TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The votes are in as MPPs at Queen's Park settle
on the best Ontario Craft Beers. Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly,
Steve Peters, hosted fellow MPPs and staff Tuesday as they cast their vote at
the first ever Ontario Craft Beer Tasting at Queen's Park.
"At the Legislative Assembly of Ontario we are extremely proud of the
fantastic local products that our great Province provides," says Peters.
"Making the Legislative Assembly of Ontario a showcase of Ontario products is
an initiative of mine as Speaker. The Ontario Craft Brewers are a great
example of our Province's ability to create quality, world-class products
right here in our backyard."
The tasting saw 46 beers brought to Queen's Park with over 100 ballots
cast in six different categories. As well, Peters was proud to announce
Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale as his choice for the Speakers' Selection winner.
These seven winning beers will be the official craft beers of the Legislative
"Seeing the Ontario Legislature take an interest in the Ontario Craft
Brewers is a sign of how far the Ontario craft brewing industry has come in
recent years," says John Hay, President of the Ontario Craft Brewers. "Our
province's brewing history began back in the 1800's but really saw a large
resurgence in 1985 with brewers like J.R. Brickman and others. Most recently
we've seen an acceleration of this growth thanks to government support, new
consumer interest and the hard work of the 29 Ontario Craft Brewers."
Since 2003 capital investment in the Ontario Craft Brewers has been over
$40 million. This strong support has been central to the development of craft
brewing in Ontario.
"We are also proud of our impact on the province's economy," continues
Hay. "In fact in the next decade we expect the craft breweries to have close
to a $400 million economic impact on the provincial economy in both a direct
and indirect way."
Category winners and the official craft beers of the Legislative Assembly
Speaker's Selection: Neustadt Brewery - Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale
Golden Lagers & Pilsners: Great Lakes Brewery - Golden Horseshoe
Refreshing Ales: Robert Simpson Brewing Company - Anti-Gravity Light
Amber Lagers, Ales & Honey Beers: Old Credit Brewery - Amber Ale
Malty Dark Lager or Ale: Brick Brewing Company - Waterloo Dark
Bold Flavoured Ale, Stout or Porter: Scotch Irish Brewery - Sgt. Major
Wheat Beer: Mill Street Brewery - Belgian Wit
The Ontario Craft Brewers are a group of 29 small brewers that are
dedicated to making great tasting beer in Ontario. The 29 members of the
Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally in communities throughout
Ontario - from the Ottawa Valley to Windsor and Niagara to Muskoka. The
Ontario Craft Brewers employ over 450 people in Ontario, accounting for over
20 per cent of the overall brewing employment in the province. For more
information about the Ontario Craft Brewers visit www.ontariocraftbrewers.com.
For further information:
For further information: on award winning craft beers, to speak with an
Ontario Craft brewer or to speak with Speaker of the House, Steve Peters
please contact: Nicholas Schulz, Ontario Craft Brewers, (416) 598-5799,
Nicholas.email@example.com; Maggie Head, Executive Assistant, Office of the
Speaker, (416) 325-7435, firstname.lastname@example.org