La Belle Crawl – Super Marche Rahman

So, after a mighty big sandwich, the only thing left to do was make a pick-up of beers that we would be difficult (at best) to get back in Ontario.  The weird thing for most Ontarians, is not just that you can buy beer at the local corner store, but that you can buy very […]

La Belle Crawl – Schwartz’s Deli

Okay, so you may or may not know this, but I’m a vegetarian (strictly speaking, I’m a peskaterian, I eat seafood).  But I’m also a trained chef, and a big food geek.  As well, I spent a lot of my time in highschool in the pages of fiction by Mordecai Richler; pages laced with references […]

La Belle Crawl – Dieu du Ciel!

Ummm, okay, here’s the thing:  Dieu du Ciel!, it’s like a beer Mecca.  If you don’t know, they make a huge variety of incredible beers, lots of Belgian styles, but also heaps of new-school brews, from badass AIPAs to BIPAs to RISs.  Haha, jargon abbreviations kick ass.  Suffice to say, these guys are just a […]

La Belle Crawl – Beau’s All Natural Brewing

After a quick stop in Cornwall or somewhere to buy some Doritos and soda to quell rumbling tummies, we headed north towards Vankleek Hill, and what can only be defined as “The Country”.  Fields, grass, sheep, cows, the usual.  Country.  Even those fun country-esque sign posts. You might note in the above picture, we’re close […]

La Belle Crawl – Introduction

Okay, first off, sorry this took so damn long to get to.  The evening of this crawl (okay, it was a drive, but whatever), I came down with a crazy fever, caused, it turned out, by an antibiotic-resistant chest infection, which had set me up with a pretty decent case of pneumonia by the time […]

CASK! Social Pub Crawl. This Weekend

From the good folks at CASK! Social: Cask Ale Crawl 2010 Building on the success of last year’s cask ale crawl, which won a Golden Tap Award, this year’s event will take place during the weekend of May 7th – 9th 2010.  At least six participating pubs across downtown Toronto have confirmed so far: Granite Brewery, 245 Eglinton […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ptown crawl part I – Publican House Brewery

After dropping my mum at her desired location in Peterborough, I headed to Charlotte St and the pleasant Publican House Brewery. Bought myself a growler of Square Nail Pale Ale and had a great chat about their intentions to open up the restaurant part of their facility. It sounds like they’re headed in the right […]