Last weekend was my Christmas in July as another Toronto Festival of Beer came and went. I was really impressed with the number of smaller breweries and cideries at the event – many I had never heard of before. I actually may have had more cider than beer at the festival but I regret nothing.
Ironwood Hard Cider is a cidery out Niagara-On-The-Lake. There regular cider is just coming out in the LCBOs and the one I tried is only available through them. Their Screachin’ Peach, is as you’d expect, peach flavoured. They use real peaches in their cider and it is delicious. It was a semi-sweet cider, just the kind I like. I really hope that I’ll be making out to the NOTL region sometime soon so I can pick up some more of this delicious cider.
Have you tried ironwood before? Which one did you have?
I’m excited to share this new brewery I discovered this week. It’s a new one (at least to me) out in Whitby called Brock St. Brewery. They have 3 beers available year round, and one of them is their blonde, which is the one I tried.
This award winning beer is light and refreshing. It was a great beer to enjoy in the backyard this week. I would definitely recommend checking out this brewery in Whitby, they even do deliveries for private parties in Durham Region and surrounding areas. It’s a great way to try a new beer without having to pick up the beer. I love simplicity.
Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you’re all having a good week!
This week’s drink is one I tried at the new Stirling Room patio this week in the distillery district. I had never been to the Stirling Room, which is a club/lounge right at the entrance of the distillery district – they’re celebrating their 5th anniversary with the opening of a patio. The new patio is open Wednesday to Sunday and I won’t lie, it’s a great people-watching spot.
But on to the drink! They had a couple of signature cocktails for the night. The one I really enjoyed was Off the Cuff, a rye based drink made with Canadian Club 100%. The drink also contained a liquer, I had never heard of (almost unbelievable, I know). The drink had half a shot of Galliano, a vanilla flavoured liquor and ginger beer. They garnished it with a mint leaf – normally I don’t like mint in my drinks but because it wasn’t too much, it wasn’t overpowering.
I did have a photo of it but I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with the photo but it is a drink I will definitely try to replicate.
Happy Thursday everyone! I can’t believe we’re half way through June, which in my mind, means we’re done June.
This week’s Thirsty Thursday is brought to you by the letter S, for Sleeman Lift. What is Sleeman Lift you ask? Sleeman Lift is the newest beer to the Sleeman family, made with a hint of coconut water.
The beer is designed to be for the “performance focused”, I assume because coconut water contains tons of electrolytes. I wonder if that means this is a hangover-free beer? [I didn’t drink enough to have to worry about that ]. The flavour is lighter than a regular beer, and don’t worry (or sadly, depending on your opinion of coconuts), it doesn’t taste like coconut. This beer would be great for days when it’s super hot and you don’t want anything really heavy while you’re out on the patio!
Sleeman Lift is available now at the LCBO and Beer Store – have you tried this new beer? What did you think?
As the name suggests, the tea has cocoa and mint but also has orange and apple pieces in it. The tea smelled so good, you could clearly see the pieces of fruit in it. The tea tasted great – I didn’t sweeten mine, I figured with all the flavours, it didn’t need any additional sweetness and it was great. I brought this tea with me to the office (because sharing is caring) and one of my co-workers said “you can really tell this is premium tea, not that garbage I drank in university” – I’ll take her word for it
Tea of the People develops Canada’s first barrel aged organic tea. The tea along with the flavours (fruits, herbs and spices) are barrel aged in a wine cellar for 3-5 months, which results in a unique oaky flavour. Tea of the People is also passionate about being good for you but also good for society – each month, they donate 5% of their profits to entrepreneurs or non-profits who are working to solve issues around poverty, education, public health and climate change.
Their teas have begun selling in a few Loblaws throughout Southern Ontario. You can also order online, some of their other flavours I have to try are the dragon well green tea pomegranate x yumberry, blueberry x dragon fruit and an acai x goji. As I mentioned (or my co-worker mentioned), this is a premium tea and prices range from $9.99-$11.99 per 50g (definitely on par with bigger tea shops).
Have you tried the Tea of the People? What has been your favourite?
Happy Thursday. I hope you’ve all had a great week so far. This week’s Thirsty Thursday comes once again from Left Field Brewery.
This adorably named beer is called Sunlight Park, after Toronto’s first professional baseballpark. This is one of the brewery’s lightest beers and definitely one of my favourites. With an IBU of 22, it’s light, not bitter and great for the summer.
Fun fact – because I love fun facts – they hand-zest 1kg of grapefruit zest for every batch of Sunlight Park. I’d suggest going by Left Field Brewery and picking up a few bottles for your next backyard/patio session!
Have you tried the Sunlight Park? What did you think?
In case you missed it, this past sunday was the most recent installment of detox to retox at Left Field Brewery. I love their baseball theme. I’ve been to a few beer tastings so I don’t usually learn too much more about beer but I definitely learned more about baseball this weekend.
This week’s thirsty thursday is called Eephus, which apparently the name of a weird pitch, usually only seen in the majors once a year. The beer on the other hand is popping up everywhere, one of their brews that is available in a few LCBOs across the city. I’m not sure if my palette is growing after getting into craft beer, but a couple years ago I probably would have avoided this beer because it’s so dark.
This is their oatmeal brown ale. I expected it to be very heavy based on the colour but it was much lighter than I expected. It was still full of flavour, you could definitely taste the hints of the oatmeal in it.
I would definitely recommend this beer if you love brown ales, or you’re not quite sure if you do and want to give it a try – this is a great one to start with.
This weekend was our third detox to retox and we had it at the newly opened Left Field Brewery in Leslieville. They have only been open for a few weeks and we were their first event. The baseball nerds behind Left Field Brewery are Mandie and Matt, an adorable couple with a love of beer. They have a beautiful space for events, and delicious beer to boot.
Beer is so much more refreshing after a good sun salutation.
This event was sold out, which means we had 35 beer and yoga lovers to spend sunday funday with! I want to thank Left Field Brewery for allowing us to host a detox to retox as their first event in their space, it definitely won’t be our last time with them!
Did you miss out on this weekend’s event? Well, fear not, because next Saturday we take detox to retox to the water! That’s right, yoga on a boat followed by a beer cruise! It’s going to be amazing – get your tickets before they’re gone! Hope to see you there!
I had dinner with some lovely bloggers a couple of weeks ago at tabule and they have free corkage fees (one of the best things ever).
The lovely Casey from Waffling Blog brought the Frisky Beaver, I think entirely because of the name and I’m ok with that! I didn’t have too much of the wine (I was driving) but my little sample was really good.
We had the Frisky Beaver White, which is a blend of several wines. It was a really nice wine. It wasn’t overly sweet but also didn’t make me pucker. The wine is fruity, and would be great with light meals like seafood and mild curries.
Have you tried the Frisky Beaver? What did you think?
Happy Thursday – we’re almost a full week into May, it is crazy!
This week’s Thirsty Thursday not about a specific drink but about the next detox to retox. The ladies of Schoolhouse Booze and I are excited that the next one is just over two weeks away.
If you’re not familiar with Detox to Retox, it’s a instructor-led yoga class followed by a beer tasting. If you’ve never had beer after a solid work out, you’re truly missing out. If you want to read up on how awesome the first two were, check out detox to retox part I and detox to retox part two.
The next one will be at Left Field Brewery. We’re so excited to bring detox to retox to Left Field’s new and long awaited brewery. Left Field Brewery is located near Greenwood and Gerrard and I could be mistaken but this might just be their first event since opening. You have seen Left Field at festivals in the past but their bottle shop is now open and they’re just as excited as we are to host the next detox. So come out, get bendy for some delicious local beer.