21 Jun

Craft Beer Passport: Second Stop

second stop-3030Having gotten started on my beer tour of the city last week, I was determined to keep going cast or no. Luckily we live very close to 3030 so my (amazing) husband was able to drive me there and then drop the car back at home.

As only my second trip to this bourbon and craft beer bar in the Junction, I was impressed once again not only by the beer selection but also by the delicious small share plates, most of which are only $5. Among my favourites: Blue cheese mac n’cheese & popcorn chicken. (The doubles also look fantastic for the vegetarians/vegans out there!)

To read about the delicious beer I tried on this stop, keep reading!

Have you tried any interesting brews yet on your craft beer passport? Tell me all about them in the comments – I’d love to add some interesting new beers to my wishlist!  

Headstock IPA

Brewery: Nickel Brook Brewing
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7%        IBU: 80

4 out of 5 cats

This IPA features strong tropical scents of mango, pineapple, and orange with a hint of pine in the aroma and big Citra notes. Hop-forward and unsubtle, the tropical fruits and resiny hops dominate while the malt emerges as the beer warms, providing a strong backbone. Well-balanced, Headstock has a nice long resiny finish and refreshing carbonation.

Bolshevik Bastard

Brewery: Nickel Brook Brewing
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 9%        IBU: 70

4 and a halfcat


This dark brown stout features a thin head of dark tan foam with a dark, roasted malt aroma that has hints of molasses, coffee, a touch of cinnamon. A big, roasty malt flavour with a bitter finish dominates this lighter-than-expected brew. Molasses and fresh coffee add to the rich flavour for a well-balanced, tasty beer.

Conductor’s Craft Ale

Brewery: Junction Craft Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.3%        IBU: 32

3 out of 5 cats

This clear, dark orange ale is topped with off-white head and features a light caramel malt aroma with a touch of grapefruit and pine. The flavour is dominated by sweet caramel malts which are followed by strong tropical grapefruit notes and a lemon hop bitterness.

To read about my first stop at Snakes & Lagers, click here.

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