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by Josh Oakes
Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Mexican Viennas
Replies: 14
Views: 5035

There is a certain vagueness to the very existence of the Vienna lager style. The first thing to remember is that Michael Jackson basically hypothesized this style, working backwards from some modern dark lagers, and making some of his biggest leaps when he attributes Austrian brewmaster migration t...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:39 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Upper Canada Rebellion ALE
Replies: 8
Views: 3404

I would argue the accuracy of the 1996 release as this was a beer I requested and received as the staple ale at my wedding in 1994. A fine brew that stumbled me into marital bliss! 8) Go Aggies! Eh? I visited UC in December 1994 and tasted the full range. Rebellion Ale was not around at that time. ...
by Josh Oakes
Sun Apr 23, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Brahma
Replies: 32
Views: 9499

I've ranted about this creation before, might have been here even, but the beer isn't worth a second look. Might I suggest that inventing possible uses for a beer when you know deep down you won't ever buy it again isn't really all that objective. Objective would be just to say "Hey, I didn't hate i...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:32 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Cutting the Selection at LCBO Boutique Stores
Replies: 17
Views: 7578

I'm of two minds with regards to this situation. On one hand, I feel strongly that government involvement in the distribution and retailing of beer is one of the big obstacles holding back beer in Canada. It allows microbreweries to survive without making products that offer any particular appeal. I...
by Josh Oakes
Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:09 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: The Definitive WORLD CUP PUB thread
Replies: 33
Views: 14621

My goal is to gather up a beer from every country, but that may prove pretty darn difficult...even with the lagers of the world emporium known as the LCBO. I'm guessing you are going to have a little bit of trouble with Saudi Arabia and Iran. Another good idea though! Josh Oakes actually found a co...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer in the Big V
Replies: 6
Views: 1962

There's also Dockside Brewing, also on Granville island. The brewer has quite a few years and places (countries) under his belt, and makes some interesting stuff. Plenty of lagers. Also, pick up anything from Old Yale! I strongly recommend against going to Dockside. The beer is really poorly made. ...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:52 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Steelback Premium Beer
Replies: 36
Views: 10402

While it is entirely possible for Steelback's beers to have at least improved to the point where they don't have compound brewing flaws, most of us will never go back to re-try these champions because the initial experience was so awful. I suspect the general publich feels much the same way. Plus, t...
by Josh Oakes
Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Granite Barley Wine
Replies: 7
Views: 2383

Five years I live in Toronto and the Granite was as likely to make a new beer as the Raptors were likely to win a championship. Now the Granite is barrel-aging and making barley wines? What the hell is going on over there?
by Josh Oakes
Wed Nov 02, 2005 9:24 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Sleeman IPA
Replies: 43
Views: 11574

Holy crap! There's going to be a new beer in BC!
by Josh Oakes
Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:14 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Mill Street Oktoberfest
Replies: 9
Views: 3618

Mill Street Oktoberfest rocked my world when it came out two years ago. Wish I could get more now.
by Josh Oakes
Fri Sep 23, 2005 12:22 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Michael makes the Metro paper
Replies: 6
Views: 1986

Good publicity but...

Ok, though, but who's this guy writing? He can barely put a sentence together. He doesn't grasp that a weissbier and a witbier are not the same thing (pretty basic research stuff, that). And he reckons his own opinion more significant than that of a large group of seasoned drinkers? Whatever. I'm wa...
by Josh Oakes
Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:32 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Innis & Gunn Edinburgh Ale 6.6%
Replies: 59
Views: 15150

The lay version of the story is this - Caledonian has long made a beer that was used as the first fill for a Glenfiddich (I'm pretty sure) barrels. It's the beer that's been used to treat the barrels. Russell Sharp, a former Caledonian brewer (or maybe it was director, it's late and I'm getting fuzz...
by Josh Oakes
Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Agassiz Brewing
Replies: 3
Views: 1657

You fancy computer geeks and your quick Google searches. Thanks, Greg!
by Josh Oakes
Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:03 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Agassiz Brewing
Replies: 3
Views: 1657

Agassiz Brewing

You know the ones, from Winnipeg. Except that in Ontario it's all made by Northern. However, I thought I read or heard somewhere (maybe not here) that all of their production was made in the Soo these days, that they don't have a brewery in Winnipeg now. Does anybody recall that, or have any informa...
by Josh Oakes
Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:29 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Craft/Micro Cider?
Replies: 18
Views: 5971

Ever since Barn Owl flew the coop I wouldn't drink cider at all in Ontario, since Strongbow was the best one available. Then, and now, I get my cider fix via Quebec, where they have dozens of cideries and some excellent products. And that's before I start drooling about the ice cider, which is anoth...

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