Category: beer

thirsty thursday: sweetwater squeeze radler

Well, we are rounding out January… so the perfect time for a radler? No, that’s not right… but we can do what we want! I love radlers – beer and fruit is my jam. I had tried this beer back in the summer but we got to sample it at the last Detox to Retox.



Most radlers are made with grapefruit but their Amsterdam radler is unique because it is blood orange. It is also higher in alcohol content than most radlers, the ones I’ve had are around 3%, some even less than 3%. This 3.8% radler has a great blood orange taste, which isn’t overly sweet. I definitely recommend this radler for a beautiful summer day, or a day where you just want to feel like a beautiful summer day.

Have you tried this radler? What did you think?

bendy for beer: Detox to Retox TO

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was hosting Detox to Retox with the awesome girls from SchoolHouse Booze. Well, Sunday was finally the day and it was just as much fun as I was hoping it would be. We started with a yoga class, in the Amsterdam Brewery. Amsterdam makes some of my favourite beers like Amsterdam Blonde, and a few that I tried this weekend and will share in the future. The class was taught by the wonderful Agnes and she led a great 60 minute class. I’m still feeling it (I think that means its working, I hope that means its working).

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our view for the class

 Just showing off my moves after our class. I wore my new workout clothes I bought on sale at Old Navy, I love adorable work out clothes, it makes me actually want to work out.

Carlisle was our awesome host from Amsterdam Brewery. He led our tasting of several delicious Amsterdam beers including their Adventure Brew that is only available for a limited time. From the first sip of beer, I knew that yoga and beer was a great idea. Our first sample was of the Blonde which I know well and love but following a yoga class it seemed even more refreshing than usual. He was also kind enough to take us on a tour of the brewery. I love seeing where one of my favourite things come from.

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Our first Detox to Retox was so much fun, I can’t wait to do it again! Huge thank you to everyone who came out to our first event, I’m glad so many people have the same love for yoga and beer as I do. It was a great Sunday afternoon meeting other yogis/beer enthusiasts – all of varying degrees! Also, thank you to my co-hosts, Ashley and Rachel at SchoolHouse Booze and to Amsterdam Brewery! Our next class is in March, details will be released soon. I hope to see you all there.

thirsty thursday: mill street organic

I hope you’re all having a great week! This week’s thirsty thursday is one of my favourites that when I went back and saw it was never included, I was really surprised.


This past weekend, I was out a bar and was drinking cheap beer (sometimes it just has to be done). For the last beer of the night, I decided to upgrade (I know, a little backwards, should have done it the other way around) but they had Mill Street Organic on tap. This local favourite is great when you just want a refreshing beer that isn’t too hoppy or bitter. Sometimes I love to experiment and try new beers and something I just want to drink what I know and Mill Street Organic is great for that.

Enjoy your Thursday!

detox to retox

What’s detox to retox you might be asking? It’s a great event coming up in two weeks that I’m very excited to be hosted with the Tipsy Teachers. You probably resolved to hit the gym and work out more this year, well detox to retox is the most fun you can have keeping your resolutions.

We’re hosting a yoga class in a brewery. That’s right, you heard me! A yoga class in a brewery, Amsterdam Brewery to be specific. On Sunday, January 18th, grab your mat and join yogis, craft beer enthusiasts and everyone in between for this exciting event. The event will begin at 11am with an hour yoga class hosted by the lovely Agnes followed by a beer tasting. Your $30 ticket includes the class and a flight of Amsterdam’s delicious beer, tickets can be purchased through eventbrite.


Got questions? Leave them in the comments or feel free to reach out through the about me page! Look forward to seeing you all there.

Blogging Broads Brunch ‘N Brew

How’s that for a mouthful? A mouthful of a delicious afternoon is what it meant. The lovely ladies over at Schoolhouse Booze invited me and some other bloggers for an afternoon of brunching and beer making and it was as delightful as it sounds.



I think these girls had out like 9 spreads for the croissants and bagels… at least… I wish I had counted. So after eating (read: stuff my face) with delicious cheese, spreads and meat – we were actually going to do it. We were going to make beer! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was glad we had our expert Beth to guide us through the process.


