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Cockpuncher Day!

COCKPUNCHER DAY!

It’s almost Cockpuncher day at the Indie Alehouse! Yesterday we bottled only 800 bottles of Cockpuncher, which will be released on Wednesday at 5:00 in our bottle shop.

This is one of our favourite days at Indie. For the last 28 days we have had this beer in the tank; fermenting, aging, dry hopping, and maturing into something bold and awesome. During these agonizing 4 weeks, we get to taste it as it evolves along its journey into the bottle. Now for one more day we get to keep it to ourselves, while we bottle, label and ‘sample’ just one more time to make sure it’s perfect before it goes on sale. Such dedication of the brewing staff is inspiring…

But the best part of Cockpuncher release day is we get to meet all kinds of un-apologetic ‘hop-heads’ who come to the Indie Alehouse to enjoy this beer. Because it’s a beer that needs to be consumed FAST to enjoy it at its best (not on the way home fast, but once you get home fast), people are excited to get it, go home and drink it. With other major beer releases, you are likely getting a beer to age, mature and enjoy in the future – but with IPAs, fresh is best – so the excitement level is different, and ‘hop-heads’ are different too.

Generally not concerned with what other people think, hop-heads are indifferent to the multitude who complain many IPAs are too bitter, and ‘why can’t we just make a nice Amber ale or a clean Pilsner to traditional styles…” etc. No, hop-heads don’t care that “on trend” beers might be Pilsners or session beers, we like hops, and plenty of them.
While we make many different ‘styles’ of beers at Indie, the big, hoppy IPAs will always have a place here, and Cockpuncher will be top of the heap.

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*Cockpuncher is a big IPA, somewhere between a double and triple IPA, weighing in around 11% ABV and well over 100 IBU. This beer is only made a couple times a year, and it’s gone fast.

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The Eh Team! - The time we went to Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp

We were very excited and proud to be the first Canadian brewery to go down to  Sierra Nevada's beer camp and brew a collaboration beer with them and a few of our friends from Canada!

January 4th, 2016, TORONTO, ON — The first ever Canadian-made beer at legendary U.S. craft brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., has arrived back home just in time to toast the New Year. 
The farmhouse saison, spiced with red and white peppercorns, and fermented with a saison yeast strain created by Ontario’s Escarpment Labs, was brewed by a team of Canadians at Sierra Nevada’s brewery last August.

A team of 14 craft brewers, bar owners and beer experts from Ontario and Vancouver were the first group of Canucks invited to participate in Sierra Nevada’s famous onsite brewing program — a three-day intensive visit to the Mills River, NC, brewery where participants tour the state-of-the-art brewery, design their own beer recipe, and brew their own beer with Sierra Nevada’s brewmaster. 
“It was an inspiring trip,” says Jeff Broeders, head brewer at Indie Alehouse, and Beer Camper. “Sierra Nevada’s Mills River brewery just has that “why not” factor — they built that brewery right —it’s perfect.”

The team decided to put a homegrown twist on the beer but avoid the gimmicky ingredients, (so they left the maple syrup for the pancakes). Instead, they asked Canada’s first company dedicated to producing unique, liquid yeast cultures for beer, Guelph-based Escarpment Labs, for their unique Old World Saison Blend, and added a touch of spice (and Canadian colour) by throwing white and red (or rather pink) peppercorns into the brew. The result is a bubbly and dry farmhouse saison with delicate herbal and floral notes that clocks in at 7% ABV.

Ralph Morana of bar Volo, Rob Pingitore of Bar Hop, and Jason Fisher of Indie Alehouse With Ken Grossman- Owner of Sierra Nevada at Beer Camp #180

Ralph Morana of bar Volo, Rob Pingitore of Bar Hop, and Jason Fisher of Indie Alehouse With Ken Grossman- Owner of Sierra Nevada at Beer Camp #180

But was it difficult to make a beer with 14 Canadian cooks in the kitchen? “When we were creating the recipe, everyone was so quiet and polite that it made the whole process really easy,” says beer writer and participant, Crystal Luxmore. 

Following tradition, the small batch brew is only pouring at Sierra Nevada’s Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, brewpubs, and by the participants’ themselves, at their bars and brewpubs back home. Ontarians can try it beginning January 3rd at the County Canteen in Picton, Red House’s two locations in Kingston, and in Toronto at Beer Bistro, Birreria Volo, Bar Hop
and Indie Ale House.

