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July 13-15, 2018
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 sessions with knowledgable, informative and entertaining speakers.

Because Beer hosts panel talks with some of the bright lights of Hamilton's craft brewing renaissance, featuring appearances from Aaron Spinney (Merit Brewing Co.), Ryan Morrow (Collective Arts Brewing), Brad Clifford (Clifford Brewing Co.), Victor North (Niagara College Teaching Brewery), Ram McAllister (Fairweather Brewing Co.), Brent Milcz (Fairweather Brewing Co.), Dan Ryan (Fairweather Brewing Co.), Alex Sporn (Grain & Grit Beer Co.), and Joe Mrav and Lindsey Mrav (Grain & Grit Beer Co.). Tap into the expertise and excitement that's brewing locally and celebrate the spirit of working together to build an industry. Friday, July 14 at 4:15pm / Saturday, July 15 at 4:15pm.

Because Beer welcomes back renowned beer scribes Jordan St. John (Lost Breweries of Toronto) and Robin LeBlanc (The Thirsty Wench), authors of The Ontario Craft Beer Guide (Dundurn Press). The book is a comprehensive and dependable field guide to Ontario’s craft beer revival and the brewers behind it. St. John and LeBlanc tell the stories of some of Ontario’s most notable breweries, provide tasting notes and ratings for nearly a thousand beers, break down dozens of breweries by region and curate a handy directory of recommended Ontario craft brew pubs. Expect an enlightening and entertaining session. Saturday, July 15 at 5:30pm.


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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