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It’s been a long time coming, but Kapow! West Coast IPA is now on the shelf at select LCBO stores! Starting small but planning to add more stores to the list. You can get it right now at the following stores:

  • Bloor/Ossington – 879 Bloor St. W, Toronto
  • Dundas/Dovercourt – 1230 Dundas St. W, Toronto
  • Summerhill – 10 Scrivener Square, Toronto
  • Riverside – 776 Queen St. E., Toronto
  • Yonge/Wellesley – 547 Yonge St., Toronto
  • Dundas/Jane – 3520 Dundas St. W
  • Bloor/Runnymede – 2180 Bloor St. W
  • Oakville – 251 Oak Walk Drive
  • Parkdale – 1357 Queen St. W
  • Queen’s Quay – 2 Cooper St.
  • Little Italy – 549 College St.
  • Roncesvalles – 2290 Dundas St. W
  • Stockyards – 2151 St. Clair Ave. W

 

Aleyards Spring BBQ at Rainhard Brewing

Saturday April 22nd, Noon – 5pm – Free Admission

Well. It doesn’t always feel like it, but spring has officially sprung. What better time to officially christen the “Aleyards” with a BBQ? We’ve licensed our parking lot and invited our neighbours Shacklands and Junction Brewery to join us for what amounts to a miniature outdoor beer festival. We’ll be pouring a couple rare items on cask and Shacklands and Junction will be bringing some of their own favourites.

But that’s not all! The Michael Herring Boogaloo Band, a Rainhard regular, will be playing some sweet jazz tunes. We’ll also be joined by our crowd-pleasing food partners: Young Animal will be serving his addicting Trinidadian Doubles and the Junction’s Cut the Cheese will be bringing back his famous Armed ‘N Citra Pulled Pork sandwiches for one day only!

Food by

  • Cut the Cheese
  • Young Animal
  • Crown & Anchor


Music by

  • Michael Herring Boogaloo Band


Beer by

  • Rainhard
  • Shacklands
  • Junction Craft
  • Draught Dodger

 

More details to come!

The winter lull is officially over and the events are piling up. So let’s get right to it.

BREWER’S BACKYARD
Evergreen Brickworks – 11AM-5PM, Monday, February 20th

Family Day is the unofficial launch of our events season, with the first Brewer’s Backyard of the year at Evergreen Brickworks, where we’ll be pouring some beers alongside the folks from Great Lakes, Halo, Henderson and Junction from 11AM to 5PM. Free attendance.

BEER & OLIVES
Rainhard Brewing – 5-9PM, Thursday, February 23rd 

For the first Rainhard event of the year, we’re teaming up with Three Sisters Kitchen to pair our newest beers with their artisanal olives and tapanades. A special preview release of our Sour Brown Ale Aged in Oak with Raspberries and Cherries will be available on tap only. Tickets includes one 12oz beer or two 5oz samples, olives, tapanade and chips, and live music by John Showman and Friends.

Tickets Here

LOVE CHIX MAKE IT RAIN
Love Chix – 6PM-close, Saturday, February 25th 

We’ve teamed up with the Junction’s Love Chix to bring you a beer dinner. 3 of our regular brews and one surprise one-off will be paired with an inspired a la carte menu. Tickets get you free samples and all you can eat!

Tickets Here

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION
Saturday, February 26th

TRASHED & WASTED
Wychwood Barns – 6-10PM, Wednesday, March 1st

A charity event in support of Second Harvest, Trashed & Wasted is a food and design event featuring all repurposed trash and food waste. For this great event, we’ve brewed a beer using leftover bread from Blackbird Bakery and we’re working with Paradigm Architecture to create a unique bar out of found and repurposed items for the event.

Tickets Here

See you there!

Well, last week was pretty quiet. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, we share our building with a gym and I bet they’re pretty busy this time of year.

We’re consciously keeping things pretty low key here for the month of January – no special events, nothing too exciting coming out – to give you guys a little post-holiday break. But that doesn’t mean we’re slacking off… Lots of new beer brewing, barrel aging, and in planning, including the often-requested return of Neon Wasteland Belgian Pale Ale, which will be available next Thursday for the first time since June.

Neon Wasteland

Neon Wasteland, a Belgian Pale at 5% and 40 IBU, is brewed with a classic Belgian yeast and Belgian Candi Sugar, giving it a distinct phenolic aroma and a slight burnt sugar flavour. Hopped with Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin.

We’ve also got a few big announcements planned for February, but we’re keeping our cards close to our chest for the time being so keep an ear to the ground. In the meantime or new neighbours Shacklands Brewing are open and rolling, with their grand opening party coming up later this month. They’re focusing on Belgian-style beers, so if you’re a fan of the style, check it out!

 

I personally have to wait until February to visit, since I’m on my third-annual Dry January. Professional obligation requires me to taste some things here and there, but other than that I’m alcohol-free for the month. Sometimes you’ve just got to show beer who’s boss. But I tell you, that first beer of February is probably the best tasting beer I’ll have all year.

