Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby seangm » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:43 pm

midlife crisis wrote:It's probably the best beer at Loblaws. That is an interesting question, actually -- what is the best beer commonly on the shelf at Loblaws?

Other contenders: CA Life in the Clouds, Omnipollo Zodiak, BtP Aromatherapy. (I would have included Side Launch Mountain Lager, but it is extinct of course).

Any other nominations? Put another way, what beer do you tend to buy at Loblaws (i.e. "I'm here anyway, this is good enough")?


Definitely CA, they seem to be well represented- even found Guava Gose a couple weeks back. Agreed with Zodiak and BtP, I'll typically pick them up while I'm there. A few other Superstore finds I've been enjoying are Sons of Kent 8 Track, Goodlot Farmstead Ale, Left Field Greenwood and Bang Bang, and Silversmith Black Lager. I find the turnover is better at my Superstore than nearby LCBOs, so I load up on fresh GLB and Nickelbrook as well.

On the topic of Mountain Lager, they seem to still be brewing it according to their Instagram and I found it at the Beer Store. It's disappointing that they scaled back distribution, but thankfully it's still out there. A good thing since it really is one of my favourite all-rounders.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby GtownRandy » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:36 pm

I will second the Sons of Kent 8 Track at Superstore. New shipments are making it regularly from Chatham to Georgetown. It’s my new go to.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby beerstodiscover » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:57 am

midlife crisis wrote:I note FWIW that Clifford Porter seems to be available more or less all the time at Loblaws (at the least the one I frequent).


Ditto at my local Great Canadian Superstore. This is an inevitable purchase when I shop there.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby sofakingdrunk » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:02 pm

midlife crisis wrote:It's probably the best beer at Loblaws. That is an interesting question, actually -- what is the best beer commonly on the shelf at Loblaws?

Other contenders: CA Life in the Clouds, Omnipollo Zodiak, BtP Aromatherapy. (I would have included Side Launch Mountain Lager, but it is extinct of course).

Any other nominations? Put another way, what beer do you tend to buy at Loblaws (i.e. "I'm here anyway, this is good enough")?



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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby sofakingdrunk » Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:02 pm

midlife crisis wrote:It's probably the best beer at Loblaws. That is an interesting question, actually -- what is the best beer commonly on the shelf at Loblaws?

Other contenders: CA Life in the Clouds, Omnipollo Zodiak, BtP Aromatherapy. (I would have included Side Launch Mountain Lager, but it is extinct of course).

Any other nominations? Put another way, what beer do you tend to buy at Loblaws (i.e. "I'm here anyway, this is good enough")?



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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby Masterplan » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:17 pm

Definitely Life in the Clouds.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby midlife crisis » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:02 pm

Masterplan wrote:Definitely Life in the Clouds.


Yeah, it's probably my #1 Loblaws beer as well, at least in terms of total purchases. Much as I think Clifford Porter is an almost perfect expression of a quaffable plain Porter, the fact is that I don't really feel like Porter all that often compared to a nice, cloudy IPA.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby sofakingdrunk » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:36 pm

JaseWescott wrote:2019 Muskoka Harvest Ale now available at the LCBO

Hops: VQH Farms (Eden) & Pleasant Valley Hops - Ontario Grown (Hillier)
Specialty Malts: Barn Owl Malt (Belleville)
Base Malt: Canada Malting (Thunder Bay)
Yeast: Escarpment Laboratories (Guelph)


https://www.lcbo.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ ... ctId=62412



Here’s to hoping they’re going back to the old version of this, as opposed to last years swill
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby midlife crisis » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:03 pm

sofakingdrunk wrote:
JaseWescott wrote:2019 Muskoka Harvest Ale now available at the LCBO

Hops: VQH Farms (Eden) & Pleasant Valley Hops - Ontario Grown (Hillier)
Specialty Malts: Barn Owl Malt (Belleville)
Base Malt: Canada Malting (Thunder Bay)
Yeast: Escarpment Laboratories (Guelph)


https://www.lcbo.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ ... ctId=62412



Here’s to hoping they’re going back to the old version of this, as opposed to last years swill


I have given up on this too. Unless one of you guys miraculously loves it this year!
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby seangm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:56 am

midlife crisis wrote:
sofakingdrunk wrote:
JaseWescott wrote:2019 Muskoka Harvest Ale now available at the LCBO

https://www.lcbo.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ ... ctId=62412



Here’s to hoping they’re going back to the old version of this, as opposed to last years swill


I have given up on this too. Unless one of you guys miraculously loves it this year!


Every year I hold out hope that it's closer to the original recipe, been disappointed but I still try 1 can. This year's description on the website makes it sound like the original (grassy hops, or something to that effect) so I will take a bullet for the team and report back.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby beerstodiscover » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:33 pm

Having Muskoka’s Harvest Ale right now. This is not the hoppy ale of years past. If I was blindfolded I’d probably guess it’s an imperial lager. Rich malt and grassy hops, as described on the can. Mediocre.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby Gleemer Imports » Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:52 am

La Trappe Quad, i believe, is brewed at Brunswick in Ontario.
and it's Netherlands, not Belgian.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby midlife crisis » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:43 am

Gleemer Imports wrote:La Trappe Quad, i believe, is brewed at Brunswick in Ontario.
and it's Netherlands, not Belgian.


Yes, correct, saw it in the fridge on my last visit to Brunswick.
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby portwood » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:43 pm

midlife crisis wrote:
Gleemer Imports wrote:La Trappe Quad, i believe, is brewed at Brunswick in Ontario.
and it's Netherlands, not Belgian.


Yes, correct, saw it in the fridge on my last visit to Brunswick.

Though it may still benefit the monks and their causes (in a small way), i guess that means the Ontario version is NOT a trappist beer ...
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Re: Ontario Craft Beer, Imports and Pumpkin Beers at the LCBO (Fall 2019)

Postby seangm » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:25 am

portwood wrote:
midlife crisis wrote:
Gleemer Imports wrote:La Trappe Quad, i believe, is brewed at Brunswick in Ontario.
and it's Netherlands, not Belgian.


Yes, correct, saw it in the fridge on my last visit to Brunswick.

Though it may still benefit the monks and their causes (in a small way), i guess that means the Ontario version is NOT a trappist beer ...


I have a feeling it might still be brewed in the Netherlands, when I was at Brunswick a while back they had a number of Weihenstephaner beers for sale that were the originals brewed in Germany. I'm not sure what kind of arrangement or licence they have, since I didn't think you could sell beers not brewed in your facility outside of the LCBO or TBS. For sure the La Trappe Ora et Labora is brewed locally, but to your point they wouldn't be able to sell La Trappe Quad as a Trappist beer if it's brewed here.
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