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by jrenihan
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Beer Trading
Topic: Ft: fresh heady topper for sours/lambics/other funky barrels
Replies: 10
Views: 3781

If more BCBS (and lots of Sofie in Toronto) is the result of the InBev acquisition, then I hope to see a few more acquisitions!
Ren
by jrenihan
Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Beard of Zeus!
Replies: 17
Views: 5354

I think Josh's review is on the money. It is way too hot right now; just a monster. Hopefully it will calm down with time, because there are some nice flavours, but I have to admit I am a bit skeptical that time will result in a serious improvement to the drinkability. Here's hoping - I will be givi...
by jrenihan
Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Duke's Refresher - Yonge & Gerrard
Replies: 4
Views: 2852

They've been making moves toward better beer in many of their properties. The Moose is the obvious one, but I was also impressed by the decent selection at the Yonge & Gerrard location of Reds (in the same strip as Duke's) when I was there for dinner last week. And even Jack Astor's had a craft...
by jrenihan
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO Founders Brewery Feature
Replies: 278
Views: 64461

Count me as one of those who favour the porter. The Backwoods Bastard is surprisingly good (speaking as one who does not particularly like scotch ales), and the FBS is good (even for those who are not into coffee), but the porter is terrific. I have gone through a number of these and wish it was a r...
by jrenihan
Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Spencer Trappist Ale
Replies: 6
Views: 2160

Interesting news, but obviously no guarantee of quality. I tried the Gregorius from Stift Engelszell recently (new Austrian trappist brewery), and it was pretty good, but by no means a star. I'd still like to try this new brewery when possible!
Ren
by jrenihan
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Beer Trading
Topic: Cantillon & Random Cellar Items FT
Replies: 2
Views: 1083

Trade

Hi,
I am interested in the Mamouche, as well as the Old Cellar Dweller. I have all of the Bellwoods releases (save the Sour Grandma's Boy), the Amsterdam Double Tempest and should have the TDD Bar Volo beer soon (not arrived yet). Let me know if you want to work something out!
Ren
by jrenihan
Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Orval
Replies: 19
Views: 6327

I also had an Orval with Christmas dinner, though only about 2 years old. Great beer. I did not care for it the first time I tried it, but once you develop an appreciation for its rather unusual taste, there is nothing else like it.
Ren
by jrenihan
Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: top 10 beers you tried for the first time in 2013
Replies: 32
Views: 7510

Based on ratings, looks like my top 10 of the year would be: Drie Fonteinen Armand'4 Lente (best beer I have ever tried- holy shit). Heady Topper Lawson's Double Sunshine Oude Quetsch Tilquin a L'Ancienne Bellwoods 3 Minutes to Midnight Deschutes The Abyss Anchorage Bitter Monk Anchorage Love Buzz R...
by jrenihan
Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Station Ho.st
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

I went here in August and had the same experience. Very nice bar, nice staff, good beer and cheap as hell! I tried a good chunk of the menu and was blown away by the small size of my bill when it arrived. Will definitely hit it up again next time I am in Montreal.
Ren
by jrenihan
Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO 2013 Holiday Gifts release
Replies: 58
Views: 21215

anyone tried this yet? 66027 / St Ambroise Vintage Ale 3-pk / 3 Pack / $17.95 - 2011, 2012 and 2013 St. Ambroise Vintage Ale I tried one of the 2013s over the weekend. I thought it was quite good, but I have always enjoyed this beer. It is hard to remember past impressions and past vintages, but it...
by jrenihan
Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Local Beer Guides
Topic: New York/Manhattan/Brooklyn
Replies: 36
Views: 15643

Nothing on the UES comes to mind, but you are a short subway trip from Ginger Man. The vibe is nothing to write home about, but you can't complain about the beer selection. I find it typically has a similar draft list to Blind Tiger, and they can have some pretty nice bottles sometimes as well.
Ren
by jrenihan
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO 2013 Fall Craft Beer Release
Replies: 148
Views: 43595

northyorksammy wrote:
Jonah Hex wrote:SAMUEL SMITH'S ORGANIC CHOCOLATE STOUT is starting to show stock.
http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/produ ... ber=333898


only at Queen's Quay


It's on shelves at King & Spadina as well, as of this evening at least.
Ren
by jrenihan
Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: The Alchemist Brewing Closing Retail Shop!
Replies: 33
Views: 6485

Vermonters hate commotion. I know one of hill farmstads neighbours is monstrously unhappy with all the people driving and parking on hill road to visit the brewery. That doesn't surprise me at all. When I visited HF, I immediatetly began wondering what the neighbours must think about hordes of beer...
by jrenihan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Collective Arts Rhyme and Reason
Replies: 37
Views: 12427

Add one more to the list of fans of this beer. I may not be quite as effusive in my praise as some others, but I have certainly been enjoying the sixer I bought. A very promising start to this brewery!
Ren
by jrenihan
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Cask Days 2013 - October 19 & 20
Replies: 57
Views: 22647

My thoughts: - Lastly -- this will only matter to a few people, but it's huge for them -- don't schedule it on the same weekend as the Toronto Marathon! Agreed! I had to be very careful during the Saturday- drinking very slowly, with lots of water! That being said, I am glad they moved it from Hall...

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