I'm a huge fan of the Mo', I have to say. Except for when it catches on fire while I'm enjoying a--finally--nice, hoppy ale. Those firemen were certainly interested in having me pay my bill...
Good times, otherwise. The only thing that could make it better would be a nice, consistent craft selection; maybe a dedicated Grand River / Wellington rotating tap. Anything but F&M's crimes against beer...
Hopefully this is just a minor setback (ideally a setback which eliminated some of the Molbatt selections in the basement) and we're back on track soon. Four firetrucks is pretty awesome, though!
All kidding aside, it sounds like something went amiss in the basement which created a lot of smoke but nothing to worry about (other than my clothes, which a quick load of laundry will fix). Serious about the good Ontario tap, however; snobs will make sure it stays fresh.
Sounds like you had fun at the Mo'.
I'm yet to experience the fire truck situation, but I'm guessing they save that for special nights.
My last visit was Family Day. I went for lunch and stayed for a while to watch the olympics.
Service was very good. Karen is a friendly face and remembers your name, and seems to appreciate the patronage. I left a decent tip.
They were steady for a Holiday Monday, which is good to see because it means more people are going there. Another couple was drinking craft.
I'd like to see a tap that consistently has one brewer on tap. Like you said, Will.......a Grand River Tap. Of course, the people at the Mo have to decide which is best for their business. I know the 666 was tasting awfully nice on tap last week, and the rotating taps seem to work for them.
I also supported their bottle offerings by getting a plowman's and a dead elephant.
The prices are very good for these bottles, and I hope it convinces people to try these offerings.
Overall, the Mo is doing a great job in balancing a craft beer selection with market demand of the molbatts stuff. I'll keep throwing them money as long as they maintain this path.