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Amsterdam Cruiser All Day Pale Ale
Beer Makes the World Go 'Round
I am amazed by the explosion in the craft beer industry. I remember, what was it, 20 years ago when Creemore Springs started up. Finally something better than the crap that Molson and Labatt's was brewing for so many years and we all drank it. I find it so ironic that the brewery that opened my 20-somthing eyes to better beer, is now owned by Molson. So sad to see that happen. And, no, I will not drink their beer anymore. But over the years since Creemore launched there have been guys brewing beer in their basements and garages and coming up with some stinkers, but also some amazing brew. That's the story for so many of the craft breweries now in operation. I know for fact that's how Five Paddles Brewery in Ajax started. Just some guys brewing at home and then made the giant step forward. Their product is not in the LCBO, like so many craft brews, because they are forced to jump through so many hoops. I have travelled through the province seeking out craft brew. When we are going on a family trip, I research breweries in the area I'm going and stop by and support them. Please do that. After that, get on social media and tell other beer lovers about them.
This is likely the most unique brewery out there right now and because of my love for indie and alt-rock, they have a place in my heart. Even if their beer sucked I would buy it because of the support they are giving to artists and musicians. You don't have to be in a band to know how tough it is to make it. Where would we be as a society without art? For those of you who don't care, that's your loss. Here's a descriptor of the brewery from their website:
"Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewer based in Ontario that aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists, musicians and filmmakers. Matt Johnston and Bob Russell founded Collective Arts Brewing on two beliefs: The first that creativity fosters creativity. And the second, that creativity yields delicious ."
To that end they sponsor a music series on Indie 88fm called Black Box Sessions. The videos are posted on youtube. There is extensive content on the Collective Arts website. Their support for artist includes featuring their work on the can labels. Featured artists are from around the world. They change up the collection every few months.
Collective Arts beer is among the best craft I've had, from Ontario, to BC, to the US pacific northwest. Ransack the Universe is a complex IPA with some west coast flavour. Not too much citrus and a damn good pop of hops (85 IBUs). The rest of their line-up includes a session IPA, Citrus Blonde Ale and Extra Pale Ale. The Stranger Than Fiction Porter is one of the best I've ever had. Beyond that they have a series of seasonal experiment brews and ciders.
If you love top quality craft beer and seek out Collective Arts product in your liquor store, LCBO or purchase online.
Amsterdam Boneshaker is a topnotch IPA
A few of my favourite Ontario craft brew!
Indie Ale House, Instigator IPA
Nickelbrook, Headstock Ale
Duggan's Number 9
Kilannan 'The Aussie' Pale Ale
I love beer from all around the world, but they say 'write what you know' and what I know is Ontario craft beer. There is some amazing beer being brewed here, but I dare say the Ontario craft brewers should keep their eyes on the Left Coast. Having spent some time in BC, I have dipped into the craft beer pool there, which seems bottomless compared to Ontario. But since I live here, I will support the craft brewers who honour the art so well.