Tuesday, May 5, 2015

William Street Beer Company's First Anniversary Frenzy

In the early days of April, 2014 we fired our brewhouse at 412 William Street for the first time. This milestone was a euphoric culmination of over a year of planning and dedicated effort. On April 26th, 2014 we quietly lit the "Open" sign and waited with uncertainty to see what might happen.

Over twelve months later, we are excited to invite all of our valued customers, neighbours and friends to join us for a celebration of how far we have come in one year. From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, May 9th we will be welcoming all comers for live local music, BBQ and beer sampling. Please keep an eye on our Facebook Event Page for details, musician profiles and schedules.

Our excellent friends at 92 King will be joining us to man the grill and to feature a spectacular BBQ sauce featuring Cliff Top Pale Ale as a primary ingredient. Big thanks to Drew and his team!

But what of the beer?

This weekend will be a very exciting one for beer on William Street. We will be featuring three diverse ales, with wildly different traits, all intended to celebrate the occasion and the season.

North Shore Blonde Ale - 5% ABV, 21 IBU's , 4.5 SRM
The first beer brewed at 412 William Street, this North American style Blonde has been a favourite of many since it was first introduced. It has been on hiatus since the fall, but we thought it appropriate to come full circle and feature it again for the anniversary. Light in both colour and texture, it is still bursting with flavour. If you tried it last year, you will be amazed by how far we've come!

White Sail Wheat - 5% ABV, 24 IBU's, 4.2 SRM
William Street Beer's North American Hefeweizen was the beer that defined the summer of 2014 and we are ecstatic to reintroduce it for this special weekend. Canadian barley and wheat malts are blended in a classic European style to produce a refreshing beer for summer. We anticipate that our racy mermaid is going to have another big year.

Dutch Rudder - 7.6% ABV, 25 IBU's, 23.3 SRM
Our first attempt at a barrel aged beer had to be a Traditional Bock. Brewed in the depths of our very cold winter, this lager style beer has been resting comfortably in Jim Beam bourbon barrels waiting for spring. Storing beer in oak is an exciting adventure into the unknown and we are excited to welcome Spring in a way that honours such a wonderful brewing tradition.
Supply of Dutch Rudder is very limited, so please try to get out on Saturday to grab a bottle. It's worth it

Thank you all for your wonderful support in year one of our brewing operations serving Cobourg, Port Hope and surrounding communities. We've had the opportunity to make countless wonderful friends and we are honoured every day to be a part of your downtime. Thank you for allowing William Street Beer into your fridges.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

William Street Product Updates!

Since we last posted here, there have been a great many fabulous events around The William Street Beer Company and it is about time that we got everyone up to speed. Over the last week, we have released two new beers to great response and we are excited to give you some more details.

Willy's Best Bitter - 4% ABV     32.5 IBU's     7.1 SRM

Hop Varieties: Fuggles, East Kent Goldings
Malt Varieties: William Street 2-Row Pale Blend, Caramel 60
Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale

As a response to popular request, we created a Mild English Pale Ale to please the casual beer drinker. Although mild, it balances a wonderful malty sweetness with the distinctive UK Hop Varietals. With it's bright golden colour and light texture, it is bound to be a hit with beer drinkers from both sides of the pond.


Chocolate Cherry Stout - 6.5% ABV   16 IBU's     49.5 SRM

Hop Varieties: Cascade
Malt Varieties: William Street 2-Row Pale Blend, Wheat Malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Flaked Wheat
Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale
Special Ingredients: Dark Chocolate, Black Sweet Cherries

Fact: Brewing beer with real bakers chocolate is a messy ordeal with a multitude of inherent risks.
Fact: Great risks provide great rewards.

As Cobourg, Port Hope and the surrounding areas dig out of a huge snow accumulation amidst stifling cold, we wanted to create something festive and warming. Valentine's Day proved to be a great excuse and an even better inspiration. Our Chocolate Cherry Stout combines all of the indulgence of hand crafted confections with the proud winter tradition of a robust stout ale. It pours black with a rich and inviting chocolaty brown head. The nose references both cherry and cocoa and the bitterness of dark chocolate combines beautifully with subtle hop character.


We absolutely love imagining, developing and presenting these ales for you and your smiles are our greatest reward. Both of these beers will be available for sampling and purchase this week at 412 William Street, amongst the return of our core brands.

In addition, we are excited to be preparing an announcement regarding our packaging format going forward into Spring. Details will follow soon!