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by alsiem
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: 2020 Holiday Gift Packs at the LCBO
Replies: 21
Views: 3297

Re: 2020 Holiday Gift Packs at the LCBO

I'm enjoying the St Bernardus (always stellar) and a new one for me at least St-Feuillien. The St. Bernardus is probably better as it has 6 different brews but both are delivering. I didn't really need another glass but disappointed that I didn't get a Chimay pack. Not sure if it was just more popul...
by alsiem
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Great Lakes
Replies: 271
Views: 63340

Re: Great Lakes

I guess Great Lakes Brewery is not expecting keg sales to come back anytime soon. As I write this this have 19 types of beer in the online shop. The Meet the Porter Porter that I just finished was stellar. I bag on them for their thousands of variations of NE IPAs but if they give me a good porter a...
by alsiem
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: 2020 Autumn Ontario Craft Beers, Imports & Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: 2020 Autumn Ontario Craft Beers, Imports & Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO

Ok, I think I'm the source of my own rumor then. I saw the fridge full of German stuff in their bottle shop and I thought it was just the same as their Omnipollo beers (i.e. that they had been brewed by Brunswick). They don't list any of their partner breweries so I was left to guess. I just also co...
by alsiem
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: 2020 Autumn Ontario Craft Beers, Imports & Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: 2020 Autumn Ontario Craft Beers, Imports & Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO

Sounds promising. I was just wondering what other Belgian style beers were out there in addition to the always excellent Chimay and Rochefort 8/10. Also, I know that we're getting a lot of German beer that's actually brewed at Brunswick Bierworks in East York. That actually sounds very promising to ...
by alsiem
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Wet Hopped Ales?
Replies: 26
Views: 1509

Re: Wet Hopped Ales?

So I'm finding the Great Lakes Chinook Wet Hop just Ok. I think they deliberately choose a very subdued malt/yeast base to showcase the hopes , which would make sense. However, I don't get much hop aroma at all. Perhaps some spicy pine but very faint. The taste has that grassy taste that I expect wi...
by alsiem
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Wet Hopped Ales?
Replies: 26
Views: 1509

Re: Wet Hopped Ales?

Cheers, I've ordered some Great Lakes Chinook. Any early reviews?
by alsiem
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Wet Hopped Ales?
Replies: 26
Views: 1509

Re: Wet Hopped Ales?

That's too bad I missed the Great Lakes version. I had seen a social media post but it never made the online store as far as I could tell. I think Great Lakes needs to dial down the NE IPA love a bit, they've got 4 for sale now and I've had deliveries of others over the summer (Forlorn Unicorn, Used...
by alsiem
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Wet Hopped Ales?
Replies: 26
Views: 1509

Wet Hopped Ales?

We used to get Amsterdam's Autumn Hop Ale and I thought that was great but I don't think that's been produced for a few years now. Are there any wet hopped ales that are coming to the LCBO this fall or do people know of any Toronto based brewers that are planning one this year? I don't think that I'...
by alsiem
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Talk or Action?
Replies: 15
Views: 6892

Re: Talk or Action?

While I'm happy that the beer store is on the way out, it seems in Toronto that is already the case. East end Toronto stores that have any real estate value/zoning have already been sold, along with their big parking lots, to developers . I'm guessing that once the Beer store lost its monopoly on be...
by alsiem
Thu May 16, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Barncat Artisan Ales, Cambridge
Replies: 272
Views: 84893

Re: Barncat Artisan Ales, Cambridge

Finally got out there last weekend. Grabbed a growler of their pilsner to share with my wife and my mother as you do on Mothers day. Delicious unfiltered goodness. Life seems to be pushing me back there in early June, hope to grab a growler of a fresh IPA next time. Nothing ground breaking in this r...
by alsiem
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Indie Ale House
Replies: 11
Views: 4976

Re: Indie Ale House

Very happy to hear this. One of my favorites and find them to be consistent and they focus on styles that I enjoy. Looking forward to getting there stuff more than 8 or so times a year.
by alsiem
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 283
Views: 97948

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

I don't think it's just grocery stores that have an issue. In the few walk in beer stores near me I've often come across Muskoka mix packs that are either overdue or so close to due (2 days out) that you don't want to buy them. I don't know if it is the beer store, a sales rep? etc that is supposed ...
by alsiem
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 283
Views: 97948

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

I understand there is a Farmboy Grocery store coming into Leslieville, unlinked page is already on their website. https://www.farmboy.ca/locations/leslieandlakeshore/ and this story: http://www.goodhood.ca/whats-good/farm-boy-grocery-store-organic-fresh-produce-leslie-lake-shore. I've never heard of...
by alsiem
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Amsterdam Brewery
Replies: 43
Views: 13754

Re: Amsterdam Brewery

I'm looking forward to trying that. I'll have to swing by the brewery.
by alsiem
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: What are you UnCellaring right now?
Replies: 10
Views: 7653

Re: What are you UnCellaring right now?

Just drank a year old Peche Mortel tonight. The heat (which was never that pronounced) has dropped out but so has the currant like fruit I remembered. Tasted quite astringent, with more of a coffee bitterness. I bought a four pack over the summer with a Feb bottling date, the last one I had was just...

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