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!