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by saints_gambit
Sun May 28, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: The Ontario Craft Beer Guide 2
Replies: 47
Views: 11567

Re: The Ontario Craft Beer Guide 2

To be fair, no one else was either. Everyone is told that they are allowed to list up to eight beers and given the recommendation that they should probably choose things that are going to be available again in the future so that people aren't looking for a one off that never shows up again. We don't...
by saints_gambit
Fri May 26, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4877
Views: 1167312

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

Hard to tell with a can. You might go a couple years on it, but really I'd want a stronger dopplebock for longer aging.

On the other hand it will make tasting exams for cicerone and bjcp easier having it in the market.
by saints_gambit
Fri May 26, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: The Ontario Craft Beer Guide 2
Replies: 47
Views: 11567

Re: The Ontario Craft Beer Guide 2

For those of you curious about the top ten list and how we arrive at it, it's fairly simple, but there are a few caveats that should probably be mentioned. Essentially, this time around we revisited a number of breweries and retasted a lot of beers. The window in which we did that was July 2016 to D...
by saints_gambit
Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 2016 in review
Replies: 32
Views: 6863

Re: 2016 in review

Does Old Credit Brewery fit that description? I went to visit Old Credit at approximately 5:30 on a Saturday last year for the book, popping off the go train and figuring, "well, this shouldn't be a problem." That's 5:30 on a halloween Saturday night. Open, but didn't even have anyone man...
by saints_gambit
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 2016 in review
Replies: 32
Views: 6863

Re: 2016 in review

The thing people forget about is the temporal dimension. What we noticed last year going around is that quality is, on average, improving. While it's easy to say "oh well, the smalltown brewers are mediocre" it's not necessarily going to continue to be accurate. I think that they probably ...
by saints_gambit
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Halo Brewery
Replies: 22
Views: 7708

Re: Halo Brewery

It is as people above have said. They're not quite there on system knowledge yet, but I think they will be eventually. Give 'em a couple months and they'll be very solid. I like it when brewers know what the problems that they have are and are willing to own up to them. In Halo's case, they already ...
by saints_gambit
Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Henderson Brewing Co
Replies: 16
Views: 6402

Re: Henderson Brewing Co

There's nothing wrong with having large brewing experience. By now, though, people should have probably realized that transparency is key to this industry. You craft a narrative for your brand with the actual facts you have at your disposal and you can spin just about anything any old way as long as...
by saints_gambit
Sun May 22, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Insulated stainless growlers
Replies: 4
Views: 2409

Re: Insulated stainless growlers

Oddly, was talking to the dude from Stanley the other day. You might see some of the Stanley ones popping up at various breweries around the province.
by saints_gambit
Mon May 16, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Ontario Brewing Awards 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 5170

Re: Ontario Brewing Awards 2016

Bellwoods also makes some really great beers that aren't necessarily to style. Remember that judging categories reward conformity to a mean, not groundbreaking.
by saints_gambit
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4877
Views: 1167312

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

so how is the mill street west coast ipa? anyone had the chance to try it? seems like it is getting solid reviews It's quite tasty, but to me it played more like an exploded Witbier than an IPA and I think the food pairings at the launch bear that out. Quite fish heavy, which is not traditional for...
by saints_gambit
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016
Replies: 93
Views: 28579

Re: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016

I get the political ramifications more than you know. I'm just expressing my frustration as a beer consumer in this province at the regime we live under (as has been done countless times) and it seemingly thinking that they're doing us a favour by bringing in a SKU every now and then of something g...
by saints_gambit
Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016
Replies: 93
Views: 28579

Re: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016

I know I keep saying this, and I figure I will continue saying it anyway: The LCBO is not designed for Beer Sales and never was. It's like criticizing a subway for not reaching 30,000 ft. I think what is most frustrating, then, is that every now and then we get teased and tantalized by great produc...
by saints_gambit
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016
Replies: 93
Views: 28579

Re: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016

I know I keep saying this, and I figure I will continue saying it anyway:

The LCBO is not designed for Beer Sales and never was. It's like criticizing a subway for not reaching 30,000 ft.
by saints_gambit
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016
Replies: 93
Views: 28579

Re: LCBO Summer Craft Beer Release 2016

Really? You think it's a conspiracy whereby they stop bringing in beers that sit on the shelves indefinitely and don't sell because they have 12 packs in 10 stores as a test market? Lemme ask you something. How many bottles of Mikkeller did you buy when they came in? How many bottles of Nogne's Sunt...
by saints_gambit
Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen
Replies: 18
Views: 6121

Re: Her Father’s Cider Bar + Kitchen

Here's the thing, and some of you may remember this from beer ca. 2006-7. One of the reasons there wasn't a lot of interesting beer was because there wasn't really a showcase for it. With two cider specific bars, you're going to see more high quality, interesting ciders being offered more frequently...

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