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#145 Not Their First Rodeo with Mathieu Brouchu (Microbrasserie À la Fût)

Quebec is home to some legendary breweries, but not many have impacted the cultural zeitgeist more than À la Fût. Located in Saint-Tite, about 2 hours north east of Montreal just past Shawinigan, the town is most famous for their Western Festival held every September. We've been told it rivals Calgary's Stampede. The town and brewery itself make you feel like you're back in old Western times, with the bar resembling a saloon, horses adorning every street pole and friendly locals unironically...


#144 Lawsuit-Worthy with Patrick Howell (Blood Brothers Brewing)

Commonly renowned as one of the finest breweries in Toronto if not Ontario, Blood Brothers have been at the top of our interview list for some time. We swung by to meet the owners and Head Brewer Patrick back in March, so it was dope to finally get some time to sit down with Pat on the newly opened patio to crush some of their latest releases. We spoke about why Blood Brothers do what they do, their brand new kitchen and best practices for opening wax-sealed bottles and nitro cans....


#143 An Episode For Chris: Celebrating The Life Of Christopher Needelman

This is the episode we never wanted to do. On June 5th, we arrived at Montreal's Saint Houblon to interview Chris Needelman, Head Brewer, at their Little Italy location. We were told by the server that Chris had tragically passed away the week before in a car accident. Although we'd never met Chris and had only corresponded via email, the news hit us hard. It didn't feel right to just replace his episode with something else, so we were blessed to have the opportunity to talk to Chris'...


#142 Stay Home Weirdos: From Contract Brewing To Bricks & Mortar with Shawn Duriez & Renaud Gouin (Avant-Garde / Jukebox)

You may remember Shawn and Renaud from back in episode #38 when they were contracting out of Oshlag. A lot has changed in these past couple years. The boys are now on the cusp of opening up their very own facility, conveniently in the same warehouse complex as Oshlag, this coming Saturday June 22nd. They're the perfect outcome for contract brewers personified. They built their brands over the past 7 years, established their rep as brewers of exceptional beer, and now they can finally bring...


#141 Haze By The River with Jordan Mills (Rouge River Brewing Co.)

If you've been following BAOS, you know we're certified #hazeboiz, and Rouge River have been at the top of our list of Ontario breweries to interview. We finally made our way out to Markham recently to hang with Co-Founder and Head Brewer Jordan Mills for a quick chat before he judged a GTA Brews homebrew contest. We mostly spoke about why their hazy beer is so damn good, and Cee was stoked to crush some of their new releases alongside a fresh batch of some old faves. Cheers! Beers...


#140 It Takes Two with Lindsey & Joe Mrav (Grain & Grit)

Hamilton, Ontario has become one of the new frontiers of craft beer in the province. Grain & Grit opened in the middle of the HammerTown beer boom in 2017, and have carved a great niche for themselves with their bright taproom, inclusive events for animals and kids, and of course for their fantastic beer. We finally got out to the brewery to hang with Lindsey and Joe and find out why their Instagram is so damn exceptional, and why marketing in craft beer is so damn important. Beers...


#139 The Business of Marketing Craft Beer Pt. 2: Growing The Industry with Tiffany Alexis (High Season Co.)

Nine episodes ago, we brought our producer Tiffany on for a podcast about marketing in Craft Beer. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that we had to bring her back for another one! This time around, we delved deep into how we can all contribute to the growth of this burgeoning industry via all forms of marketing, including digital, offline, diversity, word of mouth, working with media + influencers, and more. Check out Part 1 back in Episode #130 to get the foundation, if you...


#138 One Big Fridge In Hochelaga with David Deschenes & Paul-André Mailhot (Le Bièrologue)

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a neighbourhood that is really becoming synonymous with craft beer. With numerous breweries in the area, both OG and brand new, Le Bièrologue, a craft beer + wine store, has been a keeping fridges full in the neighbourhood for over 7 years. We hung out with owner David and Manager Paul-André to crush a few local gems and find out why the people of Hochelaga like to drink low ABV beers. Cheers! Beers Reviewed: Avant-Garde Jet Set; Microbrasserie Le BockAle...


#137 Oak & Horses with Sean McVeigh (Small Pony Barrel Works)

Barrel-aged beer is always looked upon with reverence, both in the difficulty of nailing it and the fact that time is the main factor. Sean started Small Pony a few years ago and he exclusively brews barrel-aged sour beers - no rent beers, just the one fermentor, and time is the main limitation. Perhaps this is why his beers are so special - each are painstakingly and expertly crafted to create some of the finest sour beers in the country. We hung out with Sean and his barrels in our final...


#136 Aggressively Hugging with Shane Clark & Rob McIsaac (Beyond The Pale)

A few years back when Ottawa beer was first hitting the map for us, Beyond The Pale were one of the breweries who grabbed our attention. Their tiny taproom in Hintonburg generated a ton of attention, which lead them to move to a humongous warehouse space to support their rapid growth. High school mates Shane and Rob, along with Shane's Dad, Al, built this thing from the ground up so we hung out, talked a bunch of nonsense and ran through a bunch of their fantastic brews, including some of...


