As well as their fourth anniversary, Railway City has been celebrating another win at Queen’s Park. Breweries from across Ontario compete in six categories for the right to be served in the Legislature Dining room and at Queen’s Park events. Dead Elephant Ale was in the winner’s circle again this spring with the best bold flavoured ale, stout or porter. You can also find the Dead Elephant (in the funkily labelled can version) in this year’s Craft Beer Discovery 6-Pak at the LCBO.
Steve Peters was also on hand, smiling “I’m not a politician anymore and it’s great.” Seven years ago, while Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly he started the annual craft beer selection event at Queen’s Park. He has had a longstanding interest in all things “hop” - he has collected bottles from breweries located in St. Thomas in the 1800s and early 1900s and even has hops growing in his back yard. Last year some of the Peters hop crop ended up in a batch of Double Dead Ale.
Steve also mentioned an upcoming event that will be of interest to beer and/or history lovers. He will be leading a walking tour, “Beer Tasting & Hotel Walk – History & Jaunt”, a historic walk of St. Thomas Taverns where you can “taste the finest today, and experience the best of the past.” It’s put on by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (St. Thomas-Elgin Branch), June 17 at 2pm. Call 519-631-1881 for tickets, $20 per person.
Congratulations and happy anniversary to all the folks at Railway City Brewing. Railway City Brewing Company is a member of Savour Elgin. Below, see some of Mark Girdauskas' photos from the evening.