Speaking of, 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year. Our schedules for both the Revolution Series and the Barrel Series are coming together and making me thirsty, and Junction Brewery’s impending opening will bring us to three Symes Rd. breweries. Feels good to be a trendsetter. You can expect a bunch of collabs and activities in the Aleyards this summer!

Cheers,
Derek

My last post, published 6 weeks ago, was laughably titled “The Last Nice Weekend”. Instead we’ve had some pretty damn temperate weather since then – but finally, finally, we’ve got snow.

Just in time for Hearts Collide Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout to be back in the fridge! We sold 207 bottles on Saturday and we’ve only got about 200 more left – so if you need something to weigh down those stockings, better stop by soon.

Saturday was our last big party for a while as we need to focus on brewing for the rest of the year to keep up with all the holiday beer orders. We just brewed a double batch of Kapow! this week, we’ve got Lazy Bones, our Gold Medal-winning IPA coming back next week, and Revolution #3, a sour brown with raspberries, is aging in bourbon barrels as we speak.

In other news, I’ve finally met a long-time goal of mine: getting craft ale into small cans in Toronto. 12oz cans are the perfect serving vessel for craft beer, keeping the product fresher than bottles, easier to transport and in a serving size that gives you full control over how much you drink, perfect for drinking a whole case of Daywalker Session or a small glass of Imperial Stout.

On Friday we did a test run with the guys at Sessions Craft Canning of our flagship pale ale Armed ‘N Citra in 355mL cans. The new label designs are finished and on order and another run of cans is on the horizon. Any day now, cans of Armed ‘N Citra will be available in the bottle shop at the brewery – I’ll let you know when!

I guarantee this is going to be the first of many, from Rainhard and from others!

Cheers,
Derek

Holiday Hours:

  • December 16     CLOSED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTION
  • December 24     11:00 – 4:00
  • December 25     CLOSED
  • December 31     11:00 – 4:00
  • January 1             CLOSED

Big weekend coming up. Before I get into it, I want to make sure you all know how to get here during construction. See the handy little map below.

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It’s going to be weird when we have a smooth road coming in to the brewery, and sidewalks on both sides. As our neighbourhood beautification continues, so does our taproom beautification. Our new beer list is coming along, with more panels added all the top, and our merch shop is looking pretty with some new lighting installed. Come check it out.

 

Okay, on to this weekend:

 

First – THURSDAY November 3rd we’re releasing the second Revolution Series beer: RAGE & LOVE Dry-Hopped Sour!

 

The first sour beer from Rainhard, RAGE & LOVE is kettle soured with a culture of 7 different Lactobacillus strains, fermented to 5.5% abv and dry-hopped with Citra and Galaxy hops. The end result is an acidity reminiscent of tart lemon, with citrus aroma and flavours of stone fruit.

 

Will be available on tap and in bottles as of 2pm at $6.95/glass and $7.95/bottle.

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Second – We’re holding a private event on the brewery on SATURDAY November 5th, so the taproom and bottle shop will be closing at 3pm that day.

 

Third – SUNDAY November 6th we’re hosting the annual GTA Brews Learn2Brew event. No charge, open to the public, the fellas from GTA Brews will be here to demonstrate the process multiple times over and answer all your question about the process and science of brewing.

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Hi folks,

 

Today marks the official release of Double Kapow!, a supercharged version of our fan-favourite West Coast IPA. Hopped with Mozaic, Simcoe and Hallertau Blanc to a bracing 95 IBU and a warm 8.1% alcohol. Our first new Imperial IPA since Hop Cone Syndrome won the silver at the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards, and we’re going for the gold.

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I’ve got to admit, things have been tight lately. We’ve had a few weekends when the fridge and the chalkboard have been looking a little bare. Festivals soaked up a lot of our beer, as well as our taps throughout the city, and our brewhouse is pushed to capacity (not to mention Jordan’s baby just turned 2 months old). In the meantime, our staff has grown from 2 to 5.

 

Because of all this, we’ve made some decisions about which beer we’re going to (try to) keep around as full-time brands: Armed ‘N Citra APA, Kapow IPA, Unfiltered Pilsner, and Sweetback’s Milk Stout. But the risk you take when committing to brands like this is in limiting your ability to brew whatever you want. Hence: the Revolution Series, which is Jordan’s excuse to do whatever he feels like.

 

In Jordan’s own words: “An expression of brewer freedom and experimentation: a revolt against the norm! At Rainhard, our culture is conveyed through our creative outputs. We call these one-off creations the Revolution Series.”

 

This is an autumn of firsts. Shortly after introducing the Revolution Series, we’ll be releasing our first barrel-aged beer, Hearts Collide Imperial Stout aged for 9 months in bourbon barrels. On October 15th, we’ll be pouring this beer along with 3 variations:

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1. Hearts Collide Imperial Stout aged 9 months, no barrel

 

2. Bourbon barrel-aged

 

3. Bourbon barrel-aged with coffee

 

4. Bourbon barrel-aged with coffee ON CASK

 

Later this autumn, we’ll be releasing the second of our Revelations Series beers, our very first sour beer. More information on that forthcoming! Now I’m going to order another beer.

 

Cheers!