To Cameron’s Brewery and Beyond

When I was little I always told my Dad I was going to be a beer girl when I got older. He was always so proud of this and to this day reminds me of the conversations we would have – so cute!  After quite a few years of experimenting with different types of beer and brands from Rickard’s Red to Keith’s White and Hacker Pschorr to Tiger, I finally found and fell in love with Ontario Craft Beer. One specific brand that is my go to craft brew is Cameron’s. My personal fave is their Cream Ale – they also have an awesome Lager, Auburn Ale, and Dark 266. If you are looking for an award winning, great tasting, and refreshing selection of beer made with all natural ingredients you need to open a bottle of this local favorite. The best part is that Cameron’s is right on our door step… well my parents door step, who live in Oakville where the brewery is located at 1165 Invicta Drive.

I was in Oakville this weekend celebrating my Dads birthday and my fam and I decided to take a field trip down to Cameron’s to see how this fantastic beer is brewed and to indulge in some tasty brews ourselves. Well, What a surprise it was when we arrived! There was a sign on the door saying there would be no tours because of a private event being held. We all looked at each other in disappointment and then walked in anyway. We were immediately greeted by a nice young man and asked if we were here for the party, before any of us could answer another man came up to us and we were invited into the brewery. His name was Jim Rooney, he was an amazing host who welcomed us in to take part in the event and told us to help ourselves to the food and beer being offered. We later found out that this was a Cask event that the brewery hosts every month where the Brew Master and his team get to unveil a special beer that shows off their creativity and talent. This month the beer was an American style Wheat Beer and it was delicious. I am excited to taste the next Cask on May 26th – tickets for The Cask Night are usually 20.00 in advance so I guess it was our lucky day to just drop by!

During the day we were able to meet and chat with the team at Cameron’s which included Jim Rooney, Bill Coleman the president, and Jason Britton the Brew Master who were all extremely knowledgeable and so amazingly nice to us. I told them I had a food blog and was going to write a post about the beer which had now turned into a completely different experience than I originally thought we were going to have. They were all genuinely interested and chatted with me about food pairings and made sure we always had a glass of beer in our hands. They treated us to their knowledge and special tasting of an unfiltered naturally carbonated lager right from the fermentation vat – it was yummy and a very rare exciting experience to be a part of.

You can find Cameron’s at The Beer Store and LCBO and If you think that 6 bottles just isn’t enough than you are in luck because these guys have a 9 pack! For a list of bars and pubs who serve up this wonderful beer take a look at this link http://www.cameronsbrewing.com/blog/?category_name=bars-and-pubs. Seriously, if you have a chance and want to learn more about Cameron’s and Craft Brewing drop by and visit their store, buy a t shirt and a pint glass and get a tour.

In light of the warmer weather, the start of bbq season, and yummy beer I have been inspired to make a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce using Cameron’s Auburn Ale. Use it with chicken or ribs on the bbq and enjoy – thanks Cameron’s!!

Cameron’s Auburn Ale Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/3 cup minced onion

3/4 cup ketchup

1 full bottle of Cameron’s Auburn Ale

2 tbsp cider vinegar

4 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 dry mustard

1 minced chipotle pepper with adobe sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onions and garlic in a saucepan until translucent – then add in all the ingredients, reduce heat and let simmer for about 20mins until sauce has reduced and you like the consistency.

 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Brian Scheel
    May 10, 2011

    Great work Erin. Love the pics you choose. What a fun afternoon. Lets do it again soon.
    Love Ya
    B

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    • Brian Scheel
      May 10, 2011

      Oh and that BBQ sauce was amazing on those chicken burgers. Let do that again too.

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    • Erin
      May 10, 2011

      It was an awesome day!! So much fun with you and such a great story to write about! We must go back to another Cask event soon — mm and try more yummy beer! xo love ya more

      Reply
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  3. Uncle Buck
    May 16, 2011

    Wow Erin…..This is way cool…….here I was worried about what you were doing in your down time…this is an awsome site and I hope it goes somewhere for you….congrats to the designer of the blog…Love Ya lots

    Uncle Buck

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    • Erin
      May 16, 2011

      Thanks Buck! I knew you would love it… keep checking back for more! love u to!

      Reply
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