As a result, I asked my friend Trish to come over to record, sip, gossip, repeat. Beer appeared, as water did too because hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, folks. I commend Trish for being a trouper and still recording despite being hungover. I am sure that I could do no such thing!
So please enjoy our beer reviews and natter. The beers tried were the following:
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This week’s interview is Robin LeBlanc, one of the authors of the Ontario Craft Beer Guide. The 2nd edition drops in May so I have thoughtfully provided for you an Amazon link to make with the purchase. You can also find Robin at her personal website, the Thirsty Wench. If you especially like supporting independent beer journalism, head over to her Patreon.
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Big thanks to everyone I talked to and hung out with this past Saturday! You made a good day great. See you all next week!
Correction: Hi guys, I’m updating this as I had the incorrect list of brewers attending the festival. I apologize for the oversight. I’ve amended this entry to reflect the correct beer list. So sorry!
It’s April and April means the beer festival season BEGINS.
I’m headed to The Brooklyn’s annual Kingston Craft Beer Festival on the 8th and oh man, is it gonna be fun. Yes, it is sold out, but there might be tickets at the door. This week’s episode talks about what new breweries I’m looking forward to, beer styles I prefer, and why I wish I knew more about cider.
I promise in the episode that I would give you with a list of participating breweries (complete with links!). If you are a fan of any of them, let me know which ones. I want to know about some of the new-to-me ones I’ve mention.
Whew! A lot breweries, sure, but most of all, a lot of noteworthy breweries. This list is subject to change, because beer festivals can be in flux. As a result, check online before heading over to avoid disappointment.
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Well, as of last week, we’ve said goodbye to a few lovely breweries of the American South, and we return to highlighting the best and coolest of the Ontario craft beer scene. This week’s interview is with Crystal and Tara Luxmore, the Beer Sisters. Crystal is a Certified Cicerone whose beer musings can be found in outlets ranging from Toronto Life to the Globe and Mail. Her sister, Tara, is a Prud’homme Beer Sommelier as well as a professional cider judge. Together, they are a formidable powerhouse of beer knowledge! I was lucky enough to chat with them not too long ago; I hope you will enjoy it as they were both an absolute delight.
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I imagine everyone in Canada–certainly Ontario–is familiar with the ubiquitous tractor design and the delicious taste of Beau’s All Natural Brewery. (Fun fact: one of our first acts in moving to Kingston, Ontario was ordering a mess of veggie Chinese takeout and sit on the floor of our then-new apartment and drink the crap out of the Lug Tread. It was perfect after a five hour drive down the 401 with a passel of angry cats and a heat wave.)
I had the opportunity to talk to Jennifer Beauchesne of Beau’s; sure, she’s the head of communications,but frankly, she too is an all-around bad-ass. As I keep saying, this beer business is full of lady bad-asses. I love it. Bring. It. On.
I’ve only ever been to the brewery one other time. I think it was around 2011? Man, am I missing out by not going there at least once a year. It’s a gorgeous operation with a new-ish patio that serves food in a bucolic small town setting. My partner and I had a great time and will definitely be back for their Oktoberfest. It just means having to stay in Cornwall….
Beau’s, congrats on ten years! I hope there are many more. I love ya.
Beau’s beer sampled & maaaaaybe drank during this interview as follows (don’t worry, I do have a DD for these outings):
Also, last night was the final concert for the Tragically Hip. I’d be remiss as a permanent resident who discovered them on her new life in Canada. I really like this song. I know it’s not a classic, but the heart loves what it loves.
I will never get tired of saying that interviewing all these amazing women in beer is the raddest gig on the planet. So this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Mary Beth Keefe of Granite Brewery in Toronto, ON. Mary Beth’s a second generation brewmaster, having learned the ropes from her dad, from her travels, and from studying. If you live in the GTA, visit the GTA often (like I do), do your tastebuds a favour and head there for pretty fantastic beers as well as solid brwepub grub. I dunno if I could choose my favourite, but if forced to, I might go for the limited edition 25th Anniversary ale. If that’s gone by the time you get there, Hopping Mad IPA is go.
When you’re done listening, go to iTunes and rate, would ya? I mean, if you wanted to review and subscribe that would be ace, too. You know the drill: you want to reach out to me about feedback or some ladies you think I should definitely talk to, hit me up at @HarpyHour, or via email at Marisa@HarpyHour.com. I am always happy to talk to cool folks.
We’re doubling up this time out for Harpy Hour, so there will be a fresh episode on August 21st too! Mark the date!
Honestly, I can never stop saying that the best part of this gig is meeting amazing ladies. It really is!
This episode I had the pleasure of meeting Kristina Miller whose job title for Gananoque Brewing Company is “Gettin’ Shit Done.” We sat outside on a very hot day, drank a beer, and talked about her role at the brewery, why craft beer is the bomb, and hey, there really is a beer for everyone!
If you’re keen to take a trip to the Thousand Islands in Ontario, you should do yourself a favour and head on over to the brewery. It’s a gorgeously repurposed 1860 carriage house that now makes some of the finest beer in Southeastern Ontario. What are you waiting for?