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beerbistro to Reopen Next Week

October 3rd, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

After several weeks of repairs stemming from the explosion of a sprinkler head and subsequent flood on September 14th, beerbistro will be reopening on Thursday, October 9th (updated from the originally announced date of Tuesday, October 7th).
The full newsletter announcing the reopening, as well as their plans for the next few months, appears behind the cut below.


beerbistro Temporarily Closed

September 16th, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

beerbistro has been closed temporarily due to a sprinkler system collapse from the ceiling which caused damage and flooding.
Repairs are underway, and when we get word on the planned reopening date, we’ll post an update here.

Craft Beers of the World at Fionn MacCool’s

September 16th, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

From September 8th to November 30th, all locations of Fionn MacCool’s and other Prime Pubs across Ontario are running a special “Craft Beers of the World” promotion, featuring the following four beers and one cider (all info, including descriptions, taken from a Prime Pubs press release):
Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn, New York: Created by a former journalist and banker, this lager started out being sold from the back of a truck. A Vienna-style lager with an amber gold colour and a floral aroma. (16 oz/ABV 5.2%)
Anchor Steam Ale, San Francisco, California: In business since 1896, the Anchor Brewing Co introduced their ale in 1975. A dry-hopped ale with medium bitterness and a subtle flavour of caramel. (12oz/ABV 4.9%)
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: This IPA heralds from Delaware’s first brewpub. An East Coast beer known for its citrus hop character. (12oz/ABV 6%)
Bulmer’s Dry English Cider, Hereford, England: In 1887, a family recipe and family apple orchard resulted in the birth of traditional cider. Bulmer’s is stone pressed and delivers a crisp, clean flavour. (19oz/ABV 4.5%)
Fischer Tradition Ale, Schiltigheim, France: Renowned for their brewing tradition since 1821, Fishcer Brewery makes traditional ale characterized by a rich head, round flavour and fruity aroma. (22oz/ABV 6%)

Bier Markt King West

August 2nd, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

Prime Restaurants, the company behind Esplanade Bier Markt, Fionn MacCool’s and numerous other pubs and restaurants, will soon be opening their newest location, Bier Markt King West.
As with the original Esplanade location, Bier Markt King West will feature European-inspired cuisine with a strong Belgian influence, including mussels, flatbreads, fondues, steak and seafood. They will also offer a selection of over 100 brands of beer from over 24 countries.
In addition to a nightly dinner service (4:00 PM to close), Bier Markt King West will offer a weekday breakfast (Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM) and lunch (11:00 AM to 4:00 PM), and weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM).
Bier Markt King West will open on Monday, August 4th, and is located at 600 King St. W. in the former location of the Amsterdam Brewery.

New Beers and Local Wine Festival at C’est What

June 16th, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

Here’s an excerpt from the latest newsletter from C’est What (67 Front St. E.) mentioning some changes to their beer line-up:

Nickel Brook Ice Bock is a completely new selection while Black Oak Pale Ale returns along with Wellington SPA. In cask we have added F&M Stonehammer Dark and have a couple of firkins of Wellington Imperial Russian Stout left to enjoy. After the stout is finished we will be getting a few casks of Neustadt Double Fuggled.

Also, those who are drinkers of wine as well as beer may be interested in attending C’est What’s first ever Festival Of Local Wineries on Wednesday June 25 from 5 to 10 pm. The event will have a similar format to their popular Festival of Small Breweries: Free admission, with 30 mL samples selling for $1.50 each or eight for $10. Wineries to be represented in the line-up will include Calamus, Dan Aykroyd, EastDell, Harbour Estates, Henry Of Pelham, Hillebrand, Reif, Silver Peak, and Vineland.

New Beers at C’est What

May 17th, 2008 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

Just in time for their Spring Festival of Small Brewers next Friday, C’est What have announced a few changes to their tap and bottle line-up:

The Granite Best Bitter has moved to cask and returning the our list are Church-Key Cranberry Wheat, Ephemere Pomme (Unibroue), and Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale. Nickelbrook Cuvée, a tasty strong golden ale, is new to our taps.
The Unibroue bottled collection has arrived. We are now carrying Blanche de Chambly, Don de Dieu, Chambly Noir, Maudite, La Fin du Monde, and Trois Pistoles.
A new C’est What brew, Sierra’s Excellent Ale, has arrived. Truth be told, it is a summer ale, but we didn’t want it confused with the Sierra’s Summer Ale from a couple of years ago as the recipe has been completely re-built. The new brew is designed for warm weather quaffing at 4.0% alcohol, is nitrogen-dispensed, and has a refreshing hint of bitter in the finish at 25 IBU.

Volo Holiday Hours

December 20th, 2007 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

Those in town for the holidays may be interested in the following announcement from Volo:

Volo will be closed December 25th and January 1st. We’ll be open informally with bar service only and a cold kitchen menu on Sun Dec 23, Mon Dec 24 and Sun Dec 30 from 2pm til 10 pm. We’re on for New Years Eve! Reservations not required. Pint night Mondays resume Jan 7.

On a related note, watch for a full round-up of craft beer-friendly New Year’s Eve dinners & events to be posted here in the next couple of days.

C’est What Beer List Update

December 20th, 2007 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

C’est What have announced a few updates to their extensive beer list:

Since the last e-news we have seen Amsterdam Oktoberfest and Grand River Galt Knife Lager come and go and now have the Grand River Jubilation Spiced Ale, Neustadt Big Dog Porter, Nickelbrook Maple Porter, Black Oak Nutcracker Porter, and Great Lakes Winter Ale taking a turn. A special one-off Neustadt Decade Cask Bitter is just about finished and will make way for Wellington Imperial Stout on cask in the next couple of days.
We are on the second batch of our Caraway Rye to which a little more caraway has been added and an altered hop schedule has given it a cleaner finish. Look for a new batch of our Hazelnut Chocolate Ale in a week or so. It has been tweaked to give it a little more backbone behind the luxurious dark chocolate flavour.

C’est What News

October 13th, 2007 Posted by Bar/Restaurant News No Comment yet

C’est What (67 Front St. E.) have made a few changes to their draught line-up. New and returning beers include Church-Key West Coast Pale Ale, Unibroue Maudite, Mill Street Oktoberfest, Durham Hop Head (cask), Black Irish Porter (cask), Black Oak Nut Brown Ale (cask), Great Lakes Double Pumpkin Ale, and St. Ambroise Pale Ale.
They’ve also announced the tasting results from last month’s Fall Festival Of Craft Breweries, and County Durham was the big winner with their Durham Hop Head, C’est What Caraway Rye, and Durham Hop Addict tying for first place in the voting. Full results have been posted to the C’est What website.
And for those with a sweet tooth and a sense of adventure, the dessert menu now includes Beer Floats: “Hazelnut Chocolate Ale, Coffee Porter, or Oatmeal Stout topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a bright red cherry”.