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News and Notes: January 12, 2024

Hello, and welcome to a new biweekly feature here on The Growler Ontario website where we’ll be rounding up happenings around Ontario.  Here at the beginning of 2024, we find ourselves in interesting times for the Ontario beer scene. The […]

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Turning barley into beer

Mississippi Mills Malt, Esma barley and a brief history of Ontario malting barley It’s a sunny day in late spring and I’m riding through a dusty farm field outside Pakenham, Ontario with Will Bowes. We follow the planting line of […]

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Camp, not cottage

Communing with nature is thirsty work The fall is a special time in Northern Ontario. Days are getting shorter and evenings are cooling. It is a time where hunting and fishing camps come alive with activity. My journey to camp […]

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Beerlab! eyes expansion

Ontario’s smallest brewery will soon expand its seating capacity No, Nick Baird isn’t going to the PUP show tonight. It’s a question he’s asked maybe a dozen times as we make our way across two venues and handful of beers […]

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A history of Ontario’s Iron Brewer competition

One of the most interesting (yet under-the-radar) brewing competitions takes place right on our doorstep: Iron Brewer, held by the Master Brewers Association of America, Ontario District. Iron Brewer is an annual competition held among and for Ontario District members. […]

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Brewer vs History

In which editor Jordan St. John goes head-to-head with an 1840s Bass Pale Ale Over the course of my career, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about historical brewing. I wrote a book called Lost Breweries of Toronto that […]

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