Pop Up: Speakeasy to feature THB!

THB is proud to announce that it has been tapped by Pop Up Hamilton for their upcoming event – Speakeasy!  How fitting that a beer that I orignally homebrewed in my basement in Corktown will be served at a Prohibition Era event!  I’ve had some wispers in my ear that there may be some tickets left for Thursday the 12th…just between you and me though..

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The First Sixteen

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THB would like to announce it’s sixteenth tap handle!  Radius at the corner of James & Augusta is known to many but for those who have not yet darkened it’s door, it’s a fantastic resto bar in the heart of downtown with a focus on local, an emphasis on quality, and an expectation of greatness.  We are very proud to be pouring Blue Collar on tap with the likes of them.

Sixteen taps and momentum is growing… Thank you so much to the Hamilton beer drinker for getting this venture off to a flying start!  I’ve said it before but it bears saying again, if you weren’t ordering it, the bars wouldn’t either.  I would also like to take this spot to thank the first sixteen locations for the phenomenal support.  Thank you for working with me on modest promotions, digging into your own bottom line and pouring samples for your customers, and for above all… taking the risk on an unknown commodity vs. the tried and true.  Stay tuned for some really cool event & promo announcements in the very near future, all of which are made possible by the fantastic people where our taps are pouring!  Momentum is growing.

The craft beer scene in Hamilton is definitely on a vertical path.  CBC Hamilton recently ran a piece detailing the three main efforts to grow the craft footprint. One big time move by two established entities in the market and two different plucky upstarts looking to supplant their day jobs.  This was followed up by a piece on CHCH the following day…. buy hey CHCH where’s the love for the two plucky upstarts!?!  No worries.  (Sorry couldn’t find a link to the video)

The future is bright.  With every new order or account THB is getting that much closer to opening it’s own brick and mortar brewery in Hamilton.  If you are the investor type and have the vision for what this beauty of a town is becoming please email me at warren.pyper@thehamiltonbrewery.com and lets talk.

Thank you all so much for buying kegs and especially to those who have gotten out and enjoyed a pint or two!

Warren

Catching UP..

And were off!

One month in..thirteen taps.. five family Christmas parties.. New Years.. one super sick four year old.. lots of reorders.. one amazing wife.. and oh ya.. one new baby!!Jeremy & Baby Sam

Baby Sam was born December 15th, eleven days over due to a much relieved mother, Sara!  Along with mom, Jeremy and I are very grateful to welcome baby Sam into our family.  Much fun will be had.

On to beer!

What an exciting month!  After a fantastic launch party at the Casbah in late November it has been go go go.  It was tough to get out on sales calls at times with the holidays and the new baby(!) but that hasn’t stopped THB’s momentum.

Taps have been popping up all around Downtown, Augusta, Locke and now Dundas. Every week I get out to different areas so don’t fret, Blue Collar is coming to a local near you soon.  There are some awesome people out there that can see a good thing coming and I am so grateful for their support of THB and Blue Collar Pale Ale, go check them out, bring friends.

By far Twitter is the best way to stay in touch with THB.  I’m always tweeting out new bars, new keg drops and awesome events where ever we are on tap.  Check out @hamiltonbrewery – stay beer informed.

Thanks for a great start Hamilton, if you weren’t buying they wouldn’t be reordering!

Warren

What a night!

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The launch of THB’s Blue Collar Pale Ale was an awesome night!

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I must start off with a big thanks to Todd Pyper, Nathan Small, and The Marla’s!  Everyone really kicked out the jams for a great night of rock!  Thanks also to all who came out to get this venture off to a shinning start!  It was so great to hear all of your reactions to tasting Blue Collar for the first time.  Especially because you all loved it!

Now it’s off to the races, right now you can get a pint of Blue Collar Pale Ale at The Tavern on George and of course the Casbah.  This list is about to expand dramatically in the next several days and weeks.  As CHCH’s coverage of our event and the new, fantastic craft beer bar, The Brux House shows the craft beer scene here in Hamilton is about to blow up.  I am so excited to be along for the ride as Hamilton continues to rebuild itself.  I say rebuild rather than reevision or reimagine because that is exactly what is happening here.  Hamilton is a city of builders and when faced with a challenge you must improvise, adapt, and overcome.  No one is going to do it for you. The development of this new culture forward community is exciting to raise a family in and exciting to now be in business in.

Ted's shot of a full pintI know it is not ideal to brew our beer in another city.  The way I see it, sometimes you have to travel away in order to come home.  We tried, we tried really hard for three years to raise the money to build a brick and mortar, job producing, brewery here in Hamilton proper.  Just couldn’t meet the fundraising target.  So we improvised, adapted, and overcame this obstacle by contracting the fantastic crew at Railway City Brewing and Muthu Sakthivel to help us crack into the Hamilton market.  The ultimate goal is to grow this brand and secure the finances to build that brick and mortar craft brewery.  To do our part and be a building block amongst many in this great community.

