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Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 282
Views: 90236

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

maybethewater wrote:The freshness is better at the LCBO ime. And much better in terms of new offerings.


Check those date codes! There are occasionally some nice fresh offerings. But also the opposite, all too often.
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Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Pioneer Ontario Breweries
Replies: 36
Views: 7774

Re: Pioneer Ontario Breweries

Northern was founded in 1907. I think they would be more akin to Moosehead as a regional macro producer were they still around in their original incarnation today. Were Sleeman’s independent, I’d suggest them for that category too. Certainly nothing ‘micro’ or ‘craft’ about the former in the sense ...
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Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 37
Views: 7360

Re: Grand River Brewing

"One of the first craft breweries in Ontario established in 1996" Not sure how far up the list you have to be to be considered "one of the first", but I think this is an exaggeration. Obviously the true pioneers were Wellington, upperCanada, Conners and Hart (I may be forgetting...
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Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 37
Views: 7360

Re: Grand River Brewing

"One of the first craft breweries in Ontario established in 1996" Not sure how far up the list you have to be to be considered "one of the first", but I think this is an exaggeration. Obviously the true pioneers were Wellington, upperCanada, Conners and Hart (I may be forgetting...
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Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 37
Views: 7360

Re: Grand River Brewing

any Grand River is no longer, the brand will live on but the brewery is closed https://www.magnotta.com/Page/Grand-River-Brewing That's a shame. While I haven't had a Grand River beer in years, there was a time when they were cutting edge and amongst the best craft options available. Will always fo...
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Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16741
Views: 2283866

Re: What're you drinking right now?

This would be brewed at Brunswick Bierworks in East York, as with the other Omnipollos that we get.
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4858
Views: 1137860

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

Monk's Stout also spotted at Summerhill today.
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16741
Views: 2283866

Re: Fullers IIPA

Fullers Imperial IPA — Really nice beast of an ale. Firm Euro hops and massive malt. Fruity, bready, herbal, sweet and bitter. In its latest effort at over-packaging an ultra premium beer, Fullers triumphs with the darkest amber ale you've ever seen. Densely flavorful, exudes richness and a hop oil...
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Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16741
Views: 2283866

Re: What're you drinking right now?

I bought one today (at Summerhill, alas). OT, but at 9:00 am they also magically had half a dozen (returned?) bottles of Blanton's on the whiskey shelf, but they didn't last long.
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Coming Soon to the LCBO
Replies: 3091
Views: 815463

Re: Coming Soon to the LCBO

I seem to view Beau's a bit differently than others. Historically I've found that they excel at German (helles, altbier, marzen, kolsch, dunkel, etc.) and session styles (Wag the Wolf, ESB, Irish Stout, Good TIme), and are mediocre at almost everything else, particularly mid-strength IPAs, most Ame...
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Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4858
Views: 1137860

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

This is true. In the last couple of years I have turned into a religious date-code checker. The breweries who put a clear, easy to read date stamp on their cans are to be commended and deserve support IMO. As a recent example (out of many) I wanted to try Sons of Kent 8 Track XPA, which was recommen...
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Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4858
Views: 1137860

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

sofakingdrunk wrote:
On deck is the omnipollo Nebuchadezner. Haven’t had this since the last time it was in lcbo about 5-6 years ago and I loved it.


This one brewed in East York, mind you. It's quite good.
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 91
Views: 20531

Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Yes, I was speaking of off-licence sales only. Certainly pubs and brewpubs can sell beer from multiple brewers.
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 91
Views: 20531

Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

So I suppose the imported beers Brunswick sells fall under this rule. I didn't think it would apply since they're imports and not even Brunswick's own beers, but I guess they've found a loophole. Either way it's pretty nice since the LCBO seems to have stopped carrying Weihenstephaner Dunkel (my fa...
by midlife crisis
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)
Replies: 91
Views: 20531

Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

I don't think so -- it has to be brewed on-site for them to sell it directly out of their facility. If a distributor could simply open up a retail storefront (which is what you are suggesting they are doing), then surely Keep 6, R&R and all of our other excellent distributors would be doing so ...

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