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by jrenihan
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Zwanze Day 2015
Replies: 78
Views: 15360

Re: Zwanze Day 2015

I assume the "participating brewers" refers, for the most part, to bottles that will be available, since that (non-Canadian) lineup is a replica of breweries of which they currently offer bottles. The Canadian ones, of course, will likely have draft options. Just an assumption.
Ren
by jrenihan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 843
Views: 198741

Re: The Bellwoods Brewery Release Thread

I agree that there isn't any taste connection. I don't think there is meant to be. Barn Owl is a series of blends, which I gather may well be wholly different from one another. Whether using a common name is a good marketing approach or not is another matter.
Ren
by jrenihan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 843
Views: 198741

Re: The Bellwoods Brewery Release Thread

Barn Owl #2 does indeed contain Grandma's Boy, and does have a sour component to it. I had it when it was briefly on tap a couple of weeks ago and thought it was terrific. Similar to Motley 2014 (which I adored) in the combination of Brett and dry hopping. Surprised to hear such lukewarm reactions a...
by jrenihan
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Cask Days 2015
Replies: 132
Views: 27575

Re: Cask Days 2015

Cass wrote:Anyone hear about featured region for this year?


I gather that the aim is to have Oregon featured, though I am not sure if anything is confirmed.
Ren
by jrenihan
Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: New non-LCBO/TBS beer releases
Replies: 591
Views: 112967

Re: New non-LCBO/TBS beer releases

No, the GLB collaboration is a return of Brettallica, which was done once before as part of the Bellwoods/GLB takeover at Bar Hop (last year, if I recall correctly). I assume the DIPA is something else again. Ren I was referring to this quote from their July lewsletter: "Finding out that we bre...
by jrenihan
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:15 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 3 minutes to midnight
Replies: 47
Views: 9060

Re: 3 minutes to midnight

I'm going to be away for this release. If there is anybody willing to part with a bottle or two, let me know. Happy to trade some of last year's batch or a variety of other things. Let me know what interests you!
Ren
by jrenihan
Tue May 12, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Toboggan Brewing Co., London
Replies: 10
Views: 3937

Re: Toboggan Brewing Co., London

I am in London briefly and just tried the IPA and Double IPA. The Double IPA is pretty messy and I really cannot recommend it - I didn't finish my glass. Maltier than one would expect and not very flavourful. The IPA, however, is much better. It's not going to create waves in Ontario or anything, bu...
by jrenihan
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 3 minutes to midnight
Replies: 47
Views: 9060

I would not be surprised if there was another batch of Midnight, given that they would have had a bunch of empty BOYD barrels to put it in. But I expect we will have to wait until cherry season!
Ren
by jrenihan
Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Spring Craft Beer Release 2015
Replies: 110
Views: 38814

It's really interesting how palates differ. I found the hops in Heelch to be pretty muted (stale) in both aroma and flavour with a very broad, malty backbone taking center stage. Happy it's in the LCBO, though. My guess is that it depends on how much malt flavour you like in a DIPA. I was skeptical...
by jrenihan
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Ontario bars want to sell takeout beer
Replies: 14
Views: 4145

The appeal of buying from restaurants/bars, depending on how it is structured, is (a) the ability to purchase, in single bottles, beers that have been brought in privately and are not available through LCBO, and (b) growlers of beer that is not available in bottles and perhaps not from the brewery (...
by jrenihan
Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: The Brewery Market
Replies: 350
Views: 130773

Cass, is the Brewer's Backyard dog friendly?
Ren
by jrenihan
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: New non-LCBO/TBS beer releases
Replies: 591
Views: 112967

I was completely meh about last year's, and only got one bottle. Needless to say, I was kicking myself a bit after having it. However, the charm of that beer, for me at least, was in the hop profile, and I can't see it getting any better with extended age. Agreed. I loved last year's (one of my fav...
by jrenihan
Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Why is there no 3 Fonteinen at the LCBO?
Replies: 10
Views: 4111

That was the Armand & Tommy, not the regular geuze. But I expect the regular would sell pretty darn quickly as well.
Ren
by jrenihan
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Why is there no 3 Fonteinen at the LCBO?
Replies: 10
Views: 4111

I realize the relevant people from the LCBO are not reading this, but I would like to assure them that I would buy a hell of a lot of 3F geuze if it was brought in.
Ren
by jrenihan
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Winter Craft Beer Release 2014
Replies: 166
Views: 54607

review: opened my bottle of Rodenbach Vintage. important that some of you case hoarders read this. i am betting that MANY of you will be disappointed with this beer. it's a great food pairing beer. if you're looking for complex beer with depth and mouthfeel, this ain't it. it isn't insanely tart. i...

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