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How to Make Chef Ryan Crawford’s Rhubarb Compote

Feast On chef Ryan Crawford recently sun-setted his award-winning farm to table restaurant, Backhouse, in order to open his new culinary venture in Niagara, Ruffino’s Pasta & Grille. What was once a popular pasta pop-up has become their full-time identity. As part of our partnership with Savour Ontario, we asked him to share a recipe that transcends both concepts…

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Dining establishments adopting P.O.S.T. logo design to guarantee restaurants in Ontario

The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19 and even as businesses continue to reopen their doors to diners across the province, a recent Restaurants Canada survey showed that 6 out of 10 restaurants are still operating at a loss. While restaurants will still need government assistance with labour costs, rent relief, and cash flow,…

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Dish: Spring orecchiette from The Beer Lover’s Table

Recipe taken from The Beer Lover’s Table by Claire Bullen with Jen Ferguson, published by Dog ‘n’ Bone Books Photography by Stephen Conroy © Dog ‘n’ Bone Books When spring finally rolls around in Ontario, we’re so starved for sunshine and a good reason to drink beer that we tend to get ahead of ourselves. Who hasn’t found themselves on…

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Virtual Beer Occasions Guide

OK, so we can’t hang out in person, but that it stopping breweries from hosting virtual beer events. We’ve officially moved to Phase 2 of COVID-19 beer consumption. We’re regularly ordering our favourite beers for home delivery or even adding a few cans to our Doordash order. But cracking an IPA in front of the only Netflix show you’ve…

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A brand-new editorial team at the Growler

At a crucial time for craft breweries in Ontario, The Growler is welcoming two familiar faces to our leadership team. Our first editor, David Ort, is leaving The Growler to pursue new opportunities. David started as the editor in early 2018 when The Growler was getting ready to launch in Ontario. He took us through our first year when…

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Fulfill individuals on the frontlines of your house beer shipment

The day that The Exchange Brewery in Niagara-on-the-Lake decided to pivot from taproom service to offering at-home beer delivery, events manager, Kathryn Dodington took a quick, survey of her fellow staffers. “Our tasting room manager was self-isolating because she was feeling under the weather, our sales rep was dealing with licensee issues, and the brewers were making beer, so…

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Play The Growler’s COVID-19 Quarantine Bingo!

Stuck inside because of this pesky pandemic with only your rapidly dwindling beer supply to keep you company? Fear not! The Growler is here to save you from endless hours of monotony with our COVID-19 Quarantine Bingo. Drinking at home alone has never been so fun! The Spring 2020 issue of The Growler is out now! You can find…

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You can now buy an IPA with your hamburger thanks to new, looser limitations over alcohol sales in Ontario during COVID-19

You can now order a bottle of wine or cans of beer with your next takeout or delivery order. Istock photo In a bid to support bars, restaurants and alcohol retailers, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced temporary measures today that will mean you can buy beer at the grocery store at 7 a.m., and add a…

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Taproom distancing, house delivery or shutting down? Three ways craft breweries are weathering the COVID-19 Crisis

Great Lakes Brewing has moved to an online-only delivery model. Supplied photo Government movements on beer laws in Ontario are traditionally slower than molasses, but the pandemic has meant furious action and new flexibilities unseen in Ontario beer history. On Monday, March 16th taprooms stopped serving beer after the Ontario government ordered all bars and restaurants to close due…

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Craft beer in crisis: How to support your regional brewery throughout the COVID-19 break out

With each day as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak worsens, restrictions on our day-to-day life become more and more intrusive. For small businesses like craft breweries, these measures have resulted in closures, lay-offs and fears of bankruptcy. There is the very real possibility that your favourite local craft brewery may not survive COVID-19. The industry is facing unprecedented uncertainty. Leases…

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