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TORONTO, ON April 17, 2019: Northern Maverick Brewing Co. recently released its White Truffle Pilsner, the first of its kind in Canada. Created by Northern Maverick Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster Andrew Crowder and Owner Jason Kaptyn, this modern take on a Czech pilsner is brewed with Italian white truffle resulting in a delicate earthy aroma.

We have been developing this white truffle beer recipe since Northern Maverick Brewing Co. opened,” says Jason Kaptyn, Owner and Founder of Northern Maverick Brewing Co.Andrew and the brewing team have been dedicated to finding the right beer style to accompany the white truffle flavours. When we sampled the most recent recipe Andrew created, we knew we’d finally found the balance between malt, hops and truffle.”

After brewing several different styles of truffle beer, Crowder settled on a pilsner, finding it paired best with the underlying truffle flavour. Italian white truffle was selected because of its luxurious flavour and its common use in elevated cuisine. The new brew arrives in time for the restaurant’s Spring/Summer menu launch.

The new White Truffle Pilsner is a beautiful addition to Northern Maverick’s beer offerings, pairing well with a variety of classic items like soft cheeses, simple pastas, scallops and roasted red meats” stated Andrew Dahl, Executive Chef of Northern Maverick Brewing Co.Pairing this unique pilsner with your meal allows for the subtle truffle notes from the beer to complement the flavours any dish.”

The new beer is on tap in the restaurant, served in a tulip ($9) or available in bottles ($8) at the on-site bottleshop located at 115 Bathurst St.

White Truffle Pilsner Tasting Notes
Bohemian Pilsner, 5% ABV, 18 IBU
A spicy noble hop and a toasty pilsner malt on the pallet, the White Truffle Pilsner finishes crisp and clean with a mild bitterness.  With a robust hop character, but an overall delicate flavour profile and a hint of truffle, its a versatile craft beer in terms of food pairing. It’s quaffable which also makes it enjoyable on its own.

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April 17,2019

Camarena Anejo Tequila, just in time for Cinco De Mayo!


Best served neat, Anejo's notes of cooked sweet potato, toasted oak and vanilla are sure to leave you with a smooth and warm taste that requires no mixing - just drinking. Available in limited quantities, Camarena Anejo Tequila is 80 proof with an SRP of $29.99 for a 750ml.


Anejo is just the latest release to Camarena's most-awarded portfolio, which also includes Silver and Reposado tequilas, all harvested by hand from 100% blue weber agave in Jalisco's Arandas Highlands. Distilled through a proprietary method that blends traditional ovens and modern techniques, Camarena's portfolio is one of the smoothest and best-tasting tequilas on the market.

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April 3, 2019 (Vancouver, BC) - Vancouver Island's deVine Wines & Spirits was delighted to learn its Genever Gin won the Genever category, and a Double Gold medal, at the recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition held March 22 - 24 2019. This year the prestigious competition included a record number of spirits, as there were nearly 3,000 entries.

de Vine is a family-owned distillery known for its handmade spirits, which include whiskies, gins, and brandies. The company's Genever is Canada's first Dutch-style gin, and is handcrafted from local malted barley infused with more than 20 rare botanicals from mugwort to wormwood. It offers a clean aroma combining herbal, floral, medicinal and citrus notes, and has flavours reminiscent of un-aged Scotch. Genever was awarded Best in Category, as well as Double Gold, at the San Francisco event, where it was judged blind against genevers from around the world.

The deVine tasting room is open Thursday to Sunday from noon to 5:00 pm.


deVine Wines & Spirits

6181B Old West Saanich Road

Brentwood Bay, BC

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LAS VEGAS – Legendary rocker and spirits pioneer, Sammy Hagar, has joined forces with acclaimed Emmy Award winning chef and restaurateur, Guy Fieri, to create a new tequila: Santo Fino Blanco. Launching in May, Santo Fino Blanco is the second spirit in the Los Santo family, joining Santo Puro Mezquila, the world’s first and only blend of tequila and mezcal.

“Guy has always been a tequila lover and when he approached me about creating a tequila together it was perfect timing,” said Hagar. Sammy and Juan Eduardo Nuñez, the third-generation master distiller that originally worked with him to make his Cabo Wabo Tequila and later Santo Puro Mezquila, had just begun discussions on a new blanco tequila. “Guy and I shook hands and a few months later we were sipping the most amazing blanco tequila we'd ever tasted.”

Santo Fino Blanco reintroduces Hagar into the tequila market after being known as one of the first celebrities to produce and launch a self-made spirit, Cabo Wabo Tequila, nearly 10 years ago. Longtime friends, Fieri and Hagar are now partners in Los Santo with the creation of Santo Fino Blanco. 

“There are a few things I know,” said Fieri. “Great food, killer drinks and wild times...and Sammy and I are makin’ it all happen with Los Santo.”

Santo Fino Blanco is an “old world” style tequila made with 100 percent Blue Weber Agave. Nuñez hand-selects the agave plants in the famed Jalisco Highlands of Mexico and creates proprietary recipes at the historic El Viejito Distillery, which was founded in 1937 and awarded Mexico’s National Quality Award. 

In addition to his world-famous Cabo Wabo brand, which includes Cabo Wabo Tequila and Cabo Wabo Cantina, Hagar is the founder of Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum and the Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill restaurant chain.

Fieri is as well-known for his popular shows on Food Network including “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and “Grocery Games,” as he is for his discerning palate and portfolio of more than 70 restaurants, including Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar and El Burro Borracho in Las Vegas.


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