This week’s beer was my absolute favourite from the festival. If you’ve read past “thirsty thursday”, you may know that I have a thing for blueberry flavoured drinks. It’s very tough to find a good blueberry beer, sometimes you can’t really taste the blueberries, other times it doesn’t go with the beer but this one has been my favourite so far!
It is a seasonal beer so I will definitely be buying as much beer as I can drink within its 3 month shelf life (probably more than anyone should drink). It is one of my favourite beers to date, and if you’re a fan of fruit beer, I would definitely recommend picking some of these up from the beer store before they’re gone!
One beer I enjoyed at the Toronto Festival of Beer was the Heroes lager. I had seen posts about it on Facebook, a local beer that donates a portion of their proceeds to Wounded Warriors Canada.
This beer is super easy drinking, it is light but flavourful and could definitely be described as an “everyday” beer. I chatted with the staff at the booth and they told me that 10% goes back to an extremely worthy cause and I noticed the server was taking the tabs off of the beer cans. I asked her if she was collecting them for wheelchairs and she said she was. It was something I honestly didn’t think still happened, I remember doing it in school but she said the legion will still collect them (and through some googling, I found March of Dimes will also take them), so now I’ve been collecting them at my desk and in my kitchen. It definitely takes a lot of them but I figure if the charities still take them, I’ll start collecting them!
Have you tried the new Heroes beer? What did you think?
Happy 1st day of March and happy first (real) snowstorm of the winter!
I’m happy to announce that tickets are on sale for the next #DetoxToRetox. We’re excited to be returning to Junction Craft Brewing in of course, the Junction. If you’re new to Detox to Retox, it’s an hour of yoga and an hour of a delicious beer tasting.
Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for our next #DetoxToRetox but please keep in mind, Junction is a cozy facility so there is limited tickets available so get ’em before they’re gone!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner – tomorrow is March, it’s crazy. And that means there are lots of great ways to celebrate the Irish in all of us coming up in Toronto.
One of those is the annual Carlsberg St. Party’s Day, happening this year on March 12th inside Brassaii on King St W. It’s time to find your best green outfit, hit up the dollar store for some ridiculous accessories and grab your best beer loving friends and celebrate the luck of the Irish with Carlsberg.
And you’re in luck! Carlsberg’s St. Party’s Day has given me not one, but two pairs of tickets to some lucky readers! Contest is on now until March 6th!
And don’t want to wait to find out you’ve won and just want to get your tickets now? No problem! Tickets start at $15 and are available online, there are different entry times but once you’re in, you’re in and can party on until 2am!
Until last week, I had never been to indie ale house and every time I said that people said – what?! People know my love of beer and food and so it seemed like a natural fit and indeed it was.
They have a constant rotation of beer and a bottle shop in the front. You have to go to see what they have available on tap, the website isn’t really kept up to date. But for this post, I’ll stick to the food.
I had the mac and cheese, which was a natural choice for me, I’m a huge fan of mac and cheese. This one was a goat cheese and butternut squash, they have another brisket one.
I was quite surprised by a number of things in the dish, pleasantly surprised I should say. The toast that came with it was huge and tasted like a grilled cheese which I realized is just taste of buttery bread. I also expected the sauce to be the butternut squash component but it there was actually chunks of butternut squash in it. It was so good, and looks small but was so filling I had some to take home.
My friend got the margherita pizza and added prosciutto because as she said, if that’s an option you should always say yes. It was a decent thin crust pizza but I definitely preferred my mac and cheese.
I would recommend indie ale house if you haven’t been if you love good beer and great food, the kitchen does close before midnight so make note of that and like most good places in the city, be prepared for a wait.
Have you been to indie ale house? What did you get?
Hope you’re all staying warm on this chilly Thursday. We can’t complain, it’s mid-Februrary and it was the first time I blasted my heat in the car.
This week’s thirsty thursday is definitely a fun one! Left Field Brewery is known for mixing it up once in a while and pairing up with other awesome local vendors and this new stout is no different. The mocha marshamallow stout is a collaboration with Sweet Jesus and you may have seen my social feeds showing off this beauty of a beer. Served with a toasted marshmallow, how can you not love it?
Look at that marshmallow! I love it. all stouts should come with a marshmallow! The beer itself tasted more like mocha than marshmallow but it is a delicious stout, I definitely picked up a couple bottles for home.
And this weekend, the brewery is having a beer and chocolate tasting for anyone looking for some Valentine’s plans
Happy Thursday! Sorry the blog has been a little quiet lately, 2016 has been a whirlwind! This week’s beer is from Rainhard, like the thirsty thursday from two week’s ago – Nosbeeratu.
Kapow! is a “west coast inspired” IPA. I don’t usually love IPAs because they’re too hoppy but this one is great! It does have a bit of a bite to it but it is so refreshing. It is very popular though so if you see it in stock, make sure you grab some!
The great news is though, kapow! will soon be available in at the LCBO so it’ll be much easier to get your hands on!
Happy Thursday. We’ve done it! Almost, we’re almost at Friday on the first full week in what feels like forever.
This week’s thirsty thursday is from a brewery I’ve mentioned in the past, Rainhard Brewing, one of the newest breweries in the Junction area. I went to Rainhard on Saturday to sample (a couple) of their beers and this was one of my favourites.
Nosbeeratu is currently only available on tap in the bottle shop and is a black IPA. I usually find IPAs too hoppy, but I really like this one. It has a great aftertaste and packs a bit of a punch at 6%.
I’ll be heading back to Rainhard this weekend because they’re getting chacuterie boards! Beer + chacuterie? Yes, please! They’ll be available for sale whenever the tap room is open. Who doesn’t love a good snack while drinking their craft?
Have you been to Rainhard yet? Which one is your favourite?
This weekend, it’s time for another detox to retox! We’re heading to a fairly new brewery this time, located in the Junction called Rainhard Brewing. The lovely Marnie Luck will once again be our teacher and I can’t wait to get bendy for beer in this beautiful space. In case you’ve never been to a detox to retox before, you can expect a fantastic (and relaxing) yoga class, delicious beer and awesome people! The first hour is a yoga class, followed by a beer tasting hosted by Rainhard brewing. Here’s some photos from past events. You can get tickets here, hope to see you there!
I was at Wvrst a few weeks ago, and remembered why I love that place. Sausage? Good. Awesome beers and ciders? Great!
I was excited when I saw that they had a blood orange cider, made by county cider. I was really surprised by the colour of the cider which is a bright red colour.
The cider was amazing! Although, if you like a crisp apple taste to your ciders, this one probably isn’t for you. It is blood orange so it isn’t overly sweet. It tasted almost identical to San Pellegrino Blood Orange, it was more like drinking pop than drinking cider. However, even though it tastes like pop, it definitely packs a punch at 6.5%.
If you come across this cider and love blood orange, I would definitely recommend it.