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At Creemore Springs, we’re renowned for being different – in part because we remain 100 years behind the times, in deed and in thought. We make our beer in small batches, in an open flame copper kettle, using the same painstaking methods as the European brew masters of the 1800’s. We take no shortcuts; we make no compromises. Our unofficial motto is: if something is worth doing – it’s worth doing well. Some might question such old-fashioned thinking but it results in consistently superb beer, and that has won us the loyalty of a legion of fans. Will we ever do things the same as everyone else? Ask us again in another 100 years.

Creemore Springs

Premium Lager

Lager is made the world over, but Creemore Springs Premium Lager is one of a kind. In all our travels, we’ve never found another like it. From the start, we’ve fire-brewed our flagship beer to be unique. It’s always made with the best ingredients and a strict adherence to traditional brewing methods. It’s just different up here, and so is our lager.

First Brewed: 1987 Inaugural Brew
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 24
Malt: Pale and Caramel
Hops: Saaz, Spalt, Sladek
Colour: Brilliant honeyed copper
Tasting Notes: Delicious fresh malt aroma; a smooth, clean, textured, lightly nutty body; and an elegant balance of hoppy dryness.

Style Origin:

Inspired by the classic Bohemian Pilsner, but really is a style unto its own.

Glass:

Try it in your favourite glass and it may well become your favourite beer. For the record, we use a stemmed Cervoise.

Food Pairings:

Roasted and grilled meats, spicy food such as curry, stronger flavoured cheese, aged cheddar, smoked Gouda

Testimonials:

“One of North America’s best tasting lagers.” -Michael Jackson (noted beer authority)

Availability:

Year Round

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

Creemore Springs

Traditional Pilsner

Pilsner was first made back in 1842 by the Bohemians. They used special pale malt and an abundance of hops to create a delicious, golden beer. Up here at Creemore Springs we fire-brew our pilsner the same traditional way, using only four natural ingredients starting with our own clear flowing spring water. It’s eminently drinkable, and always refreshing. Classic yet unique; it’s our fresh take on a traditional Czech pilsner.

First Brewed: 2007 - 20th Anniversary Brew
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 26
Malt: Pale
Hops: Saaz, Spalt, Sladek
Colour: Deep, rich golden
Tasting Notes: Appealing malty aroma with hints of spicy floral hops, sweet rich malt flavours, and a fresh, hop bitter finish.

Style Origin:

The great pilsners of the Czech Republic.

Glass:

Fluted – The narrow design of this glass prolongs carbonation, enhances the floral hop aromas, and spotlights our Pilsner’s rich colour.

Food Pairings:

Cream based and full-bodied soups; most shellfish, grilled white fish, and chicken; young goat cheese or white cheddar

Testimonial:

“I love the bittery, sweet malt taste that doesn’t just go away after the first beer.”

“A great companion to the Lager, having the same great Creemore taste while being slightly lighter and less filling.”

“Bright, balanced flavours of your Traditional Pilsner leave nothing to be desired - except, of course, a second taste.”

Availability:

Year Round

Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario

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urBock

Bock beers gained notoriety in Munich back in 1612. All the Bavarian nobles were drinking fashionable northern ales known as Einbeck Bier. So Duke Maximillian I of Munich hired his own northern brewmaster, who created a lager similar in character but superior in taste. It won back the local aristocrats. Inspired by his entrepreneurial spirit we started brewing our own urBock – rich, ruby-hued beer with subtle, dark roasted flavours. It’s an aristocratic beer but rest assured, you needn’t be a Duke to enjoy it.

First Brewed: 1997 - 10th Anniversary Brew
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 28
Malt: Pale, Caramel, Munich, Black
Hops: Saaz, Spalt, Sladek
Colour: Brilliant dark ruby hue
Tasting Notes: Biscuit-like aroma with a hint of molasses, rich, creamy, deeply flavoured maltiness with subtle dark roasted flavours.

