Ontario Craft Brewers' Podcast

For part two of the Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Grand River Brewing, Mirella and brewer Rob Creighton are joined by Sharon Shoot, who is the owner of Chocolate by Wickerhead. Together, they sample the Grand River Mill Race Mild and Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout, pairing them with four chocolates that Sharon has brought from her shop:

Milk Chocolate Nut Cluster
Milk Chocolate Earl Grey
Dark Chocolate Popcorn
Milk Chocolate Pumpkin

A special thanks to our partner for this podcast: Chocolate by Wickerhead

Now in its second year in the Beach area of Toronto, Chocolate by Wickerhead retails delectable hand-crafted Belgian chocolate creations and gifts, made on the premise daily using the freshest ingredients. Since Shoot conceived her now famous, signature, hand-dipped Belgian chocolate popcorn in 1988, the name Wickerhead Co. has become synonymous with taste, creativity and craftsmanship. Find out more at: www.wickerhead.com

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In this first Podcast about Grand River Brewing, Mirella Amato of Beerology hears from Grand River Brewing’s owner, Bob Hannenberg, as well as brewer Rob Creighton. Bob describes how he made the decision to open a craft brewery. He shares some of the challenges involved in the process, as well as how Rob became involved with the project. The Grand River folk then discuss some of the history and crazy stories behind the names of their various brands. Bob and Rob introduce the Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout and Mill Race Mild, describing why these two beers are ideal for pairing with chocolate. They also share some of their favourite food pairings for their various Grand River Brands.


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or part two of the Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Great Lakes Brewing Co., Mirella and brewmaster Adrian Popowycz are joined by Chef Matt Kantor, who is the chef behind the Secret Pickle Supper Club, Little Kitchen and Ghost Chef. Together, they sample the Great Lakes Red Leaf Lager and Winter Ale, pairing them with three dishes specially created by chef Kantor for the OCB Podcasts.  Recipes are available on the Recipes section of the OCB Website.

A special thanks to our partner for this podcast: Chef Matt Kantor
Chef Matt Kantor is a graduate of the culinary institute of America in New York and has worked in many well regarded Restaurants. Matt has been pairing food and beer forever and a day, going back to his beer-making and cooking days at College in Albany, New York. Now living in Toronto, Matt is currently the chef behind the Secret Pickle Supper Club, Little Kitchen and Ghost Chef. Find out more at: www.mattkantor.ca.

Direct download: OCB_Pocast_2011_10b-GreatLakesTasting.mp3
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In this first Podcast feature on Great Lakes Brewery, Mirella Amato of Beerology chats with brewery co-owner, Peter Bulut Jr, and brewmaster Adrian Popowycz. Peter shares the story of Great Lakes Brewery and how it has evolved since his father purchased the company in 1991. Adrian, who joined Great Lakes this year, talks about his experience taking over brewing duties at a brewery that makes such a wide range of experimental beers. He also describes the cookiest beer he’s brewed at Great Lakes so far …

Peter and Adrian then introduce the two beers that are featured in this month’s podcast: Great Lakes Red Leaf Lager and Winter Ale, telling us which food pairings they enjoy with these beers, in anticipation for the upcoming food pairing podcast with Chef Kantor.

Direct download: OCB_Pocast_2011_10a-GreatLakes.mp3
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For part two of the Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Nickel Brook Beer, Mirella and brewmaster Ryan Morrow are joined by Michael Simpson, who is the owner of Leslieville Cheese Market. Together, they sample the Nickel Brook Green Apple Pilsner and Headstock Ale, pairing them with two cheeses that Michael has brought from his shop:

Applewood smoked cheddar. Ilchester Cheese Company: Somerset, England

Le Mont-Jacob. Fromagerie Blackburn: Quebec, Canada

A special thanks to our partner for this podcast: Leslieville Cheese Market

With two stores in Toronto and one in Flesherton, Leslieville Cheese Market endeavours to provide a wide selection of cheeses from across the world and find foods to accompany cheese. The Leslieville Cheese team regularly runs a Beer School for Cheese Fans. Find out more at: www.leslievillecheese.com

Direct download: OCB_Pocast_2011_09b-NickelbrookTasting.mp3
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NickelBrook BeersIn this first Podcast of the new season, Mirella Amato of Beerology chats with Peter Romano and Ryan Morrow from Nickel Brook Beer. Peter and Ryan share the story of Nickel Brook beer and how three home brewers have come together to bring us a great selection of fresh local beers.

Ryan and Peter then introduce the two Nickel Brook brands featured in this month’s podcast: the Apple Pilsner, which was first brewed in Germany and the Headstock IPA: Ryan’s latest creation. They also share some food pairing tips for these two beers in preparation for part two of the podcast …

Direct download: OCB_Pocast_2011_09a-Nickelbrook.mp3
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In part two of the Ontario Brewer Podcast on amber ales, Ryan Demler from Cameron’s Brewing in Oakville and Ralph Senuto from Old Credit Brewing in Port Credit share their tasting notes on the Cameron’s Auburn and the Old Credit Amber Ale. Together with Mirella, the brewers explore the difference in flavour between these two amber ales. They also share their thoughts on the ideal glassware to use for these ales as well as the ideal temperature at which to serve them.

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In this Podcast, Mirella Amato of Beerology chats with Ralph Senuto from Old Credit Brewing and Ryan Demler from Cameron’s Brewing. These brewers tell Mirella about the amber ales that they brew as well as the malts they use to give these ales their characteristic colour and flavour. The brewers then address the current popularity of amber ales in Ontario. Finally, Ralph and Ryan share detailed descriptions of the foods that they like to pair with the Old Credit Amber Ale and the Cameron’s Auburn …  including a very surprising combination!

 

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In this Podcast, Mirella Amato of Beerology chats with Peter Chiodo from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery and Charles MacLean of MacLean’s Ales. Along with these two brewers, Mirella examines the pale ale style. The brewers explain why they both have a pale ale as their brewery’s flagship brand. They also describe the difference between American and English inspired pale ales, using the MacLean’s Pale Ale and the Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale as examples. Peter and Charles then share a few serving suggestions.

 

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2011-07b-PaleAlesTasting.mp3
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In this Podcast, Mirella Amato of Beerology chats with Peter Chiodo from Flying Monkey’s Craft Brewery and Charles MacLean of MacLean’s Ales. Along with these two brewers, Mirella examines the pale ale style. The brewers explain why they both have a pale ale as their brewery’s flagship brand. They also describe the difference between American and English inspired pale ales, using the MacLean’s Pale Ale and the Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale as examples. Peter and Charles then share a few serving suggestions.

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2011-07a-PaleAles.mp3
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