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DME to reopen after being bought by Dutch firm CETP

Charlottetown-based DME is under new ownership after being purchased by CIMC Enric Tank & Process B.V. (CETP), a subsidiary of CIMC ENRIC Holdings.

Dutch company CIMC Enric Tank & Process has rescued DME from receivership.

The DME and Newlands (NSI) brands will now operate as DME Process Systems after CETP, based out of the Netherlands, purchased the business.

DME Process Systems will continue to manufacture both the DME and NSI brands out of the Charlottetown location, which is operational as of today.

Although DME Process Systems is a new entity, they will work with previously installed DME and NSI breweries for any parts, service or expansion needs.

DME, one of the most respected brewing equipment manufacturers in North America, was forced to cease operations at the end of November last year after it was issued an order by the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Its new owners, the CETP group of companies operates in brewing through its Ziemann Holvrieka and Briggs brands.

The acquisition provides the CETP group the opportunity to strengthen its position in the overall brewing market and further increase its manufacturing footprint in Canada. 

“We are very excited to be a part of this prestigious international group of companies,” explained Marc de Jong, managing director of DME Process Systems. “Their innovation, market presence, manufacturing locations and experience will further strengthen our already globally recognized brands.”

Ko Brink, CEO of CETP, added: “The DME Group brings us an experienced team as well as a great customer base, which allows us to further increase our presence in North America.

“Adding DME/NSI to our group brings two strong brands in the (craft) brewing industry that will highly contribute to our existing brand portfolio.” 

Garrison Brewing Opening New Brewery in Halifax

Looks like there is going to be a new yet familiar kid on the block in Halifax. 

Garrison Brewing has announced that The Oxford, a new taproom and pilot brewery, will soon be opening in the west end of the city. 

The brewery will be located in a space on Quinpool Road that was previously a beauty salon attached to The Oxford Theatre, a historic cinema that closed in 2017 and is currently being renovated for future use with exposed brick, 14’ wood ceilings and vintage subway tile. 

Centered in the old Elegant Touch Beauty Salon, and attached to the iconic Oxford Theatre, Garrison’s new venture will include a pilot-brewery, street-front taproom and retail store, backyard terrace and second floor community space. 

“We’re excited and honoured to breathe new life into such a landmark space while celebrating its amazing history. The taproom will be a comfortable and welcoming throwback to old Hollywood, and you may even recognize some classic items from the original Oxford theatre,” says Brian Titus, President of Garrison Brewing. 

Scheduled to open in late Spring 2019, the space will provide locals in the area with a family (and pet) friendly place to fill a growler, sample fresh craft beers, or host a community event. 

“I am sure I speak for everyone on Quinpool Road when I say that we are absolutely thrilled that the building will not be demolished,” says Karla Nicholson, Executive Director of Quinpool’s Mainstreet District Association. “The Oxford development is definitely exciting, and we look forward to seeing many of our businesses benefit from it.” 

Since 1997, Garrison has worked hard to create outstanding beer. Garrison offers an exceptional range of premium and distinctive beers, all crafted in the historic Halifax Seaport and (soon) at the Oxford Theatre building on Quinpool. Their bubbly creations include Sea Port Blonde, TallShip, Nut Brown, Imperial IPA, Spruce Beer and Wintervention.

Nelson’s Savoy Brewery shuts its doors

Savoy Brewery, a nanobrewery that has been open since 2016 in Nelson’s Savoy Hotel, has closed down due to a “competitive restaurant market” in the area. 

Located in the hotel’s Falls Music Lounge restaurant and bar, Savoy Brewery closed when the restaurant, along with the adjoining Farm Fresh Café, were shuttered.

The hotel itself remains in operation.

The Savoy Hotel property was purchased in 2013 by Jimmy Bundschuh, founder of the Shambhala Music Festival. Things started off strong as the hotel was renovated and enjoyed a re-opening in March.

According to kootenaybiz.com, the interior was painted and new floors were installed.

“I am hugely proud of what my team has achieved and I know that they will go on to do great things,” Bundschuh told kootenaybiz.com in 2015.
Sadly, things did not work and stunned staff are now looking at other options. Bundschuh also cited the competitive local market as the reason for the brewery’s closure, as it was “unable to rise above a number of challenges in the industry.”

“While I am greatly saddened by the closure of these businesses, I look forward to serving our guests in the hotel and nightclub,” said Bundschuh.

While this is a tough blow for this tight-knit community, the good news is there are still many marvelous craft breweries in Nelson. As of 2016, Nelson BC has a population of just 10,664 but this hasn’t stopped craft breweries from making Nelson their home, including Nelson Brewing Co., Torchlight Brewing Co., and Backroads Brewing Co.

The good news doesn’t stop there – according to Vancovuerisawesome.com, over 20 new craft breweries opened in the province in 2018.

Henderson Brewing Company pays tribute to days gone by with new beer

Henderson Brewing Company has used the first of its new monthly beer series to pay tribute to O-Pee-Chee Gum Company, an outfit famed for them collectible hockey cards.

Toronto-based Henderson has taken inspiration from O-Pee-Chee Gum Company, a business that made its name from the production of hockey card and bubblegum packs, way back in the 1930s.

