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July 12+13, 2019
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.

This year, Because Beer hosts two panel discussions with The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. Tiffany Hayes (co-founder of The Travelling Pint and Hamilton's Iron Beer Maidens) will moderate a conversation with women entrepreneurs Erica Campbell and Jaime Dobbs, two of the co-founders of SOBDL. Erica and Jaime will share their story of the SOBDL, from its inception in late 2014 to where it is now four-and-a-half years later as North America's largest "lady beer" event. They'll chat about their successes, stumbling blocks, tips for starting your own small businesses, the challenge of juggling full-time jobs alongside a growing side hustle, next steps for the SOBDL, and offer tips for getting into the beer industry. This discussion will open up to a FAQ & is open to everyone! Saturday, July 14 at 4:15pm / Sunday, July 15 at 2:15pm.

Outside of these sessions, SOBDL will also be pouring and talking up a pair of their collaboration brews: Tropic Like It's Hot PineApple Sour from People's Pint Brewing and Picnic Point Hazy Pale Ale from Henderson Brewing. 

Because Beer will also host panel talks with some of the bright lights of the city's craft brewing renaissance in Local Brewing Talks. Tap into the expertise and excitement that's brewing locally and celebrate the spirit of working together to build an industry. Friday, July 13 at 4:15pm & 5:00pm / Saturday, July 14 at 5:30pm.

At 5pm Friday, the festival will host a talk from Creemore Springs Brewery brewmaster Chloe Lovatt and her assistant brewer, George Hancock. After growing up in King City Ontario, Chloe moved to Halifax and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at St Marys University with the goal of working for CSIS. Upon returning to Toronto in 2006, her love of beer lead Chloe to discover a passion for making beer while working at Steam Whistle Brewing. After moving to Melbourne in 2007 to be with her Aussie husband, she gained three years of corporate experience with Foster’s Group (Carlton & United Breweries) before becoming a Brewer in 2011 with Matilda Bay Brewing Company. In late 2014, Chloe moved to Western Australia for her first Head Brewer position, where she commissioned and operated the brewery still successfully known as The Beer Farm. She spent her last year in Australia with Little Creatures Brewing in Fremantle; returning to Toronto to be closer to her family and friends. Chloe gained local industry experience in supervisor roles at Brunswick Bierworks and Amsterdam Brewery, before living the dream as Head Brewer of BATCH from Creemore. She has an IBD certificate in brewing and packaging; and has been a judge at the Australian International Beer Awards for the last four years. Chloe loves to travel, play cards, hang at the beach, and spend time with her German Short Haired Pointer named Cino.


In 2017, Because Beer welcomed 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). for an enlightening and entertainings session. 


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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