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National Caesar Day is Thursday May 14th

To celebrate, we teamed up with our pal @fashionsanta — we are gonna get dressed up, make some Caesars, & donate some money to the great organization Second Harvest.

 

Celebrate with us (from home).
Here’s how:

  • Step 1:  Get dressed up on Thursday, May 14th – National Caesar Day
  • Step 2:  Make yourself a Caesar, however you like ’em
  • Step 3:  Snap a #CaesarSelfie & post on your social. Make sure to use hashtag #CaesarSelfie & tag @waltercaesar & @fashionsanta

 

For each #CaesarSelfie photo shared, together with @fashionsanta we will donate $5 for the first 600 photos to Second Harvest – Canada’s largest food rescue charity that recovers fresh, unsold food to protect the environment and provide immediate hunger relief.

 

 
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This year, World Cocktail Day (5/13) is going to look a little bit different than in years past. While we won’t be rubbing elbows with our closest friends, out at our favorite bar, we can enjoy a tasty cocktail from the comfort of our homes.

Summers Go-To Classics
While the east coast is experiencing a bout of winter chill, summer vibes are in full bloom in the west. No matter where your readers are located, we wanted to introduce them to two drinks of the summer. An American classic, Humboldt Distillery's ORGANIC Vodka Lemonade and a summer fruit-inspired, Watermelon Slush featuring Gray Whale Gin.

Gray Whale Gin Watermelon Slush 
+ 3 oz Gray Whale Gin
+ 1 medium seedless watermelon
+ 4 oz honey

 Cut the watermelon in half, carve out the fruit and place it in a bowl. Keep the rind to use as a delicious punch bowl. To keep your melon bowl upright, turn it upside down and carve a small, flat, slice out the very bottom – be careful not to cut too deep and pierce the bottom of the bowl.

 In a blender, add your watermelon pulp, honey and a moderate amount of ice. For best results we recommend freezing your watermelon pulp before blending and using a moderate amount of ice to avoid a watery drink. Serve in a melon bowl and enjoy! 

Humboldt Distillery’s Vodka Lemonade 
+ 1.5 oz  Humboldt Distillery’s Organic Vodka 
+ Lemonade 

In a glass filled with ice add Humboldt’s Organic Vodka, lemonade to taste, swirl together and enjoy! 

Staycation cocktails  
Everyone needs a vacation right about now, but it doesn't seem like we will be going anywhere anytime soon.  Let these spirits take your readers on a gustatory holiday up the coast of California. Start with Gray Whale Gin's 'Whale Hello There' hailing from the beaches of sunny California and then move up the coast to the gorgeous redwoods with Humboldt Distillery's 'North Coast Margarita'.

Whale Hello There
+ 2 oz Gray Whale Gin 
+ .5 oz lime juice 
+ .5 oz lemon juice 
+ .5 oz agave syrup

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the gin, lime juice, lemon juice and agave. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, or strain over a rocks glass filled with ice, depending on preference. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve immediately.

North Coast Margarita
+ 2 oz Humboldt’s Finest 
+ 1.25 oz Lime Juice 
+ .75 oz Agave Syrup 
+ 2 Slices Serrano Chili
+ 2 Slices Cucumber 
+ Pinch of Salt 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake thoroughly. Double strain into an old fashioned glass half rimmed with salt. Add ice to top. Garnish with cucumber slice. 

 

 

 
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Boston, Mass. – May 6, 2020Harpoon Brewery announced today a new beer to support the frontline workers and hospitality professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic: Harpoon  “For The Frontline”. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boston Resiliency Fund, Off Their Plate, and The Vermont Community Foundation’s VT COVID-19 Response Fund to help provide relief to those affected by the novel coronavirus.

 

Harpoon “For The Frontline” is a re-release of the brewery’s original Harpoon Ale, which was first brewed in 1986 when three friends set out to open Massachusetts’s first brewery after decades of dormancy in the state. Harpoon Ale was decisively different from the light lagers of the time and quickly become a local staple at bars, restaurants, and the brewery’s many festivals.

 

“We founded Harpoon with the goal of serving our community, and that mission is just as relevant now as it was in ‘86. We knew we had to do something big to help support those who have been impacted by COVID-19 and a new release of our Harpoon Ale felt like the perfect way to honor them and help raise vital funds,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Mass. Bay Brewing Company, maker of Harpoon. “We chose to partner with local organizations that we knew could make the most of the proceeds and really help those that are on the frontline of this pandemic, from the healthcare professionals and first responders who are keeping us all safe, to the hospitality professionals who have served Harpoon in their bars and restaurants for so many years. This beer is just a small way for us to say thank you and give back.”

 

The partner organizations include:

 

  • Boston Resiliency Fund, which coordinates support and essential services to Boston residents, whose health and well-being are impacted by COVID-19, and assists
    first responders and critical care providers.
  • Off Their Plate, which provides nutritious meals to healthcare professionals at the frontline of COVID-19 while providing economic relief to local restaurants and their staff.
  • Vermont Community Foundation, which developed the VT COVID-19 Response Fund to extend and expand the capacity of nonprofits particularly equipped to address the immediate and long-term community impacts of the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont.

 

Harpoon “For the Frontline” is made with Harpoon’s proprietary yeast strain, resulting in a signature fruity aroma with light undertones of caramel malt. At 5% ABV, the beer is easy-drinking and approachable with a smooth, medium body and crisp finish.

 

“For the Frontline” will be available in mid-to-late May and sold in 4-pack cans at a suggested retail price of $12.99. To see where it is sold once available, check out the Harpoon beer finder: https://www.harpoonbrewery.com/beer-finder/.

 

To further support healthcare workers, Harpoon also recently launched a program that allows consumers to buy them a beer later by buying a gift certificate now. When the Harpoon Beer Hall (Boston, MA) and Riverbend Taps (Windsor, VT) reopen to the public, any healthcare worker can come in, present a valid hospital or medical staff ID and redeem one of the gift certificates for a free beer. Customers can add this option to their cart when ordering takeout or delivery through Harpoon. 

 
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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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