O-Pee-Chee Lager, which the brewery is keen to stress, has no gum after-taste, and is launched today (18th January).

The vintage hockey cards of the 1930s served as the inspiration behind the label artwork for this month’s brew, but with a bit of a twist.

The label clearly hearkens back to the retro style of cards from the 1960s and 70s, but the names and faces of each player might not be as recognizable.

There are 21 different beer labels for this month’s brew – each features a different Henderson employee, from brewers all the way to the office manager, and of course includes Pippa, the unofficial brewery mascot. 

“We were pretty surprised to learn that O-Pee-Chee was at one time based in Toronto, let alone a Canadian company, so we really wanted to shine a light on it,” said Henderson GM Steve Himel

He added: ”Plus I really love the nostalgia that these labels evoke – hockey and baseball cards were the currency of my youth, with shootsies, flipsies and ‘got-em, got-‘em, need’em’ an important part of my social life in those days. And the gum …. We toyed with the idea of trying to replicate that flavour in a beer, but we came to our senses”. 

“This beer is meant to be light and real easy to drink.” added Head Brewer James Turco, “Think of it as the palette cleanser everyone needs after all the heavy eating and heavy drinking we all indulged in throughout December”. 

Complimentary samples of the new brew will be available on Friday night at 6 sharp at the launch for everyone who’s in attendance, and Henderson will also have complimentary Hot Dogs on hand. “The kind you used to get at the old skating arena, or on school Hot Dog Day” explains Himel. 

As an added element of fun at the Ides Launch on Friday, Jan. 18th, and to further play on the vintage card theme, Henderson Brewing will play host to Flip Collectibles into the brewery for a one-of-a-kind Card Collectibles Show!

Store-owner Robert Francia will be bringing a large selection of his store’s offerings for the evening Pop Up Shop – everything from hockey and baseball cards for sale, plus tv cards, movie cards, and all kinds of other cool and kitschy memorabilia. The card sale will run from 6-9pm. 

Henderson’s monthly ‘Ides’ series uses creative recipes to bring the history, characters and locations throughout Toronto to life. The Ides of January: O-Pee-Chee Lager is light, bright, crisp, and refreshing. It’s 5% ABV, and will be available on tap and in 473ml cans at the brewery on Sterling Road for a limited time only, while supplies last. 

Innis & Gunn launches Don’s Choice

Don’s Choice, a beer created and brewed by New Brunswick’s Don Guimond, has been released by Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn.

Guimond won the chance the brew the beer after Innis & Gunn challenged beer fans to propose a recipe that would become the brewery’s newest limited-edition beer.

The beer, a Black IPA with Coconut and Rhubarb, was brewed in February at the Innis & Gunn brewery in Scotland by Guimond and Innis & Gunn master brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp.

Guimond won the trip to the brewery after Sharp chose his flavour idea to be the brand’s newest limited-edition brew as part of Innis & Gunn’s “Imagine & Gunn” competition.

The program was created by the brewery to give fans a chance to collaborate with the Innis & Gunn brewing team on new innovations and Guimond is the first-ever Canadian winner.

Guimond: “I’m pinching myself.The opportunity to go to Scotland and join this legendary brewing team for a day was incredible enough. Seeing the beer actually arriving on store shelves? It’s really surreal.”

The black IPA was brewed with chocolate and crystal malt, which give it a rich, jet black colour. Flavours of coconut, tropical hops and rhubarb combine with the malts and the barrels for an unforgettable taste experience.

“We were intrigued by Don’s idea the moment we heard it. A Black IPA with Coconut and Rhubarb? It sounded just crazy enough to be delicious,” said Gunn Sharp.

He added: “It’s the perfect encapsulation of everything Innis & Gunn stands for: innovation, creativity and incredible flavour. Don’s Choice is an awesome addition to our family of beers, and we can’t wait for Canadians to try it.”

Don’s Choice is now available in New Brunswick and Alberta, and will be available at LCBO stores across Ontario, and in select liquor stores in British Columbia, for a limited time beginning late October and early November. The 330ml bottle will retail for $4.95.

New tours to hit Toronto’s East End brewery scene

Beer fans can soon tour Toronto’s East-End buoyant brewery scene with The Beer Bus.

Guests can visit three of the ten brick-and-mortar TEBC breweries, and one excellent east-end bar for an exclusive east side experience.

Paul Izdebski of The Beer Bus, explained: “This is the first beer tour of its kind. Each stop will present a different component of beer education; while giving a behind-the-scenes experience with stories from each of the breweries about what they specialize in and what inspired them to open in the first place.”

Brewery representatives will be on hand to speak about beer styles, ingredients, food pairings and give a behind-the-scenes look at each facility.

“The one thing all of our breweries share in common is that we brew beer, but our journeys are all so different,” added Chris Goddard of Brunswick Bierworks.

Muddy York Brewing Co.’s Susan Michalek continued: “We all have unique spaces, specialties, and approaches to the way we brew beer. Giving people an opportunity to get a glimpse of how we all tick, how we utilize the different components of brewing, and what choices we ultimately make to produce all this great beer will be a real pleasure.”