The Eh Team! Saison With Peppercorn. Or as we are affectionately referring to is as Beer Camp 180 as we were apart of the 180th beer camp held at Sierra Nevada.

The Eh Team! Saison With Peppercorn. Or as we are affectionately referring to is as Beer Camp 180 as we were apart of the 180th beer camp held at Sierra Nevada.

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New Bottle Shop

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New Bottle Shop

Happy New Years! We were closed for the first few days of January but it was not for nothing!

The Indie Alehouse Bottle Shop has been revamped, now with self serve bottle fridges. Just grab a beer carrier and mix and match, with our bottle shop staff standing by to ring you through and help in anyway they can.

Cheers!

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Growler Club 2016

Indie Alehouse Growler Club 2016

 

Each year we try to improve the Indie Alehouse Growler Club and this year the 2016 edition is the best yet. This year we have partnered with MiiR growlers,

On sale now for $150 and includes:

 

1.     Growler, membership, free first fill

2.     This year each Growler Club purchase includes a donation through a partnership with the manufacturer MiiR to give clean water to a person in need for one year. You can track the donation on-line to see the impact.

3.     Refills with any of our beers made on site (legal reasons) for $15 for regular beers or $20 for high alcohol or rare beers (cockpuncher, zombie appocalypse, glory etc). *Some barrel-aged beers may not always be available for growler club if volumes on hand are too low.

4.     You have the option to give us your email and receive monthly updates on new beer releases, pre-sale for tickets to events and exclusive or advance notice as a member so you never miss a new beer or your favourite beer when it goes on tap.

 

Things to know:

 

·       Drink your beer fresh. It is not a time capsule.

·       Bring your Growler back CLEAN, we will rinse it but may not have time to clean it. Just soak it in warm/hot water after use. That easy

·       This growler club membership expires on Dec 31st, 2016

 

The Fine Print:

 

“*Anytime Fill” excludes hours the store is closed, when we don’t have enough of a specific beer to fill a growler and some rare beers that are only made in 1 or 2 keg pilot batches.

 

You may only purchase beer to go that has been made on site at the Indie Alehouse. Guest taps and some collaboration beers are not permitted for sale by law.

 

The 2015 growlers will no longer be filled come 2016. As of Jan 1, 2016 they are retired.

 

Your discount only applies to filling your growler, not multiple growler purchases or bottles.

 

You are 100% responsible for the growler once you leave our store. If you lose it, break it etc – we will not be able to replace it.

 

Memberships are not transferable or refundable

You must be of legal drinking age and meet all legal guidelines to purchase alcohol (i.e. we wont serve you if you come in intoxicated, after hours etc…).

 

 


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Happy Birthday To Us - 3 Year Anniversary

Happy Birthday to Us! 

On Sunday October 4th it will have been 3 years since we first opened our doors in the Junction, and its been great!*

To celebrate we are releasing the first beer in a new series we call;

The Fates and Furies.

These beers are not just your “ordinary amazing craft beers", Fates and Furies beers come from our experimental brewing program. Featuring wild yeasts, barrel aging, blending, and unusual ingredients these beers are made by turning over some control of the process to the Fates. It takes longer to develop a finished product this way, but can result in a beer like no other.

The first beer in the Fates and Furies series is GRENDEL’S REVENGE, a hybrid blend of an English Old Ale and a Flanders Sour Brown Ale. The beer is made with our house strain of wild yeast and bacteria, aged in Port, Madeira and Red wine barrels from 1 to 3 years. Different vintages of the beers are blended to achieve the desired mix of flavours; the deep tobacco and rich leather notes from the barrels, the tart and funky from the house strain of wild yeast, big in body and slightly sweet from the malt. This is a big, complex beer for lovers of Flanders style ales.

We’ve gone all out with the packaging as well. The beer is in a hand-made 750ml Italian champagne bottle, decorated with artwork from celebrated local artist Dave Murray. Only 500 bottles are available, suitable for aging until our next birthday or for immediate consumption. Either way, you should plan on sharing this beer with thirsty beer loving friends.

The Details... 

This beer goes on sale Friday October 2nd at 5:00 PM and will be available while supplies last.

Price - $12.50 (including tax) Plus a $2.50 deposit, we really want the bottles back!

