November 23, 2020

It’s that time of year again!

Great Lakes Brewery (GLB) is once again pleased to announce that we’ll be “fighting to end hunger in our communities” with the annual Hops for Hunger campaign in support of Daily Bread Food Bank.

Kicking off on December 1st, and running for the duration of the month, GLB will be working hand-in-hand with Daily Bread in a variety of ways, to help raise funds for their hunger relief efforts, while gathering much needed food donations and building community spirit.

“I and the team here at GLB look forward to this campaign each December,” said Peter Bulut, Owner & President of GLB. “Community means the world to us here at brewery and giving back to those that need it the most is the least we can do. We are proud to build on the 12-year relationship with have with Daily Bread Food Bank as they continue to do amazing work in communities in and around the city of Toronto.”


White Eggnog Stout is returning and GLB is introducing a new one too!

Beginning on December 3rd, any customer who purchases a can of ‘Daily Bread White Eggnog Stout’ will help contribute $1 to our Etobicoke neighbours at Daily Bread. Pretty great right! Purchase and drink a delicious well-crafted beer and help your community at the same time.

”White Eggnog Stout, which we brewed in support of Daily Bread for the first time back in 2018 and continues to be very well received each holiday season, is just wonderful,” said Bulut. “It is 5%, features notes of vanilla, allspice and tastes just like eggnog. Very creamy, soft on the palate – a great holiday beer.”

GLB is also introducing a second beer for the campaign this year, ‘Belgian Winter Ale’. This 6.2% holiday spiced beer will join White Eggnog Stout for the campaign and is bursting with notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice, which are complemented by a unique Belgian yeast.

Cans of these specialty beer(s) will retail for $4 each and will be available through the GLB online shop for free local delivery. Customers will also be able to purchase White Eggnog Stout and/or Belgian Winter Ale in person at the GLB retail store at 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Etobicoke. $1 from each can sold, of either brand, will be donated to Daily Bread.

That $1 that we’ll be donating provides 1 wholesome, nutritious meal for an individual or family in need.


“Food bank use has risen dramatically over the past few months due to the impact of COVID-19. Now more than ever, the support of our community partners is essential to ensure that Torontonians in need of food have a place to turn to as we head into the winter months”, says Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank. “We are grateful to our friends at Great Lakes Brewery for their continuous support of Daily Bread Food Bank through the Hops for Hunger campaign.”

GLB will be hosting a Food Drive on Saturday December 12, encouraging customers to stop by the brewery with non-perishable food items between 11am – 4pm. Staff from the brewery will be on-site to safely gather donations from the parking lot and will be sorting food into bins that will eventually be delivered to Daily Bread.

“We’d love to fill a truck during the Food Drive,” says Bulut. “Any customer that makes a donation of 20lbs or more will get a complimentary (paid for) 4 pack of GLB beer and the sincere thanks of a grateful brewery .”

Here is a list of needed items: dailybread.ca/most-needed

But it doesn’t stop after December 12. Throughout the month, GLB is also encouraging customers shopping in person at the brewery retail store to donate non-perishable food items, along with baby food and diapers. Customers can drop items in the yellow Daily Bread collection bin located within the store and GLB will ensure they are delivered to Daily Bread at the conclusion of the Hops for Hunger campaign.

Supporting local never felt so good.

About Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank works towards long-term solutions to end hunger and poverty and runs innovative programs to support individuals living on low income and experiencing food insecurity. Daily Bread distributes fresh and shelf-stable food, and fresh-cooked meals to 130 member agencies and 170 food programs across Toronto. Daily Bread also publishes the influential Who’s Hungry report – an annual survey measuring trends in food insecurity and poverty in Toronto to educate the public and spark policy change.