The Collingwood Brewery launches Rockwell Pilsner and 3-Point Saison at the LCBO

The Collingwood Brewery is adding more colour to LCBO shelves this spring. New to the lineup on LCBO shelves will be Rockwell Pilsner and 3-Point Saison.  The green and gold coloured cans will sit next to their sister brands Downhill Pale Ale and Kingpost ESB, or ‘the blue and red cans’, as they’re often fondly referred to.

Rockwell Pilsner, homed in a bright green can, is inspired by the legendary pilsners of the Czech Republic.  This light, refreshing beer is brewed golden and cold-aged to perfection.  Its delicate hop aroma is complimented by a clean, crisp finish making it a perfect beer to stock in your fridge for craft connoisseurs and friends just warming up to the craft beer world alike.  Rockwell Pilsner is the brewery’s third product to be offered on a permanent basis at the LCBO.

The Collingwood Brewery’s award-winning Saison also returns to LCBO shelves with a new colour and new title: 3-Point Saison, as a nod to the agricultural tradition in the Georgian Bay area and the history for the beer style.  The new title and golden can will make this popular beer easier to identify on shelves to find and enjoy.  3-Point Saison is a perfect beer for spring and summer nights, it has a lively carbonation which releases aromas of luscious tropical fruit. A mellow, honey sweetness is followed by a crisp, tart finish. 3-Point Saison will be available from March through September.

The Collingwood Brewery is excited to be adding more to its product lineup at the LCBO.  Head Brewer, Chris Freeman, says, “Rockwell Pilsner has long been a cult favourite of the brewery’s and has always been hard to find, as it was just a limited release through The Beer Store.  Its launch at the LCBO will make it available to everyone who has been asking for it, and introduce it to a much wider audience.”

Both products are now on shelves at the LCBO, and will be available in more than 200 stores across the province.  Kick back and relax for a perfect end to your day and start your evening off right with a new offering from The Collingwood Brewery. 

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Wee Heavy Scotch Ale arrives for the holidays.

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Just in time for the holidays comes the newest beer release from The Collingwood Brewery. 

Our take on a classic Scottish Strong Ale, Wee Heavy boasts flavours of rich sweet caramel with overtones of coffee and chocolate. This beer offers the palate a full bodied and complex tasting experience and pairs well with aged cheeses or sweet desserts.  

At 8.5% ABV this ale is best served at 6-10 degrees C in a stemmed tulip glass.  The character of this beer develops as it warms.  So yes, cozy nights in front of the fire are perfect companions for our Scotch Ale. 

Scotch Ale is now available at the retail store and in the tap room at the brewery.  

Vintage Ale Returns

Georgian Bay is truly beautiful at the end of summer.  The days become shorter, a new season is on the horizon, and you can just feel the changes coming.  This anticipation of a change in season is not lost at The Collingwood Brewery as we are busy brewing our Vintage Ale, a local favourite.  This beer boasts all-natural, local ingredients, and is jam packed with fresh hops and local honey to create a truly unique harvest ale.

After adding 60kg of Beaver Valley Gold honey per brew, Head Brewer, Chris Freeman, added a generous amount of locally grown, fresh Cascade and Chinook hops after fermentation.  The hops were as fresh as they get, collected the same day they were harvested at BigHead Hops in Meaford.  Wandering around this organic hop farm gave us an even bigger appreciation for this finished product: to see where the hops come from, the time and care it takes to get them from seedling to established hop is a remarkable endeavour.  It makes you want to drink more local beer and appreciate our area for what it offers. 

The time taken to craft this beer shines through in the finished product, proven by wins in the Honey Ale category for both the 2016 Ontario Brewing Awards and 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards.   According to Freeman, who pulls a glass off the fermenter daily to check the brew's progress, this is the best year yet for this beer.

The Vintage Ale will be released at The Collingwood Brewery on September 17th at the Open House and launch party 12pm-5pm.  Come to the brewery and try the beer as fresh as fresh-hopped harvest ale gets.  There will be giveaways throughout the day, and enter to win the grand-prize of an event space rental up for grabs.  Join the event on Facebook to invite your crew! 

 

The King Has Arrived

The Collingwood Brewery salutes the Fireside Extra Special Bitter, one of our signature beers since the very beginning.  We’re not ready, but it’s time to say goodbye.  Fireside ESB has been good to us with it’s medium malty flavours that meld so well together.  So good in fact, that it’s attracted some new attention.  Due to that attention, the Fireside ESB will be undergoing a transformation to a new name.  And for a beer as regal as this, deciding to take the high road, it’s only fitting that it rise from the ashes to reign supreme. The Collingwood Brewery would like to formerly introduce the new title for our signature Extra Special Bitter.  Loyal friends and customers, may we present to you, the first of it’s name: Kingpost ESB.

It has come to our attention that the name Fireside has been claimed, in the name of the king, just moments before we reached that peak.  Since we’ve been busy making beer time got away on us, what can we say?  And so we must let go of the name Fireside beside The Collingwood Brewery brand. 

We won’t get into any name calling, the beer decided on the high road after all, but a neighbour to the South beat us to the punch on some legal documents, claiming Fireside as their own.  We know our customers aren’t likely to confuse the identity of a Extra Special Bitter for a Cabernet Sauvignon but we’re bowing down gracefully.  After all, we just like to make good beer.  

You’ll see the Fireside ESB label make its transition to it’s new imperial title, Kingpost ESB over the next few months.  We’ll be selling the Fireside ESB tallboys until they’re gone at The Collingwood Brewery, so drop in for your keepsake cans if you’re sentimental like us.  Thanks for your unwavering support and although our ESB can is getting a slightly new look we promise not to mess around with the flavour you’ve come to know and love in the Extra Special Bitter.  

It’s been great Fireside ESB, onwards and upwards, cheers!