Style Origin:

German Bock Beer

Glass:

Snifter: This big, elegant glassware perfectly captures and enhances the flavours and aromas of our UrBock. Also,sitting around the fire with this great seasonal brew in a big snifter is bound to make you feel kind of fancy.

Food Pairings:

Robust stews, grilled meats, and nutty well-aged cheese. Interesting with chocolate desserts and savoury breads.

Testimonials:

“This beer began my love affair with Bock beers! Years later, it remains my favourite bock and one of the best beers I’ve ever had.” -Matt Williams, iamthebeersnob.com

Availability:

Seasonal – October to January

Ontario.

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Kellerbier

Kellerbier is an unfiltered, medieval German beer known for its naturally cloudy appearance. Served straight from the brewmaster’s cellar, it was a true honour for special guests visiting a brewery to be offered a taste. These days we happily make it available to one and all. Our Kellerbier is wonderfully aromatic with a hint of citrus and spice imparted by German whole leaf hops. Not too many breweries make Kellerbier, but then, we’ve always done things a little differently.

First Brewed: 2009
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 30
Malt: Pale, Cara-Munich
Hops: Saaz, Spalt, Sladek, Tettnang Leaf
Colour: Naturally cloudy, hazy orange hue
Tasting Notes: Cloudy amber to brunt apricot colour with a generous fresh hop aroma, hints of citrus & spice, and a dry hoppy finish.

Style Origin:

Unfiltered lager from the Bamberg Region of Germany

Glass:

Traditionally served in an earthenware mug but equally enjoyable out of a classic German tankard.

Food Pairings:

Thai, Mexican or Indian inspired dishes, grilled meats, charcuterie, soft cheeses with spicy or citrus undertones.

Testimonials:

“Bang on style, it hits the Ontario market between the eyes; and just as Creemore brought craft back in Ontario about 20 years back, this will be a paradigm shifter.“ Consumer, www.ratebeer.com

“My initial impression is that this may be one of the best new beer launches in Ontario for quite a while.” Stephen Beaumont, www.thatsthespirit.com

Availability:

Seasonal – April to September

Ontario

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Collaboration Altbier

With a goal of celebrating Creemore’s 25th anniversary in a big way, Creemore Brewmaster Gordon Fuller and head brewer Bryan Egan travelled to Düsseldorf in early 2012, to immerse themselves in German brewing culture. Learning trade secrets from brewers at Zum Schlüssel allowed them to create a unique and special variety of their own Altbier at home in Canada. Back by popular demand. Look for Altbier at select LCBO’s and Beer stores in Ontario starting September 2013. Check out their journey on our blog

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First Brewed: 2012 25th Anniversary Collaboration
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 28
Malt: Pale, Melanoidin, and Carafa Special Type 2
Hops: Perle and Hallertau Tradition
Colour: Mahogany hued
Tasting Notes: Clean-tasting with a finely balanced, noble hop bitterness and a rich, almost nutty maltiness; gentle lingering hop finish

Style Origin:

A cold-fermented ale originating from Düsseldorf, Germany, its name means "old beer"

Glass:

An Altbier glass is a bit smaller than a lager glass, straight-sided, and perfect for creating that famous Altbier head.

Food Pairings:

Roasted meats, sausage, shellfish, rye bread, camembert, and warm apple strudel

Testimonials:

"3 out of 3" - Josh Rubin, The Star

Availability:

Seasonal – January to April

Ontario

Brewing Philosophy

Creemore Springs was founded on the belief that there was a need and a desire for beer made the traditional way, using original European recipes. The beer would be fire-brewed in small batches, in an authentic copper kettle. And it would be fermented longer to create a flavour unlike anything in North America.

The hops, the barley, the yeast all had to be the best the world had to offer. The water would come exclusively from our own fast flowing spring running off the hills just down the road. There would be no pasteurization, additives or preservatives; just good old fashioned pure natural beer.

