Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
Nope. Never thought I'd make it to Fiji and drink their premium, but here i am, doing just that.
At first it tasted like a Corona meets a Coors Banquet. The taste quickly changed twice more. Next, the Corona Banquet turned into a Perroni, with a crisp but malty flavor. Once that passed, the oh so yeasty aftertaste kicked in. Mmmmmmmm.
For $11FJD I'm happy i tried it. I might have to go for the $17FJD Asahi next time though..
Monday, October 27, 2014
Setup and food: The Evergreen Brickworks was well set up. Food was lining the beer and the food selection was impressive. The food also matched what one would expect at a beer event- pretzels, pork sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and lots of mustard. There was even coffee stand with delicious mochas for the end of the night.
Cost: $2.50 per token? Tokens only got you 5oz of beer, and you needed two tokens for 5oz of the good stuff.
Festivals are meant to allow you the opportunity to sample multiple beers at a reduced rate, else you could just order up from the lcbo.
I won't go into the entire selection I sampled, but here are the highlights:
I stuck mainly to the UK and California booths because it's far too rare to pass up, but I started with the Pumphouse 4 Alarm IPA from New Brunswick. Initially I wanted this one because the cask was directly under the Nova Scotia sign... but NB works for me too. I really liked it - there's nothing like starting a night of drinking off with a proper IPA.
Next up is Innocente - everything was great. Everything. I'd never heard of this Waterloo brewery, and when I'd asked some of the volunteers no one really knew where they were from either. Sampling such fantastic beer from a new brewery is always a fun surprise at these festivals.
Another great find was the Pizza Port brewery, also from California. I had an absolutely delicious cascade and orange sample that blew my mind.
Monday, July 28, 2014
In two weeks, on Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10 2014, the next in the Roundhouse beer fest series is coming back (hooray!).
You can't beat Summer day drinking, in the glorious outdoors at the Roundhouse. It will be nothing like these shots from the Winter festival:
- Steamwhistle - The lovely hosts. They really have the best swag a brewery can offer, eh?
- Flying Monkey - If they have even a portion of the offerings they had at Beer Fest this year, I'll be a happy lady!!
- Oast House Brewers - I got to try the Barn Raiser Country Ale at the Liberty Village Summer Beer Fest a couple weeks ago and I'm VERY stoked to get more. It was so fresh and flavourful, that I felt like I was on a hay ride, drinking the latest batch
- Beau's - I hope they have the Tom Green Milk Stout. Mmmilk stouts
- Great Lakes Brewery- I'm current obsessed with their Canuck Pale Ale
- Mill Street Brewery - I'm 50/50 with the 100th meridian, so having it outside in the sun will definitely be an easy way to get on board!
- Railway City - I always love seeing them at festivals. The Iron Spike is such a sessionable blonde
- Lake of Bays - Just love them. There's nothing else to it.
- Cameron's - I won a keg of their beer so I'm happy to re-sample the stock to decide what to get
- King Brewery, Black Oak, Wellington, Grand River, Niagara College, Neustadt Springs Brewery, Amsterdam
I'm yet to try these, so it's always a treat to go to one of these events and get something brand new!
- Big Rig (Ottawa)
- Highlander Brew Co (Algonquin park area!)
- Side Launch (Collingwood)
- Grand River (Cambridge)
- Publican House Brewery (Peterborough)
(It's super great)