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The Loose Moose, Toronto

“The Mississippi Delta, is shining like a national guitar/ I am following the river down the highway through the cradle of the civil war…” Picture this: you were part of one of the most popular duos of your generation. Parting ways with your partner at the height of your popularity, you go on to be a massive solo act, but a decade later things have lost their shine.  “Predictable”. You’re not really winning any new fans. So what do you do? Hopefully, you can pull off what Paul Simon did in 1986, when he released Graceland.  One of the best albums of the 1980s it was simultaneously fresh and exciting, and familiar.  Blending styles, partnering with other artists (and indeed….  [Read More]

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The Griffin Gastropub – Bracebridge

Growing up, we used to have a cottage about half an hour from Bracebridge.  While we would pop into Bala or Port Carling for quick shops, when we needed to buy big items or lots of anything, it seemed like we always went to Bracebridge.  While I was aware there was a quaint area in the older part of town, I always envisioned it was a cafe/crafty-shop type area.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I heard some time ago that a pub had opened with good food and a killer beer list.  When it transpired that they were organizing a craft beer festival, I felt even better, and made a serious note to get up there as soon as….  [Read More]

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Ptown crawl part IV – The Olde Stone Brewery

Last stop, though I really should have already left. The Olde Stone is a brew pub right in downtown ptown. With a brewery in the basement, this place serves both their own brews on draught, as well as five Ontario guest taps. Today they were serving their stout, red fife ale, bitter, old ale and Belgian ale. Guests were Amsterdam Spring Bock, KLB framboise, Mill St Organic, Creemore, and Welly Trailhead. I opted for a pint of the old ale.  It was dark and malty with lots of nice dark fruit and sweetness.  A nice alcohol finish and linger that just kept going and saw me all the way down to the 401. The atmosphere is a dark “warehouse” style….  [Read More]

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Ptown crawl part III – St Veronus Cafe and Tap Room

On the advice of Marty at Publican, I left The Only and wandered along Hunter St. to St. Veronus which is a classic Belgian style bar. Elegant and clean layout, with a few different rooms, including a small bar room where I sat. Two super friendly servers (Andrea and Devon) chatted amicably and, after some deliberation on my part, served me a Dieu du Ceil Peche Mortel. The bottle selection is mainly Belgian, with all three Chimays, all three Rochefortes, both Achel, both Westmalle and Orval. Taps were Stella, Leffe Blonde and Bruine, Hoegaarden, Stiegel, Affligem Blonde, De Koninck, Konings Hoeven Tripel, Delirium Tremens, and Welly RIS on guest tap. WOW! Am I really in Peterborough? All Belgians are properly….  [Read More]

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Ptown crawl part II – The Only Cafe

So my second stop took me to The Only Cafe. Which is strange to me, as The Only is on Danforth in Toronto, right? Well, about 20 years ago, the dude who opened the Danforth location, Jerome, sold it, moved to Peterborough, and opened what is basically the same bar. Eclectic furniture, walls covered in pictures, pinball machine in the corner and respectable beer list. I accidentally typed “lust” instead of “list”. I think I should have left it. There’s a patio over-looking a little brook, and it’s adjacent to a theatre (the Gordon Best Theatre.  See what they’re doing?  “The Best theatre, over the Only Cafe”.  Cute) . My kind of place. I arrived at 11:10, doubtful it would….  [Read More]

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Volo, late friday nights

I drink at Volo a fair amount (so should you). So trying to objectively review them is impossible, because I have years of history there. That history is a long testimony to what is an excellently run bar that is leading the charge when it comes to beer in Toronto. I can honestly say I have not had a single bad experience at Volo. So what to say about last Friday night? Me and my German hockey bud Christian headed over to Volo for some après hockey beer and olives. We sat by the Yonge Street windows, which is a strange one for me; I tend towards the tables by the fireplace or up by the bar. It was much….  [Read More]

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Victory – a possible correction

Just a note on my Victory Cafe review. I had totally forgot hand-pumped cask ales can have a significant head on them. So it’s possible my accusation that I recieved a draft ale was unfounded. It definitely was also fairly carbonated, but that’s entirely possible too. So my apologies if I was an idiot. I had a wonderful time regardless of what I was drinking, and am still looking forward to a visit to the Victory again, hopefully sooner rather then later.

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The Victory Cafe

So this past Friday night, after hockey, I decided it was about time to get down to the Victory. I had met Neil and Maz at a few Volo events, and had promised up and down I would stop by sometime. Before I go on, I will offer a pre-defence for the Victory: it was about midnight on a Friday, and the place was packed. Good timing alone secured us a table by the window. So I’ll continue. We sat down, and a young hipster server handed us food menus and pointed us to the beer selection. After two hours of hockey food and beer is just what we needed. The three guys I was with decided to share some….  [Read More]

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  • Chris Schryer

    Chris SchryerI regularly describe myself as an "ardent supporter of beer", which pretty well sums it up. While I'm not working or busy being a husband and dad (okay, honestly, sometimes while I'm doing those things), I am drinking beer, attending events, visiting pubs, and thinking about beer. I work at Castro's Lounge, my local bar in the Beach, where I host beer events and take part in most things beer-related.

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