Well, all those things came to pass and they remain the cornerstone of our brewery and our philosophy to this day.

Our Folks

About 70 people work at Creemore Springs, which is a tenth of the village. So you could say we’re the major industry up here; except we sure don’t look like an industry. We’re housed in an 1867 red brick store with our famous copper kettle in the window and our 1930’s milk truck parked outside.

For the most part we all live in the village or surrounding hills. We fish or play baseball or just hang out on our front porches with a cold bottle of Creemore Springs. That’s in the summer. In the winter we curl, play hockey, go skiing, and blast through four-foot snow drifts in our pick-ups on our way to work.

We’re all individuals but we work as a team. Everybody pitches in: sometimes the women load trucks and sometimes the guys answer phones. It’s a great place to work because we all believe in what we do.

Where We Are

Travel north of Toronto about an hour and a half on Highway 42 – a road full of ups and downs, and twists and turns. Hang a left at our sign and go 3km west. Park your car or bike and stroll up the main street of the village of Creemore. You’ll think you’ve time travelled back to the last century.

There’s no McDonald’s, Walmart, or Starbucks, just bakeries, a hardware store, a pub, a lot of churches, cafes, red brick houses built by Scots in the late 1800’s, and of course, the Creemore Springs Brewery. Come in for a tour and a tasting, and take home a case or two of handcrafted, freshly brewed beer. It’s a pretty good way to spend a day.

Tours

Come take a tour - not just to check up on our housekeeping, but because it’s really interesting to see how a craft beer is made. Furthermore, our copper kettle is a thing of beauty and so is our building. You can get all kinds of terrific Creemore Springs merchandise in our retail store - glasses, mugs, shirts, sweaters, caps, and more. Best of all, you can sample our different brews fresh from the tap, which is the equivalent of tasting maple syrup right in the sugar shack.

Free tours every day at 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. Tours are about 30 to 35 min. Even if you don't have time for a tour, just stop in! Our retail store hours are:

Monday to Saturday - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday (for summer) - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Call our retail store for more information or to book a spot: 1-800-267-2240

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Copper Kettle Festival

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Although it’s hard to describe exactly, our annual Copper Kettle Festival is most like an old-time village fair. Wander down the main street, tour the brewery and then relax in the Mad River Park with entertainment, local fare, a beer garden, kids activities and much more.

Schedule of events
  • 8 am – The Creemore Copper Kettle Dash
  • 12 pm – Pipers down Mill Street
  • 12 pm – 6 pm Beer Garden, Delicous Food, Live Music, Kids’ Activities, Pony Rides, Brewery Tours, Wagon Rides, Local Stage and featuring a Classic Car Show – The Copper Kettle Classics!

The Creemore Springs Village

Of course our village is a place, but it extends past geographical boundaries to a community of like-minded individuals who share a fondness for a great beer, a great time and doing things a little differently. Sometimes we gather up here for events such as our Copper Kettle Festival, and sometimes our collective celebration of the good things in life takes us to places a little closer to you like your neighbourhood local. That said, check out www.creemore.com or visit our Facebook page to keep up with all the goings-on. We look forward to seeing you out and about.

Happenings

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival 

Georgetown Highland Games

Mariposa Folk Festival 

Toronto Festival of Beer
July 25 – 27: http://beerfestival.ca/

Mad & Noisy Brewing

Mad & Noisy Brewing Beers

We have turned our brew house into a brewer’s playground with the introduction of our Craft Beer Exploration Series called Mad & Noisy Brewing, named after the two rivers that merge and flow through the village of Creemore. Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager is the first release in our ever changing series of imaginative, innovative, and delicious craft concoctions. A Czech twist on an English IPA it takes the best components of a lager and an ale and rivets them together to build a beer much greater than the sum of its parts.

