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May 6, 2020

First of all we sincerely hope that you all are keeping well and following the guidance of local health authorities. We realize this may be difficult but the health and safety of everyone around you is at stake.

Secondly a very big THANK YOU very much for your support during the month of April. The on line orders have helped us to keep all our staff. If this keeps up we may be able to keep everyone through May as well. We will get some help from the government but we need your help as much as ever.

We are spending our time wisely building inventory for the summer and even looking at some new beers and other products that we could have available in late May for early June. I will keep you posted.

The current situation has prompted some changes . One big breakthrough is that regulations have been relaxed so we can now sell and ship to other provinces in Canada.

For family and friends outside Ontario please go to

 https://www.crafttapp.ca/shop/brewery/29/

to have Highlander beer delivered to their home. This platform does not pay shipping.

If you order from our website for delivery in Ontario we do pay shipping in Ontario for orders of 24 or more.

We held a special draw for those ordering beer on line in April and Angela Bevilacqua won 

1 Highlander Hoodie

2 Highlander Branded Glasses

1 Bottle of Highlander BBQ sauce

and a six pack of her choice.

We are having a similar draw in May. You do not have to purchase. Simply send me your name asking to be included.

We are keeping a list of those who order during the COVID 19 pandemic and we will have a special gift for anyone of those who arrive at the brewery over the summer if and when we can open.

 We can sell from our retail store and you can pick it up but we do not allow people into the retail store itself.

Everyone seems to be cooking more. We are sending our cookbook with all on line orders and we are getting some interesting variations on those recipes. If you have an interesting recipe using our beer please send it to me.Here is my Highlander Scottish Ale "assisted" bread.

Beer Shows:

Although most beer shows have been cancelled we are still on schedule to operate our craft beer booth at the Royal Winter Fair in November. Hopefully we will see many of you there. Remember we will have our on line supporters book with us at this and any other events that are open and we have a special gift for you if you see us at these events.

 

 
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May 6, 2020

“McCain Foods was pleased to hear today’s announcement from the Canadian government, offering the much needed Surplus Food Purchase Program to Canada’s farmers at this difficult time. Over the recent weeks McCain, alongside potato farmers across the country, has been asking the government to participate in finding a solution for the large surplus of potatoes caused by the closure of restaurants due to coronavirus. We applaud the government for listening and for taking action.

“We are keen to see the details of the program, including timings. This support needs to be in place quickly, as potatoes in store are at risk of spoiling as the weather warms.

“Finally, we are encouraged by the Prime Minister’s appreciation of Canadian farmers and food producers, and the commitment to more funding if and when required.”

 
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May 5, 2020

Below are delicious RumChata recipes for a special Mother’s Day brunch.

RumChata French Toast 

3 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup RumChata

8 slices white or French bread

1 Tbsp butter

Directions: Leave bread slices out in a paper bag overnight to dry out. With a fork, beat together eggs, milk, and RumChata. Heat butter in griddle over medium heat until melted. Dip bread slices into egg mixture and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Also serve a cup of hot coffee with a shot of RumChata stirred in.

RumChata Tiramisu Martini 

Ingredients

2 parts RumChata

1 part espresso vodka

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.   Sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

RumChata Iced Coffee

Ingredients

1 part RumChata

3 parts Iced Coffee

Serve over ice.

 
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May 5, 2020

In response to the enormous demand generated by our first collaboration last March, this time, it is by offering ready-to-mix cocktails in Cook it boxes, that the two companies will be able to support the Bartenders Benevolent Fund which has been working in earnest since 2013 to ensure that those in need can make ends meet.


Orchestrated 100% without profit, the operation will give, for each purchase, $2 to the Bartenders Benevolent Fund and $9 to the bar, a concrete way to support the bar and restaurant industry.

Created by mixologists from 3 of Montreal's best bars, these ready-to-mix cocktails can now be enjoyed at home! 


For more details, I invite you to read the attached press release!

 
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May 5, 2020

Mother's Day is just around the corner!  Whether yours is spent together at home or virtually, we've thought of a few gift ideas for you.

Make brunch at home complete with a Smash mimosa.
Not in the same house? Try dropping off all the fixings and schedule a video call to enjoy together.
  
Gift a cocktail kit 
Rustle up the ingredients for your favourite cocktails and gift them to mom. Add the instructions and a note about why you like the cocktail or a fun story about when you first tried it.

Order her an assortment of her favourite Smash cocktails for home delivery! 

Try our take on the classic mojito. We've subbed out the rum and simple syrup for our Strawberry Smashed Soda™ to make this a low-calorie, refreshing, and easy to make cocktail at home. 

The Strawberry Smashed Mojito is the perfect pairing for fish tacos or a cheesy quesadilla.   Try the recipe below. It yields two cocktails.

STRAWBERRY SMASHED MOJITO
1 can Georgian Bay Strawberry Smashed Soda™
1 cup sliced strawberries 
1-2 sprigs of mint
1/2 lime, juiced 

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, mint leaves, and lime juice with a muddler.  If you don't have a muddler, try using the back of a wooden spoon.
2. Strain muddled mixture into two glasses filled with ice.
3. Top up the glasses with Strawberry Smashed Soda. Give it a quick stir.
4. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Meet Joshua, our Master Distiller.  Joshua will be managing our distilling operations in Collingwood and has been working alongside the team to get our new distillery up and running.

Over the course of his 14-year career, Joshua has received over 15 awards for his outstanding work, earning Double Gold, Gold and Silver recognition from San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, Canadian Whiskey Awards and more.

When Josh isn't working away at the distillery, you'll find him tinkering away on house renovation projects or mixing up a Negroni Bay

We're excited to have Joshua as part of the Georgian Bay Spirit Co.™ family.  Interested in learning more about the Georgian Bay team or want to stay up-to-date on our distillery

Every Wednesday is Takeout Day in Canada!  Canadians across the country have been ordering takeout in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants.

If you're able, consider supporting a local establishment this week.

Looking for inspiration? Our team has shared some of their favourite takeout and Smash pairings here

 

Together with our distilling partners have switched over production to support the growing demand for WHO-formulated hand sanitizer, approved by Health Canada.
 
We’ll be donating 3 cases for every 1 case sold.  We'll be donating to organizations in need such as hospitals, first responders, shelters, senior communities and First Nation, and rural communities.
 
If your organization is looking to purchase cases of hand sanitizer, please reach out.  
 
We are in this together.

Did you know that you can order your favourite Georgian Bay Smash or Craft Spirits online?

In Ontario, place an order with the LCBO for home delivery or in-store pick-up of your favourite Georgian Bay Smash or Craft Spirits.*

In Nova Scotia, order Gin Smash for home delivery through the NSLC*.

In New Brunswick, order you your favourite Smash for curbside pick-up the ANBL*.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Let us know and we’ll help track it down.

 

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