A GUIDE TO ONTARIO BEER, CIDER, AND SPIRITS

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Daily coverage of Ontario beer, cider and spirits.

Mission

Deliver purposeful, relevant and measurable promotion of locally-owned, artisanal beverage alcohol producers in Ontario through available digital channels driving economic growth and awareness to the sector.

Effectively support beverage alcohol industry and community developments through daily news updates, event listings, job postings and product release announcements.

Proactively monitor and track new and existing brewers, cider producers, and distillers using detailed directories and maps.

Solidify position as Ontario’s conclusive destination for beverage alcohol consumers, industry members and stakeholders, educators, students, licensees, suppliers and media.

History

Founded in 2012 as Mom ‘n Hops’ Ontario Beer Guide, our publication was designed as a central hub for beverage consumers and industry seeking the latest developments in Ontario.

In January 2015, we rebranded as the Ontario Beer Network to solidify our identity and better convey our purpose, then subsequently changed to Ontario Beverage Network in December 2015 upon expanding to cover cider and spirits.

We have grown to serve more than 130,000 visitors per month from Ontario, across Canada, and the US.

Contributors

Chris Burek launched the Ontario Beverage Network in July 2012 previously under the name “Mom ‘n Hops”. Chris was formerly a primary organizer and the National Director of Sales & Marketing at the Canadian Brewing Awards & Conference and TAPS Magazine. There, he lead the introduction of cider into four categories and implemented new beer styles including Session Ale, American-style Brett Beer, and American-style Sour for the 2015 awards year.

Through OBN, he has forged meaningful partnerships with industry, trade, community, and important stakeholders to the benefit of both.

Chris is a Cicerone Certified International Beer Server, MBAA-Certified Beer Steward, and holds a Level I Prud’Homme Beer Certification. Chris has stewarded awards competitions, participated in numerous brewing sessions, and is a judge at the annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition.


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