I write this post with mixed feelings. Can you tell? I'm pretty confident that this post will get a few views, if only because I believe there are many who have at the very least "thought about it" (contract brewing) as a means of getting their feet wet in the brewing world.
Well, you know how some of your friends or family have that mom? Y' know, the one who cooks an amazing [insert dish name here] but who can't or won't share their recipe and/or techniques with the world? It's the type of recipe they've cooked hundreds of times to much fanfare, but whose secrets are accessible only to them. It's the type of dish made by muscle memory. A dish that warms your soul (and belly!).
Our very own Matt (Matti) Cowan shared his expertise on brewing with fruits, spices, and herbs at this month's GTA Brews meeting. If you were too busy to make the meeting, no worries! Here are the slides from that silly night:
In January I set forth with my partner Sara on an epic 6-week cycling trip across Middle Earth, and while we sampled some tasty beer, our trip was admittedly less about "hoppy drank" and more about escaping the depressive horror of a bone-chilling Canadian winter. Oh, that and finding Hobbit meat. They were not home.
"Where is all the Hobbit meat?", wondered Sara.
Fortunately, before returning home we did manage to score a kilogram worth of New Zealand's highly regarded and sought after Riwaka hops - a hop variety that's currently unavailable in North America (unless you're exceedingly well-connected).
Homebrew Con is an annual homebrewer's conference and celebration organized by the American Homebrewers Association. The event takes place every June and is perhaps best described as a sort of "homebrewer's Mecca" to where thousands of devotees and clubs from across the world (but mostly the United States) travel for three glorious days under the banner of delicious homebrew. The purpose: learning, drinking, and celebrating all things beer and homebrew.
Silly Sir makes a debut at its first festival! Spring Beerfest TO by Toronto's Festival of Beer was the perfect event to kick off our summer festival season. The 2-day festival at Fort York Garrison Common, over the May long weekend hosted over 18 breweries and cideries plus a handful of food trucks, vendors, and games. We were lucky enough to be one of them.
A personal and professional goal of mine is to bring more visibility to women in the brewing industry. So when the words: International Women's Day + Collaboration + Brew + Unite + Exotic were all used in one tweet, my eyes lit up! What a great initiative by the International Women's Collaboration Brew Day.
Our hearts overflow with warmth from all the support on display at our official product launch party on Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Granite Brewery. We chatted, laughed, awkward-paused, and enjoyed everybody's company as we celebrated the launch of Easy Tiger after tons of tedious, behind the scenes hard work and dedication.
Note: post updated March 10th, 2018 with batch 2 revision and notes.
Writing to you live from Silly Sir Brewery/a tiny apartment somewhere in Toronto it's me again - here to share with you the fantastic learnings we had drinking beer and visiting breweries in Berlin and Munich, Germany. Yes: we went to Weihenstephan and and sampled fresh Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and yes, it was the best part of the trip.