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by Josh Oakes
Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Sleeman Steam Beer
Replies: 21
Views: 7057

Re: Sleeman Steam Beer

hadn't tried this since it first came out a few years ago and picked it up the other day when looking for something good for this hot weather. First, from a technical standpoint, this is one of the cleanest beers I have had in a long time and I tip my hat (and this is not meant as a joke) to the Sl...
by Josh Oakes
Sun Jul 17, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Rogle Ales makes history at international beer competition
Replies: 5
Views: 3321

Our retail price in Ontario for Rogue Half-E-Weizen is $4.95 and we hope to be able to hold that price point for future Rogue offerings. By comparison, the average price of Rogue 650ml bottles in the U.K. today is GBP3.49 a bottle, or about CAD7.45. A quick search of a few U.S. beer outlets shows a...
by Josh Oakes
Tue Jul 12, 2005 11:46 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Imperial Stout Orders are rolling in!
Replies: 49
Views: 11325

PRMason wrote: I'm not sure if that applies to Olde English 800 Malt Liquor, though if I had one around, it would age forever.


If the 1978 vintage Billy Beer I had this past weekend is any indication, the Old English 800 will not hold up anywhere near forever.
by Josh Oakes
Tue Jul 12, 2005 9:12 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Is Mountain Crest importing to Ontario?
Replies: 22
Views: 6891

Although you would figure that they would cross-link the websites, so maybe their pseudo-brewery actually has been shut down. Ahh.. that makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up Greg. It is still really odd however, that things went from bringing a top selling beer from Calgary to Ontario, increase...
by Josh Oakes
Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:27 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer Bistro's Stephen Beaumont & Lakeport Interview
Replies: 12
Views: 5563

Also - I think there will always be a market for watery, flavorless beer. You can't help some people appreciate wine with any real character either. Pseudo-wine and pseudo-beer have an appeal with some completely nice, normal intelligent people. Same with chain fast-food and instant frozen dinners ...
by Josh Oakes
Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:00 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer Bistro's Stephen Beaumont & Lakeport Interview
Replies: 12
Views: 5563

I've always maintained that a case of Blue or Canadian pretty much has a $10 advertising surcharge on it. I applaud Lakeport and any other company that is willing to do what they can to bring some sanity to beer prices in this country. The floor prices are still absurd, but that's not the brewers' f...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Montreal - Help me out!!!! (please)
Replies: 8
Views: 3012

You're not the only one going to Montreal in a few weeks.

Something about a Ratebeer Summer Gathering I believe...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:26 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: LCBO Summer Release!
Replies: 63
Views: 20609

Now we're getting to the heart of the matter. The LCBO appears to have the opinion that they are providing a reasonable sample of quality imported beer and thus if it doesn't sell there is no market for quality imported beer. NONSENSE! There may not be a market for mid-range stuff, but they don't gr...
by Josh Oakes
Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:39 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Ontario Craft Brewers Assoc.
Replies: 5
Views: 2099

Re: Ontario Craft Brewers Assoc.

It seems all of the micro's in Ontario have banned together - but for what reason? Does anyone know who runs this association? Do they combine other brewery functions like purchasing product as one (caps, bottles, labels etc...). The reason can be seen simply in the mega-millions that the Ontario W...
by Josh Oakes
Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:55 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: The people who just don't know.
Replies: 14
Views: 4754

I think our economics professor was probably misquoted. What he meant was "Discount brewers cause layoffs in the advertising industry. If it wasn't for Lakeport, Ammatti Puris would still be a going concern." But hey, if he thinks ten bucks a case as a non-taxable charitable donation to Toronto's ad...
by Josh Oakes
Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:49 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: new at The Beer Store
Replies: 33
Views: 10682

Pootz is that Northern Edelbrau really good? I have never tried it. I tried Northern's Ale a few years ago and thought it was just an average industrial ale, so I've been passing on the other Northern offerings. The package for Edelbrau always seemed kind of bland to me, not that you can always tel...
by Josh Oakes
Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:24 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: You know you're in trouble when...
Replies: 10
Views: 3416

Re: You know you're in trouble when...

On yet another disappointing marketing note but a positive one for Lakeport, a 3/4 page ad in today's London Free Press has Labatt Genuine Honey claiming '24 for $25' and using the line, 'If you pay less, it's not genuine honey' Immediately under this is a '100% pure Canadian honey' logo. This is t...
by Josh Oakes
Sun May 29, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Breaking through the bottom of the barrel
Replies: 55
Views: 13601

I don't see Sleeman as trying to be something it isn't. Its Cream Ale has always tasted the same as today (if anything it is better now than it was 15 years ago). The ads have changed a bit but not the beers. Sleeman has introduced a variety of beer styles. The flavour profile appeals to a lot of p...
by Josh Oakes
Sat May 28, 2005 11:42 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Cask Beer in Toronto
Replies: 23
Views: 8169

Re: Cask Beer in Toronto

GregClow wrote:
Blankboy wrote:
No UK cask ales here, only local stuff.


Don't they have the Fullers on cask at Dora's?


Fron what I've heard, it's a keg, but they use a tap handle that looks like a cask handle.


That was confirmed by Fuller's. They do not sell cask ale in North America.
by Josh Oakes
Sat May 28, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Breaking through the bottom of the barrel
Replies: 55
Views: 13601

the problem with sleeman's marketing

The problem I see with the marketing isn't that they are using macro marketing. It's that they still come off sometimes as attempting to potray themselves as something other than a macrobrewer. Consider the Canadian beer drinker. This person wants to buy a beer and has a lot of choices. Perhaps Blue...

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