TORONTO — Remember when there were just five Canadian brewers? Things have certainly changed.
The Ontario Craft Brewers association (OCB), which alone represents 25 small and independent breweries in the province, recently announced that the week of June 20 to 26 will be its first-ever Ontario Craft Beer Week. The festival will celebrate the growing number of high-quality, craft brewers scattered across the province.
During the festival, a series of special events designed to expose consumers to new and exciting craft beers will be held at breweries and restaurants. Included in the fun are scheduled tastings, brewery tours, cooking and food pairing demos, beer dinners and more. Ontario Craft Beer Week co-chairs, Steve Beauchesne of Beau’s Brewery in Van Kleek Hill, Ont. and Jason Ellesmere of Cameron’s Brewing Company of Oakville, Ont., are excited for the opportunity to tell stories and educate the masses about the quality and flavour profiles small-batch beers posses.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Ontario’s craft beer industry and for our province,” said Beauchesne. “It’s a groundbreaking moment for craft beer in Ontario and a great way to kick off the summer.”
The Ontario Craft Beer Week organizing committee is currently setting up guidelines for securing partnerships and endorsing events. Anyone with ideas or suggestions should contact their local brewery or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Ontario Craft Beer Week” in the subject line.