2 posts tagged with “drink local”

  • Brewery Discovery Routes lead to Oast House for suds and spent grain

    Cayuga farmer Paul Kiefer loads spent grain from Niagara Oast House Brewers onto his truck. Kiefer feeds the grain to his cattle.

    This post was sponsored by the Greenbelt Fund. What does that mean? I was paid to write about a topic inspired by stories published in The Toronto Star about Ontario’s Greenbelt. The ideas, interviews and writing are my own. The Greenbelt Fund fact-checked all information, including numbers and statistics, about the Greenbelt in this post before publication.

    Most people head to Oast House Brewers in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a pint. Paul Kiefer goes to the craft brewery to feed his cows.

    The Cayuga farmer stops in a couple times every week to take a load off Oast House in the form of nearly 1,500 kilograms of spent grain that would wind up on a compost heap without Kiefer’s hungry herd to enjoy it.

    It would also cost Oast big bucks to get there.  The brewery goes through as much as 16,000 kilograms of malt every week to make its suds, including the crowd-pleasing Barnraiser Farm Ale, sweet and nutty Bière de Garde, and my favourite, the mouth-puckering Bière de Mars.

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  • From Niagara winery to Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.

    Ed Madronich of Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. in Dundas.

    My column, Eating Niagara, runs every second Wednesday in the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune.

    The saying goes that it takes a lot of beer to make great wine.

    But one Niagara vintner is proving the opposite true.

    Ed Madronich, proprietor of Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan, is showing that it also takes top-notch tipple to turn out noteworthy suds.

    He’s doing it with The Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., the 10-month-old brewery that he opened in an old Dundas curling and skating rink with university buddy Shawn Till.

    The venture fulfils a nearly lifelong dream the two discovered they shared while shooting hoops for McMaster University’s basketball team some 25 years ago. And even though the beverage lineup at the brewery, known to locals as “the Shed,” is more hoppy than tannic, Niagara’s influence on this heady pursuit in a Hamilton suburb is undeniable.

    “I believe there’s lots of synergies between the wine business and the beer business,” Madronich said. “I’m leveraging both for this to be successful.”

    Madronich flouts all those old wives’ tales about never mixing beer and wine with a lager-heavy roster that shows the two to be a perfect pairing.

    Take the flagship Shawn & Ed brew, BarrelShed No. 1. This ruby-red beauty has sweet caramel notes and gets its body from aging in Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir barrels. Since batch No. 1, some of each BarrelShed brew has been set aside to use in the following ferment. The result is glorious — rich and layered.

    “I believe over time, it adds complexity,” Madronich said about the BarrelShed’s secret ingredient. “It has the complexity of wine. BarrelShed is our globally unique beer. There’s nothing like it in the world.”

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