Raisy & SRM - you guys okay with not ordering a case of this? Obviously you're free to order it in yourself, but I'm not sure you'd have much luck offloading all the bottles.
ECBS wrote:Frere Ambroise wrote:List of 20: http://www.canadianbeernews.com/2013/11/18/venues-announced-for-st-ambroise-russian-imperial-stout-draught-release/
The list of participating locations is as follows:
Arrow and Loon
The Old English Pub
The Only Café
Stout Irish Pub
The Hole in the Wall
Domestique-Café Cyclo Sportif
Augusta’s Winking Judge
The Bent Elbow
Milo’s Craft Beer Emporium
I must say I was quite sad to see that none of the draught RIS would be making its way to the Windsor/Essex region! Believe it or not, there are a fair number of beer geeks/enthusiasts out here; perhaps not enough to warrant the 12 different participating locations that the fine City of Toronto has secured, but a fair number nonetheless. It seems most breweries and even craft beer drinkers in Ontario are of the opinion that the beer scene is non-existent west of London, or that those of us in Ontario's deep southwest are perfectly content throwing back OVs or any other lager that comes in a case with a free t-shirt. This is simply not the case (at least, for some of us...although free t-shirts are pretty great).
I was very excited when I learned that McAuslan, Beau's and other notable breweries would be making an appearance at Windsor's inaugural beer festival this past October, but was surprised by how quickly the taps ran dry (although I'm not sure whether this was a result of decisions made by various breweries to only bring a limited quantity of beer, or of some sort of rules imposed by the festival's organizers). At least some people in our area are of the opinion that the breweries in attendance simply didn't expect much interest on the part of our local, free t-shirt-donning residents.
Please forgive my little rant and allow me to get to the point of my post! I was discussing the draught RIS promotion with a local pub-owner yesterday, and he claimed McAuslan doesn't deliver to our area. Is this true? I'm good friends with the head beer man at another very popular local restaurant/pub, and I am certain he would be interested in bringing in St. Ambroise beer. As a big fan of McAuslan myself, I would certainly support this, as would the members of my Beer Society and many of the beer-loving residents of Windsor/Essex.
Could you or any other Bartowellers please shed some light on this issue? We, the beer-loving residents of Windsor/Essex, are thirsty for answers.
ECBS wrote: Do any of you have answers to these questions?
I'd definitely be up for ordering cases into Windsor, trading, bottle sharing...
I also hear rumors that there may be a second beer festival in our area in 2014. This one will be a summer event and will not take place downtown. I think the organizers may have thoughts of another Erie Shores Wine Fest but for craft beer which is also a big hit for county folk.
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