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Monday, June 29, 2009

News Worth Posting

There have been a bunch of things I've been meaning to post on lately but I haven't been able to find the time. So instead of writing a full blog post of each one, here are some snippets of some interesting stuff.

Volo Announces Finalist's for Ontario Cask IPA Challenge:
The heavy rain that hit Toronto on June 20th didn't stop fans of real ale from heading to Volo to take part in the third round of the Ontario Cask IPA Challenge.  Over 100 scorecards were submitted, and on June 24 Volo announced on their website that Mike Duggan Number 9 beat out Granite's Hopping Mad to head to the finals to go toe-to-toe with County Durham's Hop Addict, which eliminated Sgt. Major from Scotch Irish.  The date for the finals has yet to be set.

Garrison Brewery to Grow Hops Locally:
Garrison brewery has been in the papers recently thanks in part to their announced partnership with Ross Farm, part of the provincial museum system, as they will be working together to grow hops locally for future brews. Owner Brian Titus was quoted in the Chronicle Herald as saying, "a crop of Cascade and Willamette hops was planted at the end of May from root cuttings from the Lazy Acres farm near Wolfville. The goal is a brew made with 100 per cent local ingredients, and this will bring us closer."

Garrison Brew Master Announces the Ultimate Home Brew Contest Winner:
TAPS co-contributor, Craig Pinhey, authored an article for Halifax's The Coast newspaper about Garrison's Ultimate Brew Off contest that they recently held. Back in March, Garrison challenged Maritime homebrewers to brew an ordinary bitter to its specific style with the winner getting the chance to brew the recipe on a commercial scale, which would be bottled, and sold at the brewery and local NSLC retail outlets. Brian Harvey of Halifax was named the winner at a gala held at the brewery at the end of May.

Propeller Whips Out New Website:
Good friend and Propeller Sales and Marketing representative, Andrew Cooper, sent out a press release a couple weeks ago letting all Propeller fans know about the brewery's new website. The new site is sleek, and easy to navigate with loads of information. It also has a cool feature that lets individuals rate the Propeller brands and post comments about the beers. "We want our customers to be part of what we do here, whether they live around the corner or across the country. This will bring us closer together," stated Propeller President and Founder, John Allen.

Yukon Brewery Places Second in London's Real Ask Festival:
After 18 days of serving more than 3 million pints at the JD Wetherspoon Real Ale festival, organizers tallied the scores of the 50 casks from breweries from around the world, one that included Lead Dog Ale from the Yukon Brewing Company. When the dust finally settled, Yukon was notified that they finished 2nd, beating out 47 other breweries.  Congratulations!

Brewing for a Living:
Another article on the proposed brewmaster and brewery operations management course at Niagara College appears in the Globe and Mail.  And it sounds as if things are coming along nicely.

Yonge Street Pub Crawl:
I received an email from Eric Brazier late last week regarding a Yonge Street Pub Crawl he's putting together.  The 4th annual crawl will take place on July 18th, starting at Dundas Square at 12:15pm, with proceeds going towards the 'Right to Play' charity.  Since starting the crawl in 2005, Brazier and his group of friends have raised close to $2,000.   There is no fee to participate but a $10 donation or the purchase of a YSPC t-shirt and button ($20) is suggested.  No word on which pubs - it sounds like they try to get to each one they come across.

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