Split Rail hosts Winter Warm Up and unveils new beer

Customers enjoy a cold Split Rail brew by the fire during the recent Winter Warm Up event at the brewery in Gore Bay.

GORE BAY—Split Rail Brewing Company in Gore Bay hosted a Winter Warm Up event earlier this month that showcased Island businesses and to launch their new Northern Lights Lager.

“We had a great turn out,” said Split Rail marketing manager Jamie-Lynn Kalmikov of the event. “We had over 250 attend throughout the afternoon—we were really happy with how it went.”

Ms. Kalmikov said that the new lager, which was done as a small batch in the brewery’s original system, sold out by mid-afternoon.

Jason and Jody Elliott of Elliott’s Restaurant in Little Current, left, and Lisabeth Flanagan of Ultimately Chocolate were just a couple of the great vendors at the event.

“The feedback for the Northern Lights Lager was great so we will be doing a large batch in time for spring,” she said. “In addition to the beer we had great food (which included free Burt Farm hotdogs and samples from Island restaurants), music from Maurice Labelle and local vendors. It was great exposure for the vendors and let the Island community know about the local products and services that are available.”

Brewer Eric Labelle explained that Split Rail wanted to create a new beer that was lighter than their other offerings.

“A lot of customers come in and ask for our ‘lightest brew’ so we wanted to cater to that group of people,” said Mr. Labelle. “The Northern Lights Lager is light on the pallet with a hint of malt and a mild citrus release.”

Throughout the event, Split Rail’s regular line up was also available including the Hawberry Ale, Amber Ale, Copper Lager and Loonsong Oats Stout.

This spring the brewery will be expanding, adding two more double capacity aging tanks, one more double capacity carbonation tank and expanding its footprint on-site to meet demand.

For more information about Split Rail Brewery, visit www.splitrailmanitoulin.com. The brewery is located at 31 Water Street in Gore Bay.