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South African tea-infused beer “Bush Fire” released this week from Beau’s

Bush Fire — Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.

Organic and fair trade rooibos and honeybush teas contribute signature flavours to this flame-coloured ale VANKLEEK HILL – (July 28, 2015) A brand-new beer from Beau’s Brewery called Bush Fire will be released Thursday, July 30. The limited-edition release is a 5.8% flame-coloured ale that has been infused with two different organic, fair trade South […]

Annual Free Retro Bottle Opener from Steam Whistle

Retro openers from Steam Whistle now available

Steam Whistle’s MAGEE CHURCHKEY Retro Opener celebrates Ontario’s craft brewing revolution. Now available in 6 packs and 12 packs (15 June, 2015) – Steam Whistle Brewing, maker of Canada’s Premium Pilsner, is celebrating the craft beer revival across Canada with their 2015 edition in-case Retro Opener, aptly named The Magee Churchkey. This collectible opener is now available in […]

Drinking my way across Ontario’s Southwest

We felt welcome.

I get asked to do a lot of stuff. Often, it’s something simple, like reviewing a beer, or giving some coverage for an event. Those are nice, as it generally means I get some beer, or to attend an event. Sometimes I get asked to lend my name and brand to things I’m not comfortable […]

Win Tickets to The Brewer’s Plate!

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If you have been to The Brewer’s Plate before, you probably hardly need an introduction and enticement. Just go ahead and scroll down to see how you can win a pair of tickets to this event. If not, let me tell you about one of the very best, often (unfairly) over-looked, beer events in the […]

2015 Beer Fest Shirts Now Available

Katy Brown, killing it.

Beer festival season is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited! There is little I love more than heading out to one of the many amazing festivals we have here in and around the GTA, hanging out with other beer fans, and drinking amazing beers. So to make the experience even better, I decided […]

Win Passes to Toronto Festival of Beer Spring Sessions!

Toronto's Festival of Beer Spring Sessions — April 24-25, 2015

We Have a Winner! Congratulations to Grace Kelly, enjoy the fest! Well hello Toronto (and surrounding area) (and, well, the rest of the world, but unless you’re traveling here this Friday, this maybe won’t mean much to you). Do you like beer? Kind of silly question. You’re reading a blog this very instant, that is […]

Ontario Beer Sales Changes

Beer changes coming to Ontario

Are the proposed changes very good? A bit. Are they really rather bad? Sadly, yes. How is this even possible? Let me explain. We have just seen the biggest proposed change in beer sales in Ontario, since the repeal of prohibition and introduction of Brewer’s Warehousing (subsequently Brewer’s Retail, now just The Beer Store). It […]

Changes to Beer Sales — Guest Post: Victor North, Garden Brewers

Victor and Sonja North — Garden City Brewers

Hey, did you have a really big presentation at work yesterday? Or maybe, you spent the day at the spa? If so, you might have missed the big news about selling beer in Ontario. I’ll be writing a post on it, but in brief: the province will issue 450 licenses to grocery stores to sell […]

Central City Brewers launch additional Red Racer Beers in Ontario

Red Racer IPA - Central City Brewing

Introduces Red Racer India Session Ale (ISA), Red Racer Copper Ale & Reign of Hops Mixer Pack Surrey, B.C. – The wait is finally over for Ontario craft beer fans who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival BC-based Central City Brewers + Distillers’ award-winning craft beers. The brewer is pleased to announce their expansion in Ontario […]

Changes Around This Joint is on Facebook. Welcome to 2004

I started this blog in 2010. It would be fair to say that I’ve grown a lot. I’ve certainly experienced a lot of things that I never would have guessed at. Things have changed. In fact, sometimes I’ve pushed changes with excitement. But there have been a few things that I have resisted. But I’m […]