New and exciting Toronto beers to keep warm with.
Good gods, the past couple of days have given us miserable weather, haven’t they? It’s finally starting to hit us that winter is definitely on its way. We’re staying in more. Making soups, watching Netflix, playing new post-apocalyptic video games…
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Don’t give in to the cold-weather hermit behaviour just yet! Fight it! There are plenty of new and exciting places to go to and plenty of new and exciting beers to try while you’re at those new and exciting places!
As far as events go, Amsterdam Brewery’s Double Tempest Day is once again upon us. Starting this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Amsterdam Brewhouse, you can expect a full day of music, unique beers from Amsterdam’s Adventure Brew series, three different types of bourbon for sampling, some excellent BBQ, and of course, sampling and bottle purchase of this year’s Barrel-Aged Double Tempest, an 11.5 per cent imperial stout aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Admission is free, but tokens for sampling will cost $3.50.
On Nov. 18, be sure to pack your moustache wax or an eyeliner pencil (John Waters favours Maybelline Velvet Black) to draw your own moustache, because Sawdust City is presenting their annual Mid-Movember Moustache Mayhem event at the Only Cafe. Aside from an incredible tap takeover, with the Gravenhurst brewery providing 25 beers, there will also be the famous moustache contest, where the winner will get the chance to brew a beer with the brewers and get their winning face on the label. 25 cents of each pint purchased during the night will go towards the Movember Foundation.
Last week saw the official launch debuting the transformation of Habits Gastropub to the more beer-focused Folly Brewpub, and brewers Christina Coady and Chris Conway, who originally brewed on Habits’ pilot system, did not disappoint with their uniquely understated beers. Folly’s brews will be using mostly saison yeasts with some strains from new Ontario yeast lab Escarpment Labs, and feature plenty of unique farmhouse twists. While four taps are dedicated to their year-round beers, Imposter Syndrome Farmhouse IPA, Praxis New World Saison, Inkhorn Farmhouse Bruin, and the remarkable Flemish Cap Old World Saison. Other taps will include further experiments by Coady and Conway as well as guest beers from local breweries.
Folks who have been frustrated with barely being able to move around the constantly crowded beer landmark Bar Hop are relieved to discover that the famous bar has expanded to a second location on Peter Street. Bar Hop Brewco is a three-storey establishment with 36 mostly local beers on tap, a fantastic food menu, and a planned on-site brewery (which comes as no shock whatsoever considering how often they collaborate with other breweries). Come in for a visit, have some fantastic beer, and enjoy the new space.
It wasn’t too long ago since we reported on the upcoming launch of Burdock on Dufferin and Bloor, but in that short a time they have established themselves as one of the city’s must-go-to beer destinations. Their Brett Farmhouse Saison, available on tap and in the bottle shop, has particularly got all the Toronto beer geeks talking. While it’s clear that Burdock and Siobhan McPherson’s amazing brews will be with us for some time, start heading over there now to properly witness the ever-increasing popularity and to get bragging rights on being there in the early days.
Now get out there!