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by chris_schryer
Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 122061

Just did a search for a thread on Arrogant Bastard and didn't find one 10 search pages in, so I'll just post this here. Reviewed on my blog (first time I'd had it, too), and found it to be exactly what I expected. Big brash hops. Not balanced by any classic sense of the word, but certainly showed la...
by chris_schryer
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 122061

Hey Belgian, thanks for the kind words re Castro's. I generally stick to the casks to try to help keep them moving (I suffer for my art, I know), but occasionally grab a Side Launch and just melt. Non-related, I just posted my review of Lake of Bays Terrible Ted Red Saison, and I was pleasantly surp...
by chris_schryer
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:28 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 283
Views: 96160

Jordan, While I agree with you that the big craft guys might be able to get a few facings in the stores, I thin you're being overly optimistic. Yes, even Loblaws stocks premium/boutique products, but many of them are actually either sub-brands of major companies (like a lot of the organic/natural pr...
by chris_schryer
Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 283
Views: 96160

^^ Exactly. Just moving the sales from one major donor to another.
by chris_schryer
Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 283
Views: 96160

My thoughts are here: http://www.torontobeerblog.com/beer-news/so-so-news-on-the-political-front/ But it's a long way from "good". No small brewery will be able to compete in a grocery store; they stand a better chance at TBS. But if this is a baby-step, then I await the next one for judge...
by chris_schryer
Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Amsterdam Cruiser
Replies: 44
Views: 10142

Amsterdam Cruiser

If you haven't gotten this yet, do. It's fantastic. Lovely hop aroma, with citrus, pine and pepper. 4.9% means it's a pale, not a Session IPA, and I kind of prefer it that way.... Available at both retail stores, and some bars around the city. My full review is on my blog http://www.torontobeerblog....
by chris_schryer
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Beer Store Deal
Replies: 104
Views: 20882

The call was super boring. Lots of TBS type talk. It was clear Ted was muting the phone periodically to ask questions of suits in the room. They don't know if Contract Brewers can buy shares. They didn't consult with anybody because Ted talks to small breweries "all the time" so it was &qu...
by chris_schryer
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Beer Store Deal
Replies: 104
Views: 20882

Here's my thoughts on it:
www.torontobeerblog.com/beer-news/oblig ... -critique/
tl;dr it's pure bullshit.
by chris_schryer
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Sam Adams and Why We Need To Stop Listening to Hipsters
Replies: 20
Views: 3932

I threw my thoughts about the original story here: http://www.torontobeerblog.com/beer-new ... ms-debate/

I like age-based generalization, and the assumption that whole groups can be "figured out" ;)
by chris_schryer
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Left Field's new brewhouse
Replies: 17
Views: 3179

Actually, people seem to think Leslieville goes up to Danforth. I don't think Mark and Mandie are thrilled saying Leslieville either, but they're south of the tracks, so somewhat separated from Danforth Village too. I'm all for Christening that little pocket "Left Field"......
by chris_schryer
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: The Stone Lion, 1958 Queen E.
Replies: 9
Views: 4252

Thanks for all the love to Castro's! We're glad BT'ers still remember us ;) Yes, we're in a wasteland in terms of craft beer, and yes, I doubt this will make it any better, unfortunately, but I could be wrong. I hope I am. Some of the old servers came round last week for drinks after they closed and...
by chris_schryer
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Louis Cifer Brew Works - 417 Danforth
Replies: 30
Views: 12824

Pretty sure they will only be able to sell growlers of their own beers, not other breweries.
by chris_schryer
Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Glasses
Replies: 52
Views: 14093

I'm all for Spiegelau glasses. Best glassware ever. They have a craft beer pack that has a tulip, weissebeir, and pint. You can get them at The Bay, I think, and other places.
by chris_schryer
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale
Replies: 12
Views: 2552

I tend to stay away from certain descriptors in the reviews on my blog, because some words are either misunderstood, or else sort of high-jacked, where they only have a negative connotation. That said, right out of the fridge, this one was actually a little skunky. I knew the lineage of the bottle (...
by chris_schryer
Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale
Replies: 12
Views: 2552

Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale

Just did up my review for Amsterdam Autumn Hop this year. Did a search and didn't see an old thread, but I might not have dug deep enough. Regardless, this year it shows big cascade spiciness and nice fruity/floral notes. It's pretty damn good. http://www.torontobeerblog.com/beer-review/autumn-hop-h...

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