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I'm a Public Historian working at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, Ontario.

Event – Winter Warmer Beer and Cheese Tasting – November 14th

Join us on Thursday, November 14th to take the chill off winter with a pairing of robust, full-flavoured craft beers and hearty cheeses with rustic accompaniments.  Join expert Julia Rogers of Cheese Culture and treat yourself to a rich journey into the delicious world of cheese.  Guests will sample five cheese varieties from Ontario and Quebec each paired with a selected Canadian craft beer, along with our popular fresh-baked bread and handmade root chips.  This enjoyable evening includes a guided tour of the brewery and sampling of our historic ales.  The event begins at 7:00pm and tickets must be pre-purchased.

$33.95 per person, $29.95 for members (plus taxes). Call 416-667-6284 for tickets.

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Event – Winter Warmer Beer and Cheese Tasting – November 14th

Join us on Thursday, November 14th to take the chill off winter with a pairing of robust, full-flavoured craft beers and hearty cheeses with rustic accompaniments.  Join expert Julia Rogers of Cheese Culture and treat yourself to a rich journey into the delicious world of cheese.  Guests will sample five cheese varieties from Ontario and Quebec each paired with a selected Canadian craft beer, along with our popular fresh-baked bread and handmade root chips.  This enjoyable evening includes a guided tour of the brewery and sampling of our historic ales.  The event begins at 7:00pm and tickets must be pre-purchased.

$33.95 per person, $29.95 for members (plus taxes). Call 416-667-6284 for tickets.

 

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Event – Octoberfest Beer and Cheese Tasting – October 17

event_cheeseCheers_01Come out to Black Creek Pioneer Village on Thursday, October 17th and enjoy a pairing of local beers brewed in the German-Czech tradition, paired with artisan cheeses and accompaniments that are perfect for fall.  Join expert Julia Rogers of Cheese Culture and treat yourself to a rich journey into the delicious world of cheese.  Guests will sample five cheese varieties from Ontario and Quebec each paired with a selected Canadian craft beer, along with our popular fresh-baked bread.  Beers will include both lagers and ales and a few seasonal rarities.  This enjoyable evening includes a guided tour of the brewery.  The event begins at 7:00pm and tickets must be pre-purchased.

$33.95 per person, $29.95 for members (plus taxes).  Call 416-667-6284 for tickets.

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Still Waters Distillery – A Spirited Affair

swlogoBlack Creek Historic Brewery has met it’s match in Still Waters Distillery!  Founded in 2009 by Barry Bernstein and Barry Stein, this micro-distillery in Concord, Ontario produces hard liquors like we produce beer, one handmade batch at a time!  Like Black Creek, they start from scratch with raw materials including grains, corn and fruit.  Once brewed and distilled, it’s into wooden casks to age.  Due to the small scale of each batch, the bottles produced are numbered and released as limited editions.  Their current line up of products includes Single Malt, Rye and Corn Whiskey, Vodka, Rye, Brandy and in the near future – gin! 

SpiritedAffair-OnPupleWe are thrilled to welcome Still Waters Distillery as our whiskey supplier for A Spirited Affair, our fundraiser celebrating beer, whiskey and wine on September 27th, 2013.  They will be on site providing samples and talking about the unique methods they use to create their amazing beverages.  Tickets for A Spirited Affair are available through our website.

In the meantime, you can purchase Still Waters products through the LCBO, online or at the brewery at 150 Bradwick Drive, Unit #26 in Concord.  They also love to do tours which you can book ahead of time by contacting the brewery.

Once you’ve got your bottle home, here’s an 1860s recipe for a summery Whiskey Cobbler from The Bon-Vivants Companion.

Whiskey Cobbler.
(Use large bar glass.)
2 wine-glasses of whiskey.
1 tablespoonful of sugar.
2 or 3 slices of orange.
Fill tumbler with ice, and shake well.  Imbibe through a straw.

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by | August 15, 2013 · 4:35 pm

New Brew – Raspberry Porter

Ed has brewed up a batch of Raspberry Porter in celebration of our Mid-Century Carnival event over the next two weekends (July 13th & 14th and 20th and 21st) at Black Creek Pioneer Village.  The Mid-Century Carnival features incredible acts including the Mental Floss SideShow and Zoltan the Adequate.  Don’t miss the World of Wonders Dime Museum and School of Clowning!

After you’ve enjoyed the entertainment, slip down to the brewery and check out our selection of period ales.  Ed expects the Raspberry Porter to be a rich malty beer with hints of chocolate in the flavour with a slight tart finish and a complex fruity aroma.  He recommends pairing it with desserts such as cheese cake, chocolate brownies or a mild soft cheese.  Available beginning Friday, July 12th, the Raspberry Porter is available as a sample or in 2L growlers only at Black Creek Pioneer Village while supplies last!

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Tickets Now Available – A Spirited Affair

SpiritedAffair-OnPupleTickets for our first annual fundraiser: A Spirited Affair are now available online!    Take part in this unique event and help us preserve our cultural heritage. Guests will be transported back in time to the 1860s and 1920s as these two time periods come to life with live music, dancing and character actors. The event showcases craft beers, whiskeys and wines, paired with local foods. Proceeds from the evening will help preserve Toronto’s culture and heritage at Black Creek Pioneer Village, so that future generations can continue to experience first-hand, Ontario’s rich history.  $75 buys you six drink tickets, all food samples, and lots of unique and fun entertainment.
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Ticket information and details available at http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/join/!

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New Brew – Maple Porter

In honour of Canada Day on Monday, Ed is brewing up a special beer.  He’s making an oh-so-Canadian Maple Porter using locally made maple syrup!  Ed is expecting a deep mahogany brown beer with subtle chocolate notes complimented by a hint of maple syrup.  This special brew will be available only at the historic brewery at Black Creek Pioneer Village beginning on Canada Day – July 1st as long as supplies last. 

Recipes for maple beers are not very common in the Victorian period, but they certainly existed.  Once such recipe appeared in the Young Housekeeper’s Friend in 1846.

Maple Beer Recipe from Young Housekeeper’s Friend. Image from Google Books

Maple molasses is simply maple sap boiled until it reaches the consistency of molasses, thicker than syrup, but not boiled down to sugar crystals.  This recipe calls for neither barley nor hops, but many recipes did.  A recipe for maple beer that appeared in The Balance, and Columbian repository, Volume 4, a magazine from 1805, notes that malt or bran may be added to the beer.  In The Backwoods of Canada,  Catherine Parr Traill’s maple beer recipe called for no barley, but she saw hops as an essential ingredient.  Recipes for maple vinegar were quite common in the early 1800s when commercially produced vinegar was expensive and hard to obtain in the backwoods of Canada.  Housewives and brewers would have had to be careful when brewing beer and vinegar in the same household, as the yeast that makes vinegar is different from the yeast that makes beer, though they act on the same principle ingredients.  The brewer would have to be careful or everything he or she brewed would turn to vinegar!

Ed also wanted to let his public know that he is taking the stout and porter off the regular brew schedule for the next little while and substituting it with a historically brewed version of Montgomery’s Courage Rye Pale Ale (a RyePA as the geeks call it!)  For those who enjoy our commercially brewed Montgomery’s Courage, it’s an opportunity to try the exact same recipe, brewed 1860s style for comparison.  We’ll let you know when the first batch becomes available.

So, next week come celebrate Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village and stop by our historic brewery to pick up a bottle of Maple Porter!

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