Beer Review

Piperales — Garden Brewers

Piperales — Garden Brewers

Brewing unique craft beer in Hamilton sounds like a Herculean task. And yet, I think I know the people who could pull it off. Meet Victor and Sonja North, the couple behind Garden Brewers. They were recently pitted against Mark and Mandie Murphy in a cute/sincerity-off, but both couples simultaneously elected to make cheese fondue […]

Autumn Hop Harvest Ale — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Autumn Hop Harvest Ale — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Eat fresh; eat local. Right? How about drinking a beer made with hops picked the day it was brewed? Amsterdam’s Autumn Hop Harvest Ale is exactly that, a “wet-hopped” pale ale. Wet-hopping is a term you may well have heard, if you’re a craft beer loyalist these days. And it’s a bit of a confusing […]

Throw Your Own Oktoberfest Party With These Beers

Kicking it with Sybil Taylor at Steam Whistle's Oktoberfest

While some craft beer snobs turn up their noses at the Marzenbeirs served at Oktoberfest for their lack of IPA-level hops, these beers are fantastic, and make at least one beer writer more than a little giddy. Yes, Oktoberfest is upon us once again. The festival is an anniversary celebration of the marriage of King […]

Harvest Ale — Muskoka Brewery

Harvest Ale — Muskoka Brewery

In the onslaught of all the new fall beers at the LCBO, it’s easy to overlook those classics that also come back every fall, like Muskoka’s lovely Harvest Ale. Believe it or not, this was Muskoka’s very first seasonal special offering, now joined by such illustrious beers as Winter Beard, Spring Oddity, and Summer Weisse. […]

Crabbie’s Ginger Beers

Crabbie's Ginger Beers

Throw in a slice of lime and you are ready to kick it on the dock. You could also use it as mixer in a really grown-up rye and ginger. I love ginger ale/beer. I rarely drink soda, but ginger ale is always an exception. I like it so much, I often make it myself, […]

Canuck Pale Ale — Great Lakes Brewery

Canuck Pale Ale — Great Lakes Brewery

I think this is a Toronto Beer Blog first: I’m re-reviewing a beer. And it’s much needed. The beer in this case, Canuck Pale Ale from Great Lakes, deserves it. For one thing, my old review is, well, not awesome. I have grown a lot in terms of both writing and tasting since then. Everything […]

Detour — Muskoka Brewery

Detour — Muskoka Brewery

So if you read my post yesterday, about Spearhead’s excellent India White Ale, you will know I’m not 100% okay with the over-use of the word “India” in terms of beer-style naming. India Pale Ale, in its American and English formats, is great. I’m okay with the Imperial/Double IPA too. But things get a little […]

India White Ale — Spearhead Brewing Co.

India White Ale — Spearhead Brewing Co.

One of the downsides of this beautiful new theme for my blog (if you’re here for your first time, it used to look a lot different. Worse), was that building it into my blog ate up a lot of my time. Like, I barely did any reviews, unless they were hugely time-sensitive. So there is […]

Sunlight Park Saison — Left Field Brewery

Sunlight Park Saison — Left Field Brewery

I know I sometimes seem to kind of gush on and on about certain breweries. [cough]Amsterdam[cough]. But you might have noticed I also have something of a crush on Mark and Mandie from Left Field. Heck, I worked their booth for a shift at last year’s Beaches BBQ and Beer Fest. They are honestly two […]

Session Raspberry/Lemon Verbena Saison — The Local Seven

Session Raspberry/Lemon Verbena Saison — The Local 7

So, I’m hoping you knew this already, but this weekend it’s Session! This is cause for excitement. Session is always a great festival, featuring only craft breweries. This year it’s going to be at Yonge and Dundas Square (!) and promises to be the biggest iteration of it yet. It also kicks off OCB Week, […]