Ontario Craft Brewers' Podcast

In the second Ontario Brewer Podcast on the beers of the Clocktower Brew Pub, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM and head brewer Patrick Fiori explore the aromas and flavours in this month’s two featured beers: Winstons Dunkel and Wisharts E.S.B.

Debbie Levy, who is representing St. Albert Cheese Co-operative Inc., joins the Patrick and Mirella for this podcast and has brought in three St. Albert cheeses to sample alongside the two featured beers: Extra Old Cheddar, 4yr Old Cheddar and Onion Cheddar. As the trio mix and match, discovering a range of interesting pairings, Debbie shares some interesting stories on the production and history of cheddar cheese in Ontario. A special thanks to our guest for this podcast: St. Albert Cheese

Co-operative Inc.

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2013_03b_ClocktowerTasting.mp3
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In this episode of Ontario Brewer, Mirella Amato of BeerologyTM is joined by head brewer Patrick Fiori and brewer Justin da Silva from the Clocktower Brew Pub in Ottawa. Together, the trio explores specialty malts and what they contribute to beer. Patrick and Justin list the various specialty malts that they use at the brewery, paying particular attention to the ones that go into their Wisharts E.S.B. and Winstons Dunkel. The two brewers then describe their favourite specialty malts as well as one “specialty malt” that they could both do without!… 

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2013_03a_Clocktower.mp3
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In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada

In the second Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM and brewmaster Matthew O’Hara are joined by cheese educator Debbie Levy, who is representing Glengarry Fine Cheese Co. Matthew takes a moment to describe the aromas and flavours in Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale and Vassar Heirloom Ale, the two feature beers for this month. Debbie takes a moment to introduce the Glengarry Fine Cheese young Lankaaster, Fleur-en-Lait and Big Brother cheeses. Matthew, Mirella and Debbie then sample these three cheeses, pairing them with the three featured beers and pick their favourite pairing.

A special thanks to our guest for this podcast: Glengarry Fine Cheese.

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2013_02b_BeausTasting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

With this edition of Ontario Brewer, Mirella Amato of BeerologyTM begins a three-part exploration of the various malts in beer. With the assistance of Steve Beauschenes and Matthew O'Hara, from Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Mirella delves into pale malts and what they contribute to beer as well as the brewing process in general.
Matthew and Steve discuss the two types of pale malts that they use at the brewery and then zero in on two Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. beers: Lug Tread Lagered Ale and Vassar Heirloom Ale, both of which feature one of these pale malts. The gang get sidetracked along the way, when Mirella asks the Beau's crew to explain what is meant by a "Lagered Ale"...
Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2013_02a_Beaus.mp3
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In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada

In the second Ontario Brewer Podcast for October, Mirella Amato, of BeerologyTM and Jay Burnett from Grand River Brewing are joined by Adam van Bergeijk from Mountainoak Cheese. Adam shares his experience as a dairy farmer and cheesemaker, and describes the three featured cheeses for the podcast: Mountainoak Cumin, Mountainoak Black Truffle and Mountainoak Wild Nettle. Adam, Jay and Mirella then sample the three featured cheeses alongside the Grand River Hannenberg Pils and Pugnacious Pale Ale and zero in on the best flavour combinations.

A special thanks to our guest for this podcast: Mountainoak Cheese

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2013_01b_GrandRiverTasting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

This podcast marks the launch of the 2012-2013 Ontario Brewer Podcast season. This year will be all about discovering the fresh ingredients that make Ontario Craft Brewer beers taste so good.

In the first podcast this month, we are exploring water with the fine fold at Grand River Brewing. Brewer Rob Creighton and sales rep Jay Burnett chat with Mirella Amato of BeerologyTM about the role that water plays in creating the flavour profile of the Grand River Pugnacious Pale Ale and Grand River Hannenberg Pils.

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2013_01a_GrandRiver.mp3
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For part two of the Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Wellington Brewery, Mirella chats with Sharon Shoot, who is the owner of Chocolate by Wickerhead. Sharon shares the story behind the name of her chocolate shop. The pair then turn their attention to food pairing, lingering on the fact that texture plays an important role and discussing how some of the food pairing theories don’t always translate into practice. The two featured beers for this podcast are Wellington Boot Chuck IPA and Wellington Imperial Russian Stout. They are paired with two of Sharon’s chocolate treats:

  •  Artisan Rind
  • Ginger Chewy


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

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2012_10b_WellingtonTasting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

In the first of two podcasts this month, featuring Wellington brewery, Mirella chats over the phone with brewer Marvin Dyck. Marvin delves into the Wellington Imperial Stout, detailing some of its ingredients and explaining how it's made as well as why it's the most complex beer in the Wellington Brewery portfolio. The pair then chat about Wellington's Boot Chuck IPA, which was released as a seasonal this year. Marvin mentions the annual boot toss event at Wellington brewery, which inspired the name of this IPA. Mirella then inquires about the style of this beer, and learns that this particular IPA is a hybrid. Marvin and Mirella then turn their attention to cask-conditioned ale and how its popularity has fluctuated over the years. Marvin talks about why he likes making cask-conditioned ale and then shares some of his other favourite projects.

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2012_10a_Wellington.mp3
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In this second Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on Railway City Brewing, Mirella and lead brewer Michael Gardner are joined by Chef Howard Dubrovsky. Michael’s brought in two of Railway City Brewing’s beers: Dead Elephant Ale and Honey Elixir. Chef Howard has designed two great dishes to pair with these beers. Recipes for these tasty treats are available on the recipe page of the OCB website. As the trio samples the pairings, they discuss the ingredients in the Railway City brews and how they come through in the flavour as well as how these flavours interact with the food. Chef Howard shares the method he uses to come up with his pairings. He also shares a special technique he uses to infuse dishes with hop aromas.

A special thanks to our partner for this podcast: Howard Dubrovsky

At the age of 10, able to copy dishes he saw prepared on TV, Howard Dubrovsky was already experimenting with foods and flavours. It was not long before Howard realized that making great food would be his life’s calling.

Howard is a published writer, photographer, kick boxer, food stylist, and world traveler – oh, and an accomplished chef. Howard has all the gastronomic chops you’d expect from a top culinary artist. But, it is this comestible connoisseur’s modernist ethos and edgy, DIY attitude that separates him from the rest of the pack. As likely to kick back with science geeks as to swap recipes with other chefs, Howard is hip, hungry, and on the cutting edge of cuisine.

Howard has appeared on numerous TV programs and was the owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant L.A.B. in Toronto.

Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2012_08b_RailwayCity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

In this month’s first Ontario Brewer Podcast on Railway City Brewing, Mirella Amato, of Beerology, chats with the brewery’s co-owner, Paul Corriveaux, as well as lead brewer Michael Gardner. Paul and Michael share some of the history of St. Thomas, the city in which the brewery is situated as well as the crazy stories behind the names of Dead Elephant ale and Double Dead Elephant Ale. Who knew that an elephant could die twice?

Michael shares his journey at the brewery, starting as a delivery driver and keg washer and working his way up to professional brewing. The pair then talk about some of the brewery’s seasonals and how the brewery likes to include local ingredients in their beers as much as possible. They also touch on Railway City’s Dead Elephant Ale and Honey Elixir, the two featured beers for our August podcasts.


Direct download: OCB_Podcast_2012_08a_RailwayCity.mp3
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