Enter our second annual favourite things giveaway to win a prize pack of all of Crystal & Tara Luxmore’s favourite craft beer gear from every province!
Yukon Brewing, Yukon:
Crystal fell for these camp-style ceramic mugs from Yukon Brewing when she went to visit in 2015, but she was traveling with a newborn, and a lot of stuff, so she couldn’t fit them in her luggage. So we’re including this as the prize from the Yukon in our craft beer contest.
Yukon Brewing opened in 1997, and according to its founders beat out Oskar Blues to be the first craft brewery in North America to put its beer in cans. Why? Yukoners demanded it, they like to take beer along on every outdoor adventure. While Yukon has two breweries (go Winterlong!),
NWT does not have its own microbrewery (opportunity awaits folks). But get ready because Nunavut Brewing Company — aka NuBrew Co. — is getting ready to brew in January.
CORRECTION: Thanks to Bob at Yukon Brewing, he let us know about NWT Brewing Co. the NWT’s first brewery.
Four Winds Brewing British Columbia:
When fellow beer writer Joe Wiebe brought us a bottle of the 2016 “Canadian Beer of the Year,” Four Winds Brewing’s Nectarous, we were sold on this Delta craft brewery. (Thanks Joe!). Since then we’ve tasted a bunch of their farmhouse-style ales and IPA’s, and they’re super solid. Plus, we love that it’s headed by brother-team Brent and Adam Mills (and their Dad, Greg too). Siblings will one day rule the world. It’s happening people. Enter our beer contest to win a cozy Four Winds hoodie pictured above.
We have yet to visit their brewery, but hope to do so in 2018: gotta add that to our #sistergoals #beergoals.
Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Albeerta:
We love the ’70’s retro look & feel of Last Best Brewing & Distilling and the merch is top notch. (Crystal knows, she bought the T-shirt awhile back). Plus, how cool is the wordplay? Enter our beer contest to win a sweet black-and-white Albeerta beer cap pictured above.
Crystal visited Last Best Brewing & Distilling earlier this year (thanks Don Tse! for showing her around) and sat down with brewer, Phil Brian. She was impressed with their lineup, their lupulin powder, and the distilling program at the brewpub’s mothership — Bearhill Brewing. The distiller, Bryce Parsons, has a highly experimental approach and she dug the aqua vide — a double distilled whisky with spices (caraway, cinnamon), and taking inspo from mezcal, Parsons hung a bison in the still for an earthy character.
Black Bridge Brewery, Saskatchewan
It’s no secret that we love the milk stout from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery. Crystal paired this beer at a series of beer tastings for the Grower to Glass campaign by the Barley Council of Canada. We only wish that it was available in Ontario. But at least we can toast the fine brew with these Stanley-made insulated beer steins, aka the ultimate beer drinking containers. How cool are these? You can win one! Enter our beer contest.
These baking mixes from Farmery Estate Brewery in Neepawa are legit tasty. The pancake mix, crafted with malted barley and wheat grown on the estate, will take your brunch game to the next level. Another sibling-run beer empire, Farmery is
credited as the first estate brewery in Canada.
CORRECTION: Farmery is not the first estate brewery, one of the Pioneers who came before Farmery is Crannóg Ales & Left Fields in Sorrento, BC (they’re Certified Organic, too) – please leave a comment if you have an estate brewery we can mention here.
The Exchange Brewery, Ontario
The Exchange Brewery has the chicest beer socks in town. This Niagara-based brewery focuses on Belgian & farmhouse style ales crafted by head brewer Sam Maxbauer (who cut his chops at Jolly Pumpkin, just sayin’) and is run by founder & CEO Robin Ridesic. We love their whole black and white, sophisticated vibe. And their Golden Ale is no joke. We featured it in this year’s LCBO Food & Drink magazine and Ontarians, you should all pick one up for the holidays, and three to cellar. It’s a golden ale fermented with Belgian yeast and then finished with brettanomyces in French oak barrels from natural winery, Pearl Morissette for 3 months. It’s amazing, and should age well for up to three years, developing more funk and tropical fruit notes, and slight vanilla.
Trou du Diable, Quebec
We’ve been fans of Trou du Diable’s Belgian-style ales with a New World twist forever. Yes, forever, having covered their beer a bunch of times. Plus we collab’d on a beer with power couple/brewing team, Trou du Diable’s Marylou and Michou, and Muskoka Brewery a couple of years back. So it’s fitting they’re our Quebecois brewery pick. And like their beers, their merch rocks. Check out these wicked hoodies and gothic chandelier style candles… they could both be yours if you enter our beer contest. Aw yeah.
Red Rover Craft Cider, New Brunswick
Co-owners Nicola Mason and Adam Clawson moved to Canada from England almost a decade ago. They missed the wide variety of ciders that they’d normally drink in the UK so they decided to go pro (they’re avid homebrewers and cidermakers).
We’re giving away a voucher for this beautiful bottle of cider and a t-shirt too.
BONUS: Gray Stone Brewing, New Brunswick
We love the modern, angular aesthetic and are hoping to make the trek to New Brunswick to visit Gray Stone, Red Rover and a few other spots when we go to the Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax in May.
2 Crows Brewing, Nova Scotia
2 Crows Brewing is knocking out some amazing beers in downtown Halifax. They’ve got juicy, hazy IPA’s, Belgian-style table and farmhouse brews, and a barrel and Calvados foedre program. Crystal fell in love with their brews this fall, when she dragged her toddlers over for an hour (they were big fans of the popcorn, although they don’t look impressed in the pic below…) and met Head Brewer, Jeremy Taylor. She also guested on 902 Brewcast, (we like these dudes) you can listen to the episode here.
And, if you win the beer contest we’ve got a voucher for you to win all of the above cans, including their signatures Pollyanna, a wild northeast IPA, Pecadillo, an easy-going, creamy oat pils, and Liesse, a Belgian-style table beer. Plus you get to try these special one-offs: Chaos Ghost, a tripel aged in Calvados barrels, Amateur Hour a Brett Session Ale collab with Atlantic Canadian Beer Blog, and Bonzana, a wheat wine (whoa, it’s a biggie), aged in those Calvados foedres.
Prince Edward Island
It’s arrived! We’ve got a sporty tank from PEI Brewing Company. They recently launched their easy-drinking beach chair lager in Ontario.
Although it’s Canada’s smallest province, PEI is home to 3 breweries (as of the 2016 stats) – that’s more per captia than Ontario folks!
Port Rexton Brewing, Newfoundland:
Port Rexton Brewing opened up on Newfoundland’s picteresque Bonavista Pennisula in July of 2016. Co-founders, and partners Alicia McDonald and Sonja Mills had originally planned to open their brewery in Nova Scotia, but after exploring Newfoundland, and falling in love with the Bonavista Pennisula, the pair scrapped that plan and decided to open in Newfoundland instead.
We are fans of these playful “Yeast B’y” baseball tees & a major bonus is the fact that Port Rexton is female owned and run, girl power!
But what’s up with”Yeast B’y”? Feeling a little lost in translation? Alicia schooled us on the slang:
“Yeast B’y is play on words for the popular saying Yes B’y; which has many meanings depending on it’s intonation. Yes b’y can mean: No way!, Get out!, Really? Depending on which way it’s said.”
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About the Beer Sisters
Crystal and Tara Luxmore are Certified Cicerones and Beer Sommeliers based in Toronto. Real-life sisters, Crystal and Tara lead guided beer tastings, beer dinners, beer education and corporate beer events in Toronto and across the country. Learn more about what we do.