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Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby Cass » Sun Aug 02, 2015 11:59 am

For the local beer history buffs, here's a vintage beer dinner menu from Orso Restaurant - a dinner organized by John Maxwell and hosted by Michael Jackson. Quite something to see what were the fancy local beers of the day.

Thanks to Gary Gillman for sharing!

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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby sofakingdrunk » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:17 am

Wow, that's something. We've cime a long long way
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby Tapsucker » Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:31 pm

I do miss that Conners Stout.
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby S. St. Jeb » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:53 pm

Yes, good memories of Connors Stout, and also Gritstone.

I don't recall Burlington Light. Anyone know who made it? There was a Halton County Brewery in Burlington in 1988. Not sure they were still around in 1990.

And I have to ask....how many of you young bartowellers were drinking out of baby bottles or sippy cups in 1990? :D
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby G.M. Gillman » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:14 am

Nice to see that put up, thanks! Actually the menu is from John Maxwell (of Allen's, Dora Keogh's) who used to own Orso, and John kindly consented to the menu appearing here.

John was one of the founders of the Toronto Gambrinus Society, an early beer appreciation group here. I was a member. I helped with the arrangements for the dinner including viz Jackson's appearance and the beer list.

Can't recall any details on Burlington Light at the moment. Sculler was a good all-malt lager from Ste. Catherine. The Connors stout was excellent, its best beer I think.

Good memories!

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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby lister » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:48 am

S. St. Jeb wrote:Yes, good memories of Connors Stout, and also Gritstone.

And I have to ask....how many of you young bartowellers were drinking out of baby bottles or sippy cups in 1990? :D


I miss Gritstone too.

I was in the middle of high school in 1990. The only beer that I had up to that point was whatever shitty macro crap my dad was drinking. That played a large part in my not drinking beer until my mid-20's when I got introduced to Algonquin Honey Brown and KLB Raspberry Wheat.
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby Tapsucker » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:44 pm

S. St. Jeb wrote:
And I have to ask....how many of you young bartowellers were drinking out of baby bottles or sippy cups in 1990? :D


I was already old enough to have travelled, tasted better and come home to the disappointing choices (or lack of) we had.

Thinking back to those days, this is all of the menu I remember.

- The already mentioned Connors Stout, and also the decent Bitter
- Upper Canada and their Rebellion line
- Yes, Gritstone
- Stuff on tap at Dennison's, Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Spruce Goose (pretty poor) and the up and coming Granite
- Creemore
- I can't recall when Formosa as well as Wellington came on the scene, but I vaguely guess it was about then.
- Hart was a bit later, but got my attention with Dragon's Breath

Hell, even some of the President's Choice stuff was a break from the swill of the day. Ironic for a spokesman who didn't drink.


Earlier still, Northern and Brick had a few offerings to get me through college and they were often cheap too. How many good (or at least drinkable) but affordable student beers have you come across?
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby Belgian » Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:20 pm

Ahh 1990 - I had been working a year in Toronto already!

And I had a taste for good-ish beer, drinking Connors Best Better, Gritstone, Niagara Trapper and Algonquin Lager, and Pilsner Urquell tasted really good back then from the bottles at The Rivoli, if I'm not mistaken. I sort of knew at the time Upper Canada was hit-and-miss (or hit and shit?), and I also sort of knew Red Baron and stuff like that was middling.

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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby Craig » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:47 am

I was big into root beer floats in the summer of 1990. I was also six.
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Postby midlife crisis » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:10 am

Tapsucker wrote:I was already old enough to have travelled, tasted better and come home to the disappointing choices (or lack of) we had.

Thinking back to those days, this is all of the menu I remember.

- The already mentioned Connors Stout, and also the decent Bitter
- Upper Canada and their Rebellion line
- Yes, Gritstone
- Stuff on tap at Dennison's, Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Spruce Goose (pretty poor) and the up and coming Granite
- Creemore
- I can't recall when Formosa as well as Wellington came on the scene, but I vaguely guess it was about then.
- Hart was a bit later, but got my attention with Dragon's Breath

Hell, even some of the President's Choice stuff was a break from the swill of the day. Ironic for a spokesman who didn't drink.


Earlier still, Northern and Brick had a few offerings to get me through college and they were often cheap too. How many good (or at least drinkable) but affordable student beers have you come across?


Wellington was well-established by then, and their County Ale and, to a lesser extent, Arkell Bitter were the best beers available for a brief period in Toronto (IMO), especially when served cask conditioned at the long lost and lamented Hop and Grape ("Hope and Grope") on College just west of Yonge.
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby El Pinguino » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:26 am

Craig wrote:I was big into root beer floats in the summer of 1990. I was also six.


Haha...ya....it was a few years after this event when I had my first beer. Never a fan of root beer floats though...just straight up root beer.
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Re: Vintage Beer Dinner Menu - 1990

Postby Belgian » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:32 pm

Here is a rare photo from the event!

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