22 Nov

Big Announcement Coming Soon!

That’s right: Next weekend I will be unveiling my super-duper exciting plans for the month of December as well as a super exciting (for me anyway) sister site that will be launching December 1! I know I have been MIA lately, I have been writing away trying to finish NaNoWriMo (only at 30 000 words so far, eek!) as well as working on my big project for next month. But it will (should) be worth it so be sure to come back next week for the big reveal!

And if you like delicious, one-off beers and happen to have lady parts instead of man parts, don’t miss out on the last Bevy of 2014! Grab your tickets for next Friday here.

08 Nov

Pumpkin Abbey Beer Review

Indie Alehouse - Black Pumpkin AbbeyMy husband is not a fan of pumpkin beer. This means I am a bit picky about which large bottles I buy for myself as, well, it can be a lot to drink on my own, especially if I don’t like it very much. Since Indie Alehouse is pretty reliable, I decided to take the risk and bought myself a bottle of their Pumpkin Abbey to enjoy over Halloween afternoon as I got into the spirit of the day. Since it is a strong beer, I was careful to drink it slowly, savouring the flavour and letting it warm. This turned out to be a good thing for two reasons: 1) the flavour did improve as it warmed, bringing forth stronger spice notes and 2) I ended up having a very late dinner as my pizza did not arrive until after I had to leave. Serves me right for ordering a pizza at dinner time on Halloween I suppose.

The beer itself is quite lovely and set the stage nicely for the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies‘ Pumpkins + Porters Halloween Bash. (It was slightly overshadowed by the truly excellent Pumpkin Spice Porter that Sawdust City’s Aaron Spinney brewed up for us but that can’t be helped as the porter was pretty much perfect.) Black Pumpkin Abbey, however, is gets the nod as my favourite pumpkin beer of the season by virtue of actually be available for purchase: If you are going to try one pumpkin beer this year, Black Pumpkin Abbey is the one I would recommend.
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03 Nov

Bevy 0010: Pumpkins + Porters Review

The Drunk Kitten with Rock Lobster

The Drunk Kitten costume_smallWhen I figured out that October’s Bevy would be on Halloween night itself, I was more than a little excited. I also knew exactly what my costume would be, I just had to find it. Luckily I stumbled upon a blog.to article about costume shops in Toronto and it led me to Theatrix Costume House. When we found the store early last month, I had only a very vague idea of what I wanted but I showed the staff my business card and they quickly found me several potential options. The beer mug purse (yes, that’s a purse and it might be the best thing ever) was more of a challenge: I knew I needed some kind of over-sized beer to carry around or I would just be another cat but I was having no luck finding the right prop. I had just about given up when I turned a corner and saw this magnificent creation. I might just have to use it for all future beer events as it simply amuses me far too much.

As with every event before it, the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies‘ Bevy 0010 was tons of fun with great ladies (and men for a change), beautiful artwork, good tunes, and – most importantly – a wide selection of tasty brews. And for the second month in a row we were treated to a one-of-a-kind, one-time creation that was so good it made me sad from the first sip that I would not have another chance to find it. To read all about this spicy and rich, never-to-be-seen-again porter, and the slightly more accessible alternative offerings, read on below!

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