matt7215 wrote: you'd think we'd have it better then that with 1 million people but at least it is improving
The pop. of K-W and surrounding areas is less than half of that, just over 477,000
people. But I agree with your point - considering the growth and wealth in the area and the fact that many of the new residents are nerdy/techy/well-educated types, you'd figure there'd be more beer spots. Same can be said of several other Ontario cities, though: ~715,000 people in Mississauga with only two beer-focused pubs and ~455,000 in Brampton with nothing in sight.
Brampton cleared the 1/2 million mark last year.
We're currently the 4th largest city in the province, 3rd largest in the GTA.
Not a single OCB tap in the city. Save for a couple places with Barking Squirrel. Georgetown has an infinitely better beer scene with the Crook (they have a cask engine!)
Someone save us.
Interesting side note: There is one Italian place, that is probably the best place to eat in the city.
We went there after the Movies last Friday (we saw Pirates - it was awesome).
This place was busy - it had two taps, Moretti and Barking Squirrel, plus the full range of Molbatt bottle products.
Every single person (all of them) who I saw drinking beer did the same thing: They asked what barking squirrel was ("It's a local beer", was the response), thought it sounded interesting and ordered it.
All of them.
Regardless of whether Barking Squirrel is good or not, regular every day 905 folks wanted something different and "local", which I think suggests that many people are ready for that "shift" to good locally made beer.
Point is - someone come and open a good pub in this town...
"What can you say about Pabst Blue Ribbon that Dennis Hopper hasn’t screamed in the middle of an ether binge?" - Jordan St. John