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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Muskoka Beer Festival Newspaper Article - The Muskokan

A couple of months ago I was interviewed by Kerri MacDonald, a nice young lady with the Muskokan Newspaper in Bracebridge. She was putting together a piece about the upcoming Muskoka Beer Festival and she needed some quotes. I was more than happy to assist, after all this craft beer only festival is a great idea.

Today the article popped up on-line for all to read and it turned out terrific. Here is a snippet of the story:
Event co-ordinator Ali Hunter said the goal is to see 3,000 people come through the gates.

Hunter said the admission price will include five beer tokens and an eight-ounce plastic beer glass that festival-goers can use to sample beers, which cost one token each. She’s also working on beer passports to help people keep track of their tasting tour.

“Every beer company is going to give you a list of all the beers that they’re bringing,” she said. “If you don’t get to try it, we have them at the Griffin.”

The pub — which specializes in house-made food and Ontario craft beer — will run a beer garden at the festival, offering barbequed items from their menu as well as its usual selection of beers, for regular price.

Beer vendors — which include Wellington Brewery, Scotch Irish Brewing, Mill Street Brewery, Nickel Brook Beers, Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery, Robert Simpson Brewery, Amsterdam Brewing Co., Steam Whistle Brewing and Thornberry Village Cider — are paying between $250 and $300 for booths.

Hunter said the Griffin has spoken with organizers from the Toronto Festival of Beer, which has been running since 1995 and offers beers from both microbreweries and major labels. But the Muskoka festival includes beers only from Ontario Craft Breweries.
Click here to read the full article.

**The only thing that is incorrect about the article was the sentence where MacDonald stated that I am organizing an event in Toronto on the same day. The event in Toronto is the Golden Tap Awards hosted and organized by Cass Enright, and I mentioned that I would be attending the event in the evening as I am on the Editor's Circle Panel that Enright puts together.

So far the breweries involved are:
Scotch Irish Brewing - Ottawa
Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery - Bracebridge
Steam Whistle Brewing - Toronto
Amsterdam Brewing Co. - Toronto
Thornbury Village Cidery - Thornbury
Steelback Brewery - Tiverton
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery - Barrie
Nickel Brook Beers - Burlington
Trafalgar Brewing Company - Oakville
Black Oak Brewing Company - Etobicoke
Church-Key Brewing Co. - Campbellford
Cameron's Brewing Company - Oakville
Great Lakes Brewery - Toronto
Grand River Brewing - Cambridge
Mill Street Brewery - Toronto
Neustadt Springs Brewery - Neustadt
Highlander Brew Co. - South River
Cool Beer Brewing Co. - Toronto
MacLean's Ales - West Grey
Old Credit Brewing Co. - Port Credit
Hockley Valley Brewery - Orangeville
Granite Brewery - Toronto
The County Cider Company - Picton
Magnotta Brewery - Vaughan
Railway City Brewing - St. Thomas

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