What better way to start a Microbrew Festival than by tapping a fresh cask?
That’s exactly what Stack Brewing did as they kicked off the second edition of Northern Ontario Microbrew Festival with a tap takeover featuring Sawdust City Brewing and their Brewmaster, Graeme Murray. And of course tapping a cask of their latest tropical brew, Princess Where’s Coconut Pants.
It was standing room only at the United Steelworkers Hall for an AMAZING sold out event with 800 tickets! Northern Ontario Microbrew Festival worked long and hard to curate a sampling of 13 of the north's best breweries and one distillery to tantalize the taste buds of expert and novice cicerone alike. Everyone was excited to be there and share their knowledge and passion - from the brewers, patrons, and even down to the guy who insisted on giving us $5 on his way out. The sold out Ed sessions had everyone’s attention featuring tips and tricks on brewing and distribution from the pros and food pairing presentations from three local restaurants.
“Obviously selling out of tickets implies a success. We however measure the success on the fact that people got to try beer they have never had before in Sudbury.” says Rob Majury of Stack Brewing, “They were entertained and engaged by the people who have a hand in making the beer. Real people from real breweries. They learned about the styles, the history, and learned to appreciate great Ontario brewed craft beer. We also measure success on the fact that many people were trying to bribe our security staff to let them in; that’s always a good indication.”
Stack says sampling beer from Dawson Trail Craft Brewery out of Thunder Bay who had just opened two weeks prior to the festival was a highlight. For our money Split Rail Brewing Co’s Hawberry Ale was a favourite, a very nice sweet and fruity blend palatable to even the less experienced taster. Alas we’ve already done our research and found it’s only available at the Split Rail brewery on Manitoulin, good thing road trip season is coming up! There’s nothing quite like having the opportunity to try a beer and talk to the brewer who made it but until next year a little challenge from Our Crater – try something new! You just never know when taking a chance on a crafter brew you’ve never tried before might become your new favourite!
Article by: Jessica Lovelace, OurCrater.com
Photos by: Adriana Nicolucci, OurCrater.com