Summer 2019 has been an excellent time here in Ontario’s craft beer industry. But, like all good things, it must come to an end. Happily, that means fall colours, crisp evenings and the brand new fall issue of the Growler are just around the corner.
For our sixth issue, we have a guide to Ontario’s most northern breweries by Crystal Luxmore, a look at the darker side of beer social media and a snapshot view of the growing mini-empires of bars serving great beer. We also head to PEC to sample all that’s excellent from one of Ontario’s fastest-growing beer regions. With our recipe, Brewer vs. Brewer and Beer to the Ground columns there is plenty in there for everyone.
Some of our readers don’t realize this, but we have an (older) sister magazine in BC. Especially for the brewery directory, we started off by replicating the format that has worked so well there, but over six issues we’ve also fine-tuned the model to better suit Ontario’s individual craft beer scene. The most recent change is that we now list which of your favourite Ontario breweries sell their beer through an online store.
Ontario is a huge province and sending beer through the mail is a good way to bridge the gaps between us and push our tasting boundaries forward. Making updates like this is one of the ways that we work to keep our brewery directory fresh every issue. You’ll find that the brewery blurbs give an up-to-date sense of what’s happening at local breweries and we also give the details for two of each brewery’s latest beers.
As we wrap up distribution in the next couple weeks, you’ll see copies of the new Growler for sale at your favourite breweries. (Breweries, we still have a few copies available if you’d like to get in touch to place an order.) And you can also snag a copy directly from us by subscribing or ordering a single copy. And, by the end of August, you’ll start to see the new issue on newsstands across Ontario.