Beer Briefs: Split Rail Brewing looks to crowdfunding

Split Rail Brewing Copper LagerThings have been quiet around the Beer In Canada office (such as it is), as I have been getting ready for a temporary move to the suburbs of Edmonton, which I made it to safe and sound. But news in the beer world has, of course, not slowed down.

Here’s a sampling of some the recent news from around the Great White North and elsewhere:

Split Rail Brewing seeks help via crowdfunding: It’s not the first time a brewery has turned to crowdfunding to help itself get some much-needed capital, but this story comes from Ontario’s Manitoulin Island area. Andrea Smith and Eleanor Charlton are hoping to open the region’s first craft brewery, and they’re using Kickstarter to try raising the $55,000 they say they still need to purchase equipment and get the brewery off the ground.

Beau’s ends feBREWary with hopped wheat beer: Vankleek Hill, Ontario-based Beau’s All Natural Brewing takes the “brew” in February as a challenge. The brewery unleashed five beers over the course of the month, ending last week with Wag the Wolf, a hopped wheat beer.

Wellington to promote women in brewing: Wellington Brewery is hoping to promote women in the male-dominated brewing industry with a new educational seminar series dubbed Queen of Craft. Each of the sessions will take place in Guelph, Ontario.

Worthington’s White Shield comes to Canada: Described as one of the longest-surviving India pale ales, Worthington Brewery‘s White Shield has made it to the shores of the Great White North. Worthington has been owned by Molson Coors since 2005, so it’s a wonder it took so long for the international brewery to bring White Shield across the pond. After all, IPAs have become enormously popular over the last several years. But whatever the case, White Shield is now available in Canada.

New Belgium heads into Alberta: New Belgium Brewing is expanding its limited presence in Canada to Alberta thanks to an agreement with importer Horizon Beers. Last September, British Columbia was the first market outside the U.S. that New Belgium targeted. The beers are now available in Alberta, which is great timing for me.

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