#135 Beers In Parliament: Spotlight On Ottawa with Christophe Paquette (Hops & Bros) & Nathan Lefebvre (NathanDoesBeer)

The craft beer community is a beautiful thing, so it was a pleasure to finally bring on two of our closest friends in the beer world. Chris is a YouTuber, running the Gatineau-based Hops & Bros alongside his co-host Max (who's currently attending Niagara College brewing school), while Nathan is a blogger & Instagrammer, being our resident in-house writer here at BAOS. Nate was kind enough to host us at his apartment in Centretown, Ottawa to crush a range of beers from some of Ottawa's finest...


#134 A Real Brewmance with Justin MacNeill & Marc Plante (Stray Dog)

We're terrible. We haven't been to Ottawa for an extended period of time since the Canadian Brewing Awards back in 2017. Coincidentally, we connected with Justin, owner and brewer at soon-to-open brewery Stray Dog at the CBAs, and have been keeping in touch ever since. So when we finally had the opportunity to get out to the brewery, we jumped at it. We headed out to the nation's capital and hanging out with co-founders Justin and Marc was our first stop. We crushed a couple of their fire...


#133 The Melody Of Beer with Fred Cormier (Hopfenstark)

After numerous failed attempts, we finally caught up with the legendary Fred Cormier of Hopfenstark at his taproom and bar, Station, situated between The Village and Le Plateau neighbourhoods. Fred has been brewing for a long time, he came up with some of the most lauded brewers in Vermont like Shawn Hill, John Kimmich and Sean Lawson, and brews some exceptionally made beers out of his new expanded production facility. We ran through a ton of beers on a snowy Tuesday afternoon, and the...


#132 Buying Is Voting with Olivier Marceau Landry (Experience Biére)

While it's amazing to get an inside perspective of the people behind the beer, one element of the beer life cycle that often gets overlooked is the people who get the beer to the drinkers. Experience Bière is a fantastic beer store, known as a depanneur in Quebec, based in Montreal, with one of the widest range of beers in the city. We hung out with co-owner Olivier to drink some of his favourite beers from the province and figure out why there isn't enough haze in Montreal. Beers...


#131 The Finest Of Beer with Jordan Rainhard & Jeremy Sachedina (Rainhard Brewing)

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) boasts so many breweries that even folks as prolific as us have trouble getting around to them all. Rainhard Brewing, located in the Stockyards aka Aleyards District, has been evading us for a while now but we finally made it down to the spacious, welcoming warehouse-style location to hang out with award-winning owner/founder/namesake Jordan Rainhard and Sales Manager Jeremy to run through some of their fine brews and chat about their upcoming 4 year...


#130 The Business of Marketing Craft Beer with Tiffany Alexis (High Season Co.)

Being that beer is both an art and a science, one key element of running a business often gets overlooked throughout the industry - Marketing. Our producer and Social Media Strategist Tiffany Alexis joins Cee, who just returned from a trip back home to Australia, for a full length chat about all things Social Media and Digital Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Public Relations and simply and clearly break down how craft breweries can win online. Beers Reviewed: Mr. Banks Rancho Relaxo; Bad...


#129 It's All In The Family with The Whole Team (Mill River Brewing)

Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse sits in the gorgeous town of St. Albans in northern Vermont, and they really deliver something unique in the brewpub world. With fantastic smoky BBQ cuisine complimented by their Vermont-style brews, it's an entire family run organization. We hung out with the whole crew - owners Chuck Fitzgerald. David Fitzgerald and Mike Heth, brewers Levon and Caleb Fitzgerald, and marketing whiz Madison Lamothe. Cheers! Beers Reviewed: Mill River Ski Bum Cerveza;...


#128 Little City, Big Heart with Ian Huizenga (Hired Hand Brewing)

Craft beer brings us to some interesting places that we otherwise never would have had the pleasure of visiting. The town of Vergennes, VT is one of those places, but a week or two back we swung by to catch up with Ian, brewer/owner/chef at Hired Hand. Their focus is on keeping their products as local as possible, from the beer ingredients to the food, and their passion is evident as soon as you walk in the welcoming taproom. We chatted about all things VT with the modest, quiet spoken Ian,...


#127 It's A Good Time To Be A Beer Drinker with Alex Housenger & Sarah Diaz (Switchback)

Switchback are Vermont OGs, and they were one of the first taprooms in the state that Cee and Tiffany visited back in 2016. We finally got down there to chat with the team for an interview - we hung out with Brewer Alex and Taproom Manager Sarah to get into the history of the brewery, to discuss their Ale being the most exported beer in Vermont and yap about brewery dogs. Cheers! Beer Reviewed: Switchback Ale; Switchback IPA; Switchback Tequila Barrel Aged Thai Lime Gose; Switchback Gales...


#126 The Home of Craft Beer in Laval with Guillaume Ouimet (Les Insulaires Microbrasseurs)

Laval, the island just north of Montreal, isn't widely known for its locally brewed craft beer. That's because there literally hasn't been any for quite some time, that is until Les Insulaires opened in November 2018. Situated a short drive north of the main island, Les Insulaires is a gorgeous, Instagram friendly brewpub, bar and cafe that is truly providing a home for local brew heads. We caught up with co-owner Guillaume to chat about how it all happened. Cheers! Beers Reviewed: Les...