Limit - 4/person 

* - It has been great, but we can’t believe it has been three years!

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Indie Alehouse 3rd Annual Homebrew Tap Takeover

Calling All Home Brewers!          

Indie Ale House’s 3rd Annual Home Brew tap take over

Join us for our third annual Homebrew Tap Takeover. Vie for a chance to taste your beer off the Indie Ale House taps during Toronto Beer Week.


Due to the overwhelming responses over the past two years, we are expanding the event to include 20 homebrewers, who will submit recipes to be brewed on the Indie Alehouse homebrew pilot system.

We are looking for all levels of experience. Having brewed before is an advantage, but if you have an understanding and a passion for beer we can help anyone see their vision into malty, bubbly reality.

The goal is to have a variety of different beers on tap for the event. We are looking for some “to style” recipes along with some crazy ones, so don’t be shy to get creative with a particular style. At Indie Alehouse, we don’t let styles tell us what to brew; we brew what we like to drink.

Submissions        

1.     Give us your name(s), email, and phone number.

2.     Submit two recipes you want to brew for the event (see below).  Explain briefly why you want to brew those beers. If you have brewed them before, tell us how they turned out and/or if changes were made.    

3.     Send submissions to Jeff@indiealehouse.com or drop them off at Indie Alehouse by Friday June 26th.

4.     We will contact the selected homebrewers and set a brew date for you.

How it works

Once selected and scheduled to brew, each homebrewer will brew their selected recipe at Indie Alehouse with the brewing staff.

Indie Alehouse will provide all essentials – the pilot system, propane, hot water, and ingredients (subject to availability).

Each homebrewer is responsible for their own recipe, brewing the beer (with supervision), and its maintenance (gravity checks, dry hopping, racking, etc.).

Brew dates will be subject to timing and availability of fermenter space, as well as aging times for specific styles. 

It is okay to submit recipes that are scaled to any size and in any format.  Once final recipes are selected, we can scale recipes to suit our system.

 

Brewing guidelines

We encourage all homebrewers to take charge of the entire brewing process, including recipe development and brewing techniques. Indie brew staff will be on hand to help along the way, so lack of experience is not a deal breaker.

Up to six hours is required on the brew day to produce 30-40+ litres.

Homebrewers must arrange times with Indie brew staff to maintain their brew. This includes gravity checks, dry hopping, racking, etc.

The Indie pilot set up – kettle size is 55 litres.  Brewhouse efficiency is approximately 85-90%

Considerations – primary fermentation temperature approximately 20-22 degrees Celsius. Secondary: 4 degrees Celsius.

Beer will be transferred into a sanke keg post-fermentation and force carbonated.


Other information and the not so small, small print

No lagers, please, due to time restrictions and fermentation temperatures.

Indie Alehouse reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary and has final decision on all entries.

All beer brewed at Indie Alehouse is the sole property of Indie Alehouse Brewing Co. 

All entries must comply with all legal requirements and internal policies of the Indie Alehouse.

Indie Alehouse will taste the finished product to ensure clean, well-made ale. Beer with major flaws or off flavours will not be served.

If there are objections to these rules, please do not submit for this event.  We are doing this for fun and to showcase the fine beer homebrewers can make. 


 

For more information contact Jeff at Jeff@indiealehouse.com

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Brew Talks- Tour & Tastings

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Brew Talks- Tour & Tastings

Starting on February 3, we will be offering Tuesday night sessions in the brewery, where you’ll have a chance to chat with the brewers, taste our beer, and get a glimpse into our cozy—if you’ve been here, you know that’s an understatement—brewing space. 

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Indie Alehouse  2015 Growler Club

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Indie Alehouse 2015 Growler Club

Indie Alehouse 2015 Growler Club Memberships are available now!

 

How does it work?

 

The Growler Club allows you to have access to all our taps. As member you receive a 2015 custom growler that you can bring in to our retail store and fill it with anything that is made on site and available on tap and get a discount on a selection of our beers that are around regularly, if you are a regular or want to be, this is a good buy.

 

Who is the growler club for? 

 

Everyone! (As long as you are 19 or over.)  But really, the growler club is best suited to people who are craft beer lovers, frequent Indie Alehouse, live in the neighborhood, want access to unique and rare beers, are tired of the beer store and/or want to support the little guys!

