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The last 2 months have been exciting here at the brewery! With test batches underway and complete, we officially released our American Pale Ale “Armed N’ Citra” on April 1st. What may have felt like a true April fools joke (original plan to open in December), was in fact a reality. The preceding 10 months, starting with taking possession of our space, completing the build-out, and receiving our equipment, has culminated into what I can now call the future of Rainhard Brewing.  

For the last month, we have distributed our beer to various draft accounts within the city of Toronto. Initial feedback from our early loyal drinkers has been great. Here is a list of bars that currently have or rotate our beers on a frequent basis:

Wrvst

Bar Volo

Burdock

C’est What

Indie Ale House (guest tap)

Bar Hop

Mugshot Tavern

Sparrow

The Craft

Defina’s Pizzeria

and more coming soon!

This long weekend we will be hosting our first pop-up shop, with just a small taste of our future lineup of brews. We have our IPA “lazy Bones” the Hopped Up Summer Ale, and our Imperial Stout “Hearts Collide”. 

The imperial stout is our biggest beer yet. The Hearts Collide name came from our passion for creating and experimenting with flavours. Whether it be infusion with vanilla, coffee, cocoa, or aging in wine or bourbon barrels, we want to continuously showcase this beer in a different way. This time around we have teamed up with our friends at Propeller Coffee Co. They graciously brewed up their newest product – cold brew coffee – and we infused it into the stout. The resulting beer is packed with flavour from the 9 different malts used, and just enough coffee up front to not over power the rich malt aromas. We are looking forward to playing around with this one, and deciding which local flavour to pair it with next.

For everyone that has showed their support over the course of our launch and opening… Thank you all!

 Stay tuned for lots of exciting news throughout our first summer.

 

 

Wow!  How time flies when you are building a brewery.  Its been a few months since our last Brewery Construction Update, and a LOT has happened since then.

Where to start?  The most obvious question is probably “didn’t you say you were going to open in December?”  The answer is YES, but as always with the combination of an ambitious timeline, coordination of multiple local trades, and the holiday season winding down, comes delays. Delays that are beyond our control.  But, we are only a little behind schedule and are hopeful that we can be open within the next month.   (more…)

What else do you do in Toronto when it’s winter and you’re building a brewery ?? Why you take off for a day to Vankleek Hill and brew beer with Beau’s! We had a fun filled day brewing beer, talking about beer and drinking beer with these guys. The collaboration beer will be out in bars across the GTA for FeBREWary.
Be sure to keep your eyes on the taps for Le Coeur Noir – Black IPA! Translation – ‘The Black Heart’

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Halifax is home to many great craft breweries and good people.. So why not visit and drink some beer – which is exactly what we did! Brewmaster Daniel Girard @ Garrison Brewing made time to talk shop and show off their new massive facility around the corner from their current home. Of course, we also made time to sample the beer.
Strolling down Agricola st. we checked out North Brewing Company – an awesome craft brewery in a prime location…. Picked up a few from their bottle shop for later.
Finally, an East coast trip would not be complete without Lobster – so we grilled some up out in Terrance Bay while sipping on Hunky Dory Pale Ale from Boxing Rock.
Good people and good beer. If you have yet to explore the East Coast, you definitely should – Just don’t spill any donair sauce on yourself at 2 in the morning.
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