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Garrison Invades The Rhino

June 1st, 2011 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

The Rhino, a great beer bar located at 1249 Queen Street West in Toronto, has just received a massive private order of beer from Garrison Brewing of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Garrison, a renowned craft brewery (represented in Ontario by The Bar Towel) has seen its Imperial I.P.A. on the LCBO shelves in 2010 and a number of brands hit bars including Bar Volo and Burger Bar, but never like this.  The following Garrison brands will be available at The Rhino (all in bottle):

  • Imperial I.P.A.
  • HopYard Pale Ale
  • Raspberry Wheat
  • Jalapeno Ale
  • Irish Red Ale
  • Martello Stout
  • Black I.P.A.
  • Grand Baltic Porter
  • Blackberry Wheat
  • Winter Warmer
  • Ol’ Fog Burner Barley Wine

A number of these beers are making their public debut in Ontario.  The Rhino has limited quantities of all of the above beers – so get out there and try some before they’re gone!

Garrison Feature at Bar Volo – February 25th

February 23rd, 2011 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

This Friday, February 25th Bar Volo will be debuting a mini-feature of some of the big beers from Garrison Brewing of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Available at Volo will be:

  • For the first time in Ontario, the multiple award winning Grand Baltic Porter, winner of a Gold medal in the 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards and World Beer Championships, plus a bronze in the 2010 CBAs,
  • The 2010 CBA Gold medal winner (Imperial Stout category) Black I.P.A., and
  • Garrison’s biggest beer of them all, Ol’ Fog Burner Barley Wine.

Volo has limited quantities of each of these beers, so get them while you can – they will be sure to keep you warm as our winter lingers on.

Bar Volo is located at 587 Yonge Street in Toronto.  Garrison Brewing is represented in Ontario by The Bar Towel.

Burger Bar Featuring Two Garrison Beers

February 15th, 2011 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

Garrison Black IPAThe Burger Bar, a relative newcomer to the Toronto beer scene but a spot that has quickly shown its dedication to craft beer, is now offering a limited amount of two beers from Garrison Brewing of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Available in bottle are both the award-winning Black I.P.A. and Hop Yard Pale Ale.  The Black I.P.A. is a dark and hoppy brew, which won, in its debut year, the Gold in the Imperial Stout category at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards.  Also available is Hop Yard Pale Ale, a West Coast style pale ale, which also took home a Silver in the North American Style Pale Ale (Bitter) category at the ’10 CBAs.

This is the first time that Garrison is available since their Imperial I.P.A. was released as part of the LCBO’s Autumn Ale release last fall. Garrison is represented in Ontario by The Bar Towel.  The Burger Bar is located at 319 Augusta Avenue right in the heart of Kensington Market in Toronto.

Dieu du Ciel! Beer Dinner at beerbistro

December 28th, 2010 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News, Beer Events No Comment yet

Dieu du Ciel!, one of Canada’s top breweries, and beerbistro, one of Canada’s top beer restaurants, are joining forces for a mega beer dinner on February 8, 2011 from 6-10pm.

Known for its extravagant and memorable beer dinners with breweries such as Dogfish Head, Allagash and BrewDog, beerbistro’s Dieu du Ciel! dinner will feature a 10-course tasting menu, each course paired with a different beer.  Some of the beers being featured at the dinner will be making their first appearance in Toronto.

Tickets are $125 per person, plus HST and gratuity.  They are available now by calling the beerbistro at 416-861-9872.

Volo Closing Out the Year With a Bang

December 27th, 2010 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

Bar Volo‘s got some serious winter (and other) beers lined up this week to keep everyone toasty as we get closer to 2011:

Holiday Heavy Hitters

Monday, December 27th, 2010 (4pm-2am)

Mill St. Barley Wine 2010
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years Double IPA
Scotch Irish Jon By Imperial Stout 2010
Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout 2010
Duggan’s TBA
Wellington Russian Imperial Stout 2010
Muskoka Double Chocolate Cranberry Imperial Stout 2010
Taps Belgian IPA
Granite Gin Lane Barley Wine 2010
Great Lakes Stalin’s Choice Russian Imperial Stout
Grand River Jubilation Ale 2010
Nickelbrook Belgian Double