Dave Lee of Eastbound Brewing sees it as a chance to “better connect with our customers”.

He said: “It’s one thing to walk into a brewery and smell beer brewing. It’s a whole other experience to get up close and personal with the ingredients, learn where they come from, the work that goes into producing them, and how they impact the finished product.”

The first tour launches Saturday, November 17th with visits to Louis Cifer Brew Works, Godspeed Brewery, Muddy York Brewing, and Radical Road Brewing. New tours will be announced every month, and The Beer Bus will offer discounted rates for multi-tour purchases.

Each tour will include:

• Transportation, unlimited snacks & water on board the bus

• One full meal at a Toronto East Brewery Collective brewpub

• One 4 x 5 oz tasting flight at each brewery

• An educational presentation highlighting the passion and knowledge unique to each brewery

• One pint at the final stop

Steam Whistle Brewing co-founder steps down

Heaps, who has successfully implemented a new strategic framework for the company, will leave his post on 1st November.

He will l continue to provide strategic direction for the company as an enthusiastic member of Steam Whistle’s Board of Directors, the company said in a statement.

The Steam Whistle board of directors has also appointed current President, Andy Burgess, as CEO.

Burgess began his career at McKinsey & Company and, after earning his MBA, joined the Loblaw Companies. Together with a partner, he acquired Somerset Entertainment, grew it to $100 million in sales and took it public on the TSX.

Burgess Andy has been actively engaged with the company’s senior management as President since March. The board expects his leadership will preserve the “Good Beer Folks” culture and his business experience will help guide Steam Whistle to increased sales and profits.

Cowbell Brewing Co eyes expansion

The company has purchased the former Emergency Services Training Centre (ESTC), south of Blyth, from the Township of North Huron.

The 18,000 square foot building sits on 7-acres, adjacent to the Cowbell brewery and, subject to engineering and environmental inspections, this deal will close by late November.

For the next year, the North Huron Fire Department, Huron County Emergency Services and Tuckersmith Telecommunication Co-operative will continue to operate from this location, while new facilities are built elsewhere in the village.

Cowbell will renovate office and administrative areas at ESTC for early 2019 occupancy. Starting late 2019, the central section of the ESTC building will be converted to a Packaging Hall and former classroom space will become home to Cowbell College.

Plans will be developed to increase parking capacity and to enhance Guest safety by re-routing onsite truck traffic at the Cowbell Farm. Work will be completed by late 2020.

“We are excited about this expansion opportunity,” said Grant Sparling, Cowbell’s Chief Development Officer.

He added: “We are pleased to be one part of the economic revitalization underway in the village of Blyth and across Huron County. Great things are happening.”

In the summer, Cowbell Brewing Co welcomed the 150,000th guest at its craft brewery and restaurant.

Cowbell, which opened on August 7th, 2017, has welcomed guests from across Huron County and Southwestern Ontario, as well as from across Canada, the United States and more than 30 countries.

Sparling explained: “We are humbled by the enthusiasm and the response to the beer, the stories and this farm destination.

“We are thrilled to have welcomed over 150,000 guests in our first year, to our village of 1005 people. Prior to opening, our stated goal was 100,000 guests, something many observers thought was unrealistic. But this is no ordinary place – and this is no ordinary team.

“It is a very ambitious bunch and we look forward to building on the Cowbell experience in the years ahead, on the Farm and beyond. We appreciate the tremendous support from our friends of Cowbell.”

Prud’homme Beer Certification hits graduate milestone

The multi-level beer education program, launched in 2009, has helped in excess of 10,000 students graduate from ‘The Beer Enthusiast’ course, which is offered both in class and online.

“Our process of grading Level 1 exams doesn’t allow us to pinpoint the exact 10,000th graduate,” explained Roger Mittag, founder of Prud’homme Beer Certification.

He added: “But we can narrow it down to a particular set of participants. We are thrilled that so many people are registering and enjoying our courses that we want to help them continue their beer education journey.”

The course has something to offer everyone from the beer aficionado to the hospitality and brewery professional.

Prud’homme graduates now own breweries, design draught systems, manage successful hospitality locations and write about beer for national publications.

Muskoka Brewery details upcoming schedule

Ontario-based Muskoka Brewery has outlined its newest beer releases, which include the 2018 launch of its Survival Pack.

The six-pack of 473ml cans, which is now available, comprise a Craft Lager, Detour, Mad Tom IPA, Cream Ale and the reappearance of its award-winning Shinnicked Stout. It also features a 2018 Moonlight Kettle Graduate: Hibernating Grizzly grisette.

The golden Grisette comes in at 4% and boasts a light-bodied, soft malt character with a fresh tart lemon flavor and a hint of clove and banana with a dry finish. It’s available as part of the aforementioned Survival Pack and as single cans from mid October.

In addition, Muskoka is showcasing a number of iterations of its Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout. Drinkers can sample bottles from 2014 onwards from November 1st, while the 2017 and 2018 editions follow in retail shortly after.

The schedule is rounded out by its Kawartha Dairy partnership and the resultant Salty Caramel Truffle Bock collaboration, which arrives this month.