kept getting in the way. Better late than never though.

The Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) have been busy with some recent marketing ploys to get people to their website, and hey, it's working.

OCB Flip Cap
They have developed a 'OCB flip cap' game that features Black Oak Brewery president Ken Woods' voice and has you flipping OCB beer caps with the click of your mouse into a pint class. If you hit the cup you get five points, if you put the cap in the glass you get ten points. I swear to you that this game is addicting. I sometimes find myself playing at work (don't tell anyone) and it can last a while. My scores haven't been the greatest though as I get a little impatient waiting for the pint glass to move back and forth across the screen. So, what do the high scorers receive. Well, nothing, unless you enter your name in the contest.

Once the contest wraps up there will 30 people selected via random draw. There will be 29 secondary prizes handed out that will consist of OCB and OCB member products like t-shirts, hats, glassware, coasters etc.. But the grandprize should have the serious beer drinker licking their lips with excitement - A chance to brew your own beer, under the guidance of a certified OCB brewmaster, and then entertain 20 of your closest friends in a closed party where you will drink your creation. Not bad eh! So visit the the flip cap game today, register and enter the contest. You might as well grab a delicious OCB beer while your playing (unless your still at work). The contest runs until September 1st.

Ultimate Craft Dining Experience
The OCB, in partnership with 92.5 Jack FM, will be hosting a memorable dining experience at Toronto's Granite Brewery for a lucky winner and 19 of their friends. Yep, that's right, dinner for the lucky winner plus 19 of their friends. Not a bad way to spend an evening. Drinking cask ale and eating some of the Granite's quality handmade food seems like a great time to me. All you need to do to enter the contest is to visit the OCB website and sign up for your chance to win.

The night will begin with a guided tour of the Granite's small brewery (pretty fun and informative) then a beer and food pairing will take place, followed by dinner. The Granite will also provide a complimentary room for two at Best Western Roehampton Hotel, which will be accompanied by a complimentary "Growler". So if you win, remember me. Contest closes July 14th.


lisa.dunbar said...

Hey Troy -

Thank you for putting out the challenge to your loyal followers!

We at the OCB are having a great time challenging our friends to get on and stay on the leader board (it refreshes itself 1 x per week)!... And YES it is addictive... but fun.. I say... why not bring friends along!
I'm determined not to take the 'easy' shot (straight on) but have evolved from just trying to hit the glass to actually getting it in!
I love hearing Ken's reaction when a cap goes in the glass (kills me!)!
I'm looking forward to seeing how people like the OCB Caps game - and all the other fun 'stuff' we have going on!

Troy Burtch said...

Lisa - thanks for commenting. I laughed out loud the first time I heard Ken's voice.

Keep up the great work.

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