So, I tried something yesterday I didn’t really think I would ever do – I went cross-stitching. At a brewery. Of course, because where else would I cross stitch?
The was cross-stitching with Caitlin, a staff member of Left Field Brewery (which continues to be one of my favourite breweries in the city). For $35, you get a pint of beer and a kit filled with items to complete the cross-stitch you picked, also the instruction of a very patient teacher, Caitlin.
When I opened my box, I knew I was in trouble. It was so cute but I was immediately overwhelmed. But a brief tutorial and several dozen questions later, I was on my way. I was however glad that the instructions said that you would not finish your cross-stitch in that time but instead, you would be able to take it home and have everything you need to complete it. Caitlin has a bunch of different designs and kits which she sells on Etsy, depending on how this one turns out (I’ll try to post a picture when complete but don’t be surprised if it’s next winter), I might get the “Wish You Were Beer” one, because, it’s true.
They’re running the event a couple more times, I would suggest trying it out if you’re looking for something fun and crafty to do, although it definitely reminded me why I don’t do crafts!
Also, I’ll include a little Thirsty Thursday, my pint was a seasonal brew with blood orange and it was really good. Not overly sweet or too fruity, still tasted like beer. Make sure to try it out next time you’re in the east end.
I was at the LCBO a couple of weeks ago trying to find something new,they didn’t have a huge selection but I did find this cute beer I had never seen before.
This blonde beer, Swing Bridge is from manitoulin island and was a great. It was a refreshing beer, I think this beer would be perfect for people who want to try craft beers but are afraid of something too strong. I’ll definitely be picking this up the next time I find it in the LCBO.
I love fruit beers, I know a lot of people have strong opinions to the contrary but I love them and now that we’re half way through January I can daydream of spring fruit-beers to come and until the locals one start coming out, liefmans fruitesse will do just fine.
Liefmans fruitesse is a belgian beer and its full of fruit including strawberries, raspberry, cherry, blueberry and juniper berry which is matured on cherries for 18 months. It was refreshing and tart, served over ice. If you’re looking for a very fruity beer, try liefmans, which you can find at the Town Crier.
I went to Left Field Brewery to start a beer scavenger hunt with the Barley’s Angels. I was so glad I got to go by Left Field, I don’t get out there that often as I’m not in the neighbourhood but every time I’m back, I remember why I love it.
And this time, it was their gose.
Sorry this is only half full, it was so delicious, I drank half of it before remembering to take a picture of it. This raspberry hibiscus gose was light and fruity and not to sweet. I even picked up a couple of bottles to take home with me. I would definitely recommend getting to Left Field before it’s gone!
In Whitby, there’s a street in an industrial area that has not one but two great breweries on them (although, I believe that’s changing but right now it’s pretty convenient).
This week’s Thirsty Thursday is from one of those breweries, it was a beer I tried a couple of weeks ago called Home Sweet Home. It was a delicious lager with honey and vanilla and it was just divine. Five Paddles, the brewery, is known for being the more adventurous brewery on the block, constantly experimenting with different flavours and ingredients.
Typically when a brewery gets crazy with flavours, its hard to have more than one of their beers in a row, it can be interesting and delicious but it can also be too much. This beer was great and easy drinking (in that you didn’t need to stop at one) and because of that, they say it’s one that you can usually find in their fridge to pick up.
If you’re out Durham way, I would recommend checking out what’s in the fridge at Five Paddles.
Have you tried any of their beers? What were your favourites?
Last Friday, I went to Fresh Fridays with my boyfriend at the iYellow Wine Cave. It had been a while since I was at the cave, and I remembered why I loved it there. Funky space with wine, cheese, meat and awesome people? What’s not to love? This event was showcasing Fresh Wines, a new, local wine from the Niagara region. We sampled (ample samples, I should say) 5 of the wines from the brand. I think they are definitely perfect for the summer, they were really on the sweet side, which is perfect for a summer’s day!
The one I would like to feature this week is their Riesling-Gewurztraminer (say that three times fast), and it was a great blend. Again, something sweet for a summers day (or maybe a winter day if you really prefer ’em sweet). It was fruity and refreshing and like all of Fresh’s wines, incredibly affordable at only $12.95.
Check out any of the Fresh wines as we wrap up summer (sad) and if you’re in the city, check out the Fresh Fridays at the cave, they’re absolutely great!
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?
I hope you’re all having a great summer and keeping as busy as I am! Last weekend I got to attend the Toronto Festival of Beer, keeping my annual tradition (I almost had to miss it for a wedding but I made it work).
For the next few “thirsty thursdays”, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourites for the festival. My first one is from a brand that had one of my favourites last year too. Ironwood cider from Niagara-On-The-Lake had a great cranberry apple cider this year (last year, I loved their peach). It was the perfect balance of tart and sweet and packed a punch at over 6%. It was so easy to drink and perfect on the hot day we were having!
The only downside is their seasonals are only available in Niagara-On-The-Lake, I guess it’s a great excuse to get out to the great beer and cider region of NOTL!
What was your favourite at this year’s festival?
Well, summer is more than officially here. It is so very hot out that all I want to do is sit on a patio or in a pool and drink ice cold drinks.
This week’s thirsty thursday is definitely a summer drink! Smirnoff recently released new coolers that are not carbonated, which can be great when you don’t want something heavy or fizzy. There are three new flavours, electric orange and two more you can expect to see on future thirsty thursdays! These drinks are definitely on the sweeter side, and if you’re a fan of orange freezies, these are right up your alley. They have a great flavour and are perfect served ice cold (I enjoyed mine over ice).
If you’re looking for a fun new drink to bring out to the pool or beach this summer, check out these newest coolers from Smirnoff!
Have you tried the new coolers? What did you think?