I look forward to hopefully many years of satisfying beer drinkers of all kinds in this great city.

Warren

Excelsior!

Today’s the day!

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Well… It’s 3:30 am and I’m just now wrapping up for the night.  Off to work the day job until at 8 pm, THB becomes a going concern!  I am so excited to be undertaking this challenge and so proud and thankful to all those who have dedicated and sacrificed of themselves in order to chase this dream.  Thank you.

TONIGHT!!  8pm – The Casbah – Blue Collar Pale Ale Launch Party!!

Featuring Todd Pyper, Nathan Small and headlining – The Marla’s! Check out https://www.facebook.com/themarlas to hear their stuff!

This is gonna be some ride!

-Warren

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Wanna come to THB’s Launch Party?

Wanna come to THB’s launch?  Are you a restaruant or bar owner?  How about a food or bevererage manager at a spot here in Hamilton?  What about a passionate craft beer fan? Email Warren at warren.pyper@thehamiltonbrewery.com to see there is still space on the guest list.

The vitals…

November 27th at the Casbah, 306 King St W (corner of King & Queen), doors at 8pm with music from Hamilton’s up and coming The Marla’s!  Check out this 5 piece on their facebook page www.facebook.com/themarlas to hear some of their great original rock!  Of course their will also be door prizes and merch for sale!

Come out celebrate the launch of Blue Collar Pale Ale and get in on the ground floor of Hamilton’s beer!

This is a Movember event to raise funds for men’s health. Please donate at the event or at http://mobro.co/thehamiltonbrewery


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Check out THB’s tap handle prototype!

Thanks for the great leads Hamilton!  THB’s general call out for Hamilton based wood and/or metal workers lead us to a great young wood worker named Tyson out in the East end,  he’s hard at work right now banging out 100 of these gorgeous cherry wood handles.  The metal logo is being crafted by a specialized metal fabricator just outside of Hamilton in Grimsby…. We know, it’s not Hamilton but THB’s founder grew up in Grimsby so we’re gonna run with it. Next comes some stain & paint….20141030_204042

Calling all Hamilton licensed establishments!

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         THB’s Blue Collar Pale Ale

THB is launching Blue Collar Pale Ale in late November and here’s your opportunity to be amongst the first to pour Hamilton’s beer on your taps!

THB is now accepting pre orders for this North American style Pale Ale.  With a slight malty sweetness on the front end balanced with a crisp piney finish, this straw coloured Ale is designed to appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers, both experienced craft drinkers and new to craft alike!

Please email Warren at orders@thehamiltonbrewery.com for pricing and details of THB’s licensee support program.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.  Email today!

Excelsior!

Hamilton Based Supplier Call-Out!

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Are you a local Hamilton wood worker?  How about a passion for metal work?  Perhaps you are a big shop with CNC capacity or a small artisan working out of his/her studio.

THB is seeking local suppliers who can produce 100 of both or either the wooden and metal portions of this handle.The final assembly and/or painting can be done by us on our end to keep the cost down if necessary.

A note on the top metal logo.  The center need not be cut away, it can be metal with raised letters if need be.  If this opportunity sounds like something you can knock out of the park then please email warren.pyper@thehamiltonbrewery.com and lets chat.

Warren Pyper

Excelsior!

THB and what is to come….

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Hey Hamilton… we are so close.  It has been a very long and winding path that has truly forced me to live a saying that we used to use all the time in the infantry (Hamilton’s own, Riley’s!)….  Improvise, adapt & overcome!  One learns so much as they progress in working toward a dream.  Plans change, expectations evolve, goals refine.  Eventually through perseverance a dream starts to gain traction, then momentum truly begins.

As of right now THB is closer than ever to becoming a reality.  Through the evolution of the planning and funding process I have been forced to refocus and become a contract brewer.  This decision is in hopes of building THB the brand up to one were, in the not so distant future, THB can break ground on it’s very own brick and mortar brewery here in Hamilton.  The fact of the matter is, it takes a ton of cash to do that and we just weren’t getting there.  Not without a product in the market place and some sales history.  This decision means that THB needed to take it’s brewing to another Southern Ontario brewery.  Don’t worry, these guys are great and the reciepe remains our own.  With the brewing leaving the city it became even more important that everything else be done here in the Hamilton.  THB’s new branding, our glasses, tap handles, apparel, coasters, and a host of other products and services are all Hamilton made and/or provided.

Our licenses are pending, our production test batch is about ready to be brewed.  If all goes according to plan we are on track for a mid to late November launch.  Blue Collar Pale Ale will be availible ontap to begin in bar’s and restaurants all over the city.  If you don’t see it on tap let your bar tender or waitress know about us.  I hope to progress this into cans and also to launch a second brand in the spring but to do so THB will need your help!  Tell your friends, tell your family…..tell strangers at the bar!

Cheers!

Warren Pyper

For more check out this great spot TheSpec just ran on us. http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4872245-hamilton-brewery-hoping-to-have-beer-on-tap-this-fall/
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