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by El Pinguino
Tue Apr 09, 2024 11:16 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Non-Alcoholic Beer
Replies: 75
Views: 11225

Re: Non-Alcoholic Beer

Picked up the newest non-alcoholic offerings in Toronto yesterday. An IPA and a Sour from Mascot Brewery called "Stuntin'".
by El Pinguino
Tue Apr 09, 2024 11:13 am
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Godspeed - Je Me Souviens
Replies: 7
Views: 8254

Re: Godspeed - Je Me Souviens

Oh nice! Unibroue is a personal fave still, even after so many years.
by El Pinguino
Fri Apr 05, 2024 7:32 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: :roll: Red Herring
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: :roll: Red Herring

Am I the only one who thinks the beer name is smart? Anyone who does have serious allergies will be cautious with a beer named Epi-Pen to make sure it doesn't contain ingredients they are allergic to. If it was named something generic like Happy Bear the risk of someone inadvertently buying it could...
by El Pinguino
Fri Apr 05, 2024 7:21 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Is lining up for beer releases a thing of the past?
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Is lining up for beer releases a thing of the past?

Good point about Hill Farmstead, I haven't been there in many years...last time I went down to Vermont I skipped them. I guess because....SO many options out there as also mentioned. I love Treehouse beers, and last time I went to their main spot it was easy in and out, with virtually no waiting for...
by El Pinguino
Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:36 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Is lining up for beer releases a thing of the past?
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Is lining up for beer releases a thing of the past?

When was the last time you stood in line waiting for a beer release? With online orders possible almost everywhere now, it seems this old tradition is a thing of the past. For me it was probably one of the Goose Island BCBS releases. I used to line up for Double Tempest Day, but was out of the count...
by El Pinguino
Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:33 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Cask-in-a-Box
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Cask-in-a-Box

I've ordered the 4L cask boxes from Granite many times, usually in the summer. The Best Bitter and Hopping Mad are both great in these. Pretty sure only Volo and Granite have them. (Neither have any in stock right now.) Am I overlooking anyone else who might have cask beers that they'd be filling in...
by El Pinguino
Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:24 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze
Replies: 19
Views: 6711

Re: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze

Too funny. Not sure who the importer of Boon is. LCBO had the Kriek not long ago, so might be able to track down that way...? Vitriol in Quebec brings in Boon. Off-ish topic...had a 40 year old beer once (not a lambic). It was actually quite enjoyable. Hmm, probably posted about it on here back in t...
by El Pinguino
Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:47 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Nickel Brook Brewing
Replies: 234
Views: 96626

Re: Nickel Brook Brewing

I used to drink more Nickel Brook as well. I'd mostly go to stock up on their root beer, and then grab a mix of some other stuff that was available at the time. The Kentucky Bastard would always draw me in too. I don't really get excited by their newer offerings, and their overall branding now. Oh w...
by El Pinguino
Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:32 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Non-Alcoholic Beer
Replies: 75
Views: 11225

Re: Non-Alcoholic Beer

The two best NA brews I've had recently were both Red Ales.
One from Toolshed in Alberta, one from Brasseur de Montreal.

Just another one of those styles that seems to work better than others in NA form. (To me at least)
by El Pinguino
Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:28 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16950
Views: 3097947

Re: What're you drinking right now?

I'm only drinking NA beers for 100 days, lol. Had Chester from Bazaar recently, an NA Berliner weisse with black currants. It was quite good! Grabbed the new Swoon stout from Burdock, and picked up Nickel Brooks NA beer to try soon. Bazaar is pretty great. Gimmicky dessert beers are the future of N...
by El Pinguino
Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:24 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: What's Your Favourite Ontario West Coast IPA?
Replies: 57
Views: 6748

Re: What's Your Favourite Ontario West Coast IPA?

I like the sounds of this one from Sawdust City...anyone tried it yet?
Wayback Playback - West Coast IPA - Citrusy and floral. This West Coast IPA has a bold hop aroma that packs a bitter punch. It finishes dry and crisp.
by El Pinguino
Wed Mar 06, 2024 3:00 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Breweries closing and/or restructuring and/or bought out
Replies: 82
Views: 14052

Re: Breweries closing and/or restructuring and/or bought out

I never managed to try any Cassel beers. it does feel a bit weird having Ontario breweries open and close without having ever sampled their goods.
by El Pinguino
Wed Mar 06, 2024 2:56 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Red Tape Brewery
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

Re: Red Tape Brewery

Has anyone used Red Tape to brew a custom beer? Anyone have an idea on pricing? Just curious. $1,200 for 100 cans. https://shop.redtapebrewery.com/collections/gift-card/products/bespoke-beer-gift-card-1 Ah cool. Good to know! I imagine they have different options if you contact them, but this is he...
by El Pinguino
Wed Mar 06, 2024 2:51 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Alcohol regulation changes
Replies: 24
Views: 4559

Re: Alcohol regulation changes

Interesting.
The only brewery I've successfully ordered from out of province is PEI Brewing / Gahan. Them and Upstreet Brewing both have "two" online shops.
One shop for in-province / local purchases, and another for orders from the rest of Canada.
by El Pinguino
Sat Feb 24, 2024 3:38 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Zwanze
Replies: 26
Views: 21434

Re: Zwanze

Sounds interesting!
I rarely drink lambics anymore, because of the insane pricing.
Regular beers are getting pricey as it is.