Rifleman’s Ration – Now Available in the LCBO

Black Creek’s latest LCBO offering is now available!  Black Creek celebrates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with our Rifleman’s Ration (LCBO #294272).  During the War of 1812, soldiers were given beer money – a penny a day in the British service – with which to purchase beer or spirits.  Prior to 1800 they were given rations of beer alongside their meals.  With the introduction of beer money, taverns and bars sprung up around garrisons to offer their wares to parched soldiers.  Beer money continued to be part of the British military allowances until 1873 when it was rolled into daily wages.  Local officials encouraged the brewing and consumption of beer and alcohol as it gave local farmers a place to sell their grains and hops.  Our Rifleman’s Ration celebrates this tradition by only using ingredients grown by farmers in Ontario – making it a beer we can really call our own!  So stop by the LCBO and pick up a 500ml bottle ($3.95), and toast to our victory in the War of 1812!

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Black Creek Pale Ale Wins People’s Choice Award!

Last night, the 9th annual Ontario Brewing Awards were held at the Beer Academy in Toronto.  167 beers from 33 breweries competed for awards in a number of catagories.  Our very own Pale Ale was chosen as the People’s Choice for a North American Pale Ale!  Check out the Canadian Beer News for a full roster of the winners.  In the meantime, head down to your local LCBO and pick up a Black Creek Pale Ale to help us celebrate!

Just Announced – Specialty Brews for 2012

Black Creek Historic Brewery, located at Black Creek Pioneer Village, has just announced the list of specialty brews for 2012.  Our little brewery has become known for producing unique specialty beers, some based on historic recipes, others dreamt up by Ed our Brew Master!  These handmade ales will be available on site at Black Creek Pioneer Village only – not in LCBO locations.  Announcements will be made on the blog as each brew becomes available.

June 2012 – Spruce Beer

July 2012 – Maple Beer & Raspberry Ale

August 2012 – Lemon Balm Beer & Sage Beer

September 2012 – Wet Hop Pale Ale

October 2012 – Sweet Stout & Pumpkin Ale

November 2012 – Estate Ale (1 Mile Beer)

December – Winter Warmer

Leave a comment to let us know which specialty brew you’re most looking forward to!