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by nickw
Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Beer Trading
Topic: Canada post oddity
Replies: 3
Views: 1043

Re: Canada post oddity

A bit of a weird one, i had a package that was supposed to be in Quebec last week. Its gone from the gta to Stony Creek to Montreal to Mississauga and is not in transit again. Should I be worried? This happened with a trade a friend sent to me a couple years ago. Shipped from Vancouver, made it to ...
by nickw
Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 14694

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

While it's unfortunate that the initial selection is identical to any decent LCBO in Anywhere, Ontario, it's encouraging that Loblaws has decided to devote 50% of its beer shelf space to craft brands, and I suspect the selection will improve over time. Seems like a good start IMO, especially for a ...
by nickw
Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 14694

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

While it's unfortunate that the initial selection is identical to any decent LCBO in Anywhere, Ontario, it's encouraging that Loblaws has decided to devote 50% of its beer shelf space to craft brands, and I suspect the selection will improve over time. Seems like a good start IMO, especially for a ...
by nickw
Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Best Bottle Shops
Replies: 25
Views: 5517

Re: Best Bottle Shops

Mmhmm, thanks for the luck. Doing well with that, actually! 8) Anyway, seems like 20 people seem to agree that brewery bottle shops are, indeed, bottle shops, including a brewer. You're the only one disagreeing with semantics and the Ontario use of a term that has a slightly different definition els...
by nickw
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Best Bottle Shops
Replies: 25
Views: 5517

Re: Best Bottle Shops

those are not bottle shops. those are breweries. we do not have bottle shops in Ontario. :roll: We all know what the original poster meant, especially given that many breweries call their own shops "bottle shops" (see Bellwoods, Rainhard, Burdock in Toronto as examples). because they're c...
by nickw
Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Best Bottle Shops
Replies: 25
Views: 5517

Re: Best Bottle Shops

atomeyes wrote:those are not bottle shops.
those are breweries.
we do not have bottle shops in Ontario.


:roll:

We all know what the original poster meant, especially given that many breweries call their own shops "bottle shops" (see Bellwoods, Rainhard, Burdock in Toronto as examples).
by nickw
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Collingwood Fireside ESB
Replies: 15
Views: 5276

Re: Collingwood Fireside ESB

From Ontario Beer Network, November 25 http://www.momandhops.ca/12-packs-at-the-lcbo/ The Collingwood Brewery announced it would begin selling a 12-pack of its Fireside Extra Special Bitter in 473ml cans at the LCBO this week. “We are moving everything to 12-packs,” says Chris Freeman, Head Brewer ...
by nickw
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: New BarVolo / House Ales location in Little Italy?
Replies: 39
Views: 6359

Re: New BarVolo / House Ales location in Little Italy?

That makes sense.

610 College. http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2015/11 ... ollege_st/

That would be the Ali Baba itself. Didn't realise that had closed.
by nickw
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: New BarVolo / House Ales location in Little Italy?
Replies: 39
Views: 6359

Re: New BarVolo / House Ales location in Little Italy?

Can't quite picture the details of that block, but either the old Royal Crown Jewelry store at 606 College (which was recently up for sale), or the old Bertucci's at 630 College (which is a more appropriate size), perhaps? I was told (and could be wrong) but it's the place next to alibaba's Hmm, I ...
by nickw
Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: New BarVolo / House Ales location in Little Italy?
Replies: 39
Views: 6359

Re: New BarVolo / House Ales location in Little Italy?

Can't quite picture the details of that block, but either the old Royal Crown Jewelry store at 606 College (which was recently up for sale), or the old Bertucci's at 630 College (which is a more appropriate size), perhaps?
by nickw
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 14694

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

I've actually got no real conception of what 10,000 square feet looks like in grocery store form. Does anyone have a better idea, using stores in the downtown Toronto area as comparables?
by nickw
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 14694

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

I should open a 'grocery' store. Get a couple racks of non perishable foods. Set the prices unreasonably high so nobody buys them, and thus I don't have to worry about restocking them too often. Then start just selling beer... Wonder what the minimum standard to be considered a grocery store is? To...
by nickw
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario Announces First Winning Bidders for Sale of Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 82
Views: 14694

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

No Whole Foods is surprising. But I wonder if they purposely didn't submit as they knew they couldn't deliver on their 'brand' with the Ontario rules. But it's a shame as they would have held themselves to a higher standard than the others. I hope they others prove me wrong. It's also just the firs...
by nickw
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: How can craft bars differentiate themselves
Replies: 24
Views: 4080

Re: beerbistro

I think there are still a few ways to differentiate your draft list that people aren't doing. There are 125 breweries, 38 brew pubs, and 47 contract brewers in this province, yet draft lists at Volo/Bar-Hop etc focus on a subset of about 20-30 of them. You can make arguments that these 20-30 brewer...
by nickw
Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Amsterdam Brewery
Replies: 36
Views: 9622

Re: Amsterdam Brewery

And the LCBO was selling Bush Pilot Norsemen, an Ontario contract brewery, at 14.5% just a year ago.

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