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Together We're Bitter

Postby Kish84 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:14 am

Anyone in the K-W area hear about this? Or know anyone involved? Seems interesting, and the beer lineup looks promising, especially with this line.
Either we juice up our wit recipe with seasonal fruits, judiciously incorporate strange fruits into appropriate styles, or brew and age sour lambics like kriek, framboise, and druivenlambik.

I came across this after the Investor Meet and Greet, but can't find any more info.

On a side note, with the news of Bill taking over the Boathouse being official, it looks like there will be another craft beer destination for us here.
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby J343MY » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:38 pm

Kish84 wrote:Anyone in the K-W area hear about this? Or know anyone involved? Seems interesting, and the beer lineup looks promising, especially with this line.
Either we juice up our wit recipe with seasonal fruits, judiciously incorporate strange fruits into appropriate styles, or brew and age sour lambics like kriek, framboise, and druivenlambik.

I came across this after the Investor Meet and Greet, but can't find any more info.

On a side note, with the news of Bill taking over the Boathouse being official, it looks like there will be another craft beer destination for us here.


Very exciting. Its always a good thing to have more craft beer options in KW.

But I do think they need to work on their beer menu approach a bit though. It seems like they are trying to have something that will appeal everyone, as opposed to having a bit more of a focused concept. As a brewpub I don't think you need to have a wit, a porter, a pilsner, a pale, a brown, a mild and another version of a mild. Maybe shorten up the list a little and ditch a couple of the more boring beers.

Anyway, good luck to them and I'll definitely be stopping by once they get going.
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby Kish84 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:38 pm

Looks like these guys finally have a location.

Last I heard, things have changed a bit. They will no longer be a brewpub, just a brewery.

I'm hoping for the best, but with how long it took them to do anything, the change in plans, and the amount of hands in the cookie jar, I can't help but feel a bit pessimistic.

With the exception of Block 3, I haven't been too impressed with much that has come out this way. Of course that will all change when Barncat opens.
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Postby MatttthewGeorge » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:57 pm

Kish84 wrote:With the exception of Block 3, I haven't been too impressed with much that has come out this way. Of course that will all change when Barncat opens.


I just don't see how you cannot like some of Innocente's beers. His new DIPA is just as good as GLB/NB/SC, imo.
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby Kish84 » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:45 pm

MatttthewGeorge wrote:
Kish84 wrote:With the exception of Block 3, I haven't been too impressed with much that has come out this way. Of course that will all change when Barncat opens.


I just don't see how you cannot like some of Innocente's beers. His new DIPA is just as good as GLB/NB/SC, imo.

Honestly, I hated the ones he came out with when he opened that I've stayed away from anything hoppy from him. I do like his pilsner, and if I see the new DIPA I'll give it a try. Some of this is also based on my personal feelings towards Steve's "if you don't like my beer you can fuck off because you know nothing about beer" attitude.
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Postby atomeyes » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:56 am

Kish84 wrote: I do like his pilsner, and if I see the new DIPA I'll give it a try. Some of this is also based on my personal feelings towards Steve's "if you don't like my beer you can fuck off because you know nothing about beer" attitude.


i've heard similar things about him, as well as a playboy-esque approach to brewing. buy all the galaxy hops just 'cuz.
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Postby MatttthewGeorge » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:57 am

Kish84 wrote:
MatttthewGeorge wrote:
Kish84 wrote:With the exception of Block 3, I haven't been too impressed with much that has come out this way. Of course that will all change when Barncat opens.


I just don't see how you cannot like some of Innocente's beers. His new DIPA is just as good as GLB/NB/SC, imo.

Honestly, I hated the ones he came out with when he opened that I've stayed away from anything hoppy from him. I do like his pilsner, and if I see the new DIPA I'll give it a try. Some of this is also based on my personal feelings towards Steve's "if you don't like my beer you can fuck off because you know nothing about beer" attitude.


All his beers have changed, some drastically. I really like the IPA, although it's still a bit bitter (which I like... And is no where as bitter as it was). I like his pilsener as well, and the Charcoal porter is rather good. This batch of DIPA is fantastic.

