BITS AND BITES
Nique does brunch Because Beer is back Citrusy cider
One of the James Street North area’s favourite culinary hotspots is now serving Sunday brunch. Menu items include $5 mimosas as well as Smoked Brisket Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, the Gravlax Platter and Dutch Baby Pancakes. Brunch is offered Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 30 Vine St., 905-5298000 Hamilton’s premier craft beer festival returns to Pier 4 on the weekend of July 14 and 15, with more than 30 breweries and cideries pouring their hearts out. Local food trucks include Curbside Burger, 50 Pesos, Gorilla Cheese, Meatventures, Relay Coffee Roasters. Musical headliners are Sloan (Friday) and Said the Whale (Saturday). becausebeer.ca/tickets Collective Arts Brewing has just launched its Juniper Lemon Cider, a blend of local apples, infused with lemon peel and juniper berries, and is gluten free. Earlier this summer, they released three new beers: Guava Gose, an IPA called #3 with notes of stone fruit, grapefruit and lime, and Collab 002: a New England style IPA. @CollectiveBrew, 207 Burlington St. E.