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by Rob Creighton
Sun Mar 08, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Homebrewing Recipes and Tips
Topic: Bellwoods Homebrewing Competition
Replies: 20
Views: 6351

I don't recall ever making a beer to fit style. The industry is not based on meeting style...it is based on the opposite. Having beers judged by style is amusing but useless. I loved some of the comments I get from judges about being out of style....oh well. Shit happens.
by Rob Creighton
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Vaughn/Woodbridge...
Replies: 9
Views: 2827

Vaughan blows. Classic comment. Summing up an amazingly complex relationship in 12 basic letters. I can see it. It does not provide what you desire in terms of beer supply in any way, shape or form and yet you are mere minutes/hours ( from my point of view) from the best Ontario answers - Granite, ...
by Rob Creighton
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Elora Brewing Company
Replies: 27
Views: 7576

Most business models for production breweries that I have seen recently include a version of all malt lager or ale as a volume foundation beer with smaller volume seasonals/barrel aged/spiced/soured/stone brewed/vegetable/etc... to create interest and spur growler sales/media reports/award offerings...
by Rob Creighton
Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Beer Store Deal
Replies: 104
Views: 20817

IMO, there's only been in my drinking lifetime three "significant" changes to the way beer is sold in Ontario: 1. Sunday retail hours 2. Extending last call to 2am 3. Permitting brewery tied houses Other improvements we've seen in the beer scene (such as LCBO improving import selection) h...
by Rob Creighton
Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Beer Store Deal
Replies: 104
Views: 20817

Among the 24 craft breweries already in the TBS are a number of very small breweries like Neustadt & Hockley.

I would love to have a copy of the call made by Val at Neustadt the moment she heard about the offer asking for her $6500.00 back. Classic :lol:
by Rob Creighton
Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Labatt Prohibition Series
Replies: 8
Views: 3181

Doesn't that mean it's probably brewed at the Molson Downsview plant? If Labatt US is still contracting Molson to brew for them - yes, maybe. The big outdoor fermentors are for Labatt Blue products. I wouldn't doubt that all 5 Blue brands are made at the Molson plant. Specialty stuff is likely done...
by Rob Creighton
Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Gandhi-Bot beer sparks controversy for U.S. brewer
Replies: 14
Views: 2505

So many beers...so many brands to create. When brewers (who often aren't involved in branding or naming beers) stand around, we have a pint and occasionally generate names for brands. Many fall into the category of 'inappropriate ales' and will never see the light of day. Examples: Call Centre India...
by Rob Creighton
Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Six Pints Beer Academy
Replies: 18
Views: 6637

It's still just Molson's shuffling money and brands around at their marketing office. Every new marketing phenom that gets hired has to introduce "the next big idea" which in this case is friendly, warm, rural sounding 'Creemore' in the middle of downtown as opposed to unfriendly, pretenti...
by Rob Creighton
Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Smoking banned on open air patios starting Jan 1 2015
Replies: 77
Views: 12426

I like it in theory but I'm dubious about how the 20 metres is going to be enforced by bar owners. Although I guess the insufferable dickbags I shoulder through outside Jack Astors at Front and Church can now head into the alley beside C'est What and stand in years of dried piss while they light up...
by Rob Creighton
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Sierra Nevada coming to LCBO?
Replies: 31
Views: 6469

I believe this is simple demand/supply. SN has never had the capacity to look at our market. An importer/distributor friend of mine (who has the rights to SN) indicated that they have had the rights for quite some time but until SN opened an eastern plant, supply was simply not realistic. Things are...
by Rob Creighton
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Fresh Founders Centennial at the LCBO
Replies: 132
Views: 32463

Question: Why would anybody question the logic of aggressive Michigan breweries from avoiding a market with 7 million purchasers right next door? A bit obvious isn't it? Just look who runs our province. Many of the fence riders post here and run some of our bigger craft breweries. Thank godness I'm ...
by Rob Creighton
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: OCB Week 2014 - June 13-24
Replies: 33
Views: 6806

Only in Ontario would an industry trade association not only be unable to attract the majority of its industry, but also support an archaic system which benefits competitors that aren't actually in their membership. What he said. It is the same province where we have to hold our nose to vote yet we...
by Rob Creighton
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Amsterdam Brewpub - almost a year later, any thoughts?
Replies: 62
Views: 33379

boney wrote:I've also met some teal douche bags as well.


Sounds fashionable
by Rob Creighton
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Homebrewing Recipes and Tips
Topic: City of Toronto Water Bill
Replies: 3
Views: 2257

will give a reply as soon as I can figure this out
by Rob Creighton
Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: General LCBO Debate & Discussion Thread
Replies: 828
Views: 226055

Premier Brands used to rep LaTrappe (in the Konigshoeven days). No idea why the switch

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