CBN Dinner Series: North American Craft at Smokeless Joe

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

For this event in the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series, we presented a pair of firsts: The first portfolio tasting for beer agency North American Craft, and the first beer dinner to be held at the relocated Smokeless Joe.

Led by beer industry veteran Claude Lefebvre, North American Craft represents some of the best small breweries from Canada and the US in the Ontario market. A specially selected line-up of Canadian beers from the NAC portfolio were featured at this dinner.

Smokeless Joe is an establishment that needs no introduction to most craft beer drinkers in Toronto, although some may not be familiar with the new and more spacious location. The increased space on College Street also includes a much larger kitchen, which has allowed Joe and his team to offer a much wider array of great food to customers.


Bacon-wrapped scallops
Pork satay
Duke’s Cider

1st Course
Mushroom salad on mixed greens with Saison vinaigrette
Black Oak Summer Saison

2nd Course
Thai red curry mussels
Phillips Ginger Beer

3rd Course
Jerk chicken with Mexican-style rice
Hops & Robbers IPA

Cherry pie
Tree Raspberry Porter

Wellington Imperial Russian Stout


North American Craft is a company focused on representing innovative and independent craft breweries from Canada and the United States in the Ontario marketplace. Represented breweries include Black Oak, Denison’s and Wellington from Ontario; Propeller from Nova Scotia; Paddock Wood from Saskatchewan; Tree, Dead Frog and Phillips from BC; Green Flash from California; and NAC affiliated label Double Trouble Brewing.

Smokeless Joe is one of Toronto’s most venerable and well-loved craft beer bars. Opened in 1995 on John Street in the city’s then burgeoning Entertainment District, it was one of the few smoke-free bars in Toronto at the time, and featured an international selection of bottled beers that was unrivalled. Last year’s move to a much larger spot on the edge of Little Italy has brought an increased focus on local draught and cask beer, as well as a larger food menu built around the oysters and mussels that helped make the original location famous.

Canadian Beer News is a website dedicated exclusively to coverage of Canada’s beer and brewing industry. Presenting news and information with minimal editorializing, CBN features announcements of new beer releases, brewery openings and closures, news about festivals and events, and other information from breweries all across the country.

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