Toronto, Ontario – Lou Rinaldi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West had the opportunity in the Legislature today to witness The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, give Royal Assent to Bill 107: An Act to Proclaim Ontario Craft Beer Week.
MPP Rinaldi introduced the Bill on March 20, 2017, and after progressing through the legislative process, it received all party support on December 12, 2017.
In collaboration with Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB), this Bill officially proclaims the week commencing the second Sunday in June, annually as Ontario Craft Beer Week. Initiated by OCB, Ontario Craft Beer Week has taken place during the third week of June and is now in its 8th year. The grassroots celebration is a series of sampling events held in independent craft breweries in communities across the province to promote their products.
Ontario’s local, independently-owned craft beer industry has grown in popularity and has become an economic driver in communities right across Ontario, including in Northumberland-Quinte West.
Breweries, such as Church-Key Brewery, William Street Beer Co., and Wild Card Brewing Company (to name a few) in Northumberland-Quinte West, directly employ well over 2,000 people, which accounts for 30 per cent of all direct brewing industry jobs in Ontario, along with countless spin-off jobs in agriculture, agri-food innovation, manufacturing, packaging, and tourism throughout the province.
Craft Beer Week in Ontario will help officially recognize the incredible growth in the local craft beer industry in the past decade, and encourage Ontarians to discover local craft beer made by independently-owned craft breweries, right in their own communities.
Locally-produced craft beer continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category, and in part, through progressive and supportive Liberal government policy, has become a major player in Ontario’s alcohol beverage industry. There are now over 500 unique brands that are currently produced by OCB members and other breweries. These beers, made from fresh, all natural ingredients follow classic brewing styles such as Pilsner, Vienna-style Lager, Nut Brown Ale, Bitters, Imperial Stout or new advanced styles like Hemp, Cranberry Wheat, Cask-conditioned Lager, Mead, Coffee Porter.
Ontario craft beer is handcrafted, made in small batches with lots of attention and care, using locally sourced, all-natural pure ingredients with no additives or preservatives and using the brew masters’ own authentic special recipes.