First Brewed: 2012
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 60
Malt: Pale, Caramel 40, Carared, Melanoidin
Hops: Glacier, Willamette, Target, Columbus, Cascade
Colour: Bright orange-cedar colour
Tasting Notes: Blends light tropical fruits and bold pine notes. A nice balance of pithy, bitter flavours with a silky, bready malt sweetness, and just a hint of nuts and chocolate.

Style Origin:

New and emerging style. We were inspired by small Czech brewers who are now experimenting with west coast hops and UK hops.

Glass:

Traditional Ale Sleeve

Food Pairings:

The Hops & Bolts IPL’s refreshing bitterness cuts through the heat of any hot/spicy dish or balances Asian-inspired creations

Testimonials:

“Not only is it a really excellent beer to launch a new brand with, it’s thoroughly refreshing despite its relative bitterness.” -Jordan St John, Sun Media Beer Reporter and Beer Author

“An excellent beer, and one that I would happily go out of my way to find and drink.” -Chris Schryer, torontobeerblog.com

Availability:

BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec

Mad & Noisy Brewing

Hops & Bolts India Pale Lager

Our brewers have riveted together the best components of a European Lager, a west coast IPA and an English Pale Ale to build an intriguingly bitter, yet malty hopped up brew. Left unfiltered and constructed with 5 palate-crushing hops, the result is a pithy grapefruit bitterness on a foundation of sweet caramel malt underpinned with notes of chocolate and nut.

NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HOPS

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First Brewed: 2012
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 60
Malt: Pale, Caramel 40, Carared, Melanoidin
Hops: Glacier, Willamette, Target, Columbus, Cascade
Colour: Bright orange-cedar colour
Tasting Notes: Blends light tropical fruits and bold pine notes. A nice balance of pithy, bitter flavours with a silky, bready malt sweetness, and just a hint of nuts and chocolate.

Style Origin:

New and emerging style. We were inspired by small Czech brewers who are now experimenting with west coast hops and UK hops.

Glass:

Traditional Ale Sleeve

Food Pairings:

The Hops & Bolts IPL’s refreshing bitterness cuts through the heat of any hot/spicy dish or balances Asian-inspired creations

Testimonials:

“Not only is it a really excellent beer to launch a new brand with, it’s thoroughly refreshing despite its relative bitterness.” -Jordan St John, Sun Media Beer Reporter and Beer Author

“An excellent beer, and one that I would happily go out of my way to find and drink.” -Chris Schryer, torontobeerblog.com

Availability:

BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec

Mad & Noisy Brewing

Sunny & Share Citrus Saison

Inspired on a recent trip to Belgium, our brewers have concocted their twist on a classic farmhouse ale. Brewed true to style then infused with lemon and orange peel Sunny & Share is an intriguing orchestration of malt, hops and citrus peel that crescendo with a hint of clove. All conspiring to create a refreshing and crisp tasting beer perfect for sharing.

A FARMHOUSE ALE WITH A PEEL

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First Brewed: June 2013
ABV: 4.5% alc./vol.
IBU: 17
Malt: Pale Malt, Pale Wheat, Cargil L40, Acidulated Malt
Hops: Bravo, New Zealand Motueka, Cascade Leaf
Colour: A hazey translucent honey orange colour
Tasting Notes: A mix of clove and citrus tones followed by a refreshingly dry crisp hop finish. A wonderfully complex and thirst quenching summer beer.

Style Origin:

Belgium Farmhouse Ale

Glass:

Fluted glass or snifter

Food Pairings:

Cracked peppercorn grilled steak or salmon; fresh fish and seafood; Indian, Thai or Vietnamese cuisine

Testimonials:

“Sunny & Share (4.5%; 473mL can) is strictly speaking a saison, but with a toned down malt background that allows its Belgian farmhouse ale yeasts, hints of clove and lemon peel to shine through. If drinkability is the main criterion for judging a fruit-inflected beer, this one has it in spades, sacrificing nothing of the ale’s own character while delivering palate zingers that most people associate with cooling off.” – Jason Rehel – National Post

Availability:

2013 limited release in Ontario only.