Apr 2, 2013
We had an amazing 5 days of filming back in February. Man how time flies. Take a look at some of our behind the scenes photos to get a feel of the week. We are now starting in on editing with the plan on shooting a few more days in the upcoming months. For the most up to date info please follow us on twitter and facebook.
Jan 7, 2013
Brew Year’s Day
Brewer’s Backyard put on another great event at the Evergreen Brick Works this past Sunday.
Dark winter beers are some of my favourites so I knew I wouldn’t be missing Brew Year’s Day. The focus was on rare and potent beers, and potent they were.
Some of the more daring people even strapped on ice skates for a quick spin around the rink. I decided it was probably for the best to stay on solid ground after all my delicious samples.
Full Beer List Below:
Amsterdam Full City Tempest Imperial Stout
Cheshire Valley Oak Aged Scottish Pale Ale
Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout
Great Lakes Apocalypse Later Double Black IPA and Witch King Baltic Porter (collaboration with Biergotter)
Indie Alehouse Christmas Spiced Porter and Jump the Shark American Strong Ale
Nickel Brook Old Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout
Oct 29, 2012
Yesterday I was able to attend session three of Cask Days at the Evergreen Brickworks. What an amazing event! I got a sneak preview the day before at the Brewer’s Breakfast but Sunday was the real deal: Music, food, artwork and cask beer!
Sunday also marked the first day of filming for Indie Suds. I couldn’t have picked a better event to kick it off with. A special shout out to the guys at Bar Volo for having us out to film and take photos.
It was wonderful being able to connect with new people and look forward to exploring new leads for the documentary. Stay tuned for more on this later.
Once filming was done I was finally able to sample some of the beers. Even though selection was winding down by then I still got to try a lot of fantastic beers. Check out the photos in the gallery to see which ones I tried. Next year I’ll just have to make sure I’m there for session one. I can’t wait!
Oct 27, 2012
This morning at the Brewer's Breakfast, I got to get a sneak peek of the Cask Days set up. They had very yummy spread and some extra yummy beers to sample before the start of session one.
It was a great opportunity to catch up with some new people and let them know about the project. It was also great to touch base with a few of the folks that have already helped me out!
I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I'll be at session three to film the first footage of the documentary. I am also looking forward to trying a lot of amazing cask beer. Wish me luck!
Oct 22, 2012
I was excited to go in and talk to owner Jason Fisher at the Indie Ale House last week. I was able to sample two more beers (Pumpkin Abby & Cockpuncher IPA) which were fantastic! Looking forward to going back and tasting some of the amazing food I have been hearing about.
Check out more photos here!
Oct 16, 2012
A big shout out and thank you to Troy Burtch at Great Lakes Brewery for taking the time to meet with me today. There is some exciting stuff happening over at GLB and be sure to check out my twitter or facebook page for more updates as it happens. Check back in a few weeks for pictures from GLB next Project X event.
Oct 8, 2012
Wonderful fall afternoon at the Evergreen Brick Works. Enjoyed talking to the people at Beau's All Natural Brewing Company and the Brewer's Backyard. I also got to meet some lovely beer fans! Great use of a Thanksgiving Monday.
I was able to check out two very yummy beers:
... And Boom Goes The Dynamite ~ Gose * 4.6% Alc/Vol
"An unfiltered beer brewed with sea salt, coriander and a hint of subtle acidty post fermentation. Aromas of citrus, and slight tartness to taste leads into a curiously salty mouth-feel."
as well as
Oktobock ~ 7.0% Alc/Vol
"What else do you do you call a Maibock when it's brewed for Oktoberfest? Pours a bright orange gold colour with notes of biscuit, candy sweetness, peppery alchol and spicy hop bitterness".
For more about their seasonal Octobersfest beers click here.
Check out more photos of the event here.
Presented by: Mary Beth Keefe, brewer at the Granite Brewery, and
Kathleen Mackintosh, founder of Culinarium
This was the last event I attended during Toronto Beer Week. It was a great one to end the week on. This event was specifically geared towards women and it was cool to see the number and range of women who came out to the event.
The event walked us through four pairings of particularly flavourful ale and cheese pairings:
Beer: Ringwood ~ Cheese: Torta from Monforte Dairy (similar to a triple cream brie)
Beer: Peculiar ~ Cheese: Mouton Rouge from Best Baa Cheese Co (a raw sheep’s milk with a washed rind)
Beer: Hopping Mad ~ Cheese: Peppercorn Lancaster from Glengarry Cheese Co (similar to a gouda)
Beer: Keefe’s Irish Stout ~ Cheeses: Hot Whiskey Mustard Cheddar and a Caramel Onion Cheddar from Empire Cheese
They encouraged us to try to save a bit from each pairing so we could experiment between the various selections. I found the Stout also went quite well with the Peppercorn Lancaster.
I have to say, it was a very impressive group of pairings. You could taste the quality of the Ontario cheese and how they fit so well with the ales from the Granite. After two beer and cheese pairing events during TBW I know it is something I will experiment with in the future.
We were also able to do a quick tour of the brewery including their expansion into the basement. For more pictures click here.
Oct 1, 2012
A great way to end off a week of seminars exploring the brewing process. Exploring beer's versatility with an afternoon of beer and cheese pairings at the Beer Academy. Here are a few of the pairings that worked really well together:
5 Year Aged Cheddar - IPA, Cassadian Dark, Black Lager
Smoked Gouda - Smoked Porter, Black Lager
St. Paulin - Creamore's Altbier, Vienna Lager
Brie - Peach Wheat Ale
Camembert - Belgian Brown
Sep 27, 2012
This was another super cool event I was able to check out during Toronto Beer Week. I had never had sour beer before and I love funk music so I decided to check it out. Bar Volo did a fantastic job bringing together a huge mash up different brewers. There were collaborations all over the place and what they came up with was very interesting indeed. It was hard to pick a favourite but man talk about beers with flavour. I wouldn’t be able to drink these beers all the time but it was a great learning experience to sample a few of them with people who really knew there sour beers.