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I am a sucker for a mixed Belgian 6 pack!

Like I said, I am a sucker for a Belgian holiday mixed pack.  Every year around Christmas the LCBO has this pack or a similar one and I seem to pick it up every time.  Sometimes there is a slight variation to the beers but I believe that this pack was exactly the same last year.

About the Beer – I did not review this one.  My general impression was that this was a nice beer but a bit weak for what I was looking for.  It does get some good review’s on BA though.

Would I Drink it Again? – Since I seem to grab this special release pack every year I would have to say yes!

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By all standards it has been a damn cold winter.  What better to enjoy on a cold night then a winter warmer!

Interestingly this beer was not part of the featured winter releases at the LCBO.

About the Beer – It poured a muddy brown colour with a small head.  The nose was full of caramel, chocolate, and roast malt.  The flavour also had a lot of chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy and herbal hops with a bitter finish.  Quite tasty.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, it was a very nice beer for a cold winters night!

So if you can’t wait till Toronto Beer Week arrives in September here is a little pre-beerweek fun!

TWO PUB CRAWLS TO HIT CITY ON SATURDAY MARCH 19TH
February 23, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – While St. Patrick’s Day may be on March 17th, craft beer drinkers will be awaiting the 19th with anticipation, as Toronto Beer Week (TBW) marks the start of its six-month countdown by inviting beer lovers on a drinking tour of some of the city’s finest establishments. The 2011 edition of TBW will take place over ten days in September from the 16th to the 24th, but drinkers can get a preview of the fun on March 19th.2011_TBW_LOGO_BLACK_-_SMALL

Two pub crawls will hit the streets of the city at 2pm. A downtown crawl will be hosted by Cass Enright (founder of the popular Bartowel.com and Freeourbeer.org) and Rob Symes (news editor on Bartowel.com and contributing writer for TAPS The Beer Magazine). The crawl will begin at the Queen & Beaver at 35 Elm Street, before proceeding to The 3 Brewers, Duggan’s, beerbistro and C’est What.
 
At the same time, a second crawl hosted by Troy Burtch (Director of Sales & Marketing with TAPS The Beer Magazine and creator/writer of the Great Canadian Beer Blog) and Nick Pashley (author of ‘Notes on a Beermat’ and ‘Cheers! An Intemperate History of Beer in Canada’) will hit Kensington Market and the Annex. After meeting at The Cloak & Dagger (394 College Street) the next stops will be Caplansky’s Delicatessen, Burger Bar & Tequila Tavern, The Harbord House and the Victory Cafe.

A number of one-off beers will be available at most participating locations in addition to an already stellar lineup of brews. Food and drink promos will also be available at certain locations.

TBW crawl host and notorious propper-up of bars, Nick Pashley is a fan of pub crawls, and provided this quote in the run-up to the March 19th events: “Why a pub crawl? If you have to ask, this might not be quite for you. Some of us who can’t wait for Toronto Beer Week have put together not one but two pub crawls. The concept is simplicity itself: turn up, buy beer, drink same, tip the bar staff, chat amiably with fellow pedestrians, move on to next pub and repeat as required. Bask in the company of Cass and Rob downtown or Troy and Nick in lower midtown, visit a few fine pubs, and drink excellent craft brews. You have better things to do?”

While there is no fee to participate in either crawl – other than your beer… we’re not that generous – RSVPing is recommended. For the downtown crawl email numbers to Rob at rob@torontobeerweek.com, and for Kensington Market / the Annex email Troy at troy@torontobeerweek.com.

About Toronto Beer Week
TBW is a series of events dedicated to the celebration and advancement of the craft beer movement. TBW will showcase authentically brewed and flavourful beer, the talented brewers who create them, and the licensees who proudly support them. It’s all about good beer – no bland, mega beer permitted!
 
TBW is a collectively owned organization involving some of Toronto’s most seasoned and passionate beer industry members. Our team includes publicans, brewers, media, marketers, and authors, all bringing their valuable experience and vision to create a significant event that reflects the best interests of all participants.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Cass Enright
Executive Committee, Toronto Beer Week
cass@torontobeerweek.com416.520.5817
 
Rob Symes
Executive Committee, Toronto Beer Week
rob@torontobeerweek.com416.660.5620
 
Troy Burtch
Executive Committee, Toronto Beer Week
troy@torontobeerweek.com647.400.7051

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Nothing like getting some beers for your Birthday, especially beers you have never had before.  Thanks Paul!

