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Origin of Darkness 2020

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Origin of Darkness is back! We teamed up with four of our international brewing friends for this year’s edition of barrel-aged brews, with each brewery bringing some of their unique terroir-inspired local flavour.

This year we experimented with some new kinds of barrels, namely Rye Whiskey and Cognac, and worked with Mikkeller from Denmark, Põhjala from Estonia, Mikerphone from Chicago and Civil Society from Florida to create a lineup that includes maple syrup, marshmallows, plums and a vegan-latte inspired brew. ⁠

For the art on this year’s series, we worked with Cassidy Rae Marietta, an illustrator and designer from Columbus, OH, USA.

Origin of Darkness is launching Wednesday, Oct. 7 on our online shop and at both our Hamilton and Toronto breweries (5PM in Toronto). Hitting Alberta, BC and all of our US markets soon. Check out full beer descriptions below.

IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS W/ COFFEE AND ALMOND MILK

When you’re brewing with international beer legends like Mikkeller from Denmark, you’ve got to make something outside of the box! In an homage to their iconic Beer Geek Breakfast series, we brewed a vegan-latte inspired imperial stout. Aged in freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon Barrels, this brew gets a jolt of caffeine from roasted coffee beans from Detour Coffee, and some smoothness with Almond Milk from Earth’s Own plant based beverage company.

BALTIC PORTER AGED IN COGNAC BARRELS, W/ PLUMS

About 7,000 KM and the Atlantic Ocean separate us from our friends at Brewery from Estonia. But geography doesn’t mean a thing when kindred brewing spirits come together! We put a Baltic Porter base into freshly emptied XO Cognac barrels from France to age for 9 months. After that we added plums to elevate the sweet stone fruit character. This beer exemplifies the beautifully deep, sweet, and rich cognac flavours. Pour a glass and curl up in front of a roaring fire, you fancy f*ck.

IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN MAPLE SYRUP BOURBON BARRELS W/ WALNUT

These barrels have been through the ringer! They started with bourbon, moved on to maple syrup, and finally they’re finishing off with our delicious Imperial Stout base, brewed in collaboration with the Chicago-based brewery Mikerphone. All those layers are the perfect blend of Americana and Canadiana, finished with an additional dose of that sweet syrup we all love, and toasted walnuts for a classic pairing.

IMPERIAL STOUT AGED IN CANADIAN RYE WHISKEY BARRELS W/ CINNAMON, MARSHMALLOWS, COCOA POWDER, LACTOSE

Our pals from Civil Society spend most of their time in the muggy Florida heat. So we wanted to give them a taste of a Canadian winter! We collaborated on a beer inspired by the perfect cold-weather cocktail: Fireball and hot chocolate. This imperial stout is brewed with lots of cinnamon, marshmallows, cacao powder and lactose sugar. After getting aged in Canadian Rye Whiskey barrels for 9 months, this Florida/Canada lovechild is ready to drink!

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