Big Rig Brewery and Exclaim! teams up with Session Toronto!

Big Rig Brewery and Exclaim! collaborate on special new beer

Ottawa’s award-winning Big Rig Brewery announces a special new beer brewed in collaboration with Exclaim!, Canada’s authority on all things music. The new Exclaim! — An Imperial Beer will make its official debut at Session Toronto Craft Beer Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 13.  

“Great music and beer go hand-in-hand,” says Exclaim! publisher Ian Danzig, “so it was a no-brainer when Big Rig asked us to collaborate with them.”

“Music fuels us when we’re brewing,” says Big Rig brewmaster Lon Ladell. “To team up with Exclaim!, who has a rich history of advocating for great music in Canada, is !*@# awesome.”

The result of the collaboration is a kickass Imperial Coffee IPA. It’s a big, lively beer that uses specially roasted fair trade organic beans from Engine House Coffee (cold-steeped in the beer) and is dry-hopped with nelson sauvin hops. It weighs in at 7.5% and 80 IBU, but is very approachable. Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 8.16.58 AM

“Most coffee beers are usually porters or stouts,” Ladell says. “We wanted to make a refreshing beer using coffee that you could drink throughout the day—something that bands would want on stage and music lovers would drink at festivals.”

Exclaim! — An Imperial Beer will be pouring as part of Collaboration Nation during Session Toronto. Festivalgoers will vote on their favourite collaboration beer and the winner receives a spot in the LCBO.

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Big Rig Brewery was founded in 2012. Led by brewmaster Lon Ladell, Big Rig sources only the best ingredients to craft their kickass, unique and tasty beers. Big Rig is an honoured recipient of a number of awards including New Brewery of the Year in Ontario (2013), 14 medals at the Ontario Brewing Awards and one gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards.

Author’s Note: I went to Session Toronto a couple years back and it was a great time.   You got to sample so many one-offs and you can win prizes.  I got to go to Session Toronto because I won a contest that was held by Ontario Craft Brewers.  If you can, check it out on June 13th!   It’s already here!  I wish I was going but I will be attending a different party this time around, my Wife’s birthday. 

Exclaim! – An Imperial Beer sounds pretty delicious if you ask me. Imperial Coffee IPA?  Now that’s a beer that I would love to try.