New Tennant's pint glass fits "Scotland to a T"Tennent’s Captures ‘Scotland to a T’ with Launch of Iconic New Pint Glass

(SCOTLAND) The nation has spoken! And after over 3,000 entries, a nationwide tour and weeks of debate to select 36 winning comments, Tennent’s Lager unveils its much anticipated Scotland pint glass in time for St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

The warmth, wit and wisdom of the Scottish people is emblazoned across this limited edition version of Tennent’s iconic pint glass, which will be in pubs across the country as a glass is raised to Scotland on 30th November.

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Gamay nouveau is one wine that is fun to drink in quantity
LCBO is offering 10 nouveau wines for sale this year starting on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., including two from Ontario, at more than 400 stores across the province.

The annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and other nouveau wines on the third Thursday of November is celebrated around the world at restaurants and “nouveau” parties, and heralds the first wines of the year’s harvest. Nouveau wines are traditionally one of the LCBO’s fastest-selling products with most of the stock sold out in three to four weeks.

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Beau's estivale Albier now availableBeau’s All Natural Brewing is changing up their seasonal offering just as summer is about to begin. A new and unique Festivale Altbier is now available at select LCBO locations throughout Ontario.
Festivale, a 4.7% amber-hued summer ale, is sold through the LCBO in single-serve 600 ml bottles for $4.35. Craft beer drinkers are finding Festivale refreshing in more ways than one: it certainly quenches a summer’s thirst, but also it bucks the trend of light, fruity summer beers, instead offering up rich amber hues and assertive malt and hop flavours.

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Do you love Black Oak Beer AND board games? Are you ready for your worlds to collide?
You are welcome to join other beer fans at the brewery in Etobicoke on May 16th from 6:30-9:30 pm. BYOBG (Bring your own Board Game) to the brewery on Wednesday and Black Oak will provide the pizza and beer. $10.00 at the door gets you 4 drink tokens and pizza! If you are the designated driver, then it is $5 for pizza! The event is accessible via the TTC and the brewery is happy to call you a cab at the end of the night. The event is for those 19 years of age or older. Please do not drink and drive.
If you've got some game lovin' or nerdy friends who have yet to discover the joys of Ontario Craft Beer, BYOBG Party would be a great introduction!
Directions and other details are available at the website.
(Event notice provided by Black Oak Brewing.)
Press Release

Ontario Craft Beer WeekThe third annual ‘Ontario Craft Beer Week’ launches on Father’s Day, running from June 17 – 23, 2012 throughout the province. The annual week-long, beer-themed salute to Ontario’s small, independent brewers celebrates the burgeoning local craft beer scene, exposing consumers to the fun and fresh quality of Ontario’s homespun brews. Hosted by 29 OCB member breweries, hundreds of beer-themed, grassroots events will be held throughout the province in breweries, pubs, restaurants, event venues and service clubs from Cambridge to Van Kleek Hill and Muskoka to Niagara. Event listings go live May 15th at http://www.ocbweek.ca
Ontario Breweries Amsterdam, Cameron’s & King Win at Prestigious International “Olympics of Beer”

Canada wins at World Beer Cup 2012
(TORONTO) – May 11, 2012 – Three Ontario Craft Brewers grabbed global beer glory in a contest of international brewing excellence, winning awards at the 2012 World Beer Cup held May 5, 2012 at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego, California.

Amsterdam Brewing Co. of Toronto, Cameron’s Brewing Co. of Oakville and King Brewery of Nobleton each won an award at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Judges presented a total of 284 awards during the ninth bi-annual competition which boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories.

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A. Paul Mitchell
New Big Rock Rye and Ginger Ale

"Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, have no fear." This may be an old wives' tale, and I believe it is because it never held true in my case (by the way, the idea is that the more filling beer at the end of the night slows down your rate of consumption), but it does demonstrate a bit of a conundrum. I love beer but I also love my Canadian rye whisky. Good thing for Big Rock that they have come up with the perfect solution by combining the two.

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By A. Paul Mitchell

Alexander Keith's Original Cider
The attractive blonde waitress stares off to the corner of the ceiling as she recalls the line-up of draft at her small barbeque joint. “Canadian, Coors Light, Rickard’s Red and Somersby Cider,” she says. (Clearly it is a Molson house.) “What was the last one again?” I ask. Cider with barbeque pork makes total sense, but why this one in a sea of other, more established brands? Where all the small players have gone?

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A. Paul Mitchell

Mill Street Brewery's Lemon Ice Tea Beer

My Twitter account(http://twitter.com/#!/apaulmitchell) brought word that my previous entry on Iced Teas might need revisiting. Thank you to the guys at the Calgary Beer Fest for the reminder that Mill Street Brewing was way ahead of the current trend and has been offering an Lemon Ice Tea beer for over two years. No doubt there are many other independent brewers who have either offered something similar, either as a one-off or as a regular line, but the entrance of Coors Light and Michelob demonstrate that the flavour profile will soon hit critical mass soon. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all.

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By A. Paul Mitchell

Coors Light Iced Tea Promotional Photo
A couple of summers ago, a tsunami of lime-flavoured beers washed over Canada and the United States. Regardless of which guilty party should be blamed for creating this unfortunate segment, the next trend for the summer of 2012 looks to be iced tea-infused beers.

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