As to Steve himself, he's definitely smoothed out a bit. Not too sure if that's because he knows he rubbed people the wrong way or if he's been humbled slightly. Personally I really like Steve. It's refreshing to hear someone speak honestly in this industry. I don't agree with everything his says but he's the one guy I know that I can say "you're full of shit Steve" and he won't be upset. Dishes it out and takes it. I'll take that over fake smiles and talking behind backs any day.
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby Kish84 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:13 am

MatttthewGeorge wrote:All his beers have changed, some drastically. I really like the IPA, although it's still a bit bitter (which I like... And is no where as bitter as it was). I like his pilsener as well, and the Charcoal porter is rather good. This batch of DIPA is fantastic.

As to Steve himself, he's definitely smoothed out a bit. Not too sure if that's because he knows he rubbed people the wrong way or if he's been humbled slightly. Personally I really like Steve. It's refreshing to hear someone speak honestly in this industry. I don't agree with everything his says but he's the one guy I know that I can say "you're full of shit Steve" and he won't be upset. Dishes it out and takes it. I'll take that over fake smiles and talking behind backs any day.

That's good to hear, I'll need to give his beers another shot.

On a side note, I'm stretching the term "local" a bit, but I've liked everything I've had from Black Swan in Stratford. The Porter and IPA are very good, and I get Wild Child whenever I see it available.
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Postby midlife crisis » Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:23 pm

Just to jump in here, I was at Abe Erb last weekend and really liked the Harvest APA "from the brite tank". It was super fresh tasting and bursting with juicy C-hops. (I also have liked most of the beers I've had from Block 3. They do some good stuff).
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby kfbass » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:26 pm

Reviving old threads I know, but there is some talk of my region and im late to the party.

I too really like black swan. Their beers are all good-great. The berliner and IPA in particular are pretty darn fantastic. Plus Bruce the owner is a cool guy. Very homebrew esque approach to it all, and it kind of reminds me of the type of brewery you might see in every little small town in the states. I dig that spot.

Block Three as well has consistently put out more and more decent beers. Some of their farmhouse stuff and barrel aged stuff has been quite nice.

Is TWB even open yet? Last I heard they get a space down on Mill st, but I'm not entirely certain they have opened. Has certainly been a long time coming anyways. I'd love to try their stuff.
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby Kish84 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:03 pm

kfbass wrote:Is TWB even open yet? Last I heard they get a space down on Mill st, but I'm not entirely certain they have opened. Has certainly been a long time coming anyways. I'd love to try their stuff.

Not open, still putting the place together. It's tiny, 1500 sqft. and a 2 year sub-lease. Depending on how things go, they want to expand to the downtown area, or move there. Pretty much, they needed revenue and found a spot they could brew and sell beer in. Much different than their original plans. I also see that more people are joining on as co-owners...
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby Kish84 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:54 am

TWB is finally opening February 10th.
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Postby matt7215 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:13 pm

great opening night for TWB

very good addition to the local scene!
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby Peter Collins » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:53 pm

Reviving this thread for a bit...

A bit of news about TWB: I'll be joining them as their brewer starting tomorrow (July 4). I have left Grand River Brewing as their Head Brewer and am excited to be joining the team at TWB to make beer for, and with, them. Hoping to see them through some growth, distribution/packaging, improvements in the brew house, and maybe some new beers.

They are a great bunch of people who each bring a lot to the brewery and I'm so excited to be a part of that. A young brewery looking to make some changes and grow and become more a part of the craft beer scene in KW and Ontario is a very exciting thing for me.

Some of you may know me from GRB but if you don't please feel free to drop by TWB and say hello. I look forward to seeing you there!
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Re: Together We're Bitter

Postby distr0 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:27 am

I stopped by TWB yesterday, really cool atmosphere and awesome people. Tried some samples and took home a few half-growlers. I don't like to 'rate' based of just a small sample, but everything tasted pretty solid, and the coconut stout was VERY good. The whole place was open to roam around and they even had live music playing in the back - very cool.

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