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by Rob Creighton
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Vaughn/Woodbridge...
Replies: 9
Views: 2692

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: 6896

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 2970

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: 2357

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: 6325

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: 11664

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: 6147

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: 31177

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: 6651

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: 27326

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: 2060

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: 814
Views: 204606

Premier Brands used to rep LaTrappe (in the Konigshoeven days). No idea why the switch
by Rob Creighton
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Steam Whistle no longer available at Rogers Centre
Replies: 25
Views: 4377

Even if the OCB approached them to have "Craft Beer Thursdays" or something....a few times a year, would be cool. Rogers Center is like most of Ontario. It is a corporate, sanitary outhouse. It is a good reason why the Bills games had no chance here. Ridiculously overpriced corporate rape...

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