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by BigBob
Thu Apr 04, 2024 7:14 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: :roll: Red Herring
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: :roll: Red Herring

Elsewhere on this forum people have cited the novelty factor - people want to drink beers that are new to them. We can expect to continue to see stunt beers with non-Reinheitsgebot ingredient lists. I fall on the side of those who think we need more humour and less condemnation. This is sounding lik...
by BigBob
Tue Apr 02, 2024 8:57 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Greg Clow to close Canadian Beer News
Replies: 12
Views: 1834

Re: Greg Clow to close Canadian Beer News

Given the date perhaps I should be skeptical but then again: https://www.canadianbeernews.com/2024/0 ... ming-soon/
by BigBob
Fri Mar 22, 2024 3:45 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Bar Volo 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 23827

Re: Bar Volo 2.0

anthony9 wrote: Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:26 pm I suppose this year the city of Toronto workers didn't want to make the news.

Hopefully the Zwanze information comes out soon.
In addition, I am waiting to see if/when Peche Day happens this year.
by BigBob
Fri Feb 09, 2024 6:10 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Blood Brothers’ Over The Tap - $7 to $12 for 4 oz pours
Replies: 6
Views: 1195

Re: Blood Brothers’ Over The Tap - $7 to $12 for 4 oz pours

I remind myself that it costs nothing to walk into C'est What, to give but one example, and have thirty taps to choose from. That is a beer festival to me.

Mind, some pours are getting expensive there as well.
by BigBob
Fri Dec 15, 2023 3:01 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Recruiting back to the Bar Towel
Replies: 54
Views: 15501

Re: Recruiting back to the Bar Towel

No word from Greg Clow? I see him on twitter. What about Joey Capps, Dan-D-Man, Beer Kitten? Would be great for Perry to stop by, too. Same with Ken Woods. We don't seem to get Black Oak, locally, these days! Greg still does a fine job getting the beer news of the day out at Canadian Beer News, but...
by BigBob
Wed Nov 22, 2023 10:49 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Shrinkflation
Replies: 28
Views: 3423

Re: Shrinkflation

Agree! So do act like a bit of a dick and ask for a top-up, or quietly pay too much for too little? I can't bring myself to be a dick about it at the bar. I'll just talk about them behind their back on forums :) In all seriousness though, I have been noticing it more and more there which is unfortu...
by BigBob
Mon Nov 20, 2023 5:19 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Goose Island Black Friday & Bourbon County Stout
Replies: 92
Views: 28954

Re: Goose Island Black Friday & Bourbon County Stout

Cass wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 5:07 pm Confirmed by Goose Island TO (via their IG) - no BCBS this year.
Does this refer to both the on tap event at the brewhouse and the release at the LCBO?
by BigBob
Fri Nov 10, 2023 8:41 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Goose Island Black Friday & Bourbon County Stout
Replies: 92
Views: 28954

Re: Goose Island Black Friday 2021

This was such great fun that I dropped by today to ask if there might be a repeat of last year's festivities and I was informed that they would have to sell BCS at such a high price to break even that it was a non-starter. That's a real shame, I always enjoying going to the tasting. Their rationale...
by BigBob
Thu Nov 09, 2023 6:17 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Goose Island Black Friday & Bourbon County Stout
Replies: 92
Views: 28954

Re: Goose Island Black Friday 2021

Info for those who celebrate :) https://www.gooseisland.ca/bourboncountystout LCBO.com release at 10am on 25th. Looks like a non-ticketed event at the brewpub this year pouring it. This was such great fun that I dropped by today to ask if there might be a repeat of last year's festivities and I was...
by BigBob
Fri Aug 25, 2023 3:35 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: UK update
Replies: 7
Views: 1324

Re: UK update

This seems to have coincided with a distinct decrease in the number of U.K. beers available on tap - even in self-styled "British" pubs. There are a few to be sure but they tend to be the same from place to place and there is not the variety I had become accustomed to. The cause is likely ...
by BigBob
Fri Aug 11, 2023 12:17 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Innocente Brewing
Replies: 42
Views: 25660

Re: Innocente Brewing

"I don't really want to delve into it here too much" = I am conscious of the potential for this whole discussion to go sideways quickly. It's easy enough for people who want the details to google the Twitter and Reddit threads where it has already been discussed. As I am able to read book...
by BigBob
Mon Mar 27, 2023 3:11 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Badlands Brewing Caledon
Replies: 32
Views: 14802

Re: Badlands Brewing Caledon

Wow I can’t believe i started this thread over 5 years ago! I was lucky. A coworkers farm backs onto theirs so I heard about them at the beginning. I still make it up to their farm in Cheltenham 3 or 4 times a year 😀 You have raised an important point. With Badlands you want the complete experience...
by BigBob
Sat Mar 25, 2023 9:28 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: Surprisingly good beer from TBS
Replies: 10
Views: 8447

Re: Surprisingly good beer from TBS

It should be added that, particularly with IPAs, it is very important to check the dates. I have come across some pretty old beer at my local TBS.

Thank you for the reminder. I will make a point of looking more often.
by BigBob
Tue Mar 21, 2023 5:40 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Celebrity Pub Encounters?
Replies: 7
Views: 7174

Re: Celebrity Pub Encounters?

Long before the pandemic, when going to the Rex could involve sitting shoulder to shoulder with other patrons crowded along one of their long tables, a stranger sidled up between my wife and I and said, "You do know you're sitting next to Gord Downie, don't you?". I had to confess I did no...
by BigBob
Tue Feb 21, 2023 6:00 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Hazelnut beers
Replies: 13
Views: 8666

Re: Hazelnut beers

Should you be in the Greater Toronto Area good news is at hand: https://www.canadianbeernews.com/2023/0 ... -hazelnut/