** All beers will be served in 300mL glassware.
** All beers are limited in quantity and subject to change

New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 31st, 2010 (4pm-2am)

Le Trou Du Diable Sang-d’encre Dry Stout
Le Trou Du Diable La Saison Du Tracteurs
Taps Belgian IPA
Hopfenstark Saison Du Repos
Denison’s Weissbier
Flying Monkey Smash Bomb IPA
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years Double IPA
Great Lakes Ace Of Spades Single Hop Black IPA
Hopfenstark Kamarad Friedrich Russian Imperial Stout
Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel Coffee Imperial Stout
Dieu Du Ciel! Rigor Mortis Abt
Mill St. Barley Wine 2010
Hopfenstark Framboise

Black Oak Nutcracker Porter (Cask)
Volo / Biergotter “V” Black IPA (Cask)
Volo / Biergotter / Dieu Du Ciel! Lendemain De Veille (Cask)
Volo Johnny Boy Ontario IPA (Cask)
Volo Hip-Hop Series #1: “RUN ESB” Black Extra Special Bitter (Cask)

** No Reservations, prix-fixe menu, dress code or door admission
** Regular food menu will be served plus daily specials
** All beers are limited in quantity and subject to change

Garrison Coming to Bar Volo

March 25th, 2010 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News, New Beer Releases No Comment yet

Garrison Brewing, one of the finest breweries in the East Coast, will have two of their brands available at Bar Volo beginning Friday, March 26th as part of a new bottle menu launch. Imperial India Pale Ale, a two-time Canadian Brewing Award winner for Beer of the Year, and Hopyard Pale Ale, a new West Coast-style offering, will both be available. Previously available only on private order, this will be the first time the beers are available in Toronto. You will also be able to find the Imperial Pale Ale as part of the Autumn seasonal release at the LCBO. (Full disclosure, Garrison is imported by Bar Towel affiliate Cecktor Limited.)

The Garrison brands will be available as part of a new bottle menu at Volo, which also includes beers from Central City, Charlevoix, Dieu Du Ciel!, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Driftwood, Alley Kat, Half-Pints. Stone, Rogue, Southern Tier, Phillips, Flying Dog, Moylans, St.Bernardus, Brooklyn, Panil, Southern Tier, Paddockwood and Meantime.

Duggan’s Brewery Now Open

December 27th, 2009 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

The much-anticipated Duggan’s Brewery, operated by Michael Duggan, former head brewer at Mill Street, has opened.

The new downtown brewpub is located in the former Denison’s location at 75 Victoria Street, near Yonge & Adelaide.  The pub opened with a lineup of house-brewed beers and a full menu.  Beers available at the pub’s open include an Asian Lager, Festbier, Weisse, Porter, Stout and of course Michael’s well-known No. 9 IPA.

beerbistro Announces Bail Out Plan

February 23rd, 2009 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

beerbistro (18 King St. East) is offering guests their own “Economic Stimulus Package”: each day of the week, at least one table of guests will be randomly selected to receive a “bail out”, meaning that beerbistro will buy them their drinks and meal.
“Everyone is feeling the economic crunch these days and this is just our way of trying to help out our community and loyal customers,” says Brian Morin, owner and chef of beerbistro. “This is a lighthearted, optimistic gesture that we hope will bring a smile to people’s faces during these trying times.”
At least once a day, a table of guests will receive, instead of a check, a card announcing that they have been ‘bailed out’ and that their bill is on the house.

beerbistro has also launched a new winter menu featuring many old favourites such as Maudite Beef Stew, Fancy Shmancy Lobster Mussels, Duck Confit Corn Dogs and the famous Pulled Pork Primanti sandwich, along with some new features like the Peruvian-style Grilled Chicharrón Sandwich, Chickpea Tikka Masala and in-house Smoked Chicken Pizza.

Castle on King Closing

November 27th, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

Sad news for fans of good beer in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area, as the Castle On King (1508 King Street East, Kitchener) will be closing on Friday, December 12th.
Owners Harold & Deanna had been attempting to buy the building from the owner, but failed to reach a deal, and can no longer afford to pay the monthly lease on the space.
As Rob Creighton from Grand River Brewing notes in his announcement of the closure on the Bar Towel Forum, “This is a huge blow to good beer in this area and leaves Kitchener without a single even decent tap house.”