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by toweringpine
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Tempest Wax Seal
Replies: 55
Views: 8797

I feared the worst while reading these posts, but I've had two bottles that I've opened and haven't had any trouble at all. No knives, no acetylene torches and no gimmicks. Just a plain old bottle opener (you know the old ones with the can piercer on the other end) and pry away. Couldn't have spent...
by toweringpine
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Pinball Crawl presented by KBCo/3030 - Sep 28
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

It is also worth mentioning that Tilt is a really nice brew. A light and refreshing wheat beer with plenty of hops and just the right amount wheaty tartness. At 4.4% it was a great beer to accompany the event. I am not sure how long it will be available but since it is a one off it is worth seeking ...
by toweringpine
Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Pinball Crawl presented by KBCo/3030 - Sep 28
Replies: 3
Views: 1427

I had a great time. I was planning on quitting this crawl and heading to Volo after 8 but I was having so much fun I stayed right through to the end. Thanks to KBC and 3030 for the hospitality. If you've not checked out 3030 before it is worth the trip! Lots of great taps and six pinball machines. T...
by toweringpine
Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer prices
Replies: 22
Views: 3637

I am not sure my original post can be seen as having a hissy fit but everyone is open to their own interpretation. edit... I wrote a bunch more but realized it sounded like a hissy fit so I deleted it. If Mark and I disagree then I would much rather discuss it at a pub over a couple beers than bicke...
by toweringpine
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer prices
Replies: 22
Views: 3637

After reading the link shared by Cass and looking over some of the recent seasonal releases I see that some of the releases have a focus on price and some do not. When the price is mentioned in the submittal info the products that hit the shelves seem to reflect it and for some ( like this fall rele...
by toweringpine
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer prices
Replies: 22
Views: 3637

Re: the only war on price is the moderation of demand.

1) beer prices have been getting retarded, especially since bars here also have to add markup over retail AND tax AND tip. Super ghey, Ontario!! 2) some products have been the same price forever so upward movement is inevitable. For those products. Not all. 3) drinking less is healthy. You can prob...
by toweringpine
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Beer prices
Replies: 22
Views: 3637

Beer prices

It is great that there are so many fantastic beer options available to us. There seems to be a steady climb in pricing that far outpaces the standard rate of inflation. I was just reading about the upcoming fall release and see only one beer for under $4 ( and even that is only by a nickel ). Not to...
by toweringpine
Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Smoking and beer -- polarizing?
Replies: 11
Views: 2653

I got into better beer over a decade ago and quit smoking eight years ago. I used to enjoy mostly over the top hops or beers that had powerful flavors. Now I still enjoy those but I can appreciate the more delicate nuances of a good lager or a nice mild much better than I used to. When I smoked I ne...
by toweringpine
Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: General LCBO Debate & Discussion Thread
Replies: 807
Views: 197634

New Store @ Eglington & Lloyd Manor

There is a new LCBO at Eglington and Lloyd Manor ( between Kipling and Islington ). A pretty decent beer selection. They didn't seem to have any special release stuff but had all the standard issue brews most of us might be looking for. The nice thing is that the entire beer section is a giant walk ...
by toweringpine
Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Coming Soon to the LCBO
Replies: 3067
Views: 754742

Would Dirty Bastard or Backwoods Bastard make it past the name police at the LCBO?
by toweringpine
Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Best gluten free beer?
Replies: 16
Views: 3487

If you can, try Schnitzerbrau. It is not at the LCBO but it is at select TBS locations ( or will be soon ) or you can get it from http://thehealthywineagent.com Completely gluten free and has a nice Weiss-y flavour even if the malt profile is non existent.
by toweringpine
Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Clearance items @ LCBOs
Replies: 16
Views: 6142

I am always happy to get a deal when I can but it is sad to see the first offerings from two new breweries on the discount rack. I hope both brewers will not suffer too much from this. I haven't tried either. I just don't buy very many larger bottles of 10% beer. I thought it was ambitious that both...
by toweringpine
Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 114908

Schnitzerbrau revisited

Schnitzer Brau Organic and Gluten Free An acquaintance who is getting into a beer and wine importing business is bringing This one to us. I was told it will at select The Beer Store locations soon. It's a different sort of beer, made from millet rather than sorghum like many gluten free beers. It h...
by toweringpine
Wed May 29, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Is West Coast style IPA excessively bitter?
Replies: 30
Views: 5802

I haven't heard the ad as I rarely listen to radio but it sounds like a bad one. That being said, there are those of us out there that like the smell of WCIPA style beers but not the bitterness level. Having that nice smell but at an English IPA level of bitterness makes for a nice brew for us. As ...
by toweringpine
Mon May 27, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16594
Views: 2135235

GLB Robohop. Others may disagree, but for my money this is the best beer GLB has ever produced and is also the best hop forward beer ever made in Ontario. Reminds me a little of Heady Topper. Awesome stuff. Thanks to Cale and Mel for this beauty. I grabbed a can of this while I was at the BBQ on Sa...

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