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by toweringpine
Sat May 17, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Ontario election discussions
Replies: 74
Views: 10686

I thought it was odd that no one has put forth a platform on how they will address booze sales. If Hudak is going to turf 100,000 public servants disbanding the LCBO would be a great start and would probably lead to a higher number ( of admittedly lower paying ) jobs in that sector. I can't understa...
by toweringpine
Mon May 05, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Contract Brewers at Ontario Fests? No longer!
Replies: 38
Views: 6789

I don't think they stepped on any toes or said anything untowards. Just simply stating the rules out loud to an large audience. As much as I cannot believe it, survey after survey keep reminding us that something like 60% of Ontarians think The Beer Store is government run. Small brewers need to tak...
by toweringpine
Mon May 05, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Contract Brewers at Ontario Fests? No longer!
Replies: 38
Views: 6789

Good to hear Left Field on the radio this morning. They reached a far wider audience in ten minutes than they would have with a whole summer's worth of festivals and they also got their message and brand to non hardcore beer geeks. Not only did they take an opportunity to get the Left Field name out...
by toweringpine
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1. Give your lager a golf name 2. Profit
Replies: 50
Views: 6665

The idea of this business "selling out" doesn't make much sense to me. I don't think they can trademark / patent a golf themed beer. If it catches on I suspect we will see Molson sell Birdie Brew and Labbatts will have Dogleg Dark or some such silliness. Why would they pay a penny to buy a...
by toweringpine
Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: 1. Give your lager a golf name 2. Profit
Replies: 50
Views: 6665

I wouldn't seek it out but if it is available at a course I am at and I want a beer I will try it. I really don't see why anyone would be upset about this. A local entrepreneur might make a few bucks, the folks at Great Lakes are doing alright brewing it for him and if it turns a few macro drinkers ...
by toweringpine
Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Convenience store owners are evil
Replies: 15
Views: 3318

I love how obviously misleading those stats are. 1.2% of beer drunk by underage people came from the beer store? Man, the LCBO must have awful controls then. That or a LOT of kids have taken up homebrewing... I think I'd be sort of ok with a 17 year old taking up homebrewing. The lessons in chemist...
by toweringpine
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Does craft beer have a quality problem?
Replies: 46
Views: 8323

Even if we don't care for their product, you gotta admit that the big guys have a real talent for making each and every bottle and keg exactly like every other one with no variation or gushers. If your first foray into craft was a Trafalgar, or any of the other beers that have been described here as...
by toweringpine
Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16566
Views: 2107455

Dogstalker

First time trying one. I am quite enjoying it. Never been a big bock fan but this is making me think it is time to revisit the style.
by toweringpine
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Blue Jays vs. Steam Whistle
Replies: 20
Views: 5013

I definitely drink a lot less at Jays games compared to years ago. Partly price, but mostly quality. Hoegaarden has been my go-to beer, but it is a hassle to walk all the way to the 100 level spot where they have it (just as finding the Steamwhistle was). Anyone know what beer they serve at the Ren...
by toweringpine
Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: 100 Mile Lager
Replies: 97
Views: 13115

"you have to understand your audience Toronto doesn't have a good burger. Burger's Priest opens 3 locations. Holy Chuck opens 2. all are packed. find the void. fill it. get rich. Without knowing the sales figures it is all pie in the sky. Perhaps locavores make up the beer void that needs to b...
by toweringpine
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: 100 Mile Lager
Replies: 97
Views: 13115

Eat and drink local is every bit as trendy as craft beer itself. It really doesn't matter if the product is head and shoulders above similar brews, it is being marketed to a different group. Does a local cow always taste better that a cow from Alberta? Nope, but there are lots of places advertising ...
by toweringpine
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: In what intersection should Toronto's next brew pub open?
Replies: 73
Views: 11435

Bloor between Royal York and Kipling I moved from there five years ago. Since then there are ( at least ) six new condo towers. My work is still in the area. The boss buys a building and holds on just until the developers buy it to build another tower. Our shop will be moving again in the spring. Ki...
by toweringpine
Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Mediocre Beer
Replies: 163
Views: 20316

Woah, anger and accusations! First off, does Ratebeer say what percentage of it's users are American? I bet it's pretty high. Citing ratebeer is pretty weak sauce anyway.... Gary's point, and one that I agree with, though I assume we have different standards for the term "World Class", is...
by toweringpine
Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO 2013 Holiday Gifts release
Replies: 58
Views: 20222

Anyone have some bottles of the Twisted Thistle kicking around from the Belhaven gift pack? Just noticed there are two different versions of the beer. Im wondering if the gift pack has the euro version that is 5.3%, compared to the US version that is 6.1%. I noticed a big different in these recent ...
by toweringpine
Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Shipyard ipa
Replies: 12
Views: 3203

I am drinking one of these right now and I am pretty much on the same page as you. The aroma just as I opened the can was alright but with the first sip it went in a completely different direction. It is plenty bitter but not really in a good way. Definitely a one and done.

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