Beer Review

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, […]

Thrust, an IPA — Great Lakes Brewery

Thrust, an IPA — Great Lakes Brewery

There are many excellent brewers in Toronto, but most would agree Mike Lackey at Great Lakes has a dab hand with the hops. Uncanny, you might say. He’s more than capable when it comes to barrels and sours and weird bacterias; highly talented. But he just makes great IPAs and pale ales. Canuck pale ale, […]

Springbock — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Springbock — Ansterdam Brewing Co.

Despite the fact that we are again in the throes of a polar vortex (which I suppose is better than a Peruvian Sharknado), spring is just around the corner. Hiding like a sadistic child wearing a planet of the apes mask, waiting to terrify their kid-sister. Except that in this case, the terror is in […]

Rebecca — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Rebecca — Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Well, despite assertions from major beer-writers in Toronto (I’m looking at you, Ben), this is the perfect beer for Valentines Day. Even if it doesn’t hit shelves till tomorrow It’s at the retail stores now! Get it on your way home. Why? Well, for starters, this vDay is on Friday. This is Rebecca Black IPA […]

Coors Banquet — Molson Coors

Coors Banquet — Molson-Coors

Another foray into the world of what we sometimes call macrobrewing, today I’m checking out Coors Banquet. My understanding is that the original Coors beer brewed way back when was known as “The Banquet Beer”. This is a nod to the original, and is different from Coors Light, which most people think of these days […]

Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA — Arch Brewing Co.

Hey, did you read my post yesterday, about the explosion of new brewers out there? Well, Arch is in that cohort, but is definitely one doing things well.  Partnered with Paul Dickey, and making their beer on contract at Welly, they are taking the act of making great beer seriously.