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Barrel Bragging Rights – The Spectacles

Some of our hops

Okay, if you’re a beer fan and live in and around Toronto, one would hope you’ve heard of Toronto Beer Week.  It’s starting this Friday, with a host of excellent events, and you should definitely plan on attending a fair few.  Details on the week and events, etc are here: http://www.TorontoBeerWeek.com. The first day, Friday September 18th, features the ceremonial cask-tapping at Amsterdam Brewery, and later on, the Barrel Bragging Rights event at the Monk’s Table. Barrel Bragging Rights is an event planned initially by Mike Werner, from A Year of Beer, who later found that Adam Grant from The Monk’s Table had a similar idea.  It was a natural fit to have Adam host the event, as aside from….  [Read More]

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Half Priced Food and Beer @ Caplansky’s Deli – Today Only!

So, a lot of you will know about Groupon and Living Social, the online crazy-deal sites.  But just in case you’re in the dark, today’s (February 23rd, 2011) Living Social deal is $40 worth of food/drinks at Caplansky’s Deli, for $20. http://livingsocial.com/deals/24775-40-to-spend-on-food-and-drink takes you to the deal, and while you’re there, you might as well subscribe to their emails; non-spammy and totally good deals. And if you’re scratching your head wondering why I’m on about this, you probably haven’t realized, aside from cured and smoked meats made in-house and cut by hand, as well as all your usual deli-fare, Caplansky’s also boasts a very respectable craft beer list, and was one of the stops on Cass and Troy’s OCB Week….  [Read More]

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Toronto Beer Week 2011 – Official Dates

I realize this came out last week, but I figure better late than never.  It’s official, the dates for this year’s TBW are set.  Book your vacation time now, for September 16-24.  Below is the official press release: February 7, 2011 – TORONTO – We are pleased to announce that the 2nd annual Toronto Beer Week (TBW) will once again be taking over the streets of Canada’s largest city. Working off a tremendously successful week in 2010, TBW promises to be bigger and better this year, and due to popular demand will be expanding to add an additional weekend. 2011 will now see 10 days of beer-related events celebrating quality craft brews, and the amazing places you can enjoy them.

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Wrap-up and thanks – Toronto Beer Week

Without a doubt, as I sat in Volo this past spring and first met John Bowden, I thought this idea he was on about, a whole week of beer-events around Toronto, was a great idea.  There is no doubt, we are living in a city with a bursting craft-beer scene.  There are brewers and publicans who are passionate about their craft, and committed to widen it’s reach.  There are importers who have been struggling for years to improve the beer selection for beer drinkers in Ontario.  There are supporters who are ready to throw their weight and influence (small or large as it may be) behind a well-executed event that could help change the beer landscape in our fair province. ….  [Read More]

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Weisse Beer Pairing with Michael Hancock at The Monk’s Table – Toronto Beer Week

My last day of Toronto Beer Week was looking promising: a dinner with Michael Hancock, Black Oak beers at Volo, possibly Guinness and oysters at Ceili, and who knows what else? Due to poor time-management on my part, I was totally late getting to the Monk’s Table. No worries though, Michael was still talking through the history of German wheat beers, while Doug, who is a Volo regular and was assisting, was pouring glasses of Michael’s Denison’s Weisse Beir from an honest to goodness oak cask. I took my seat and glass and happily listened to some beer history I was totally unfamiliar with. As Michael was wrapping up the first course arrived, which was a hot-smoked salmon. The spicy….  [Read More]

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BrewDog Dinner with James Watt – Toronto Beer Week

Indeed, one of the most anticipated events of the inaugural Toronto Beer Week was a tasting dinner lead by James Watt, co-owner of BrewDog, one of the most progressive breweries around.  So off I went to beerbistro, as excited as a kid on Christmas.  While there was some of the usual suspects in attendance, the vast majority of the crowd were unfamiliar to me, and I was glad to see how much public appeal the event had.  I took a seat across from Jordan St. John, and gave the menu a once over.  As per usual, the menu looked creative, exciting and heavy on the animals.  James (who was sitting right behind me) got up and introduced the event, and….  [Read More]

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$4 Pints at Volo – Toronto Beer Week

After eating more seafood then a Nova Scotia Fisherman at Starfish, I hopped up to Volo to vote on the IPA cask challenge final and enjoy some $4 pints.  At this point I must say:  I go to Volo somewhat frequently.  I’ve been to numerous events, including the epic cask days.  With that in mind, let me say, Volo was RAMMED last night.  So busy I didn’t bother taking out my camera, as it would have been hard to find a place to open the case.  I also discovered that they had blown though the casks a long time before I arrived.  The good news was, I was able to get a lovely glass of 10 Bitter Years, which made….  [Read More]

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Malts and Molluscs – Toronto Beer Week

I’m a fan of the band, U2.  I used to say “big fan”, but then I met some big fans of U2, and realized I wasn’t one.  I’ve got a pretty large selection of their music, and have attended concerts.  The first concert I attended though, was insanely special.  While waiting in line for GA, Bono’s truck stopped next to us, and I got to shake his hand and mumble a few words of gratitude.  Then we cheated our way into the centre of the oval b-stage, where we were frequently about 6 feet from the band members.  Friends kept texting us as they could see us on the video screens.  Then towards the end of the show, we realized….  [Read More]

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Toronto Beer Week Launch – Mill St Brew Pub

So after a good bit of planning and anticipation, Monday September 20th finally dawned (though I was still asleep) and with it, brought Toronto Beer Week!  The opening event was the ceremonial cask-tapping at the Mill St Brew Pub, a fitting choice, as Mill St has not only been pivotal in the revitalization of the Gooderham & Wort distillery district, but also in the growth of the craft brew scene in Toronto.  The cask was tapped by the Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the House at Queen’s Park, who is himself a big supporter of the craft beer industry in Ontario.  Mill St had made up a lovely batch of Oktoberfest beer, quite malty, but a bit more hoppy then….  [Read More]

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My Schedule for Toronto Beer Week

So I posted my planned schedule in my calendar, but I’m just so damned excited about Toronto Beer Week, I wanted to type some stuff about it too.   Plus this will be a bit more visible.  So here we go: So things kick off this Saturday, with the Dieu du Ciel! party at Volo.  I’ll only be there for the media portion, as I have to get myself back to the beach for dinner, then my early early birthday party (my actual bday is Oct 7).  We’ll be drinking my health at Castro’s and “around”.  If you want to see me drink from the boot, we’re meeting at Castro’s at 9pm.  Great taps, some mighty bottles, and much fun to….  [Read More]

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    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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