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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.

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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!

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Toronto Beer Week is just about upon us again and we’re not expecting to get any sleep. We’ve nearly overloaded the week with things to see and do (and drink), so let’s get right to it.

 

First and foremost, after the official launch of TBW2016, we’re throwing a little cask festival at the brewery. Saturday, September 17th we’ll be hosting the Cask! Social, featuring three unique casks from Rainhard as well as a few from some special guests.

 

On Monday, September 19th, Indie Alehouse is putting on one of their fantastic beer dinners. Ourselves and a few other west end breweries will be pairing beers with Chef Todd Clarmo’s brilliant food. Our beer will be accompanied by slow smoked and sticky baby back ribs.

 

Get tickets here. 

 

The very next day, Tuesday September 20th, we’ll be crossing the city for a co-tap takeover with Great Lakes at The Wren on the Danforth. The boys from GLB were here to brew a unique IPA for the event featuring New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops. We’ll have a couple other special things pouring that night as well.

 

“Taps of the West” Tour

 

Rainhard, Junction and Henderson invade taps around the city with a unique lineup of regulars and one-offs. Reps from each of the breweries will be hanging out to chat and have a drink with anybody and everybody.

  • Thursday, Sept. 22 – East End: The Only Cafe
  • Friday, Sept. 23 – Central: The Wickson Social
  • Saturday, Sept, 24 – West End: 3030

 

More info on each of these events is forthcoming, so keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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The past month has been a bit tough on us. We get a lot of bike ‘n hike traffic at the bar here but the heat has been keeping people from straying too far from home. Our loyal locals and regulars are always keeping me company though, so there’s that. We also nearly ran out of beer in July after TFOB drank us dry and Jordan took two well-earned weeks of pat leave. So, a blessing in disguise I guess.

 

But the heat’s going to break (say it three times in front of a mirror) and we are celebrating. This weekend we’ve got some fun planned. On Saturday, Crown & Anchor will be setting up in the brewhouse to provide with some mean brisket, smoked ribs and, my favourite, hush puppies. (They’re calling for rain on Saturday, but the weather predictions have been unreliable lately. Even the meteorologists can’t take the heat.)

 

On Sunday we’re going to be releasing the brand-new Crazy Gnomes IPA, a one-off brew featuring the Chinook hop. This IPA began life as the gold medal-winning Lazy Bones, but some crazy gnomes snuck in during the night and switched out the finishing hops for Chinook, giving it a much more floral, less fruity character. Like drinking in a blooming garden surrounded by those damn gnomes.

 

Crazy Gnomes IPA will be accompanied by the Food Dudes food truck and music from the Michael Herring Boogaloo Band. This will be the first of a series of Sundays featuring food, music and a special beer release. August schedule below:

 

Saturday August 13th, 4 – 8pm

 

Sunday August 14th, NOON – 4pm

 

Sunday August 21st, NOON – 4pm

 

Sunday August 28th, NOON – 4pm