TORONTO, ON – Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald will soon be honoured with a new brewing company being founded by a mother and son team that share his surname.
Old Tomorrow Brewing – named for one of Macdonald’s nicknames – is the creation of Pat and Ian Macdonald, she a former Ontario Assistant Deputy Minister of Economic Development & Trade with executive experience in many leisure, hospitality and food & beverage companies, and he a marketing professor at George Brown College with an entrepreneurial background.
According to Ian, both he and his mother are passionate about craft beer and Canadian heritage, and decided to form Old Tomorrow to bring these two interests together. The first beer from the new company will be Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale, a golden ale developed by Jamie Mistry, a brewmaster with experience at a number of breweries including Amsterdam Brewery and Cool Brewing.
Old Tomorrow CPA has the following description and tasting notes:
Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale employs the traditional brewing methods of our forefathers, but blends Old World malts and hops with newer Canadian counterparts to create a beer that tastes distinctly Canadian. The recipe is designed to evoke the best of English Ales to create a well balanced yet full bodied taste that Canadians can be proud to call their own. We’ve used Canadian two row barley, rye and a unique blend of North American and U.K. hops that results in the malty, smooth body of popular English Style Bitter Beer with a pleasant, slightly citrus aromatic nose. The initial moderately hoppy flavour ends with a crisp, clean finish. Richly golden in colour, Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale has 18 IBU’s and is 4.9% alcohol – making it a remarkably refreshing beer.
Old Tomorrow CPA will be launched this fall, marking the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, with promotion of the beer to be tied in with celebrations of the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald in January 2015.
Distribution will initially be limited to Ontario, where it will be available in 473 ml cans at LCBO outlets, and on draught in 30 and 50 litre kegs. Roll-out to other provinces is planned to follow as the brand is further developed, and the company also intends to develop “future beer styles that will celebrate key iconic moments of Canadian history with distinctive recipes carefully crafted to match Canadian tastes.”
More details are expected to follow in coming weeks, along with the launch of Old Tomorrow’s website and social media accounts.