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by Tapsucker
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 38
Views: 9170

Re: Grand River Brewing

Gedge wrote:Remember when Mill St. Tankhouse was actually pretty decent?

Also, Sgt. Major.


Yes, but I'd say these came along in a much later wave.
Scotch Irish was great. I'd love to refresh my memory on their beers to see how they would fit in with my palete today .
by Tapsucker
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 38
Views: 9170

Re: earliest craft brewers ON

What a retro discussion! I drank Gritstone sometimes, also Niagara Trapper Lager. Way early on I liked Connor's Best Bitter even more than Gritstone, and Algonquin Country Lager which was hazy and unfiltered, making it seem more natural. Upper Canada was a trainwreck of often good beers that could ...
by Tapsucker
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Pioneer Ontario Breweries
Replies: 36
Views: 9291

Re: Pioneer Ontario Breweries

By Northern, are you referring to the company that had breweries in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins?? That company had a long, long history, but were not part of the coming of micro-breweries in Ontario. Maybe you mean something else...but I can't think of any other "Norther...
by Tapsucker
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16824
Views: 2352423

Re: What're you drinking right now?

Flying Monekys Psycho Thrill Seeker is a DIPA with coriander and lemon peel. Luckily, the coriander and lemon peel do not overpower the hop taste. I'd have to try this side-by-side with Nickel Brook Metal Head DIPA to tell which I like better, but I think I like thrill seeker a little more. I enjoy...
by Tapsucker
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 38
Views: 9170

Re: Grand River Brewing

Yes, good adds. I liked a strong bitter or old ale Niagara did, as I recall,though the name escapes me. Brick's Bock was quite nice for a little while. I thought of Granite, which I immediately loved, but in those days you couldn't get them "to go", so think of it more as a destination. S...
by Tapsucker
Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 38
Views: 9170

Re: Grand River Brewing

"One of the first craft breweries in Ontario established in 1996" Not sure how far up the list you have to be to be considered "one of the first", but I think this is an exaggeration. Obviously the true pioneers were Wellington, upperCanada, Conners and Hart (I may be forgetting...
by Tapsucker
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Let's find some way to help our friends
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: Let's find some way to help our friends

Here is a small gesture I discovered. Perfect if you need to keep your family preoccupied while you go enjoy a quiet brew in the corner. :D

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Any other ideas?
by Tapsucker
Thu May 28, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Let's find some way to help our friends
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Let's find some way to help our friends

This is a partner thread to one I just posited. It’s no secret the hospitality industry is facing an existential crises. I’m guessing (sadly) that every one of our quality beer establishments and favourite social spots are potentially lost to us. A Big Loss. I don’t want to write a eulogy here, but ...
by Tapsucker
Thu May 28, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Friends, how are you doing?
Replies: 0
Views: 1439

Friends, how are you doing?

As I recall from the roots of Bartowel, there was a time when we congregated here to share insights into where to find great beer and support those in the hospitality industry that were prepared to help us with our weird niche fetish. We have been blessed with so many bars and restaurants that have ...
by Tapsucker
Tue May 19, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Ontario Brewers
Topic: Collective Arts
Replies: 173
Views: 58590

Re: Collective Arts

Two new collabs from these guys in a week! Found 3 other people to go in on a group buy with and split up the costs so I’ll be able to just commit to one or two of each instead of the whole 4-Pack https://collectiveartsbrewing.com/beers/ultra-soft/ https://collectiveartsbrewing.com/beers/tropical-d...
by Tapsucker
Tue May 19, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Modern trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4388

Re: Modern trends

Which lagers are worth seeking out right now Sean. I also ordered a 4 of Ice Cold Beer to try Well definitely Godspeed as established now. From what I see on their shop right now I'd highly recommend the Otsukaresama dortmunder, it's excellent. Can't go wrong with any of their stuff, but since we'r...
by Tapsucker
Fri May 15, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Modern trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4388

Re: Modern trends

The one thing that attracts me to the NE or hazy IPA category is the increased emphasis on hop aroma. I love a good bouquet of new world or surprising hops. The push towards big hop budgets late in hopping (whirlpool or dry), is an attraction to me. I still love bitterness, but the added dimension o...
by Tapsucker
Fri May 15, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Modern trends
Replies: 52
Views: 4388

Re: Modern trends

Pastry stouts are disgusting, and I don’t know anyone who drinks them I think they’re interesting to people like me because we’ve been drinking lagers and Pilsner for decades now, and are chasing loud flavours and noses That's an interesting description. A lot of the"New World" wines are ...
by Tapsucker
Sat May 09, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 6017

Re: Coronavirus

More importantly, the expensive high quality stuff seems to be marked up the same percentage as the cheap stuff. The LCBO has little incentive to gouge consumers for all they can on premium products. Put these facts together, and you have an environment in the US where cheap beer is more inexpensiv...
by Tapsucker
Fri May 08, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 46
Views: 6017

Re: Coronavirus

I'd like to clarify, when I suggested culling the herd, it was by no means a slight on the many great breweries we now get to enjoy in Ontario. I totally agree with Belgian that we are now in an era where we no longer need to shop abroad out of desperation for quality. Although, we should still keep...

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