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July 14-15, 2017
Pier 4 Park
Hamilton, ON

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We know that true craft beer aficionados want to learn more about the brewing process. That’s why Because Beer offers knowledgable, informative and entertaining speakers.


In 2016, Because Beer welcomed Wellington Brewery’s Queen of Craft program, a beer education series inviting women to explore the world of craft beer. The festival also hosted a rollicking session with beer scribes Robin Leblanc and Jordan St. John, promoting their book The Ontario Craft Beer Guide (Dundurn Press). Because Beer 2016 also featured a session with returning festival favourite Crystal Luxmore (Experience Beer).


2015’s Because Beer Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony, presented Friday evening in the Speaker’s Tent, was the result of an incredible 455 entries vying for BBHC medals in two dozen categories. The Tapping of the Casks ceremony kicked off 2015’s Because Beer weekend with a splash as 10 brewmasters assembled on-site to talk about their cask ales, delve into the tradition of cask-conditioned ales and, of course, tap some specialty casks. Participating breweries included Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, Black Oak Brewing Co., Clifford Brewing Co., Duggan’s Brewery, Garden Brewers, Junction Craft Brewing, MacLean’s Ales Inc., Sawdust City Brewing Co. and Wellington Brewery. Brew Time also staged an all-day Homebrew Demonstration, walking audiences through the brewing an all-grain batch of beer over the course of five hours.


The inaugural Because Beer Craft Beer Festival featured a solid group of esteemed speakers: beer writer Crystal Luxmore, Hugh Brown of the Ontario Hop Growers Association, author Jordan St. John (author of Lost Breweries of Toronto, among others), as well as Michael Duggan & Brad Clifford (of Ontario Beer Company).

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