Looking for the original Bar Towel blog? You can find it at www.thebartowel.com.

We have a trivia question in order to register to prevent bots. If you have any issues with answering, contact us at cass@bartowel.com for help.

Introducing Light Mode! If you would like a Bar Towel social experience that isn't the traditional blue, you can now select Light Mode. Go to the User Control Panel and then Board Preferences, and select "Day Drinking" (Light Mode) from the My Board Style drop-down menu. You can always switch back to "Night Drinking" (Dark Mode). Enjoy!

Search found 3752 matches

by Cass
Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:55 pm
Forum: Outside of Ontario Beer Travel, Local Beer/Brewery Guides and Talk
Topic: St. John's, Newfoundland
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: St. John's, Newfoundland

Well St. John's was just awesome. Such a fun town w/ lots of bars & nightlife and incredible cliff & ocean views (and whales!) that are all "right there". Everyone was friendly and wanted to know who we were and what we were up to in town. Lots of bartenders shared locals recommend...
by Cass
Wed Jun 05, 2024 5:55 pm
Forum: Outside of Ontario Beer Travel, Local Beer/Brewery Guides and Talk
Topic: St. John's, Newfoundland
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: St. John's, Newfoundland

Landwash is the original Folly Brewery owners/brewers. Yup, thanks. I had pieced that together as I was reading about the beer scene. I remember they had moved out there but couldn't remember the name or where they were. Looks like a short cab ride from downtown so it's definitely on the list. Chri...
by Cass
Wed Jun 05, 2024 11:36 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Molson Coors bringing its ‘craft’ beer Blue Moon to Canada
Replies: 17
Views: 5508

Re: Molson Coors bringing its ‘craft’ beer Blue Moon to Canada

That always struck me as such a botched opportunity though. This hyper local, community focused market partners with an international conglomerate instead of one of our many local breweries. No argument there, totally agree. It could have been a really cool local thing but instead its something tha...
by Cass
Wed Jun 05, 2024 10:33 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Molson Coors bringing its ‘craft’ beer Blue Moon to Canada
Replies: 17
Views: 5508

Re: Molson Coors bringing its ‘craft’ beer Blue Moon to Canada

Seems like there was never a thread about the Blue Moon location at the Stackt Market in Toronto. I've been a few times, mostly for events, and it's been fine.

Anyway, looks like they renewed the lease for another 10 years so the market is there to stay for the foreseeable future.
by Cass
Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:07 am
Forum: Outside of Ontario Beer Travel, Local Beer/Brewery Guides and Talk
Topic: St. John's, Newfoundland
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: St. John's, Newfoundland

Sent you an email with notes from my 2019 trip. Let me know if you didn't get it. Landwash was great. We drank a decent amount of Quidi Vidi Day Boil while we were in Newfoundland. Craft beer prices at the liquor store in NFLD (and the maritimes in general) skewed higher in my experience. Decent se...
by Cass
Mon Jun 03, 2024 9:26 pm
Forum: Outside of Ontario Beer Travel, Local Beer/Brewery Guides and Talk
Topic: St. John's, Newfoundland
Replies: 7
Views: 414

St. John's, Newfoundland

I tried to do a search and came across random ancient threads, so I thought I'd make an executive decision to create a new one :) I'm heading to St. John's NFLD for the first time in my life this weekend with a bunch of guys who were/are participants or lurkers on the forum. Any particularly notewor...
by Cass
Sat Jun 01, 2024 8:47 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Dogfish Head & Sam Adams
Replies: 4
Views: 5793

Re: Dogfish Head & Sam Adams

I guess this is as good as anyplace for this. Boston Beer shares take off on rumours of acquisition by Suntory: https://www.marketwatch.com/livecoverage/stock-market-today-dow-futures-ease-ahead-of-inflation-data-as-dell-stock-tumbles/card/boston-beer-s-stock-rockets-after-wsj-report-of-talks-to-sel...
by Cass
Sat Jun 01, 2024 8:25 am
Forum: Outside of Ontario Beer Travel, Local Beer/Brewery Guides and Talk
Topic: Anchor Brewing Ceases Operations
Replies: 12
Views: 3619

Re: Anchor Brewing Ceases Operations

Anchor was bought by the owner of Chobani yogurt. It looks like it was for all assets including IP and facilities.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/ ... isco-Brand

Fritz Maytag 2.0?
by Cass
Fri May 31, 2024 7:48 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Is lining up for beer releases a thing of the past?
Replies: 8
Views: 1045

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

Almost everywhere has online sales, Hill included, so with huge exceptions the lineups to buy bottles are a thing of the past. Looks like even in the online world Hill still has their mojo. Not being able to "just buy it" when I want would aggravate me to no end and I would go elsewhere. ...
by Cass
Thu May 30, 2024 1:59 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Turncoat
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: Turncoat

That is a strange way to find out a brewery for sure. Never heard of them either. It's a bit weird though, it says on their site that they have a physical location, but there are no hours posted nor are there any pictures of their space on their Instagram. Going back they said a year ago that they w...
by Cass
Thu May 30, 2024 1:41 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Shake Shack Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Shake Shack Toronto

I know this is a stretch for the "Good Pubs & Beer Bars" category, but Shake Shack announced that the new Toronto location will have a "ShackMeister Ale" by Bellwoods. If anyone has been to the Shake Shacks in the U.S. they are generally licensed. I've seen Brooklyn Brewery b...
by Cass
Wed May 29, 2024 4:42 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Evergreen 2024 Craft Beer Fest
Replies: 12
Views: 1115

Re: Evergreen 2024 Craft Beer Fest

Or even just Brewer's Backyard. Those are the events I miss the most. February 2018 Brewer's Backyard at Brickworks was the first official date with the better half. We also did the 2019 one too as a first anniversary. Then the world stopped for a while. Anyways, we're getting married in a couple o...
by Cass
Tue May 28, 2024 5:38 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: Beer in Convenience Stores coming early
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: Beer in Convenience Stores coming early

Seems this will likely only benefit consumers in terms of convenience. Not in terms of price or variety. At least initially. It's interesting about variety. It's been what, 8-9 years since beer has come to grocery - has variety improved? Certainly not from anything outside of Ontario. There's more ...
by Cass
Tue May 28, 2024 4:37 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Stores, Grocery & Indie Stores
Topic: Beer in Convenience Stores coming early
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: Beer in Convenience Stores coming early

Cool your heels on lower prices. It ain't going to happen with minimum pricing in the regime. Look at the propaganda. It never mentions pricing. Just convenience. Costco will get in the game only if they think their members would like to pick up beer without making an additional stop somewhere. Tha...