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Garrison Imperial I.P.A. Hits Ontario

September 29th, 2010 Posted by LCBO Releases, Site News No Comment yet

As part of the LCBO’s Autumn Ales beer release, we are thrilled to say that Garrison Imperial I.P.A. from Halifax, Nova Scotia is rolling out to the shelves for purchase.  The Bar Towel, through our partner Cecktor Limited, is the agent for Garrison in Ontario and has been documenting the experience of importing through the Free Our Beer project.  You can find which LCBO stores currently have stock here.

It has been nearly a year in the works to get this beer to LCBO store shelves and we are very happy it is here.  It is truly a fantastic beer, a two-time Canadian Beer of the Year at the Canadian Brewing Awards and one of the most regarded IPAs in Canada.  Recently a few web sites have reviewed Garrison IIPA from the LCBO media tasting a couple of weeks ago, and here’s what they had to say:

From Toronto Beer Blog:

OH HELL YES.  Garrison and Propeller are the two “big” microbreweries in Nova Scotia, and are admired and well-respected for good reason.  They make great beers.  Garrison’s IIPA is incredible, golden brown with huge hops in the aroma, grapefruit mostly, and hints of florals.  The flavour is pretty much all hops, though there is a nice malt background, which keeps the hops in balance.  As it warms, there are hints of straw that come through the hops.  In my notes, I used an obscenity to describe how good this beer is.  Just buy it, okay?

And from Taste TO:

Local hopheads have been hoping for some time to see this bitter beauty from Nova Scotia on LCBO shelves. Now that it’s here, they won’t be disappointed, as it’s chock full of the aromas and flavours that hop lovers crave – spruce, pine, grapefruit & herbs – but just enough malt sweetness to keep things from getting too out of hand. It’ll be tempting to stock up on this one, but it’s best enjoyed fresh, while the hops are still really popping.

Garrison Imperial I.P.A. has started hitting the store shelves this week and will sell for $4.25 per 500 mL bottle.  It is joined in this seasonal release by Orval Trappist Ale,  Trafalgar Smoked Oatmeal Stout,  Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel, Southern Tier Choklat, Belhaven Scottish Stout, Dark Star Espresso Stout, Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter, Wychwood Wychcraft, Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Cask, Lakes of Muskoka Harvest Ale and Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider.  All of the beers should be hitting the store shelves now.

P.S. as mentioned above, and for full disclosure, The Bar Towel is behind the importing of this beer.  And we can tell you from our dealings with the LCBO that if you want to see more Garrison in Ontario, please buy some.  You can find after the break the complete list of LCBO stores that will be receiving Garrison IIPA (plus the other Autumn Ales releases).


Brewer’s Bearded Pub Crawl

September 23rd, 2010 Posted by Beer Events, Site News No Comment yet

Just announced! A Kensington Market pub crawl on Thursday Sept 23 as part of Toronto Beer Week, featuring Davey from Beau’s, Jon from Muskoka, and John from Great Lakes. There will be some swag awarded along the way, and lots of great local beer.

Pub Crawl Route:

Ronnie’s Local – 8pm

La Palette – 8:40

Burger Bar – 9:20

Caplansky’s – 10:00

Cloak & Dagger – 10:40

Lost Abbey/Port Tasting at Toronto Beer Week

September 8th, 2010 Posted by Beer Events, Site News No Comment yet

As part of Toronto Beer Week, The Bar Towel is presenting an exclusive Lost Abbey and Port Brewing beer tasting at beerbistro.  beerbistro is the only restaurant in Ontario where you will find the beers of Lost Abbey and Port.

Taking place on Wednesday, September 22nd at 6pm, the tasting will feature 4 Lost Abbey beers (Carnevale, Red Barn, Avant Garde, and Lost and Found) along with Port Old Viscosity and Port Older Viscosity. Brewer Matt Tweedy will be on hand to guide you through the beers, and share his experiences working at the brewery.  Cass Enright of The Bar Towel will host the tasting.

Tickets are $25 per person which includes all six samples.  They are available now by calling beerbistro at 416-861-9872.

Sign up for Bar Towel E-News

September 5th, 2010 Posted by Site News No Comment yet

We’ve been getting some requests to create an e-mail newsletter as another way of keeping beer lovers informed in Ontario and beyond.  So we did it!  If you’re interested in receiving periodic e-mail updates on what’s happening with The Bar Towel and the beer scene, please register here or using the form below.


The Bar Towel Announces Picaroons Private Order

June 28th, 2010 Posted by Consignment & Private Orders, Site News No Comment yet

The Bar Towel, through its partner corporation Cecktor Limited, is happy to announce that it has been appointed the Ontario representative for Picaroons Traditional Ales of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Picaroons, brewed by the Northampton Brewing Company, is the second brewery partner of The Bar Towel Specialty Beer Imports / Cecktor Limited, an affiliate of The Bar Towel dedicated to offering unique products to Ontario beer lovers.  This relationship with Picaroons also strengthens the Free Our Beer initiative, an offshoot of The Bar Towel dedicated to reforming Ontario’s beer retailing system.

At the same time we are also happy to launch a Private Order for Picaroons for Ontario consumers.  Effective immediately, Ontario consumers can order full cases of Picaroons Best Bitter Ale, Man’s Best Friend Porter, Timber Hog Stout, Yippee IPA and Feel’s Good Pilsner.  You can find out more about this order and place your order securely online here.

Bar Towel Introduces New Publishing System

December 28th, 2009 Posted by Site News No Comment yet

The Bar Towel is proud to announce its move to a new publishing system for Ontario beer news! The new system (WordPress) should allow for a cleaner interface and more functionality to come. Comments and feedback are welcome – e-mail any thoughts to  If anyone is following Bar Towel news via RSS, please update to this feed.

Bar Towel Radio – Live from Volo Cask Days

October 18th, 2008 Posted by Site News No Comment yet

Today we’re doing something different – quick, raw, “live” interviews from the Brewer’s Brunch at Volo Cask Days.
Listen to the interviews here.

Southern Tier on Bar Towel Radio

May 10th, 2008 Posted by Site News No Comment yet

We’re proud to announce a new episode of Bar Towel Radio, an interview with Phin DeMink and Paul Cain of Southern Tier Brewing from Lakewood, New York. Phin and Paul were in Toronto recently to celebrate the pending release of their Southern Tier IPA at the LCBO.
Get it from Bar Towel Radio’s home page or subscribe to the feed here. We’ve got some more episodes coming down the pipe so keep your eyes open for them.

New episode of Bar Towel Radio

April 22nd, 2008 Posted by Site News No Comment yet

Well, it’s been a little while, but we’re proud to announce a new episode of Bar Towel Radio, an interview with Brian Morin and Dayna Guy of beerbistro.
Get it from Bar Towel Radio’s home page or subscribe to the feed here. We’ve got some more episodes coming down the pipe so keep your eyes open for them.