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Counterpoint Brewing Co.
Episode #23 | Counterpoint Brewing Co. | Chromatic Modulation – Kaffa Bee Ale – Born On A Different Cloud – Rubee Roselle – Onederful Tonight | Kitchener, Ontario |
We’re back with another brewery visit this week as we stop in at Kitchener’s own, Counterpoint Brewing Co., as we tour the brewery before talking about how Counterpoint got started between Rich & Graeme, the balance between art and chemistry in brewing, the variety of offerings they provide on their tap list, the community they’ve created within the brewery, the ever growing barreling program, and much more!
Wave Maker Craft Brewery & Distillery
Episode #22 | Wave Maker Craft Brewery & Distillery | Lagerbier – Orion – Legendary Powers – Cinnamon Bun | Cambridge, Ontario |
Join us this week as we’re back at Wave Maker, only this time, we’re sitting down with Owner and Brewmaster, Scott Paulter, to chat about his introduction into the craft beer scene, sourcing local hops, building the brewery, plans for a future distillery and much more!
Episode #21 | Bandit Brewery | Juicebox – Meadow – Cloud – Hibernator | Toronto, Ontario |
This week we stop into a Roncesvalles staple, as we tour Bandit Brewery while talking with Co-Owners and Brewmasters, Stephane and Shehzad. We talk about how they met, the inspiration behind the brewery, their delicious food menu, and of course, their ever growing barreling program!
2020 ONHOPS BrewOff
The Crafty Gents take to Niagara Falls, as the 2020 ONHOPS BrewOff takes place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. We take part in a Sensory Evaluation Session, hosted by Roy Desrochers, watch the competition judging for the BrewOff, and celebrate all things Ontario Hops and Ontario Craft Beer.
The Second Wedge Brewing Co.
Episode #20 | The Second Wedge Brewing Co. | Elgin Blonde – High Grass – Monday Night Piper – 3 Rocks | Uxbridge, Ontario |
This week we sit down with The Second Wedge Co-Founder, Joanne Richter and talk about how they created their space and the atmosphere within the brewery, while also chatting about BJCP judging, their involvement in the local community, their work to keep our furry friends in breweries across Ontario, and much more!
Short Finger Brewing Co.
Episode #19 | Short Finger Brewing Co. | Wash – Lando (F2) – Fargo – To Evil | Kitchener, Ontario |
This week we stop into SFBC and between big laughs with Rob and Kat, we talk Home Brew Hangouts, the ins and outs of Lando, Mixed Fermentation and Blending, Beer Education and So. Much More!
These two are like real life encyclopedias of beer (not to mention tons of fun to hang with), and it felt like we could have chatted for hours. Maaaaybe we’ll have to stop back in for Part Two in the future!
2020 Crafty Dinner
The 2020 Crafty Dinner hosted by All Sauced, Wave Maker Craft Brewery and Beer Diversity is officially in the books and we are so grateful to have been able to join in on the action! It was well worth the trip to Cambridge, as we made some new friends and celebrated this incredible sense of community within craft beer.
Steel Wheel Brewery
Episode #18 | Steel Wheel Brewery | Helles Lager – Dry Hopped Kettle Sour – NEIPA – Oat Stout | Brant, Ontario |
This week we’re at one of the most unique breweries in Ontario, talking about their very own hop farm and the intricacies within it, their use of local ingredients, homebrewing, beer styles they offer and much more while we sip on a flight of beers from their tap list!
Grain & Grit Beer Co.
Episode #17 | Grain & Grit Beer Co | Berry Good – Sweather Weather – Zigge Zagge – Invisible Friend – In The Palms – Crop Circles | Hamilton, Ontario |
We’re back for another episode and this time were at one of the most aesthetically pleasing breweries in Ontario, as we’re joined by Grain & Grit Co-Founder and Brewer, Joe Mrav. While he takes us through a ton of different beer from their diverse tap list, we talk about where Grain & Grit started, building their incredible taproom and brewery, initially opening with their Founding Members, and so much more!
Concession Road Brewing Co.