About the Beer – It poured a copper/orange colour with a nice head.  The aroma was yeast heavy with fruit, caramel, and a little bit of orange peel.  The flavour is not what you are expecting from the style.  Which I liked!  It was fresh and clean with some toasted malts, herbal, and grassy hops.  Lots of bitter in the finish.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, one of my favourite Oktoberfest beers that I have had.  I love Short’s beers!

Back to the proper order of beers.

Last bottle of the Maredsous special holiday 3 pack.

About the Beer – It poured a lovely cloudy orange colour with a nice head.  The aroma was of Belgian yeast.  Citrus, spice, and apricot pummel the nose.  The flavour was just as intense as the nose.  Lots of carbonation, peach, apricot, light tart citrus, a bit of sour, and some light spice.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yep, one word.  Nice!

Well I hit the goal I set out on a year ago last night.  That was to drink 365 different beers over one year.

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As some of you may know if you read my blog, I went to Buffalo and stocked up on some beer a few weeks back.  Brock from Burger Bar and I decided to hook up and try a few when he was back from his vacation.  It turns out the day we chose was the final day of my beer adventure.  Beer 365 of 365!

I did not review any beers for this post because I wanted to revel in the moment and enjoy the fine brews that were to be had.

I met up with Brock, his buddy Gill (hope I spelt his name right) Chris from TorontoBeerBlog and his buddy Andrew as well as little Bentley at Burger Bar where we dove right into the tastings.  We started with the Ithaca Alphalpha DIPA which was outstanding.  Most agreed that this was the top beer of the night and I would go so far as to say one of the top beers I have tried all year!

AlphalphaWe then moved into Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series Dunkel which was very smooth and also quite tasty.  This was Andrew’s favourite.  Next up was Dogfish Head Squall IPA, another winner.  Chris, Andrew and Bentley were gone when I moved into the Garrison Black IPA which I also really enjoyed.  Batting 1000 on the beer selection so far.  We finished the night out with a gift left by Chris of Nørrebro Little Korkny Ale Barley Wine.  Super smooth and super yummy.  The night was an “Epic” beer night as Chris would say.

The great thing about enjoying the beers at the Burger Bar is the food.  The onion rings and beef spring roles are outstanding, and how would you describe the burgers. One word.  Yum!

What a way to end my 365 beers adventure.  I have not decided what to do next except catch up on around the 100 posts that I am behind on.

What a great way to celebrate your birthday!

We moved into our new home the day before my Birthday so on the weekend we had a party to celebrate.  Lot’s of good friends came and supplied some gifts of beer! I did not review the beers since I was having too much fun.  I can tell you I really enjoyed the Phin & Matt’s as well as many others including a Garrison Baltic Porter and a 2009 3M Imperial Weizen brought by Chris from TorontoBeerBlog!

Good Times! Good Friends!

I love a surprise!

Another one of the Winter release beers from the LCBO.  I was a bit wary of this one since it was in a clear bottle but I was pleasantly surprised no skunk!

About the Beer – It poured a lovely black colour with a mocha head and lots of lacing.  The aroma was of chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit, and hops.  The flavour pretty much followed the nose.  Bitter/Sweet with a hit of alcohol at the end.  The mouthfeel was a bit thin but the flavour made up for that.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I better go grab a couple before they are all gone.

This trip was long overdue.

I am getting close to completing my 365 beers.  In fact today would be 358/365 if my posts were up to date(my tastings are, just not my posts).

The week before last I realized something.  I was going to be short on beers.  Unless I wanted to lower my standards and pick-up some beers at the LCBO that I really did not want to try, I was in big trouble.  The solution?  Take a trip to Buffalo and pick-up some American Micros!Arrogant Bastard

We used some reward points to book a hotel, jumped in the car and headed on down to Buffalo for the weekend.  Our first stop was a recommendation from Mr.BartleColes on Elmwood.  They had an amazing selection of drafts from all over the U.S.  I started out with a pint of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard but quickly realized if I wanted to try more beers I would need a sampler flight or I would be feeling no pain very quickly!

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Oktoberfest in February!  Just a little late.

This was my official Birthday Beer while out at the pub with the family back in early November.  Since it was my Birthday I also did not review this one or take any notes!  Yay Me!

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