Well, the numbers are finally in. We’ve had 45 breweries submit this year and 212 total submissions. In 2012, we had 34 breweries and 165 entries so the brewing world in Ontario is alive, well and growing.
Here’s a list of participating brewers -
Amsterdam Brewing Co.
This is a film I know well, we used to play it at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, where I worked.
Around Cape Horn doesn’t look like much at first, no flash, but it’s all substance I guarantee you. Listen as Captain Irving Johnson takes you by the hand and shows you everything you’re seeing the way he remembers it, when he took this footage in 1929. Beyond the age of sail, but thankfully for us, into the moving picture age.
You can purchase the video, of course. It was made by the capable people at Mystic Seaport, this is their store. Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in North America, and I got to visit it last year. Delightful!
around Cape Horn is a stone cold maritime museum classic!
The net cooling effect of single, young healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-sized air conditioners, running for 20 hours a day. 10 air conditioners, a single tree!! A tree planted today on the west side of your house will result in a 3% energy savings in the five years time, 12% savings in fifteen years. A single stand of trees reduces particulate pollution 9-13%, with the amount of dust reaching the ground beneath those trees 27-42%, versus in an open area. If you have trees on your property near your home it accounts for 10-23% of your home value. In urban areas, assuming the cost of planting and maintaining a tree for three years at $250-600, it will return $90,000 in direct benefits over its lifetime (apart from beautification, etc.). (via Beat the Heat: 5 Amazing Benefits of Urban Trees : TreeHugger)
Time to plant a tree or two in the back yard…
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I was thrilled to see this review of my beer, The 240 Sparks Wheat, today! I’m very glad he liked it, and thought that it was rather like a hopfen weisse, since I am on record as being IN LOVE with that nascent style.
Here is the text:
”I was particularly intrigued by the beer of the month offering, which is part of The 3 Brewers’ Canadian master brewers challenge. Each of the Quebec and Ontario brew pubs created a special new signature brew, inviting guests to vote on their favorites in a friendly competition. Ottawa’s entry, The 240 Sparks Wheat, is a neat take on a relatively new style -hopfenweisse- that showed promising and interesting results.
The 240 Sparks Wheat (4.5 per cent ABV) pours a cloudly, “yellowy” orange, almost like a pulpy orange juice with a billowy, white foam cap. The nose surprises with a massive spicy citrus Amarillo hop bouquet that overshadows the typical wheat beer aromas you may originally be expecting.
Rich flavours of orange, mango, lemon, bubblegum and pineapple playfully dance with a pronounced tangy, hop bitterness and bite that balances very well and suits the thick, rich, smooth wheat body of the beer. It is full bodied and well carbonated with a welcome subdued lingering finish.
This beer is definitely worth a try …and a vote.”
You can check out the review here!
Not too long ago, I traveled to Ottawa, my Hometown, to brew a beer of my own design!
Above is the description I put together for it. There are several photos from the brewday if you are curious! There is also a video of the Ottawa Brewers (Fine Gents!) giving a description of the beer here, and you can vote for the beer here!