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Postby rejtable » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:30 am

I think that top three for pure beer experience is unquestionable. I wouldn't consider Pub Italia in my top 10 places to actually spend real time, but if all I wanted to do was drink beer there is nothing close to those three, I don't think.
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Postby cfrancis » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:18 am

Arrow and Loon always has a great selection of Ontario Craft.
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Postby rejtable » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:27 am

Sure, but aside from casks, not much that Italia wouldn't have is there? And when you add in the Euro variety, Delirium and a few other nuggets, and bottles, Italia wins hands down for beer doesn't it?
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Postby cfrancis » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:48 am

For overall selection, Italia wins. For strictly Ontario Crarft beer, A&L is better.
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Postby iguenard » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:22 pm

For Craft beer, I prefer Black Tomato, plus it has great food and is in the Byward Market. The loon for me is not worth the drive (sorry loon), our first Ottawa tasting there was dismal. All I drank were St-ambroise noire, which they have on nitro at the Tomater.
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Postby sprague11 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:31 pm

I'm a big fan of crossing the bridge and going to L'Autre Oeil
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Postby iguenard » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:13 pm

sprague11 wrote:I'm a big fan of crossing the bridge and going to L'Autre Oeil


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Postby codfishh » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:58 am

The Wellington Gastropub has some nice ontario craft beers on tap as well.
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Postby Zuma » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:18 pm

codfishh wrote:The Wellington Gastropub has some nice ontario craft beers on tap as well.


I agree. We were there on Friday and half the tap list was stuff I had not had before. Stuff like Aston Brewery's Extravaganza IPA, Beaus' Mango Saison, Beaus' Farm Table, Hogsback Kilty Bastard, and Wellington's Imperial Stout on cask.

Plus, you know you are always going to get a great meal.
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Postby Bytowner » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:30 am

+1 on the gastropub. Just within the past couple of weeks their tap lists have blown me away (for Ottawa).

Not mentioned, but definitely worth a go: Smoque Shack
http://www.smoqueshack.com/

BBQ is top notch and they have good local taps. They also have insanely cheap specials that I manage to stumble on every now and then and that I still haven't really figured out. Last time I was there I had a PINT of Chaudiere for $4!
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Postby rejtable » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:35 pm

Gastropub list is great, no doubt, but man, it's hard to eat a meal for two there for less than $100.

Has anyone been there at night for just a pint? I've always been for dinner, and the little bar strip just seems an awkward place to enjoy a pint while people are eating their $35 scallops.
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Postby Bytowner » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:08 pm

rejtable wrote:Gastropub list is great, no doubt, but man, it's hard to eat a meal for two there for less than $100.

Has anyone been there at night for just a pint? I've always been for dinner, and the little bar strip just seems an awkward place to enjoy a pint while people are eating their $35 scallops.


You're absolutely right. When I say that their tap lists have been blowing me away, I mean "as seen on twitter". Doesn't give off the neighbourhood pub vibe. Maybe someday I'll stop in on a weekday when I expect there might be a place to sit without feeling like I'm taking away from a $200 cover.
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Postby rejtable » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:52 am

Just a note that I was at The Manx last night. Still my favourite pub experience in the area, but I was quite surprised by how much better the tap list was than even the last time I was there (maybe 6-8 months ago). All the usual taps were there, but they had at least 6-7 seasonal/rotating taps, including Kichessipi Wuchak Black, Beyond the Pale Rye Guy (Pink Fuzz in bottles), Beau's Strong Patrick, Muskoka Oddity (they've long had a Muskoka rotating tap), Spearhead Morrocan, and maybe one or two I'm forgetting.

A few places around town may have one or two more exciting beers on tap at any given time, and still no casks, but man oh man to just combine a great pub atmosphere, solid food and lots of tasty beer, there can't be many better experiences around town.
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Postby Kekumba » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:29 pm

sprague11 wrote:I'm a big fan of crossing the bridge and going to L'Autre Oeil


Finally made it out there last month. Opted for some taps after staring at the bottle menu for 20 minutes. Great place, though, and very reasonable bottle prices as far as I could tell.

Also bit OT, anyone know if Broue Ha Ha still has the BA Peche and Solstice or did that not make it through yesterday? I'm calling, but they'd not answering...
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Postby El Pinguino » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:30 pm

Visited Ottawa about 10 times last summer/fall and found myself at Brothers Beer Bistro mostly. Also hit up SmoqueShack or however you spell it. Need to get to Manx and L'Autre Oeil still....

What is the Manx like in terms of food and larger groups? Might have 8-10 people with me on my next visit into Ottawa. I want good beer, they want cheap food...

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