 

Only 150 memberships available! Here are all of the details…

Indie Alehouse Growler Club 2015

 

The 2015 edition of the Indie Alehouse Growler Club is on sale now for $150 and includes:

 

·      Membership from time of purchase until Dec 31st, 2015

·      A 2015 edition 64 oz (1.95L) Stainless Steel Growler

·      A fill of your Growler for $15 ($5 off regular price) of the following beers if they are available:

o   Instigator IPA, Barnyard IPA, Breakfast Porter, Broken Hipster Belgian Wit

o   A selection of rotating seasonal beers of the month – available to members only

·      As a member you are also allowed to fill any of the beers we make that are on tap.* Fill of these other beers on tap ranges from  $18-24 depending on abv % / specialty - A list of what is available and prices will be in retail and very soon, in an email to members who choose to receive it

 

 

 

Notes:

 

·      We have hired a full time retail manager, Dervla, and she will be sending out a monthly news letter to anyone who opts in, with advance notice for members on new beers and events

·      Please allow 10-15 min for your growler to be properly cleaned and filled. We appreciate your patience

·      We are offering our “Growler” t-shirt to members during the pre-sell for $20 – while supplies last!

 

The Fine Print:

 

“*Anytime Fill” excludes hours the store is closed, when we don’t have enough of a specific beer to fill a growler and some rare beers that are only made in 1 or 2 keg pilot batches.

 

You may only purchase beer to go that has been made on site at the Indie Alehouse. Guest taps and some collaboration beers are not permitted for sale by law.

 

The 2014 growlers will no longer be filled come 2015. As of Jan 1, 2015 they are retired.

 

Your discount only applies to filling your growler, not multiple growler purchases or bottles.

 

You are 100% responsible for the growler once you leave our store. If you lose it, break it etc – we will not be able to replace it.

 

Memberships are not transferable or refundable

You must be of legal drinking age and meet all legal guidelines to purchase alcohol (i.e. we wont serve you if you come in intoxicated…).

 

 

 

 

2015 Indie Alehouse Growler Club Member

 

 

Name:____________________________

 

Email:____________________________

 

Phone:___________________________

 

Favourite Beer Style: ________________

 

 

I have read and understand the 2015 Growler club rules and agree with the terms.

 

 

Signature:_______________________ Date:____________

 

 

 

(Internal)

Growler Club # _________________________

 

 

Notes: ________________________________

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The Indie Alehouse…or how I learned to stop worrying and love the rules…

After almost two years of being open, and 2+ years of struggling to open, this is my first blog post for the Indie Alehouse and it will give a slight glimpse of who I am and how the Indie Alehouse operates. For the un-initiated to the local craft beer scene, and the Indie Alehouse in particular, it will seem we have some very strong views (and beers to match). These come from a desire to grow and help improve the beer scene in the city, not from any sense of superior self, but because I think we as Torontonians deserve better. In fact I know we do.

 

Toronto is a world-class city, despite current local politics, but until very recently has had a “less than world class” beer scene. It has been said in the past that you could see the blandness of the Toronto beer scene from space.  A lot of this can be explained by knowing that our oppressive beer distribution system is a monopoly, which heavily favours mass-produced bland beer, because it’s run and owned by those producers (the Beer Store is not run by the government, it’s run by 3 international big brewer conglomerates). The Government run LCBO system is not much better – their rules and laws are from 100 years ago and they do little to evolve them with the customer in mind and instead focus on profit and self preservation.

 

Sadly, what’s really holding back the industry is often the breweries themselves. Caught between serving booming business needs and a desire to make better beer, too many are trying to grow as fast as they can by playing the big brewer game and run around town buying taps, hosting dance parties and trying to go ‘viral’ all day with their marketing ideas. Too little effort is put into customer education and just makin­g better beer. The Toronto craft beer scene suffers from the same affliction our hockey team suffers from – why be great when ok sells out. There are some world-class standouts in this town, but a side-by-side comparison of the entire craft beer landscape with any other major town puts us to shame.

 

Citizens could rise up and make business, politicians and team owners take notice, but as good Ontarians we mostly suffer silently. This too will change, because now, thanks to a few brewers in town and more on the way, better beer is here and more is coming. We’re thrilled to be a part of that change, sorry we can’t help with the hockey team.

 

 

Jason Fisher

Owner and very occasional brewer – The Indie Alehouse