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by hops are your friend
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Pub in Ottawa?
Replies: 21
Views: 6262

There's also a clock tower in the market now, which if your there you may as well drop by for a drink. They are brewing an IPA now, haven't had a chance to try it yet though. I've had the IPA at the Bank St location a few times (both cask and regular) and it was good (or at least better than I expe...
by hops are your friend
Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Private Ordering
Topic: Garrison Private Order - Winter 2010
Replies: 109
Views: 28631

Hopefully Specialty Services doesn't make this shipping without paperwork thing a regular practice... The system really sucks for anyone who lives outside downtown Toronto. I dropped by my LCBO this afternoon. I hadn't received a call but I was expecting (or at least hoping) my case would be in bas...
by hops are your friend
Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Cask Condition Beer at the Arrow & Loon in Ottawa
Replies: 83
Views: 23779

May 15th. That's around the Glebe Garage sale weekend. Fantastic. My wife can yard sale and I'll sit in at the A&L and drink!! Sorry, the garage sale is May 28th this year. Your wife can still check out the shops in the Glebe & Old Ottawa South. If you can also convince her to see a movie a...
by hops are your friend
Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Private Ordering
Topic: Garrison Private Order - Winter 2010
Replies: 109
Views: 28631

Mine's in! 2 weeks' turn around. Not bad! What LCBO do you get your order sent to? Just asking since mine hasn't got here yet. I always get my orders sent to Bank and Walkley (store 243). I think that is the main warehouse for Ottawa. I've assumed that all Ottawa deliveries would go there first, or...
by hops are your friend
Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Cask Condition Beer at the Arrow & Loon in Ottawa
Replies: 83
Views: 23779

Friday January 21st Three new kegs received and waiting to be tappped Scotty - Hopefully you didn't keep the Dec 30th casks on for 3 weeks... I would suggest either posting every time a cask is emptied/tapped or only posting for special casks (e.g. the Night Marzen you mentioned before but never to...
by hops are your friend
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Local Beer Guides
Topic: Syracuse
Replies: 56
Views: 19033

2) There's a Wegman's on Taft Road ( runs EW, north of I90 ) with a great beer selection. I'll second the Wegman's. It doesn't have as broad a selection as Galeville did, but you can find some good stuff there (Stone, Sierra Nevada). I passed through Syracuse in November and was looking for some Si...
by hops are your friend
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Private Ordering
Topic: Garrison Private Order - Winter 2010
Replies: 109
Views: 28631

In the past when I have been told 4-6 weeks, its taken less then 2 to get to waterloo. I think it basically comes with the next store delivery from the warehouse. Unless someone at the LCBO in Toronto forgets to put it on a truck and just leaves it sitting in a corner of the warehouse... My experie...
by hops are your friend
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Would you rather...
Replies: 15
Views: 3691

I think there are trade-offs to both and so it depends on your goals. A brewpub gives you total control over the beers you offer - make any style you want (assuming you have the capacity). The downside is the increased cost to get started (along with the greater knowledge required to properly run th...
by hops are your friend
Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Cask Condition Beer at the Arrow & Loon in Ottawa
Replies: 83
Views: 23779

Friday December 12 2010 Black Currant Rye Lager (Heritage) tapped 5:30pm John By Imperial Stout (Scotch Irish) tapped 6:00pm Black Irish Porter (Scotch Irish) tapped 8:30pm I hope this update doesn't mean you had the first pair of casks on for almost 14 days. That seems much longer than I thought w...
by hops are your friend
Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Cask Condition Beer at the Arrow & Loon in Ottawa
Replies: 83
Views: 23779

This is a (potentially) very good change. We had given up ordering cask ales at the Loon for several years since the quality was almost always less than acceptable. A first suggestion is to make sure you understand how cask ale should be handled. A useful site is http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/realale3.h...
by hops are your friend
Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Clark's Ale House in Syracuse is closing this weekend
Replies: 22
Views: 6979

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse is closing this weekend

I got an email today that says Clark's Ale House is closing. The last day is this Saturday (Sept 25). By coincidence we are heading down this weekend, so we will get a couple more visits to this great beer bar. Here's the message: CLARKS WILL BE CLOSING - SATURDAY SEPT 25 LAST DAY OF BUSINESS We are...
by hops are your friend
Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Private Ordering
Topic: There's a New Girl in Town...
Replies: 54
Views: 17511

I was the first to place this order but likely the last to receive it. Just so you don't feel too bad, I still haven't received mine yet so you're not last :-( Maybe HMH can start the next order in January so I can receive it during the summer... Oh well. My fridge is doing okay as it is, and it'll...
by hops are your friend
Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: pubs/bars that serve cask ale in Ontario
Replies: 61
Views: 27160

Maybe I will send a note to the Heritage/Scotch-Irish, since really what is the point of putting your beer in casks and selling it to bars, if they aren't going to take care of it and serve it correctly? I sent an email to Heritage/SI 3 years ago about the same thing. They followed up and visited t...
by hops are your friend
Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: My Syracuse Beer Haul
Replies: 15
Views: 3192

Where did you go? I really like the Galeville Grocery even though the prices might be a touch high. I also like Galeville, especially if I'm staying at a hotel up that way, but you have to check the dates (at least on any bottles that have them). I've slipped up a few times over the years and come ...
by hops are your friend
Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer Week - June 20-26
Replies: 42
Views: 10467

Beau's on cask all week at the Arrow & Loon. I'm going to have to make it down there at least a couple of times. The Loon had Screaming Beaver on cask on Tuesday night. I think they ran out but it might be worth calling to see if they'll have some Beau's products on cask before Craft Beer Week.

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