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Merchant Ale House

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Is this still the best place in St Catharines for lunch and a good pint? Are they even open at lunch time? Took a look at their web site but it looks to be out-of-date at best and possibly has been hacked. Any other reco's for St. Kitts? Thanks.

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midlife crisis wrote:Is this still the best place in St Catharines for lunch and a good pint? Are they even open at lunch time? Took a look at their web site but it looks to be out-of-date at best and possibly has been hacked. Any other reco's for St. Kitts? Thanks.

I think it opens around 3 or 4 during the week. At least it used to. I'd just skip it entirely and drive the extra 15 minutes to the falls and go to Taps or Syndicate.
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That could be an option, yes. Is one significantly closer to the QEW and/or St Catharines than the other? Also, from a quick Google search I see there is also a branch of Syndicate right in St Catharines. That might be my best option.

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I highly recommend the Syndicate - 2 min south of the QEW, on Ontario St.
( same ownership as the NF location )

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Pow Wow just down the street from the merch gets mill st seasonals and good burgers.

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Ended up at the Syndicate on Ontario St. in St. Catharines, which was great, so thanks for the reco. Unexpected location for a brewpub with upscale "farm to table" food selections, to say the least! I had the Taps Black IPA, which does not appear to be on the website at the moment, but was very good indeed.

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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 finally check if this place had been mentioned before. A nice place to go if you are in St. Catharines.

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S. St. Jeb wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:22 pm 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 finally check if this place had been mentioned before. A nice place to go if you are in St. Catharines.
Glad to hear that it has survived the COVID! Have always enjoyed my visits there, though the last was back in 2019 I believe.

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S. St. Jeb wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:22 pm 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 finally check if this place had been mentioned before. A nice place to go if you are in St. Catharines.
It obviously caused three blank posts. What is the ABV? :lol:
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Tapsucker wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 10:27 pm
S. St. Jeb wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:22 pm 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 finally check if this place had been mentioned before. A nice place to go if you are in St. Catharines.
It obviously caused three blank posts. What is the ABV? :lol:
LOL, yah, clearly was having some difficulty. I think it was about 10%

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Thanks for reviving the old thread about Merchant! One of those places I've never been, but glad to hear they're still going.

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Cass wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 4:40 pm 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 cask" was discussed extensively in another thread but it's still the #1 criterion for a great beer bar in my books.

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