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Craft brewers create cross-border event

Craft brewers from Southern Ontario and Western New York have teamed up to launch the first ever Can-Am Craft Beer Festival. The event takes place in 2018.


Toronto and Buffalo, NY – Craft brewers from Ontario and New York State are teaming up to launch a first annual beer fest scheduled for April 7, 2018.

The Can-Am Craft Beer Festival, the first of its kind, was announced on April 26, 2017. The announcement was made at a special event where brewers from Southern Ontario and Western New York were paired up and challenged to create draft brews that will be unveiled at the festival.

In a statement, the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association says the pairings were decided via a draft process where dignitaries and tourism officials pulled brewers’ logos of the participating breweries from oak barrels. The breweries will then be matched up on a draft board.

Here’s the complete list of participating brewers:

Ontario Breweries
  1. Beaus – All Natural Brewing
  2. Block Three
  3. Brimstone
  4. Cowbell
  5. Flying Monkey
  6. Grand River
  7. Great Lakes Brewing
  8. Lock Street Brewery
  9. Niagara Brewing Company
  10. Niagara College
  11. Niagara Oast
  12. Nickelbrook
  13. Railway City Brewing
  14. Redline Brewhouse
  15. Royal City
  16. Shawn & Ed Brewing Co
  17. Wellington Brewery
Western NY Breweries
  1. 4 Mile Brewing Company
  2. 5 & 20 Brewing & Distilling
  3. 12 Gates Brewing Company
  4. 42 North Brewing Company
  5. Big Ditch Brewing Company
  6. Buffalo Brewing Company
  7. Community Beer Works
  8. Ellicottville Brewing Company
  9. Flying Bison Brewing Company
  10. Hamburg Brewing Company
  11. New York Beer Project
  12. Resurgence Brewing Company
  13. Southern Tier Brewing Company
  14. Thin Man Brewing Company
  15. Westlake Brewing Company
  16. Windy Brew
  17. Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company

Deanna Rosolen

Deanna Rosolen

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