Ontario’s booming craft beer industry will be toasted for its growth, success and community contributions at a celebration event on April 20th at Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto.
Hosted by Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) and the Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM), the event will bring together brewers, industry leaders, local politicians and other stakeholders committed to the ongoing success of Ontario’s craft brewers.
“This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the commitment to excellence of craft brewers all across Ontario who brew locally using all natural, quality ingredients and no preservatives,” says John Hay, OCB president. “The authentic quality and great taste of fresh, local craft beer certainly merits consumer enthusiasm, but it’s the pride and passion of the men and women who produce these great beers, along with their dedication to quality and tradition, that make this industry such a success.”
There are approximately 130 craft breweries and 40 contract breweries now operating in Ontario, with many more planning to turn on the taps in the near future. The small-batch breweries are creating good beer and economic spin-offs in communities all across the province. In Toronto alone, dozens of breweries and brew pubs are serving up homegrown ales and lagers, and that number is steadily increasing. The industry employs over 1,400 Ontarians in direct brewery jobs with new craft beer jobs posted online every day.
“With craft breweries popping up everywhere in Ontario, it seems every community will eventually have one,” says Kevin Jones, CEO of BLOOM, an organization based in Oakville, Ont., which helps Ontario businesses affordably manage natural resources like water. “It’s easy to see why. These independent businesses are good neighbours that create jobs, attract tourists and produce great local beer.”
In addition to showcasing the consumer popularity and economic successes of craft beer, the event will also highlight the work BLOOM does to support these small business owners in managing one of their most important assets – the water resources. Ontario’s craft brewers take environmental issues seriously and acknowledge the importance of being sustainable water stewards in their communities.
“We have a responsibility to the people we work for and live with to be respectful of our natural resources,” says Darren Smith, president of Lake of Bays Brewing, one of many OCB breweries currently working with BLOOM to improve water management practices. “That’s what our customers want, too – honesty and integrity as well as great clean-tasting beer.”
A new Water & Beer platform from BLOOM will offer brewers a one-stop guide to the ins and outs of water management. The emphasis on a ‘collective we’ approach to immediate problem solving and continual improvement will enhance the long-term success of Ontario’s craft beer sector.
“Clean water makes good beer,” says Michael Fagan, Senior Vice-President of BLOOM, pointing out that water is both the main ingredient in beer and a valuable resource throughout the entire brewery operation. “That’s where we can help brewers sustain this momentum for years to come, by guiding them in the right direction on ways to improve water management practices while also saving money and protecting the environment.”
Attend this free celebration event @ Steam Whistle Brewing April 20th 12:30-3:00pm. Click here to register.
Ontario Craft Brewers: Real People. Real Craft Beer.
Ontario Craft Brewers is an association dedicated to making great tasting, high quality beer in Ontario. Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario. Craft beer is the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. The OCB’s long term vision is to have at least one brewery in every city and town in the province and to make Ontario a North American centre of excellence for craft brewing. Follow the OCB on Twitter @OntCraftBrewers and on Facebook.
BLOOM Centre for Sustainability. Making it Easier. Clean and Simple.
BLOOM is a recognized and trusted authority on sustainability and resource management practices in Ontario. BLOOM works actively with Ontario industries to find practical and affordable business solutions that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. Follow BLOOM on Twitter @BloomCentre and on Facebook.