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by Josh Oakes
Mon May 23, 2005 2:06 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Stonehammer Pilsner
Replies: 14
Views: 5675

Re: Stonehammer Pilsner

I bought a sixer of the re-formulated Stonehammer Pilsner and I'm favourably impressed. I'd say it's as good as King Pilsner and better than Steamwhistle, even taking into account that Steamwhistle is much improved. Lager isn't my first love, but this is good. Have others tried the new Stonehammer?...
by Josh Oakes
Fri May 20, 2005 2:35 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Andres Wines buys Granville Island
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: Andres Wines buys Granville Island

I just saw the following blurb in the weekly beer news update at Rate Beer: "Andres Wines has agreed to purchase Cascadia Brands, a wine and beer firm operating out of Kelowna, BC. Cascadia makes the Granville Island beers. GI’s seasonal beers, made at a pilot plant in Vancouver, are well-regarded....
by Josh Oakes
Fri May 13, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Zubr Bison Back in the LCBO
Replies: 8
Views: 3067

Some East European breweries apparently use peas in the mash, an old practice to enhance strach and fermentable sugar content. This may explain a vegetable taste, but maybe the bottles weren't super-fresh, that is a possibility. Speaking of fresh beer from far away, on business recently in New York...
by Josh Oakes
Tue May 10, 2005 10:35 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Quote of the Day
Replies: 5
Views: 1867

Re: Quote of the Day

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050508.wxrcover07_front/BNStory/Front/ "We're not in the cheap beer game," Mr. Sleeman says. Old Milwaukee, PBR, Stroh's, Schlitz...need I say more? Even Sleeman's annual report talks about being in the cheap beer game (they use the phrase "value...
by Josh Oakes
Mon May 09, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer Survey
Replies: 12
Views: 3574

Related to this, I've just stumbled across an article about the Ontario Craft Brewers from the latest issue of Marketing magazine: http://www.marketingmag.ca/shared/print.jsp?content=20050509_68497_68497 (It will probably try to send the article to your printer, so be ready to stop it...) Nice to k...
by Josh Oakes
Mon May 09, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer Survey
Replies: 12
Views: 3574

Re: Ontario Craft Beer Survey

http://www.hotspex.com/clickspex.asp?id=215 "We are interested in the opinions of men and women between the ages of 19 and 34 years who drink beer." Looks like the craft brewers are just as fixated on the younger demographic as the big boys. I guess the opinions of 36 year olds like myself just don...
by Josh Oakes
Mon May 09, 2005 10:47 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Craft Beer Survey
Replies: 12
Views: 3574

I'd be curious to see what the results are. Probably nothing experienced brewers don't already know. My take is that local pride only works once - people will try the beer if it's made around the corner. But nobody will come back to a beer they don't favour just because it's local. They might in rea...
by Josh Oakes
Sun May 08, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: What are the best Macros we've got here?
Replies: 23
Views: 6719

Josh Oakes

Mill Street got it quite deservedly, launching with a lousy, ridiculously-priced beer. They also got it quite deservedly for their wonderful Tankhouse and seasonal products. I found their treatment here to be quite fair for both the things they've done well from a beer geek's perspective and the thi...
by Josh Oakes
Sun May 08, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Quote of the Day
Replies: 5
Views: 1867

Quote of the Day

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ ... ory/Front/

"We're not in the cheap beer game," Mr. Sleeman says.

Old Milwaukee, PBR, Stroh's, Schlitz...need I say more?
by Josh Oakes
Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coming soon...
Replies: 14
Views: 4973

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Josh, I think guys like Michael Hancock, Ken Woods, Charles MacLean and even Bill at the Judge would say you sound WAY TOO MUCH like me. Thanks, I needed that. :lol: Yeah, I'm not always the most tactful guy in town. I'm not much for small talk or chit-chat which I know bugs...
by Josh Oakes
Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:50 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: State of Micros in Oregon
Replies: 30
Views: 9287

I am not even sure why this discusssion is taking place. Most of the Ontario ales are NOT american style. They use different hop combinations, as you said they are generally lower in alcohol. As for quality comparison, it's a matter of preference. I tried every single Ontario beer and every time I ...
by Josh Oakes
Tue Apr 19, 2005 6:42 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coming soon...
Replies: 14
Views: 4973

Not a huge surprise about Glenora. The brewery was located in Prince Edward County not far from my step Father's house. As a result I was very familiar with their products from numerous samplings during the holidays. In my opinion they has some quality control issues that lead to very inconsistent ...
by Josh Oakes
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Pilsner Urquell on Tap
Replies: 13
Views: 4943

King Pilsener is excellent, I agree, and there are others although they may not quite approximate that Urquel honeyed/Saaz taste that is so unique (e.g. Cameron lager is very good). I find canned Urquel remarkably good for an imported canned beer. Since any Urquel that is draft would be pasteurised...
by Josh Oakes
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:39 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: State of Micros in Oregon
Replies: 30
Views: 9287

I spent a week in Oregon last year and was incredibly impressed. One can get good craft beer almost anywhere. Even the one bar in the small Portland airport had 15 micros on tap...makes Pearson look like a wasteland by comparison. I won't get into a style debate but if you give people what they wan...
by Josh Oakes
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Cask Conditioned F&M Stonehammer Dark
Replies: 4
Views: 1982

Re: Cask Conditioned F&M Stonehammer Dark

For those of you who are into ratebeer (I am not), I came across something at Volo on Saturday afternoon that I had never had, or seen, previously - cask conditioned F&M Stonehammer Dark Ale. Don't know if this is new or if it is old news to ratebeerians. Anyway, it was pleasantly malty, and mo...

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