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This a great event and I encourage everyone to go who has an interest in brewing or how beer is made!

Across North America, the first Saturday of November is recognized as “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day”, and the Southern Ontario Brewers recognize the date by hosting a Learn2Brew event. In cooperation with Amsterdam Brewing, the Southern Ontario Brewers invite you to spend a day learning about homebrewing on Saturday 3. November 2012 at 45 Esandar Drive, in Toronto. This group of homebrewers will be demonstrating a range of homebrewing techniques and equipment from single-vessel systems through larger 3-vessel breweries. The group consists of novice homebrewers through professional brewers.

“Homebrewers are proud of our craft, and usually take any opportunity we can get to show it off.” explained Jason Stranak, one of the event organizers. “We hope to attract members of the public with an interest in craft beer, homebrewing or anyone who enjoys tasting and learning about hand-crafted full-flavoured beer. We are inviting the public to come out to view the beer brewing demonstrations and learn about the hobby and ask questions about the brewing process”.”

Amateur brewers will be setting up their mash tuns, kettles and assorted gear and attendees can expect that there will be at least 10 brewing stations on site brewing a variety of ales and lagers during the demonstration using malted barley, hops, yeast and water.

Jamie Mistry, brewmaster at the Amsterdam Brewery has been generous in hosting this annual event for the fourth year running. The Amsterdam Brewery will also be open for the event, with public tours of the new Leaside brewery location, and Amsterdam beers will be available to sample.

Date: Saturday, 3.November 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Amsterdam Brewery, 45 Esander Drive, Toronto

For further information, media may contact:
Jason Stranak, Southern Ontario Brewers

The Southern Ontario Brewers are a group of amateur homebrewers from the GTA (and beyond) who love to share their passion for homebrewing. SOB is an informal association of amateur brewers who share brewing knowedge and stage the occasional gathering to brew together and perhaps share our beers. – The SOB mandate is to be inclusive, not elitist. We hope to have a little fun, and perhaps break some of the rules along the way.


This sounds like a blast!



First Dinner To Feature An Organic Brewery & Gourmet Vegan Chef In One Of Toronto’s Landmark Venues

TORONTO, ON (November 21, 2011) – Canadian Beer News, one of Canada’s leading sources of beer industry news and information, is pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series. This ongoing series of dinners will bring together some of Canada’s top craft breweries and beer importers with outstanding chefs and restaurants to create unique and exciting beer and food pairing experiences.

For the debut dinner on Tuesday, December 6th, the organic beers of Beau’s All-Natural Brewing will be served alongside a gourmet vegan meal prepared by Chef Doug McNish, all presented in the luxurious surroundings of The Windsor Arms Hotel. Each course will be paired with a different beer presented by Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne – including rarities from the brewery’s “Wild Oats Series” and “Greener Futures Bourbon Barrel Aged Series” – and Chef McNish’s healthy, hearty and beer-friendly creations will prove that there is much more to vegan food than tofu and sprouts.

“The intention of the Dinner Series is to partner unique and distinctive craft breweries with top rate chefs that aren’t normally known for working with beer,” said Canadian Beer News publisher Greg Clow. “Beau’s is a brewery that pushes the boundaries with every beer they release, and while vegan cuisine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to pairing food with beer, Doug is ready to wow both the converted and the naysayers.”

Tickets to the first event in the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series are available now for $95 (inclusive of tax and gratuities) at More information about the series can be found at at

For further details, contact Greg Clow at


Canadian Beer News Dinner #1: Beau’s Brewing & Chef Doug McNish

The Windsor Arms Hotel
18 Saint Thomas Street, Toronto

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
6:30 PM – Reception with passed hors d’oeuvre & beer pairing
7:15 PM – 4-course Dinner with beer pairings

$95 per person including taxes and gratuities


Beau’s All Natural Brewing ( is a family-run and totally DIY beer company based in Vankleek Hill, a small town about an hour east of Ottawa. They brew interesting, award winning, tasty beers using the highest quality, all natural ingredients like certified organic hops & malts and local spring water. Best known for their flagship brand, Lug-Tread Lagered Ale, they also brew a number of seasonal and one-off beers, and are well-known for their support of charitable initiatives in their local community and beyond.

Doug McNish ( is one of the foremost vegan/raw food chefs in the world. After losing 100 pounds on a plant based diet, he decided to change his career path and become a professional vegan chef. He is a Consulting Chef at The Windsor Arms, where he has developed vegan options for the hotel’s dinner and brunch menus. Doug is a contributor to health and wellness websites and various magazines, has been broadcast on both local and national television, and is currently writing a raw food cookbook to be published in March 2012.

Consecutively voted the #1 hotel in Toronto by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, The Windsor Arms Hotel ( is nestled on a quiet street ideally located just steps away from Yorkville, the heart of Toronto’s most fashionable shopping and entertainment district. An aura of warmth, discreet luxury, and the latest technology combined with our exceptional level of service makes Windsor Arms Toronto’s most luxurious boutique hotel. The Windsor Arms is host to the Courtyard Cafe – open for Sunday brunch and special events; Prime Steakhouse – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the Tea Room for traditional afternoon tea; and Lounge 22 for tapas and cocktails.

Canadian Beer News ( is a website and news blog dedicated exclusively to coverage of Canada’s beer and brewing industry. Presenting news and information with minimal editorializing, Canadian Beer News features announcements of new beer releases, brewery openings and closures, news about festivals and events, and other information from breweries all across the country.


Quebec Beer

I can’t believe I am already over 100 beers reviewed.  The time is going fast.  I have really enjoyed drinking and writing about this journey.  I must admit some days it can seem like a chore.  Especially when you get a bad beer, but for the most part it has opened my eyes to some new styles of beer as well as some new favorites.Pacifico

Interesting Facts:

I have tried 22 different styles of beer (more if you get really picky about them).  Here they are by amount: Pale Ale(25), Lager(18), Hefeweizen(9), IPA(8), Belgian Style Ale(8), Brown Ale(5), Specialty(4), Stout(4), Pilsner(3), Strong Ale(2), Tripel(2), Lambic(2), Kolsch(1), Doppelbock(1), Porter(1), Dubbel(1), Oktoberfest(1), Irish Red Ale(1), Eisbock(1), Kellerbier(1), Scottish Ale(1), and finally Cream Ae(1).

The beers have come from 11 countries: Canada, U.S., U.K., Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Austria, Russia, Netherlands and Australia.

Here is my Top 10 List:

  1. Creativity! – Beer #7310 Bitter Years Anniversary Ale
  2. Off-Centered – Beer #68
  3. Beer #1
  4. Beer # 19
  5. Beer #18
  6. Devil of a Beer! – Beer #36
  7. The End of the World – Beer #93
  8. Bitter, Bitter, or Bitter? – Beer #43
  9. Beer #15
  10. Eco Beer – Beer #65

If you have a Top 10, you need a Bottom 10!

  1. Too Sharp – Beer #69
  2. Stick to the Wine – Beer #90
  3. 3 Strikes! Your Out! – Beer #84
  4. Not What I Expected – Beer #97
  5. Gone but not Gone – Beer #62
  6. Counting Calories – Beer #55
  7. Beer #10
  8. Limey – Beer #56
  9. Sunshine Beer – Beer # 48
  10. State Run – Beer #76

Some conclusions:

  • I like Ale better than Lager
  • I like really hoppy beers the best
  • I like Belgian or Wheat beers almost as much
  • I drink local
  • Gathering data for a review post takes a long time!

What a cool idea!

See this link for details: Eataly

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