I love that tagline and it’s so true. Every six-pack you buy from Collective Arts Brewing is a mini gallery. I’ve been a fan of theirs for awhile now. I love their beer (their Saint of Circumstance is one of my favourite patio beers this summer) but as someone who enjoys the arts, their support of new and upcoming artists is what makes them special.
The labels feature artwork from both visual artists and musicians. There’s not much space on a beer label for non-beer related stuff but if you want to know more about the artists, they have an app for that. It’s called Blippar. You use it to scan the label and it takes you to enhanced content, like videos and artist bios. The Collective Arts website also features galleries of each label series (there have been 3 main series and 2 special limited series so far) and hosts videos from their Black Box Sessions. These are simple but fantastic videos of featured musicians shot at the Indie88 sound studio.
Series 3 has just launched at the LCBO and features 84 artists from around the world, selected from over 1200 entries. Anyone can submit their art for consideration and the finalists are picked by a panel of experts. There are plenty of talented Toronto women included in the mix, so check them out!
Join us Sunday June 15th for our OCB Week Kickoff! We’ll be touring to 4 pubs who are participating in the Craft Beer Passport program. Get $2 craft beers across Toronto – just the excuse (like we need one) to get out and visit some favorite pubs. Our first stop is the legendary Monarch Tavern, where we’ll be giving away 2 passports! We’re starting at Monarch at 4pm Thirsty and Miserable 5pm Handlebar 6pm Tequila Bookworm 7pm
Join us anywhere along the route – we’ll have passports on sale for $20 if you haven’t picked one up yet.
Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton St Sunday June 15th 4pm
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Barley’s Angels Toronto is excited to announce a brewery tour of Niagara! Join us on Saturday June 7 as Ontario Craft Brewery Tours whisks us off for a day in the Niagara region. The tour includes transportation from Union Station, stops at Niagara Oast House Brewers, Silversmith Brewing and Niagara College Teaching Brewery as well as lunch at a local pub. All of this for the special Barley’s Angels discount rate of only $105.
This is your chance to see all Niagara’s newest breweries! It promises to be an amazing day but space is limited so book early. Call Ontario Craft Brewery Tours to book (416-922-6605) and be sure to let them know you’re with Barley’s Angels. This is a co-ed event and you’re welcome to bring a friend or two!
Join us for our monthly pub night on Thursday May 15 starting at 6:30 pm. This month we will be meeting at Stout Irish Pub which offers a great draught beer list and lots of bottle and can options. We’ll also have a few door prizes!
When: Thursday May 15, 6:30 pm
Where: Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St. just west of Parliament
Who: Women only (sorry guys!)
Do you want to start aging beer and not sure where to start? Here are some quick tips to get you started. It’s a great way to discover how complex beer is and a good excuse to host a beer tasting party!
What to age:
- High alcohol beers (Belgian beers are great!). Rule of thumb is anything over 8%
- Generally big malty ales (stouts, porters), barley wines and sours
- Stay away from lower alcohol beers and IPA’s!
Where and how to age beer:
- You want to protect the beer from heat and light – basement, closet or under your bed are great places!
- Make sure it’s in a location that doesn’t fluctuate in temperature too much. Ideal storage temperature is 50-60 degrees
- You also want to avoid places with high humidity or places that are very dry
- All beer should be upright. However, if there is a cork you want to keep the beer on its side so the cork doesn’t dry out
- The ideal length of aging your beer is experimental! However most people stick to 3-5 years.
Ready to drink:
Make sure you have something to compare your aging beer with! Drink your aged beer with a fresh version to compare the difference. If this isn’t possible, when you first buy your beer to age, drink a bottle immediately and take some tasting notes so you can compare your notes.
If you have lots of space for aging beer, try to age the same beer from different years so when you’re ready to taste you can compare multiple years.
Don’t forget! Once you start aging beer – keep track of what you have and from what years!!!
Here is a small glimpse of what I have in my aging cellar: Orval, Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René, DDC Aphrodisiaque, Southern Tier Pumking, Goose Island Sofie and Mill Street Barley wine!
One of our goals at Barley’s Angels is to build a community of women who share a common love of beer. While many of our members could easily be described as social butterflies – comfortable showing up at beer events alone because they know that they will either know people there or will make new friends before they go home – we do have lots of members who are a little more reserved. Women who are interested in the scads of beer events that pop up weekly but are less likely to go without knowing someone else is also going.
To help promote more participation in the great beer events hosted around the city and further build our network of great ladies we’d like to introduce a hashtag and encourage you to use it! If you’re going to an event let us know by tweeting about it and including #helloAngels. The more we use this tool, the more confident we can be that if we show up at an event alone we’ll see a familiar face.