Q&A with Jeremiah Batucan: ‘There’s no place more social than a bar’

Interview by Gregory Furgala CRFN took a moment to chat with the Nightclub & Bar Show’s Jeremiah Batucan, who moderated the bar roundtable discussion at the 2019 Canadian Restaurant & Bar Show. Batucan shared his insight into the bar and nightclub scene, sharing details from the NC&B’s 2019 Bar and Beverage Report and offering his […]

Buck-a-beer a Bust: Ontario craft brewers reject Ford’s challenge

Surrounded by towering stainless steel brewing tanks and flanked by cabinet minsters Vic Fedeli and Todd Smith at Prince Edward County’s Barley Days Brewery, Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday that his government is lowering the minimum cost for cans and bottles of beer to $1 from $1.25, fulfilling an oft-criticized campaign pledge. Technically, Ford’s new […]

Building your Easter wine list

The right wines with the right dish will take your dinner to the next level Press release All great meals deserve great wines. No matter if you are cooking for yourself or hosting a dinner party, pairing the right wine with your spread will create new flavour experiences that will have you looking at food […]

Matcha set to drive growth in healthy hot beverages

By Frank Weber The beverage industry has changed dramatically since we rang in the new millennium. New innovations have captured greater market share as consumer preferences continue to evolve. Products on target with these trends will see a healthy growth through the coming years. Juicing it up Mainstream juice in general has seen a decline […]

Wine classifications in Canada: Is it time to change our regulations?

By Jordan Knox The highest classification of wine in Canada is defined by the stamp of the Vintners Quality Alliance or VQA. Seeing this label on a bottle is an indication of certain specifications followed by a winery in producing its product. In recent years, B.C. and Ontario have split the designation with B.C. taking […]

Ensuring a quality draught beer experience with clean taps

By Roger Mittag I’m going to start this discussion with a simple premise: The consumer should be at the heart of every draught beer decision you ever make. It takes seven seconds to make a first impression, and we all know how important that is. So, a properly poured and served draught beer leaves a […]

The recurring popularity of lagers

By Roger Mittag It seems that we are all on the fast track, trying to keep up with the latest trends and fads and ensuring that we are driving new customers into our locations. There is, however, a fine line between being innovative and imitative. It is very difficult to be leading edge enough to […]

How to offer up quality beer flights and samples

By Roger Mittag In a world of curious, experimental beer consumers, the concept of offering an option to try a variety of different beers in smaller samples seems to be on every restaurateur’s mind. While the concept of beer flights seems to be an easy one, it requires a tremendous amount of thought to be […]