It was not as overwhelming as I thought it would be (probably because Beth is amazing). The awesome guys over at Sawdust City Brewery lent us their recipe! Their actual recipe for their seasonal favourite Princess Wears Girl Pants. It took us about 4 hours to complete most of the process. This photo is from the final stages, when we wrapped in a warming belt (thanks to Noble Hops, for sponsoring the supplies) to ferment for the next few weeks. I really enjoyed being able to taste the beer all along the way from barley to wart. It was neat how over a few hours we made something taste like beer (you know, without the alcohol and carbonation). I think this session was great because it showed us that making beer is not impossible. I would only want to do it with at least one other person because its time-consuming so it’s nice to have a buddy and it’s a lot of heavy lifting of containers of water, also good to have a buddy for that. We’ll get to taste it sometime in the new year, I’m really looking forward to it.

Check out the Tipsy Teachers and their adventures over at SchoolHouse Booze and look for our event coming in January. I don’t want to give too much away but it promises to be awesome and it promises to have beer.

thirsty thursday: rosarda

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you’re all having a fabulous week despite the dip in temperature since yesterday. This week’s thirsty thursday may show you that I truly have a love for fruity beers.

Sorry for the terrible picture, I was trying to get the awesome colour.

Rosarda is a beer I hadn’t heard of before going to bier markt last week. Sometimes I find bier markt a little overwhelming because there’s just so many beers to choose from. They used to have the beers sorted by country, which was good if you wanted something specific and knew the region but the new menu has it listed by beer types. I spotted Rosarda under the fruity beers and under their exclusives and I’m glad I did. This raspberry ale is similar to the ale I tried at beerfest this summer which I haven’t been able to find since. The beer was a little on the sweet side though, so after two, I switched to lugtread. I’d recommend this beer for fruity beer lovers, if you hate fruit in your beer definitely steer clear of this one. It’s also great if you aren’t a fan of heavy beers and this one is light but not as light and juice-like as a radler.

Have you tried any of bier markt’s exclusives? Which has been your favourite?


tafelscene: baroque + beer halloween edition [giveaway]

You may remember back in December, I went to Tafelmusik’s Tafelscene event, a special program for the under 35 crowd. And then, in May, Tafelmusik was super generous and gave me two tickets to their beer + baroque event. Well, they’re back at it with their generousity for my readers and I have two tickets to give away to their beer + baroque halloween madness edition on October 30th.

The event will be hosted once again at the Tranzac Club on Brunswick. It will be an evening of beer, music and spooky good times, costumes are encouraged. Tickets are only $20 in advance or $25 cash at the door and include beer samples thanks to St. Ambrose but as I mentioned, you have a chance to win you’re way in. This event promises to be spooktacular (sorry, I had to get in at least one halloween pun).

Enter now, contest closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 29th – winners will be announced then.
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thirsty thursday: collective arts saint of circumstance

After the aquarium last week, I headed to Loose Moose for dinner. It’s one of my favourite places to go after a game, a show or anything in that area. It’s close to the subway and have a great beer menu.

This time, I tried the Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance, a citrus-infused blonde.


This was my first time trying Collective Arts, my friends love their Rhyme and Reason. One of the features of this beer, which unfortunately ordering on draft I didn’t get the experience, they have real art work from different artists on all of their bottles. This beer was quite crisp for a blonde, and you can definitely taste the hops and citrus. If you’re a fan of hoppy beers, I’d definitely give this beer a try.

Have you tried any of the Collective Arts beers? Which one is your favourite?

thirsty thursday: muskoka craft lager

This week I mentioned my experience at Tuni Talks and how I enjoy pairing beer with networking. So, I thought it would be very logical to make this week’s thirsty thursday the beer I enjoyed this week.

I’m actually a little surprised I haven’t had this beer before, I’ve had other beers from Muskoka Brewery but never their Craft Lager. I really enjoyed this beer, as everyone knows, I don’t like my beers overly hoppy, this one was perfect. It had such a clean taste and a great aftertaste (sometimes that can completely ruin a beer). I would definitely pick this beer up again. Also, good thing to note, it’s on special Fridays and Saturdays at Joey’s, because who doesn’t love a good drink special?

Have you tried Muskoka? What did you think?

thirsty thursday: paulaner helles

It’s officially October, which based on my twitter feed, makes a lot of people very happy. It also means there is Oktoberfests happening throughout the city. The past weekend was so beautiful, I hit up the Bier Markt patio at Shops at Don Mills for a mid-afternoon pint. They had their Oktoberfest promotion already on so I tried a new beer.

Paulaner Helles is a German beer that is currently on special for $6 pints or $10 steins at all Bier Markts in the province. The beer was similar to any lager, it wasn’t really heavy and wasn’t overly hoppy. It was a delicious beer at a great price. On this trip, I got just a pint but I think a stein may be in order before the special is finished.

Have you tried this beer? Are you doing anything for Oktoberfest?