Episode #16 | Concession Road Brewing Co. | Fire House Blonde Ale – Wet Work IPA – Peach Sour – Lumber Jacket Brown Ale | Jarvis, Ontario |
Join us this week as we chat with the co-owners and co-founders of Concession Road Brewing Co., Jeff & Shannon Bunton, and talk about being the first and only brewery in Haldimand County, educating customers on craft beer and aspects of brewing, introducing people to craft beer, experimenting with their pilot series and so much more!
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Episode #15 | Nickel Brook Brewing Co. | Headstock – Wicked Awesome – Raspberry Uber – Kentucky Bastard | Burlington, Ontario |
We are back in Southern Ontario and we stopped into a long time mainstay and fan favourite, Nickel Brook Brewing Co., to sit down with Owner and Co-Founder, John Romano! We talked about the early beginnings of Nickel Brook, how much the craft beer market has grown since their opening, the different styles of beer they offer, creating the Funk Lab facility, inspiring others within the craft beer community, and so much more!
This was a special episode for us, as John is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to craft beer and is someone who’s really contributed to growing the craft beer scene in the GTA and Ontario for a number of years.
One Time Brew Co.
Episode #14 | One Time Brew Co. | Gold Clouds | NEIPA | 6.9% | Thunder Bay, Ontario |
We sat down with Head Brewer and Co-Owner of One Time, Robert Bell, as he gave us an exclusive look at the newest addition to Thunder Bay’s craft beer scene, before the doors were officially open!
We soaked in their delicious NEIPA, Gold Clouds, and talked about their inspiration for starting a brewery, when they’re opening to the public, what their focus will be in terms of beer styles, experimenting with unique varieties and we gifted them with some Beer Mail from our neck of the woods!
Dawson Trail Craft Brewery
Episode #13 | Dawson Trail Craft Brewery | Bae’s Haze: Original – Peach – Mango | Double Dry Hopped IPA | Thunder Bay, Ontario |
Join us this week as we sit down with George Renner and John Kivinen, the two co-owners of Dawson Trail Craft Brewery! We talk about brewing beer before opening, transitioning into a professional brewery setting and catering to a wider audience, their ideas on constant improvement, community involvement in Thunder Bay and plenty more!
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.
Episode #12 | Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. | Hoppet – Mr. Canoehead – Beaver Duck – White Out | Thunder Bay, Ontario |
What’s up T Bay? This week we sit down with the OG’s of Thunder Bay, Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., and their owner Kyle Mulligan, as we taste a delicious flight of beer, while chatting about the growth of the brewery, introducing the area to craft beer, using the resources native to Thunder Bay while brewing, their dedication to supporting and strengthening the community and so much more!
Thunder Bay Adventure
Here’s a little video featuring the incredible time we had this summer in Thunder Bay! We kayaked, hiked, laughed, Waterfall Wednesday’d, built fires, ate great food (courtesy of Tomlin Restaurant), gorged on Persian Man pastries and of course, drank delicious craft beer at Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., Dawson Trail Craft Brewery and One Time Brew Co.
Look out, locals! We’re dropping all three of these episodes in the upcoming weeks, starting with the OG’s, Sleeping Giant, where you can WIN cool prizes and learn so much about their brewery!
Eastbound Brewing Co.
Episode #11 | Eastbound Brewing Co. | Backpacker – Dashboard Hula – Fresh Start: Chinook – Let’s Go Exploring | Riverside, Toronto, Ontario |
We’re back for another episode as we sit down with Eastbound’s Head Brewer, Dave Lee and Head Chef, Tara Lee! We talk about the atmosphere within the brewery, how their food menu is at the forefront of their identity, events they’re putting on every week and of course, craft beer! Dave tell us how his previous experience helps him at Eastbound, and we talk about the wide variety of styles they’re serving up at the brewery!
2019 Ontario Brewing Awards
This years Ontario Brewing Awards in Toronto were a HUGE success, and we are so thankful to have been able to join in on the action! It was so nice to see some familiar faces, make some new friends and celebrate the incredible achievements made by Ontario Craft Brewers!
Check out the video we put together showcasing Ontario Breweries and all the quality craft beer that we have to offer here, highlighted by President of Taps Media & Sawdust City Owner, Rob Engman, and others expressing their thoughts on this great event!
