Beer Review

Arrogant Bastard Ale – Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard Ale — Stone Brewing Co.

Long before hipsterism brought a self-righteous disdain for pretty much everything to our pop culture, Stone Brewing Co. was brewing beers the way they liked them, and telling people who didn’t that they could, effectively, go fuck themselves. While that attitude has nearly become normal in today’s craft brewing scene, when Stone did it in […]

Terrible Ted Red — Lake of Bays Brewing Co.

Terrible Ted Red Saison — Lake of Bays Brewing Co.

A second-generation professional hockey play, Theodore “Terrible Ted” Lindsay played on the famous “Production Line” of Gordie Howe and Sid Abel. I think I most like him, though, because his gameplay was a key part in the league instituting penalties for elbowing and kneeing. He also was one of the primary players in organizing the […]

Release The Hounds Black IPA — Big Rig Brewery

Release The Hounds Black IPA — Big Rig Brewery

With the explosion of craft breweries here in Ontario, it can be hard to keep up. Indeed, especially with my Toronto-centric view, breweries like Big Rig often float under my radar until somebody thrusts them into my line of sight. I’ve now sampled a couple of Big Rig’s beers, and all have been decent to […]

Cruiser – Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Cruiser All Day Pale Ale — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

As much as I evangelize the goodness of drinking a variety of types and tastes of beers, I must confess: the beers I tend to keep on hand and reach for time and again, are hoppier pale ales and IPAs. And I know, everybody who hasn’t drank the koolaid is probably pretty sick of hearing […]

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 […]