Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A skunk-free poll

A legit poll from St. John's Wort blog filtering out the stink being between The Beer Store and the Ontario Convenience Store Association on whether or not convenience stores should be allowed to sell beer.

Fun With Numbers: Legitimate Polling Edition

You can also read a summary and catch a 5 minute interview with Jordan St. John over here.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

2014 Ontario Brewing Awards

Mom'n Hops has a complete list of winners at the 2014 Ontario Brewing Awards. Congrats to the following local brewers on their wins:

Big Rig: Hefe (Gold), Saison (Silver), Belgian Blonde (Bronze), Gold (Bronze), Black IPA (Gold), Stout (Bronze), Pumpkin (Bronze), Triple Chocolate Cherry Stout (Bronze), Imperial Stout (Silver)

Beyond The Pale: Imperial Super Guy (Bronze), Pink Fuzz (Bronze)

Turtle Island: SMaSH Cherry Pale Ale (Bronze)

Hogsback: Vintage Lager (Gold)

The Clocktower: Raspberry Wheat (Silver), K├Âlsch (Silver), Red (Silver)

For a complete list, check it out at Mom'n Hops: http://www.momandhops.ca/winners-announced-2014-ontario-brewing-awards/

Congrats to all winners!

A new brew

After a short break from brewing, I started a new beer on Saturday, one that I haven't yet made: Festa Brew Brown Ale.

I was hoping to make another bock, but it turns out that the bock mix is a fall seasonal. I then switched my sights on another batch of the west coast IPA, but they didn't have any in stock when I went. So, I opted for something new.

Festa Brew describes it as...
A traditional, medium-bodied English style Brown Ale. Pleasantly roasted, mid-bodied malt profile with low hop flavour and aroma and moderate hop bitterness. Slight yeast-derived fruitiness.
I hope the wheat comes in stock soon. I'd really like to try that one again as well.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A New Name

When I started making my own beer, I wanted a "brand" name for it just for fun. It was only recently when I was toying with label ideas that I came up with Bay 5 Brewing.

The neighbourhood that I live in is divided into "bays", and the one I live in happens to be Bay 5. Voila.

For no particular reason today, I decided to check if the domain name was available. It was. I picked it up and decided to use it for my blog.

I still own beergasm.ca and I'm not sure if I'll let it go. I also just recently renewed it, so I have it for another year at least and I redirected it to here.

There you have it. Who knows, maybe one day I'll own my own brewery and now I've already got a name for it. :)