The Exchange Brewery: Winner!

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The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition was won by The Exchange Brewery of Niagara-on-the-Lake less than a month after opening.

 

Teaming up with Clear Valley Hops of Nottawa, the Exchange Brewery brewed an American amber ale that clearly wowed the judges.

 

 

Owner Robin Ridesic hired brewer Sam Maxbauer from Michigan to oversee beer production at this well fitted out brewery that has both a main floor and an upstairs bar

 
The brewery is located in a heritage building dating from the 1880s and was formerly the site of Niagara’s first telephone exchange, thus the name of the brewery and the use of numbers in the naming of its beers. exchange brewery brewhouse

 

Fat Tug IPA: Driftwood Brewery

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The Driftwood Brewery of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has unleashed a fine expression of the IPA style in its amber coloured 7.7 percent abv Fat Tug IPA. Boisterous hop aromas leap from the glass, with malty undertones flowing forth from underneath in a wave of unbridled brilliance. Luscious hop flavours buoyantly sail across the palate with verve. The finish is wonderfully hop driven straight down the throat. You can dock Fat Tug IPA in my fridge anytime. This beer is unfiltered. Currently available in Ontario at the LCBO.