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by anthony9
Tue Apr 02, 2024 12:08 pm
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Zwanze
Replies: 26
Views: 21445

Re: Zwanze

They switched to the spring biennial format. They said harvests and timing were the issues. I think they were overworked for that time of the year.
by anthony9
Tue Apr 02, 2024 11:10 am
Forum: Beer Events & Festivals
Topic: Zwanze
Replies: 26
Views: 21445

Re: Zwanze

https://birreriavolo.com/pages/events#calendar-a525ab11-be41-45a8-a7c4-fece3a89ffbe-event-luifcxy4 On Saturday, April 20th from 11am-2am Birreria Volo (612 College St.) will be one of the 85 locations in the world to host Zwanze Day, an annual release of a limited one-off lambic beer made by Brasser...
by anthony9
Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:06 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Breweries closing and/or restructuring and/or bought out
Replies: 82
Views: 14070

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

Tough spot for bottle shops. As you mention the lack of wholesale pricing for me only makes sense if there is something that doesn't ship. I wonder if Quebec's system is better than ours. Depaneurs are cheaper than our bottle shops, but for good beer, I wouldn't really call it great. Five to seven d...
by anthony9
Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:13 am
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Bar Volo 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 23846

Re: Bar Volo 2.0

I always recommend people their College location, if they can make it out to the less convenient location.

The Tuesday special is only Volo stuff now, but they have Cantillon's Vigneronne on tap.
by anthony9
Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:03 am
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Barrel Heart Brewing and Blending
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Barrel Heart Brewing and Blending

No longer in Ancaster. Now at 104 King Street West in Dundas. I haven't been, but they're in a cute old post office building. Definite upgrade from their old place. Interior is well thought-out, too. I plan to go when the weather gets a bit warmer. I have no relationship with the brewery, but they a...
by anthony9
Fri Mar 22, 2024 6:43 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Bar Volo 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 23846

Re: Bar Volo 2.0

I give a lot of credit to Volo for breaking the mold on tickets for the releases. I think they came to the conclusion (which is something I've felt about local drinkers) that there isn't a huge market for advance ticket sales for this kind of thing. They probably do better and it's overall less of ...
by anthony9
Fri Mar 22, 2024 5:54 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Bar Volo 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 23846

Re: Bar Volo 2.0

Cass wrote: Fri Mar 22, 2024 5:14 pm
anthony9 wrote: Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:26 pm Hopefully the Zwanze information comes out soon.
They're on the list. I highly expect it will be like previous years which is a no-ticket drop in.
That's good. I've looked at a few others around the world and they have some pretty steep tickets.
by anthony9
Fri Mar 22, 2024 4:26 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze
Replies: 19
Views: 6712

Re: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze

Roland and Russell is the one for Boon.

The last time Boon Geuze was at the LCBO was in a Christmas pack years ago.

Do not believe there has been an attempt to bring it back.

Also tangential, but hopefully something positive comes out of the $50 million LCBO thing. It's at the SAQ for $6.6.
by anthony9
Fri Mar 22, 2024 12:26 pm
Forum: Good Pubs, Brewpubs & Beer Bars
Topic: Bar Volo 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 23846

Re: Bar Volo 2.0

I suppose this year the city of Toronto workers didn't want to make the news.

Hopefully the Zwanze information comes out soon.
by anthony9
Fri Mar 22, 2024 10:58 am
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze
Replies: 19
Views: 6712

Re: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze

I was looking to see if there was an agent for a lambic.

No, I didn't wait 22 years, but I do have some bottles marked that I am hoping to get to 20 years.
by anthony9
Thu Mar 21, 2024 10:52 pm
Forum: General Beer Discussion & Random Talk
Topic: Down to my last bottle of Boon Gueuze
Replies: 19
Views: 6712

Re:

We don't have any in stock right now. It hasn't come in on our last two orders from the distributor. I'll speak to the importer directly and see what I can find out. I seem to recall hearing a rumor that it might not be imported any more - but don't quote me. Regardless, I'll find the answer. Boon ...
by anthony9
Thu Mar 14, 2024 6:20 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 872
Views: 325699

Re: Bellwoods Brewery

If you eat at the brewpub and then show your receipt at the bottle shop, I believe it's 10% off too That's correct. They also offer 10% off any same beer if you buy six, any day of the week. I thought these two were only okay, and I kind of think Bellwoods charges a premium, let's say 10%. Thought ...
by anthony9
Thu Mar 14, 2024 3:32 pm
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Bellwoods Brewery
Replies: 872
Views: 325699

Re: Bellwoods Brewery

After so long, Bellwoods is finally getting into decent quantity discounts.

Mondays: Six of one kind is 20% off.

All days: 12 bottles or 24 cans of the same thing is 20% off.
by anthony9
Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:52 am
Forum: Outside of Ontario Beer Travel, Local Beer/Brewery Guides and Talk
Topic: Kalamazoo
Replies: 22
Views: 14810

Re: Kalamazoo

Nice write-up. Bell's would take the sting out of losing Sierra Nevada.
by anthony9
Tue Mar 12, 2024 10:09 am
Forum: Breweries, Tied Houses & Taprooms
Topic: Nickel Brook Brewing
Replies: 234
Views: 96635

Re: Nickel Brook Brewing

Tough for breweries to remain where they were as they get older/larger. Lots of good alternatives, though.

I had their root beer a while back and it had all the spices, except the one that matters-sarsaparilla.