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by midlife crisis
Wed Jan 25, 2023 5:44 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Merchant Ale House
Replies: 14
Views: 2990

Re: Merchant Ale House

Thanks for reviving the old thread about Merchant! One of those places I've never been, but glad to hear they're still going. One of those rare places that has cask -- or did as recently as 2019 (haven't been since) -- which is what makes it really special for me. I know the presumed "death of...
by midlife crisis
Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:38 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Merchant Ale House
Replies: 14
Views: 2990

Re: Merchant Ale House

Did a search and found a very old thread for this place. I've been there a few times over the last few years; it's a really nice little place. Last time I was there was last spring and I bought a Merchant Ale House Skullkrusher Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale I had it tonight which prompted me to fin...
by midlife crisis
Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:42 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Gout, filtered vs unfiltered beer, and the guy trying to cheat the system
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Gout, filtered vs unfiltered beer, and the guy trying to cheat the system

This November/December I experienced my first bout of gout, and it was without a doubt the worst experience of my life. To make it even more special, 3 different doctors said that it was the worst case they'd ever seen... yay me! Jeez! Sorry to hear that. Only thing that has worked for me when Mr. ...
by midlife crisis
Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Goose Island Black Friday & Bourbon County Stout
Replies: 64
Views: 5317

Re: Goose Island Black Friday 2021

OK thanks. The old "lining up" days were almost fun (almost) with coffee and donuts in the line, some swag one year, etc. Maybe I've been confined to the house too long if I'm looking back nostalgically at an hour-long queue!
by midlife crisis
Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Goose Island Black Friday & Bourbon County Stout
Replies: 64
Views: 5317

Re: Goose Island Black Friday 2021

Anyone know how the LCBO release is going to work? Online only, or at a particular store (has been Summerhill in the past). I did a quick search of the LiCBO web site but could find nothing more than "Coming Soon".
by midlife crisis
Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Brunswick Bierworks
Replies: 13
Views: 6463

Re: Brunswick Bierworks

I mean, I see a lot more Mikkeler, Omnipollo, etc. at the LiCBO (and at Loblaws in the case of the latter) now that they are made at Brunswick. Don't know what the overall sales are but it might well be healthy? I suspect that they must be to have attracted the investment. It's never been clear to ...
by midlife crisis
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Brunswick Bierworks
Replies: 13
Views: 6463

Re: Brunswick Bierworks

I mean, I see a lot more Mikkeler, Omnipollo, etc. at the LiCBO (and at Loblaws in the case of the latter) now that they are made at Brunswick. Don't know what the overall sales are but it might well be healthy?
by midlife crisis
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: 2020 Holiday Gift Packs at the LCBO
Replies: 21
Views: 8062

Re: 2020 Holiday Gift Packs at the LCBO

El Pinguino wrote:Wooop, love the Belgian gift packs.
:D
I'm guessing none of them have glassware though...I pretty much just buy the giftpacks for myself though :lol:
That's funny. Me too. I hand them to my kids and say "here, give me this for Christmas." Works out well for all concerned.
by midlife crisis
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: lcboapi.com and drinkvine.com
Replies: 62
Views: 31526

Re: lcboapi.com and drinkvine.com

Yeah, I get that, thanks. That is my point. You see their entire inventory, a good 75% of which is complete crap.
by midlife crisis
Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: lcboapi.com and drinkvine.com
Replies: 62
Views: 31526

Re: lcboapi.com and drinkvine.com

Thanks, but does that illustrate the amount of crap they carry, or what?
by midlife crisis
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: 2020 Holiday Gift Packs at the LCBO
Replies: 21
Views: 8062

Re: 2020 Holiday Gift Packs at the LCBO

Fuller's Vintage leads the pack here, IMO (though I will miss Bon Voeux too). Curious about what might be in a couple of others, such as the offering from the underrated Redline, Left Field, maybe O'Hara.
by midlife crisis
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: Coming Soon to the LCBO
Replies: 3108
Views: 987727

Re: Coming Soon to the LCBO

S. St. Jeb wrote:Great Lakes BURST! A New England Pale Ale coming to the LCBO.

https://www.canadianbeernews.com/2020/0 ... g-to-lcbo/
Ooh, ooh, ooh! That has potential to be excellent as a post-golf quaffer. Love the abv too. Thanks for the head's up.
by midlife crisis
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: Beer in Grocery Stores
Replies: 283
Views: 123231

Re: Beer in Grocery Stores

maybethewater wrote:The freshness is better at the LCBO ime. And much better in terms of new offerings.
Check those date codes! There are occasionally some nice fresh offerings. But also the opposite, all too often.
by midlife crisis
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Pioneer Ontario Breweries
Replies: 36
Views: 13382

Re: Pioneer Ontario Breweries

Northern was founded in 1907. I think they would be more akin to Moosehead as a regional macro producer were they still around in their original incarnation today. Were Sleeman’s independent, I’d suggest them for that category too. Certainly nothing ‘micro’ or ‘craft’ about the former in the sense ...
by midlife crisis
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Grand River Brewing
Replies: 38
Views: 14107

Re: Grand River Brewing

"One of the first craft breweries in Ontario established in 1996" Not sure how far up the list you have to be to be considered "one of the first", but I think this is an exaggeration. Obviously the true pioneers were Wellington, upperCanada, Conners and Hart (I may be forgetting...