News & Brews – April 17

Not the newsiest week in beer, but smaller quantity is made up for with quality:

  • Look for a great night of food and beer at the Canadian Beer News Dinner #3. Happening Friday, April 27th in the wine cellar of Splendido, beers from the Roland + Russell portfolio (like the Kiuchi Hitachino Next XH and De Struise Double Black) will be paired will an amazing six course menu. Tickets are $150 (plus tax and gratuity). Full information (including menu, beers and phone number for reservations) are on the event page from CBN.
  • The Only Cafe are hosting a Spring Beer Fest on April 27th and 28th. There will be different breweries on both days, but samples are always $1 (and fairly generous in size). The Only fests are becoming quite popular, so show up early to avoid disappointment.
  • In LCBO news, the Nickel Brook Headstock IPA is now available in cans ($2.65/473mL). The Muskoka Spring Oddity should be arriving in stores this week. And the brewmaster for Amsterdam revealed on Twitter that the Boneshaker will be coming to LCBOs in six-packs. Still no word on the Amsterdam Tempest release date.
  • Toronto’s rising beer scene was featured in the Globe and Mail article, “Toronto’s Craft Brew Scene Hops to Life” and the same paper provided news that Pearson airport will get a craft beer bar developed by Brock Shepherd of Burger Bar/Kensington Brewing.
  • And in a bit of shameless self-promotion, the list of judges for the first round of barVolo’s Cask Days IPA Challenge has been released. I am honoured to have been chosen as one of the judges in the beer writer category, especially as my co-judge is someone who has actually written books (and not just any books, but really good ones).
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