18 Jun

Jester’s Gone Craft!

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Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: 4pm-7pm
Address: 1427 Yonge Street (map)

Tomorrow, Jester’s Pub is celebrating it’s switch over to the light side!

Now pouring local craft beer for all you thirsty people north of Bloor, they have invited Beau’s Nickle Brook, Black Oak, and GLB to help them celebrate!

The party includes lots of delicious beer, some special new menu items, and OCB week giveaways! Don’t miss out, head on over to the Jester tomorrow between 4 and 7 and grab a beer from your favourite beer-drinking cat herder!

15 Jun

Beach, BBQ & Brews Festival

Beach BBQ Brews FestThis weekend, amidst a huge variety of Ontario Craft Beer Week events all across the province, another annual tradition returns to Toronto: The Beach, BBQ, and Brews Festival is held every year on Father’s Day weekend and boasts fun for the whole family! This free event features great BBQ food, a children’s play area with rides, live music, grilling demonstrations, BBQ competitions, and, of course, local craft beer! A community favourite, Great Lakes Brewery is participating again this year and I am looking forward to pouring some beer, enjoying some BBQ, and relishing the lovely June weather we are sure to have all weekend long! If you are looking for something to do, why not bring dad out to a day of delicious grilled food and cold suds? Hope to see you there!

11 Jun

Bevy 0017 Tickets on sale Tomorrow

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The party well underway at Rainhard Brewing

If you are a lady who loves good beer and you haven’t done so yet, you should get yourself over to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies website and sign up for their mailing list. That way you will have advance notice of things like tickets going on sale and new merchandise delivered right to your inbox. If you have never been to a Bevy before, take my word for it: it’s a wholly worthwhile way to spend a Friday night.

With great food provided by a variety of local food trucks and restaurants and fantastic beer from new and old brewers around Ontario, it is a great place to try something new. Even the venues are sometimes new and exciting spots well worth checking out. In fact, just last month at Bevy 0016 we enjoyed some delicious pints from the brand new Rainhard Brewing, right in their junction brewery and event space. The newest addition to the Toronto beer scene, Rainhard is already pumping out a variety of stellar brews and we got to try them before most!

Next month is sure to be another great party in another great albeit secret venue. If the idea of purchasing a ticket for something without knowing where it is gives you pause, do not fret: every venue is located somewhere within the city and is totally TTC accessible even if they are a little off the beaten path. For me, that’s half the fun! Toronto is a huge city with tons of great establishments and it would be hard to see them all without a little help!

If this sounds like something you would enjoy, watch Twitter and/or Facebook tomorrow for the release of tickets for this month’s event. They typically go on sale at 11am on the second Friday of each month and they often sell out fast. Hope to see you there!

08 Jun

Recidivist Beer Review

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This highly unique barleywine was a special treat

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
ABV: 10       IBU: N/A

Having seen this barleywine listed for several weeks on the beer menu at the Brewhouse, my husband was quite disappointed to suddenly find that it had sold out in less than a week between his visits. Taking to Twitter to express his disappointment, he was informed that there were a few bottles left, and promised that they would let him know when it was back in stock.

Well, we got the good news last week: not only was it back (in limited supply) but Heather had put aside a special bottle just for us to take home. Thank you, Heather! This delicious, honeyed barleywine was a very special treat I am glad I got the chance to try.

 

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04 Jun

Craft Beer Passport 2015

In a couple of hours a very exciting event is going down at the Revival Bar: the Craft Beer Passport Launch Party! With a delicious beer list curated by the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies and including beer from six Ontario breweries (Underdogs, Junction, Kensington, Black Oak, Hogtown & GLB) it is sure to be an evening of great beer and good tunes. But even if you can’t make it out tonight, don’t despair because this party is just the beginning.

What is the Craft Beer Passport?

Last year the Craft Beer Passport brought hundreds of craft beer drinkers from around the city out into strange and exciting bars to try a variety of delicious new brews. This year, they return with another fantastic line-up including some returnees and several new establishments.

Simply put, the passport is a package deal that entitles you to extremely cheap ($2) 12 oz beers at 20 bars all around the city. The passport itself costs $20 making each drink only $3, a solid deal. And it gives you a great excuse to get out and see more of this fantastic city we live in (or near). I admit I am pretty bad at leaving my cozy, beer-friendly corner of the city to explore other areas so this passport is just what I need!

Below you will find a map of the 20 bars and restaurants participating in this year’s passport.

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Map of the 20 bars participating in this year’s Craft Beer Passport

Brooklyn Tavern

Brooklyn Tavern 🍺

1097 Queen St. E

416-901-1177

@BklynTavernTO

3030 dundaswest

3030 🍺

3030 Dundas St. W

416-769-5736

@3030DundasWest

Duggans

Duggan’s Brewery 🍺

1346 Queen St. W

416-588-1086

@duggansbrewer

Handlebar

Handlebar 🍺

159 Augusta Ave.

647-748-7433

@Handlebar_TO

Rainhard Brewing

Rainhard Brewing Co.

108-100 Symes Rd.

416-526-7755

@RainhardBrewing

Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm 🍺

512 Queen St. W

416-504-2334

@tequilabookworm

wise bar

Wise Bar 🍺

1007 Bloor St. W

416-519-3139

@WiseBarToronto

Monarch Tavern

Monarch Tavern 🍺

12 Clinton St.

416-531-5833

@MonarchTavern

Castros Lounge

Castro’s Lounge 🍺

2116 Queen St. E

416-699-8272

@CastrosLounge

The Four Seven

The Four Seven 🍺

1211 Bloor St. W

647-348-4500

@the47TO

The Dock Ellis

The Dock Ellis 🍺

1280 Dundas St. W

416-792-8472

@TheDockEllis

Morgans

Morgan’s On The Danforth 🍺

1282 Danforth Ave.

416-461-3020

@MorgansOnTheDan

Sarahs Cafe Bar

Sarah’s Cafe 🍺

1426 Danforth Ave.

416-406-3121

@SarahsCafeBeer

Junction Craft Brewing

Junction Brewery 🍺

101-90 Cawrtha Ave.

416-766-1616

@JUNCTION_CRAFT

The Gaslight

The Gaslight

1426 Bloor St. W

647-402-9728

@TheGaslightTO

Snakes & Lattes

Snakes & Lagers*

488 College St.

647-342-9229

@SnakesandLattes

The Borough

The Borough 🍺

1352 Danforth Ave.

416-901-1429

@TheBoroughEY

The Craft Brasserie & Grill

The Craft Brasserie & Grille

107 Atlantic Ave.

416-535-2337

@TheCraftLiberty

Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas🍺

31 Mercer St.

416-979-0131

@OddThomasBar

The Grover

The Grover Pub 🍺

676 Kingston Rd.

416-691-9200

@TheGroverPub

01 Jun

Hypnopompa Beer Review

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This stylish bottle holds a delicious secret

Brewery: Omnipollo
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 11%       IBU: N/A

While enjoying a delicious dinner at Mugshot Tavern, one of our many local options, I noticed an interesting name at the bottom of the bottles list:

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At $15 for a 330mL bottle of 11% imperial stout, we decided to share it and our expectations were understandably high.

And not disappointed.

The one caveat I will add to is that we should have ordered it earlier in the evening so it could sit and warm up a bit. In the end we spent awhile sitting with the brandy snifters between our palms waiting for the beer to  reach the right temperature. It was certainly worth the wait.

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