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Serving the suds. Tasty, tasty suds (20 photos)

Friday, April 25, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

Tonight at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, we met the Farmer's Daughter, a Whistling Paddler, the Wizard Wolf, a Crazy Canuck, and My Bitter Wife.

These were just a few of the tasty beer selections available during the kick off to the 3rd annual Festival of Beer.

Seventeen Ontario breweries are represented at the two-day event, including Railway City (St. Catherines), Broadhead (Ottawa), Millstreet (Toronto), Sleeping Giant (Thunder Bay), Trafalgar (Oakville), Creemore Springs (Creemore), Lake of Bays (Baysville), Steamwhistle (Toronto), Collective Arts (Toronto), Whitewater (Ottawa Valley), Black Oak (Etobicoke), Great Lakes (Etobicoke), Bellwoods (Toronto), Labatt, and Molson.

Our neck of the woods is well represented thanks to the debut of Sault Ste. Marie's own OutSpoken Brewing and Sudbury's Stack Brewing.

Pleased as punch with the positive response, representatives from OutSpoken are pouring their signature Rabbit's Foot IPA and OutSpoken Blonde Ale.

Stack has brought with them three selections from their beer repertoire for thirsty visitors to enjoy, and was kind enough to offer the following tasting notes:

  • Saturday Night - 5.3% ABV - The Cream Ale style hails from prohibition era America. Barley was carefully guarded due to it's use in beer production, so brewers found new sources of fermentable sugars like corn and rice. This all-grain version gets it's sweetness from caramelized ,alted barley. Pours golden straw yellow and is smooth and thirst quenching.
  • Les Portes De L'Enfer - 8% ABV - Originally brewed in Belgian and French farmhouses nearly 600 years ago, this Biere de Garde (beer for keeping) was traditionally brewed in the spring with a high alcohol content to last the summer without refrigeration. Pours a deep amber colour with pleasant caramel notes accompanied with a little warming on the palate from the alcohol.
  • Impact Alt - This altbier, German for “old-beer”, predates the 16th century. Copper-coloured with a creamy head and aromatic hop presence. Pleasant malt flavours complimented by a dry finish that will leave you ready for the next sip.

Stack beer is currently available on tap in the Sault at Loplops (651 Queen St. East) with additional locations to be added in the coming weeks.

It will also be available for purchase at the LCBO once summer arrives.

The Sault Ste. Marie Festival of Beer: The Trilogy continues Saturday at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre from 1 to 7 p.m.

Food and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available thanks to the Gnarly Bistro which will be on-site throughout the day.

For further Festival information, please click here.

Additional and Local 2 coverage of this event

A Sault brew set to debut
Festival of Beer set to "Twist Off'

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CherRN 4/26/2014 7:07:34 AM Report

Ya... too bad most of the tasty suds are not available to buy at our Beer MONOPOLY store!!!!! TIME TO FREE OUR BEER!!!!!!!! ONTARIO wants to have convenience and choice when shopping for beer and wine!!!
sportsfan17 4/26/2014 8:02:16 AM Report

Ah shaddup CherRN.

Beer store works fine. Most of those beers are available in stores down south, we are just in the north, so we don't get em.
Milhouse van Houten 4/26/2014 8:30:42 AM Report

As I understand it, the LCBO will order almost any beer you want. And the giant one on the hill already has a pretty great selection, especially given the population of our city.
Twistinwrenches 4/26/2014 9:02:49 AM Report

Its time to be free from a foreign owned beer monopoly . Let locally owned businesses profit and compete for our dollars .
EastSide 4/26/2014 9:59:02 AM Report

Ah shaddup sportsfan17

The Beer Store works fine for the 3 private breweries that own it! And profit from it. $$ that leaves Ontario and Canada. How much money does The Beer Store make for Sault Ste. Marie???

A few of the breweries that I talk to had one beer available at the LCBO. Many that I liked were not available here at all.

This sounds crazy... but what if we were able to buy a six pack of beer from those breweries right at the festival??? And if we found some we liked we could buy them locally at a smaller retailer???

How do these foriegn big beer companies get away with this monopoly in Ontario??? It makes no sense...
zartan 4/26/2014 10:31:42 AM Report

Your corner store would only stock one or two big brands,
floor and/or cooler space is for profitable products.
Me Myself an I 4/26/2014 11:39:00 AM Report

LCBO does carry a lot of the smaller craft beers, but it is a small % of what is available.
EastSide 4/26/2014 11:55:27 AM Report

ok... i'll bite... even if local retailers carried mostly big brands... why wouldn't they have a section for craft beer... specifically local beer...and even if they didn't a percentage of the money spent on big brands would stay in the community... it would support local businesses... they could hire more people... pay them better wages... end the monopoly and you could open your own beer store and sell what ever you wanted!
superior87 4/26/2014 12:57:43 PM Report

Almost all of these beers are available at either the LCBO (mostly) or the Beer Store. Some of the more recently opened, or not yet opened, breweries are not but likely will in the future. The local brewery, Outspoken, will sell right from their storefront on Queen, Stack in Sudbury sells from their brewery.

But by and large you can buy from every brewery at the LCBO or Beer Store in town.
CBSA 4/26/2014 4:38:34 PM Report

If you want a quality micro brew, simply drive across the river and you will find yourself ample products which are available on the shelves in Sault Michigan. Lots of Michigan micro brewed products are superior to what is available in Ontario, including the local products which I have tried. I have lived in this city for 25 years and have yet to buy a beer product in Sault Ontario, and never will. Financially you will also be much further ahead.
CherRN 4/26/2014 6:25:08 PM Report

So the whole point of my post was the Beer Store is a monopoly, of no benefit to the small brewer and consumer who desires more than the average swill that the big beer companies pump out. I liked some of the beer that I sampled that IS NOT AVAILABLE in the LCBO or BEER STORE and I am not driving to Sudbury or Toronto for a 6 pack of my favourite suds, SAVVY??
No need to be so rude..
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