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by napoleon
Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Brothers Brewing
Replies: 27
Views: 5127

Re: Brothers Brewing

I thought this video was terrible. Put more focus on the actual product and less on the unfunny "lol lets go viral" shtick. I'll agree with that! I've only tried one of their products, "Cocoa Woman", which is a chocolate gose. WTF to that style right? It was somewhat worse than ...
by napoleon
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Brothers Brewing
Replies: 27
Views: 5127

Re: Brothers Brewing

Let's not pick on someone who's clearly an active and engaged BarTowel member. Someone who's posted here over 400 times on a variety of topics is clearly not a shill.
by napoleon
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4764
Views: 1032499

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

I finally got to try the Smuttynose Finest Kind. It's in stock in the Dufferin Mall Beer Store for those of you brave enough to venture there.
by napoleon
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 276
Views: 74050

Re: Beer Coming to Grocery Stores?

"At least 20% of shelf space in all grocery stores, LCBOs and Beer Stores will be dedicated to beer from small breweries – both from Ontario and elsewhere – with “small ” defined as those that brew less than 4.6 million six-packs a year" That seems like a big number, but not sure I have a...
by napoleon
Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4764
Views: 1032499

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

spinrsx wrote:most expensive 6 pack in Ontario?

The tanking Canadian dollar has to hit the price at some point. We just need to start importing lots of booze from countries with equally crappy currencies like South Africa or Australia.
by napoleon
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 836
Views: 165817

Re: Bellwoods Brewery

Maybe they'll call this Dry-Hopped Sour 'Four Winds'. I don't know what they're going to call it, but it's pretty tasty. Vaguely reminiscent of a cross between Rodenbach Vintage and a dry-hopped Hill Farmstead farmhouse. Not as vinegary as the Rodenbach, and not with the depth and complexity of the...
by napoleon
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 836
Views: 165817

Re: Bellwoods Brewery

Lots of Bellwoods news in the newsletter today:
  • Hellwoods in bottles this afternoon
  • Some new dry-hopped sour on tap today (unnamed)
  • January 15: Release of Armageddon #9 and Three Minutes to Midnight with cherries and raspberries
by napoleon
Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Best Bottle Shops
Replies: 25
Views: 5000

Re: Best Bottle Shops

I hit up Rainhard one afternoon. For me the location is just too far to make this a regular stop when accessing by TTC. They only had 2 beers, a black IPA and Tru Grit which is a Farm House Ale (I think). I have tried neither beer yet so this isn't a criticism of the product but rather, hours, loca...
by napoleon
Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 13568

Re: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores

matt7215 wrote:pretty nice first experience and the Canuck is drinking great

And now I'm starting to understand why Canadians insist on being photographed in the alcohol aisles of supermarkets and Walmarts in the states :)
by napoleon
Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer Can Shortage
Replies: 1
Views: 1083

Beer Can Shortage

The NY Times has an article about a shortage of beer cans for craft brewers:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/business/craft-brewers-face-competition-for-beer-cans.html
Anyone know of any Ontario brewers that have been affected?
by napoleon
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 13568

Re: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores

It's been rather funny listening to coworkers discussing the beer in grocery stores. Basically, if you live in downtown Toronto not a single store you might access got it. So as more Torontonians start to figure this out, I think they might be feeling a bit left out.
by napoleon
Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 13568

Re: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores

As with all first steps after deregulating anything previously government controlled, the beer list is ho hum - nothing new. The exciting part is for the future. Once other retailers get a taste of the sales/profit potential, the floodgates will open. The retail lobby will pressure the gov to expan...
by napoleon
Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4764
Views: 1032499

Re: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS

I'm finding the Lake Effect very bitter, almost burnt rubber bitter and metallic. The tropical fruit is there, but in a sour rocket jolly rancher kind of way. Not impressed. Maybe I'm crazy. Nope, not crazy. I'm totally with you. Found it rather underwhelming last night when I tried it. Lots of bit...
by napoleon
Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1008
Views: 181100

Re: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation

Any cocktail fans in here who'd want to split an order of Carpano Antica Formula vermouth? The finest vermouth for Manhattans, in my experience! Also on the cocktail front: anyone have experience using oak cubes to barrel-age cocktails? I bought some from BYOB but I'm not sure how many to use and f...
by napoleon
Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 836
Views: 165817

Re: Bellwoods Brewery

So the well-sourced rumour is that their new location at Dupont and Dovercourt is taking forever and that they have leased another facility in the junction for production in the interim. Not too much in the way of details, but I trust the source.

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