28 May

Nigerian Prince Beer Review

Nigerian Prince_Indie Alehouse

A heady brew that pours black as night

Brewery: Indie Alehouse
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10%        IBU: N/A

Filling up our 2015 Growler Club growler for the first time in a few weeks, I had a tough choice: A new saison, a new ESB, and a rich, strong imperial stout.

With a fridge full of Canuck and Pompous Ass, I decided the stout would round out our options best and spent the extra $9 for this over-proof, barrel-aged brew.

I think I made the right choice – this stout was a great pairing with our delicious Indian dinner – but I’ll certainly have to be back again soon to try out the other new options available.

 

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25 May

Thrust! An IPA Beer Review

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Gold Medal Winner at the 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.5%         IBU: 72

Leading GLB to a clean sweep of the American IPA category at last year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, Thrust! An IPA is a another Tank Ten success story.

Available at the Great Lakes retail store and select LCBO’s around the city, this American IPA is a beautifully hop forward brew with bright citrus and leafy hop notes.

After spending a lovely afternoon at the GLB Annual Charity BBQ this past weekend drinking possibly more Thrust! than I should have, I figured it was long past time to review it so here we go…

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21 May

TO Beer Events: Summer 2015 [June]

After a lovely extended weekend full of delicious beer, plenty of sunshine, and probably too much Minecraft (I’ll post a video of Drunk Kitten Castle Brewery soon, Mike and I are almost done building!) , I am happy to bring you next month’s beer event listings!

But first, a quick note about an event I missed in last month’s listing:

Great Lake’s 12th Annual Charity BBQ

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Location: Great Lake’s Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd.
Time: 12-5pm
Price: free!

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This free, annual event features free food, live entertainment, some great GLB memorabilia, kids games and a beer garden. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke.

May | June | July | Aug | Sept | Oct

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14 May

Bevy 0016 Tickets Available Tomorrow

bevy_0014Date: May 29, 2015
Time:
 8pm 
Location: 
TBA

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If you’ve been following my beer adventures over the past year, you’ve certainly heard me mention the Society before. Luckily for all the beer-loving ladies out there, the next event, Bevy 0016, is coming up soon and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 11am! To make sure you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great event, follow the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies twitter account and watch for the announcement!

 

11 May

666 Devil’s Pale Ale Beer Review

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The Devil Made Them Brew It…

Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.66%       IBU: 35

First released in 2006 as a seasonal beer, Devil’s Pale Ale was met with such a warm reception that it was soon brought back as a year-round addition to the Great Lakes lineup.

One of my first introductions to the brewery, 666 has been a staple in my fridge for several years and it’s a perfect balance to all the massively citrusy IPAs I tend to drink.

666 Devil’s Pale Ale is best paired with ribs, hot wings, and smoked cheeses.

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04 May

Toronto Beer Events Guide (Coming Soon!)

summer pintAfter spending a lovely Saturday afternoon down on the Amsterdam Brewhouse patio, I came to the sudden realization that Summer really is just around the corner. And with the summer heat comes one of my favourite outdoor activities: beer festivals!

This is going to be an excellent summer for beer enthusiasts in Ontario.

Come back Thursday for the full list of festivals, dinners, and other beer-related events taking place across the province over the next few months.

01 May

Leaf Hop Saison Beer Review

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Leaf Hop Saison is a recent addition to the Amsterdam lineup

Brewery: Amsterdam Brewing 
Style: Saison
ABV: 6%        IBU: N/A

Not your typical saison, this new addition to the Adventure Brew lineup is a great brew with which to welcome the Spring.

Nicely balanced between funky farmhouse flavours and resinous hops, Leaf Hop Saison is brewed with Opal leaf hops and then dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

A limited run, this beer is worth checking out while you can! I know I will be enjoying it a bunch more over the next few weeks thanks to the Brewhouse’s close proximity to Mike’s work.

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27 Apr

Heelch O’Hops Beer Review

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This Double IPA is brewed with a heelch of Columbus, Chinook, & Cascade hops

Brewery: Anderson Valley
Style: American Double India Pale Ale
ABV: 8.7%        IBU: 100

Sometimes cat-sitting has its perks. In fact, it has many perks but the relevant one at this point is the image to the left.

This delicious Californian Double IPA is an especially tasty treat left for me by my grateful and very thoughtful neighbours as a thankful for watching their 3 adorable cats.

Extremely well balanced, Heelch O’Hops features not only lovely citrus hop profiles but also plenty of resinous hops and lots of malt. Far from detracting from the flavour, the high levels of Pale Two-Row, Victory malts in this beer give it a solid backbone on which to hang the intense hop characteristics.

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21 Apr

Toronto Festival of Beer: Spring Sessions

Date: Friday April 24 & Saturday April 25
Hours: Friday 4-10 pm | Saturday 12-6 pm
Location: Sherbourne Common

The first in a spring and summer packed full of beer related events, the Toronto Festival of Beer Spring Sessions kicks off this Friday at 4pm. As usual, this festival will host a huge number of breweries pouring some of their best beers alongside some truly tasty local food establishments, and live musical performances from Lowell (Friday at 8:30pm) & JJ and the Pillars (Saturday at 4:30pm).

 

TORONTO FESTIVAL OF BEER: 

SPRING SESSIONS

If you haven’t already grabbed a ticket, maybe this list of fantastic beer and delicious eats will inspire you! I for one am really looking forward to Rashers as I can only imagine what an all bacon sandwich place could do and I am eager to find out.

breweries

  • Big Rig
  • Flying Monkeys
  • Central City
  • Goose Island
  • Thornbury
  • Beau’s
  • The Publican  House
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Muskoka Brewery Company
  • Junction Craft Brewing
  • Mill St. Brewery
  • Sawdust City Brewing Co.
  • Brickworks Ciderhouse
  • UnderDog’s Brewhouse
  • Great Lakes Brewery
  • Steam Whistle
  • Whitewater Brewing Co.
  • Creemore Springs Brewery Ltd

food vendors

  • FG
  • Buster’s Sea Cove
  • Chimney Stax Baking Co.
  • Caplansky’s Delicatessen
  • Menu Food Truck
  • Rashers
  • Oyster Boy
  • The Pie Commission
  • Tiny Tom Donuts
  • Smoke’s Poutinerie

See you there!

If you have already scored a ticket, or this impressive list of breweries has driven you to pick up one, be sure to stop by the GLB booth and say hi! I’ll be working all day Friday and Saturday, slinging beer and enjoying what I am sure hoping will be a beautiful Spring weekend in Toronto. Hope to see you there!