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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Move Over G20 - Countdown to OCB Week

June 20 - 26, 2010

Week-long Festival kicks off on Father’s Day at your local craft brewery

TORONTO, ON – (June 10, 2010) – GREAT FUN WITH BEER & EVENTS – There are now over 80 events planned across Ontario for the first annual ‘Ontario Craft Beer Week’, a celebration of our province’s thriving, locally-based craft beer industry. Kicking off on Father’s Day, OCB Week runs from June 20 – 26, 2010.

CHECK OUT for the amazing lineup of week-long craft beer fun! Participants in Ontario Craft Beer Week can also support Prostate Cancer Canada. OCB breweries make a $40 donation when they book an event at their brewery or at a restaurant and visitors to can make a secure donation to Prostate Cancer Canada online.

“We’re gearing up for a good, old fashion craft beer social,” says Ontario Craft Beer Week co-chair, Jason Ellesmere of Camerons Brewing Co. “Breweries, bars and beer lovers are jumping on the bandwagon so check out your local pub or brewery and get sampling.”

The week-long festival features a series of special events designed to expose consumers to the craft beer experience through tasting events, brewery tours, cooking demonstrations, food pairings, beer dinners, online contests and much more.  Visit for full details:

Beau’s All Natural Brewery - This eclectic brewery is offering everything from beer & cheese tastings and cask nights to Hungry Hippos tournaments and punk rock DJs.
Black Creek Brewery – Say Cheese, say Cheers at Pioneer Village, Field to Firkin Tour
Black Oak Brewery
Cameron’s Brewing – Father’s Day BBQ in Oakville, Let’s Drink the Cask Night, Pint Glass Giveaway
County Durham Brewing Co.
F&M Brewery
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Night of the Flying Monkeys
Grand River Brewing – Third Birthday and First Cask night in Cambridge
Granite Brewery – Taste all of Ontario at the Granite, Father’s Day at the Granite
Great Lakes Brewery – Project XXXX – with cask conditioned ales from Muskoka Cottage Brewery, Flying Monkeys & F&M
Heritage & Scotch Irish Brewing – Father's Day beer dinner at Serendipity Restaurant in Merrickville
King Brewery
Maclean’s Ales
Mill Street Brewery/Brewpub – Taps and Tapas
Muskoka Cottage Brewery – Father’s Day brunch and bbq with beer (Delta Grandview), Cottage County Comedy Festival in Bracebridge, Glassware Giveaway
Neustadt Springs Brewery
Niagara’s Best Brewery & Pub
Nickel Brook Beers - Burlington Sound of Music
Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd. – Calling all Dads! Father’s Day Open House with free gift for dad in Port Credit, Old Credit Brewery has something brewing up their sleeves!
Railway City Brewery – Pints for Prostates in St. Thomas
Scotch Irish Brewing
Skeena Brewing Company
Stratford Brewing Company
Trafalgar Ales & Meads – Open House in Oakville
Railway City Brewery – Pints for Prostates, Meet the Brewer
Trafalgar Ales & Meads – Father’s Day Open House
Wellington Brewery

SESSION 2010 at SUNNYSIDE PAVILLION in Toronto – 25 Craft Brewers, music, sunshine at Lake Ontario

Jason & Steve’s Spectacular Rickshaw Tour of Toronto breweries – departs from 319 Augusta Avenue

Ontario restaurants, pubs and brewpubs are getting in on the craft beer game:
Belleville: Boathouse
Bracebridge: Muskoka Cottage Brewery, Griffin Gastropub and Muskoka Highlands, CCCF
Carp: Cheshire Cat
Campbellford: Stinking Rose Pub
Cambridge: Golden Kiwi Pub & Grill, Grand River Brewing
Chatham: Smokehouse Bar & BBQ
Gananoque: Stonewater Pub & Irish Eatery
Guelph: The Woolwich Arrow, Highway 61
Hamilton: The Winking Judge, One Duke Restaurant, The Ship
Huntsville: Delta Grandview
Kemptville: The Branch, Harbord House, Grapefruit Moon
Kingston: The Iron Duke on Wellington, Queen’s University Grad Club
London: FS Canada, International Food Festival, Victoria Park, The Blackshire Pub
Minden: Grill on Gull
Mississauga: Cuda’s Tap & Grill, Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen, Pump House Grille Co., Shore 71 Lounge, Snug Harbour Seafood Bar & Grill, The Clarkson Pump and Patio, The Harp Restaurant and Pub, Old Credit Brewing Co. Ltd.
Muskoka Highlands: Griffin Gastropub and Muskoka Highlands - Father’s Day Golf and Brewmaster’s Dinner
Neustadt: Noah’s Inn
Oakville: Camerons Brewing Co., Trafalgar Ales and Meads, The Big Smoke
Ottawa: Arrow & Loon, Savvy Company + Thyme & Again Catering, The Black Tomato,
Neustadt: Noah’s Inn,
Paris: Cedar House Grill & Martini Bar
St. Thomas: Railway City Brewing Co.
Toronto: Highway 61, Magpie, Mill Street Brewpub, The Iron Duke on Wellington, The Roxton, Brydens, The Only Café, Burger Bar & Tequila Tavern, Cloak & Dagger Irish Pub, Bar Volo, Harbord House, Grapefruit Moon, Great Lakes Brewery, Black Creek Historic Brewery, DeSotos, Castro’s Lounge, The Roxton
Tobermory: Big Tub Harbour Restaurant
Van Kleek Hill: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.
Waterloo: Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21, University of Waterloo Graduate Club
Woodstock: Six Thirty Nine

Any interested parties with event ideas or suggestions should contact their local brewery or send an email to with “Ontario Craft Beer Week” in the subject line. New details, when they are available, will be posted on the OCB’s new website for Craft Beer Week,

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