The new No. 99 Rye Lager will be available across Ontario in LCBO locations and at Wayne Gretzky Estates in May
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ - (TSX:ADW.A) (TSX:ADW.B) - Wayne Gretzky Estates is pleased to announce the launch of No. 99 Rye Lager, its first craft beer. No. 99 Rye Lager will be for sale across Ontario in May at LCBO stores, Wayne Gretzky Estates, as well as select Ontario restaurants, and available more broadly across Ontario this fall.
"Our goal at the outset was to give hockey fans and beer fans something new to cheer about," said John Peller. "As the name promises, No. 99 Rye Lager, brewed with rye grain delivers the crisp, clean taste of a classic lager with an extra layer of depth, zest and freshness. There's nothing like it on the market."
"It feels awesome to be back in the craft beer business" says John Peller. Although the Peller family may be most known for their Canadian wines, Company founder Andrew Peller got his start in the beer industry. "My grandpa started his career in the 1930's as a brewmaster at E.P. Taylor Canadian brewing, which led him to open his own brewery, Peller Brewing Company in 1947, in Hamilton, Ontario," shares John Peller. "I'm proud to work with the Gretzky family to build on this legacy with the launch of Wayne Gretzky Craft Brewing's No. 99 Rye Lager."
Wayne Gretzky Estates' expansion into the growing craft beer market builds on the brand's success of delivering premium products born from cross-category innovation, such as Red Cask Whisky and Whisky Oak Aged Red wine.
No. 99 Rye Lager has only four natural ingredients and is brewed locally in Ontario with Canadian Winter Rye grain that has a unique hardiness built to survive cold Canadian winters. This grain is what produces the delicious signature flavour of the No. 99 Rye Lager, while maintaining the classic Canadian lager style.
Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky has played a key role in the development of all the products offered by Wayne Gretzky Estates. "I love the refreshing taste of our new easy-drinking No. 99 Rye Lager," said Wayne Gretzky. "I worked closely with our Master Brewer, Joshua Beach. I am truly excited to share it with fellow Canadians."
Joshua Beach, Wayne Gretzky Estates' Master Distiller, is also the Master Brewer for the new No. 99 Rye Lager. "After years of crafting Wayne Gretzky whisky, I couldn't imagine anything better than also creating a lager worthy of Wayne's legacy as a true Canadian icon," said Joshua Beach.
About Wayne Gretzky Estates Wayne Gretzky Estates produces award-winning wines in Canada from the finest grapes grown in the Okanagan and Niagara wine regions. The same Canadian soils that produce great grapes also grow grains that are used to produce small batch Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky that is finished in red and ice wine casks along with other craft spirits. Building on the success of Wayne Gretzky's wine and whisky program, Wayne Gretzky's Craft Brewing brews innovative version of approachable styles.
About Andrew Peller Limited: Andrew Peller Limited (ADW.A/ADW.B) is one of Canada's leading producers and marketers of quality wines and craft spirits. The Company's award-winning premium and ultra-premium VQA brands include Peller Estates, Peller Family Vineyards, Trius, Thirty Bench, Wayne Gretzky, Sandhill, Red Rooster, Black Hills Estate, Tinhorn Creek, Gray Monk Estates, Raven Conspiracy, and Conviction. Complementing these premium brands are a number of popularly priced varietal offerings, wine based liqueurs, craft ciders, and craft spirits. The Company owns and operates 101 well-positioned independent retail locations in Ontario under The Wine Shop, Wine Country Vintners, and Wine Country Merchants store names. The Company also operates Andrew Peller Import Agency and The Small Winemaker's Collection Inc., importers and marketing agents of premium wines from around the world. With a focus on serving the needs of all wine consumers, the Company produces and markets premium personal winemaking products through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Vintners Inc. ("GVI"), the recognized leader in personal winemaking products.
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