Brotherly Suds from Philadelphia

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Brotherly Suds, a ryebock lager brewed by the Sly Fox Brewing Company of Pottstown, PA, pours a polished pale golden colour, while issuing aromatics of spice and rye alongside crisp malt. On the palate, fresh malt flavours are spliced by an edgy rye note.

The finish showcases a tinge of sweet malt that is supplanted by a crispness from both a rye presence and a surfacing hop bitterness that brings balance to the beer. In baseball terms, it is a beer that is ‘sneaky fast!’


This beer was brewed to commemorate the Craft Brewers Conference 2016 and Brewexpo America held in Philadelphia, PA, in early May.


The Craft Brewers Conference 2016-Philadelphia, PA

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Over 13,000 eager delegates descended on Philadelphia May 2 to 6 to purchase new brewing systems, services or ingredients, learn more about the art and science of brewing and selling beer, drink beer with their buddies from other states and provinces and explore the City of Brotherly Love.



The showcase BrewExpo America®, which had more than 800 vendors, was of staggering proportions, the enormity of which made the feet tingle after a tour of most of the .5 million square feet of floor space at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  newlands bellwoods


The seminars were thorough and thoughtfully presented, from a Retailer Panel about Selling Craft Beer to a How to Transition from a Nano to a Microbrewery.


The economic impact was estimated to be $23.8 million USD for Philadelphia.


With literally hundreds of beer related events in and around the city during CBC16, there was never a shortage of things to do or attend.


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The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company did not disappoint with an event highlighting its incredible range of beers brewed in collaboration with a number of breweries across the USA called Beer Camp Across America 2016 Collaborations.


The beer and food pairings were brilliantly executed and generously set out around the dedicated dining room at Time, 1315 Sansome Street, for happy CBC attendees.


This was another great educational and fun Craft Brewers Conference put on by the Brewers Association that delivered big time on all fronts!

Curries and Casks for Charity Update


Please join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7 PM for St. George’s Day festivities at the Granite Brewery.

CASK! is holding its fundraiser, Beer for a Cure, in support of Prostate Cancer Canada on Saturday, April 26th at 7 PM at the Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto.

The event features a delicious four course gourmet curry dinner with four fresh Ontario cask ales, three of which will be only available at this event.

Please sign up and buy your tickets here


Welcome Beer: Junction Craft TBA

Served with Curried nuts and vegetarian samosas

Granite TBA

Matched with Carrot and onion salad

Great Lakes TBA

Heralding Spiced almond chicken

Curried vegetables and spiced Basmati rice

Accompanied by cucumber raita and mango chutney

Black Oak 10 Bitter Years

Dessert-Chef’s treat

Celebrate all things English with MC Robert Hughey, guest speaker Nick Pashley and auctioneer Julian Mulock.

Please sign up and buy your tickets here

Book now!

Symposium Beer for Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America

Beggars and Thieves Anti-Imperial Rye Lager
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Beggars and Thieves Anti-Imperial Rye Lager, brewed by the Devils Elbow Brewing Company of Lexington, VA, USA, is the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America® ‘Symposium Beer’ of choice for 2013.

This annual event was held in late March in Washington, D.C., in front of a core of appreciative fans of craft brewing, including brewery owners, brewers, beer writers and vendors to the trade.

Hitting just 4.9 percent abv, this lager has a snow-white head of foam sitting atop a polished golden coloured beer. Fresh malt and tingly notes of rye are prevalent in the nose. This is a malt accented brew in direct apposition, dare I say, opposition, to double IPAs, black IPAs and the like.

It is crisp on the palate, with just enough hop bitterness to keep it in balance. The finish is mildly dry and refreshing. Not big but not bad.

2013 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America

DSCN2584 (800x600) - CopyThe numbers clearly don’t lie.

The 2013 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America® (The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing America’s small and independent craft brewers) was the biggest and best to date, drawing some 6,400 delegates to Washington, DC, for all things craft beer.

The event saw the largest trade show in the 30-year history of the event, with over 440 exhibitors displaying the latest and greatest brewery equipment and services to the microbrewery industry.

On the trade show floor, serious deals were being discussed as brewers looked to expand and take advantage of the continued rise of microbreweries, which is the main segment in the beer market which has seen growth.

Hitting 10 percent craft dollar share of the total American beer market, and similar numbers in Canada, North American craft breweries clearly reflect where the beer industry is headed, that is, onward and upward.

Some suppliers, which normally chase the big brewers’ needs, now see microbreweries as essential to their survival and growth.

Source: Robert Hughey on the floor of Craft Brewers Conference.

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2013 Achievement Awards from the Brewers Association, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Three members of the brewing community were recognized and awarded for their dedication and service during the opening session.

Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing: Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium Brewing Co. was honoured with the Russell Schehrer Award for implementing the biggest barrel ageing operation in the country. Brewmaster for the past 10 years, Bouckaert makes all kinds of experimental beers, many of which are released under New Belgium’s ‘Lips of Faith’ series. The award is given annually to honour Schehrer’s contributions to the brewing industry. Schehrer was a founding partner and the original head brewer at Colorado’s first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Brewers Association Recognition Award: Art Larrance of Cascade Brewing/Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub received the Brewers Association Recognition Award for his innovative and award-winning beers. Larrance has been in the industry since the early 1980s and opened Cascade Brewing in 1998. Each year, BA members nominate candidates for this award and the BA Board of Directors votes to determine the most deserving brewer.

F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award: David Katleski, president of the New York State Craft Brewers Guild and owner of the Empire Brewing Co., received the F.X. Matt Award for his tireless efforts to make regulatory reform possible and change legislation. Katleski operates a small brewpub in Syracuse and is constantly working to help the local craft market. This past year, he had five major pieces of reform legislation passed in New York. The award is given in honour of a champion of small brewers, F.X. Matt, president of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, New York from 1980-1989 and chairman from 1989-2001.

Source: Brewers Association, Boulder, CO, USA

CASK! Event Toronto Beer Week 2012

Book now: 416 778 1804

In celebration of Toronto Beer Week, Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Avenue in Toronto, presents at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 15:
A Cask Ale Showcase with three new beers designed by Robert Hughey and brewed at Amsterdam Brewing Company.

Hughey’s Golden Ale, Mid-Lantic IPA and Saskatoon Berry Stout will be accompanied by four food pairings from Allen’s Chef  Ponniah Vijeyratnam.



Grilled Colossal Shrimp with Chili Rub
Chicken Poached in Lettuce Leaf
Lamb Pastie with Allen’s Molasses-Lager Sauce
Chocolate Guinness Cake

The Golden Ale is in the English style and features 2-row malt, a pinch of crystal malt and traditional hops, including East Kent Golding and Fuggle.
Mid-Lantic IPA utilizes Fuggle and Golding hops from England and Columbus from the USA, as well as green organic Cascade from the Hughey hop garden (pictured above right).
Saskatoon Berry Stout features roasted barley, organic Saskatoon berries and Cascade hops from the Hughey Estate, as well as Golding and Fuggle.

Robert will introduce and discuss his creations.  Tickets are $45.00 and include ale, food pairings, taxes and gratuity.

From 3:00 o’clock onward, Robert’s Cask Ales will be available for general sale at $4.85 the half-pint and $7.50 the pint.