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Canadian & American brewers team up for inaugural Can-Am craft beer festival

CANADIAN AND AMERICAN BREWERIES TO SHOWCASE COLLABORATIVE BREWS AT INAUGURAL  EVENT
 
March 7, 2018 - (NIAGARA FALLS, ON) - Bringing together some of the finest craft breweries from both sides of the border for the ultimate collaborative brewing experience, Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) in collaboration with the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association (BNBA) will host the first ever Canadian American Beer Festival (Can Am) on April 7, 2018 at the Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls (USA). The event will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
There are 40 breweries participating in the festival; 20 Canadian and 20 American. Each of the 20 Canadian breweries collaborated with an American brewery and each of the 20 American breweries collaborated with a Canadian brewery to join forces in making as many as 40 unique collaborative brews. These special collaborations will be available for the first time at the festival and subsequently at the host breweries, while supplies last. 
 
"The growing craft beer scenes in both Ontario and Western New York gave us the idea to bring together breweries from both sides of the border to create new brews that encompass the qualities that make each of them unique," said Scott Simmons, President of Ontario Craft Brewers. "This event will highlight the collaborative nature of the craft brewing industry, the quality craft beer, and the many professional friendships that exist in our bi-national region."
 
"We're excited to participate in this first event of its kind," said Peter Chiodo, President of Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery and coordinator of the Canadian brewery collaborations. "It's quite a feat to be able to connect all of these breweries for brew days on both sides of our border. The results will be amazing, creative brews and new and productive partnerships within our shared industry." 
 
Along with the collaborative beers, the festival will highlight a wide array of Canadian culinary and cultural offerings. There will be Canadian-themed food stations to give attendees a chance to taste classic and new dishes paired with the Can Am brews. International experts such as Stephen Beaumont, author of "The Beer and Food Companion," and Gary Toraville, head of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, will be on hand to provide informative perspectives on what is going on in the world of beer and food in Canada.
 
Festival organizers are expecting a large turnout of guests from across Ontario who will be attending the festival, including about 50 students from the Niagara Teaching College which has been a tremendous asset for the craft beer industry. Many other groups and organizations and representatives from government agencies in Canada also are expected to attend.
 
The pairings for the festival are as follows:
Home American
Visitor Canadian
12 Gates Brewing Company (Williamsville, NY)
Nickel Brook Brewing Company (Burlington, ON)
Resurgence Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY)
Niagara Brewing Company (Niagara Falls, ON)
Thin Man Brewery (Buffalo, NY)
Block Three Brewing Company (St. Jacobs, ON)
West Shore Brewing Company (Clarence, NY)
Niagara College Teaching Brewery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
Big Ditch Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY)
Beau's (Vankleek Hill, ON)
Woodcock Brothers Brewery (Wilson, NY)
Cowbell Brewing Company (Blyth, ON)
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. (West Seneca, NY)
Lock Street Brewing Company (St. Catharines, ON)
Hamburg Brewing Company (Hamburg, NY)
Brimstone Brewery (Ridgeway, ON)
42 North Brewing Company (East Aurora, NY)
Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. (Dundas, ON)
Ellicottville Brewing Company - EBC (Ellicottville, NY)
Flying Monkey's Craft Brewery (Barrie, ON)
Flying Bison Brewing Co. (Buffalo, NY)
Great Lakes Brewery (Etobicoke, ON)
Four Mile Brewing, LLC (Olean, NY)
Grand River Brewing (Cambridge, ON)
New York Beer Project (Lockport, NY)
Royal City Brewery Company (Guelph, ON)
Community Beer Works (Buffalo, NY)
Redline Brewhouse (Barrie, ON)
Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing (Westfield, NY)
Niagara Oast House Brewers (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
Buffalo Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY)
Railway City Brewing Co. (St. Thomas, ON)
Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, NY)
Wellington Brewery (Guelph, ON)
 
Home (Canadian)
Visitor (American)
Beau's (Vankleek Hill, ON)
Flying Bison Brewing Co. (Buffalo, NY)
Block Three Brewing Company (St. Jacobs, ON)
Resurgence Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY)
Brimstone Brewery (Ridgeway, ON)
Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. (West Seneca, NY)
Cowbell Brewing Company (Blyth, ON)
New York Beer Project (Lockport, NY)
Grand River Brewing (Cambridge, ON)
12 Gates Brewing Company (Williamsville, NY)
Niagara College Teaching Brewery (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
Buffalo Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY)
Niagara Oast House Brewers (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON) 
Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, NY)
Royal City Brewery Company (Guelph, ON)
42 North Brewing Company (East Aurora, NY)
Redline Brewhouse (Barrie, ON)
Thin Man Brewery (Buffalo, NY)
Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. (Dundas, ON)
Community Beer Works (Buffalo, NY)
Wellington Brewery (Guelph, ON)
Four Mile Brewing, LLC (Olean, NY)
Lock Street Brewing Company (St. Catharines, ON)
Five and 20 Spirits and Brewing (Westfield, NY)
Great Lakes Brewery (Etobicoke, ON)
Hamburg Brewing Company (Hamburg, NY)
Niagara Brewing Company (Niagara Falls, ON)
Big Ditch Brewing Company (Buffalo, NY)
Nickel Brook Brewing Company (Burlington, ON)
Ellicottville Brewing Company - EBC (Ellicottville, NY)
Flying Monkey's Craft Brewery (Barrie, ON)
Woodcock Brothers Brewery (Wilson, NY)
Railway City Brewing Co. (St. Thomas, ON)
West Shore Brewing Company (Clarence, NY)
 
"Coordinating the logistics of an event in which product is crossing an international border is no small feat and on behalf of the BNBA and OCB we want to thank officials at the New York State Liquor Authority, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Customs and Border Protection and both the American and Canadian consulates," said BNBA president Willard Brooks. "I also want to acknowledge and thank Senator Schumer's office for coordinating the communications with all of these agencies. We now can focus strictly on the exposure of what is going to be a tremendous event for the craft beer industry in Southern Ontario and the Buffalo Niagara region." 
 
Tickets for the event are on sale now, and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canadian-american-beer-festival-2018-tickets-41933746966. 
 
For more information about the Can Am or the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, please visit canadianamericanbeerfestival.com or buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org. 
 
The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association: The Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association exists to unify the Buffalo Niagara craft beer community in order to increase regional sales of craft beer through promotions, marketing, public awareness, consumer education, and to monitor and assure a thriving craft beer and brewing industry within the Buffalo Niagara Region. For more information about the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association, including membership, please visit http://buffaloniagarabrewersassociation.org.
 
Ontario Craft Brewers: Real People. Real Craft Beer. http://www.ontariocraftbrewers.com Ontario Craft Brewers is an association of 90+ small, independent brewers dedicated to making great tasting, high quality beer in Ontario. Ontario Craft Brewers brew their beers locally using fresh, all natural ingredients in communities throughout Ontario - from the Ottawa Valley to Windsor and Niagara to Muskoka and as far north as Kenora. Handcrafting over 550 premium beers, Ontario Craft Brewers employ over 2,200 people (FTEs) in Ontario, accounting for over 30 per cent of the direct brewing industry jobs in the province. As of 2017, Ontario's Craft Brewers' share for premium priced brands was over 7.6% of the beer volume sold. Craft beer continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO's beer category. The OCB's long term vision is to have at least one brewery in every city and town in the province and to make Ontario a North American Centre of Excellence for Craft Brewing. Funding provided by the government of Ontario. Please enjoy our Ontario Craft Beer responsibly.
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