Rouge River Brewing Company
Episode #10 | Rouge River Brewing Company | New England IPA | Holy Trinity (w/ Pineapple) | 7.0% | Markham, Ontario |
This week we’re at Markham’s ONLY Craft Brewery, Rouge River Brewing Company, and were joined by their co-founder and head brewer, Jordan Mills (aka Dr.J). We talk variations of their Holy Trinity IPA, his first time brewing beer, obtaining his Cicerone designation, his past life at Mill St. Brewery, exercising creative freedom with their tap list and much, much more!
Falcon Brewing Company
Episode #09 | Falcon Brewing Company | Salem Stout | American Stout | 6.6% | Ajax, Ontario |
We’re back for another edition and this week we visit Ajax’s only craft brewery, Falcon Brewing Company! We sit down with Kent Williamson and talk all things craft beer, including how they got started, their space, events and much more!
Muddy York Brewing Co.
Episode #08 | Muddy York Brewing Co. | Switchboard | Session IPA | 4.9% | Toronto, Ontario |
This week we’re at Muddy York Brewing Co., talking to Founder and Head Brewer, Jeff Manol!
A true OG, Jeff is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to craft beer. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, I encourage you to check out his thoughts on his days as a homebrewer, how completing the BJCP certification affected his brewing, Muddy York’s dedication to quality within their offerings and so much more!
Little Beasts Brewing Co.
Episode #07 | Little Beasts Brewing Co. | Strange Aeons | DIPA | 8.0% | Whitby, Ontario |
This time around we sit down with co-founder and co-owner of Little Beasts, Erin Broadfoot! We learn how she started brewing and how she teamed up with John Henley to form Little Beasts! We also talk about how they balance their styles together, what they specialize in, how being a beer judge helps while brewing beer, and so much more! Grab a drink and enjoy!
Radical Road Brewing Co.
Episode #06 | Radical Road Brewing Co. | Yuzu Pale Ale | 5.0% | Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario |
We’re back! In our latest episode we hang with Andrew Machete at Radical Road and taste their flagship beer, the Yuzu Pale Ale! We also talk different beer styles, styles Radical Road is focusing on experimenting with, the Toronto East Brewer’s Collective and much more! Grab a beer and enjoy!
Chronicle Brewing Co.
Episode #05 | Chronicle Brewing Co. | Mind Flay | West Coast IPA | 6.0% | Bowmanville, Ontario |
We’re back for another episode as we sit down with Jon Cowling of Chronicle to try their flagship West Coast IPA, Mind Flay! In addition, we talk about the diversity of their offerings in their first year of operation, how they manage brewing so many different styles, video game tournaments at the brewery and much more!
Black Lab Brewing
Episode #04 | Black Lab Brewing | Sittin’ Pretty | American Pale Ale w/ Rye | 4.5% | Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario |
Join us this week as we sit down with Black Lab’s Head Brewer, Connor Deuchars and talk about their initial opening, beer styles they’re focusing on, their Kombucha and (future) cold brew offerings and the active community they’re building in Leslieville!
Episode #03 | Town Brewery | Radwagon | Lactose Pale Ale | 5.6% | Whitby, Ontario |
Join us on our latest episode as we hang with Jeff Talmey; Co-Founder of Town Brewery! We sample one of their newest beers, ‘Radwagon’ and chat about their warm welcome to Whitby, their introduction into the LCBO, the Town Market, changes at the brewery with a new license and much more!
Rorschach Brewing Company
Episode #02 | Rorschach Brewing Company | Paradigm Shift | Triple Dry-Hopped Double IPA w/ Lactose Sugar | 8.5% | Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario |
This week we sit down with Matt Ryner; Head Brewer and Co-Founder of Rorschach Brewing Company, as we taste their anniversary beer, Paradigm Shift and talk all things craft beer and Rorschach!
Manantler Craft Brewing Co.
Episode #01 | Manantler Craft Brewing Co. | OMG Becky, Look at her Brut | Brut IPA | 4.8% | Bowmanville, Ontario |
Join us as we sit down with Manantler to try their new Brut IPA and learn a little bit about the brewery, their history, distributing/licensing and how a Manantler fan favourite, a Russian Imperial Stout named The Machine, came to be.