The Napanee Beer Company, winner of the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards' New Brewery of the Year, will be dropping by Brew Wizards Board Game Cafe for a tasting session. Sampling goes 6 to 11 p.m.
Every time, yes every time I visit Brew Wizards at Celina/Bruce in Oshawa, every time I visit the board game cafe/ bar it is busy. The Brew Crew are celebrating one year in business and doing so with a week of special offers beginning Thursday Aug. 24. But as it is 2017 we have video now (pretty rad fun video too) - well they have - so less words, just press play ->
Beer and music pair well together with many breweries hosting in-house sessions as promo for both products and players. An enterprising craft brewery in Whitby is hopping up to the platter however and launching its own label record; no, not a record label, a label record.
The label on Jukebox stout from Five Paddles, is a turntable-ready 45 single pressed onto a detachable picture card which can be played on most record players. It will be available Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 on-site at the brewery. The track is “Jukebox” by indie rockers Rory Taillon and the Old Souls who will perform at the afternoon launch of the record label, sorry, label record party.
Taillon, who has played 5 Paddles often, says he was approached last year about the idea of a having one of his songs issued by Five Paddles.
“They'd heard about the technology for the label,” he says, “and wanted to give it a shot. They asked me if I was interested and I of course was on board right away.”
Five Paddles co-founder Spencer McCormack says they were inspired to create a label record by the packaging craftiness of other Ontario brewers, Beau’s and Radical Road. They knew too Highlander Brew in South River had released ‘Ox-Blood Ale’ which came with flexi-disc by Plague Vendor.
The idea of issuing a record as a label was too good to pass up by five guys who have grown their business by following their own beer gut.
“We are built around doing whatever we want,” says McCormack, “We are all brewers here at 5 Paddles and when it's your turn to brew, you brew whatever you want. If our response to ‘Wanna release a beer with a label that is a 45?’ was anything other than a high five, we'd have to wonder what the hell we are doing running a brewery.”
McCormack, Mike Bray, Ian Mills, JP Tibensky and Ed Woods began brewing what they liked three years ago in an 950 square foot industrial space in south Whitby. They had all met at a homebrewers event and take their name from the mash paddles used in the beer-brewing process. Five Paddles sold out of their three initial batches in the first four days. They have since moved to a far bigger space, almost five times the size of the original and have hired four staff. Five if you count Taillon.
“Rory is the only musician who has ever played at 5 Paddles. He was a regular at the brewery for a while and one of our employees saw him perform on Rogers and came into work and told us, you know that guy with the huge beard who loves (their signature beer) Midnight Paddler? He is amazing. We had him play at our two year anniversary party. Two songs in he covered “Dead” and “Lovely” by Tom Waits and that was it. It's rare for me to meet someone who loves Tom Waits like I love Tom Waits. You don't need to do much after that to stay in my good books but Rory is also crazy talented, his voice is huge and he is a hustler,” says McCormack.
Taillon says the song “Jukebox” is from his album It’s Not Black & White.
“It talks about drinking, but it's mostly a song written from an angry performer being heckled at a bar gig,” he says.
He’s less likely to be heckled at a bar these days as he has found a niche touring breweries instead. McCormack calls him the Official Musician of Durham Craft Breweries. His current tour includes dates at Collective Arts Brewery in Hamilton, the Second Wedge Brewery in Uxbridge and P.E.I. Brewing Co. in Charlottetown.
Although Five Paddles products are available through the LCBO Jukebox is limited to a batch of 11,000 to be sold on site. There are no plans to feature other artists on the label.
“I'd like to do more artists but, the truth is we love Rory. . . he is our guy,” says McCormack.
The Whitby Station Gallery’s Tortured Artist collaboration with 5 Paddles brewery was launched Friday Feb 10 2017. Tortured Artist is a vanilla porter created by the Whitby based craft brewery in collaboration with the gallery who sourced the label artwork. The label artwork was created by 14 year-old Jade Wysotski and the label itself has been designed by Kate Carson, the gallery’s in-house graphic designer. The launch featured DJ Lawless spinning some tortured artist tunes, a talk by 5 Paddles co-founder Ian Mills and a taste-testing of the porter itself.
Mills related a tale about the initial brewing of the porter saying the smells brought him back to his childhood, in particular summer mornings eating breakfast cereal while watching ‘Gilligan Island’ and ‘I Dream of Genie’ on the telly before heading on his bike for the day; the vanilla in particular was the trigger. He went on to say he believes his brewing method is in a manner a trip back in time through his memories and thus the beers brewed at 5 Paddles are really created from their brewer’s own unique authentic experiences growing up in the Region. The trick is to be mindful in the activity, to slow down and live the experience and enjoy the moments.
Brewing becomes less work and more art in effect. I found it a very interesting talk and the idea of beer in terms of its effects on the senses rather than the ingredients, the art rather than the science, is well, really quite attractive.
The label is also featured on T-shirts available at the Gallery. They have been created by Shirtpunch, deepening the collaboration with local businesses and growing a community from the art out.
The SG Tortured Artist Vanilla Porter is a limited brew but MIlls says he is very happy with the beer and the collaboration so 5 Paddles will be making more.
The secret’s out, Manantler Craft Brewery is located in Bowmanville, Ont. The brewery announced today a change to their logo, which now includes the line Bowmanville Ontario.
Brewery president Chris Allot says they added the location because of how the town has reacted to the brewery since its inception.
“Bowmanville has opened their arms to us from the minute we opened our doors. We want to pay tribute to that every time someone looks at our logo,” says Allot.
Many craft breweries place themselves firmly in a particular location; Bobcaygeon Brewing, Royal City Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, Perth Brewery. Others don’t: Beau’s, Steam Whistle, Flying Monkeys for example. Allot says it was important to them to anchor themselves in Bowmanville.
“Our biggest fans are the people that live in close proximity to the brewery," he says, "and they were the ones that supported us before anyone even knew if our beer was good. We will stay in Bowmanville until they ask us to leave.”
We say if you keep on making the fine brews (in particular that Root Beer Porter) you won’t ever be asked to leave.
Manantler Craft Brewery is proudly located at 182 Wellington St in Bowmanville. Free tours are available between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.