A look at what the New Year in beer has in store for you.
It’s happened, folks. Another year has started. Another cycle has begun, and with it, a sense of renewal. A sense of new beginning. And of course every single one of us has put together a list of things we’d like to do differently this year.
And because I’m a drinks columnist, I’m here to make sure you do it all slightly differently, within the confines of beer. So here we go.
Try Something New
Just last night Kensington Brewing launched the first of their Neighbourhood Series of beers, the Coffee Shop Cold Brew Porter. Available on tap at such places as Handlebar and the Only Cafe, the beer itself is a brown porter infused with cold brew produced with beans from five different cafés in Kensington Market (Café Pamenar, Café Novo, Jimmy’s Coffee, Moon Bean, and Wanda’s Pie in the Sky). The coffee notes in the beer are mild, and include a subtle note of cocoa and a medium body that makes for a fairly sessionable and mid-range Porter.
Additionally, newcomer Bandit Brewery is hoping to open in the coming months in Roncesvalles, and plans to further expand Torontonian palates with a focus on sour and barrel-aged beers.
You do know about RunTOBeer, yeah? The project of Dan Grant and Tej Sandhu, RunTOBeer combines fitness with craft beer, often forming collaborations with breweries and bars to ensure a free beer after a good, long run within the city. Check their Facebook group for more info.
Get Out More
This year is offering a lot of good reasons for going out. Newcomers Burdock and (what is now the) Folly are considered the toasts of the town in terms of good beer and regularly provide fun, new events to hit up like Burdock’s upcoming piano festival and Folly’s Brewer’s Dinner next Saturday. We also have a lot to look forward to with Louis Cifer and Bar Volo’s House Ale’s recently replaced brewmasters bringing in their own unique talents to a scene that seemingly burns through trends at an alarming rate. Going to those, along with beer festivals, such as the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival, will assure even your harshest critic (your parent) that you are getting out more.
Stop Eating Cake
Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
Happy New Year, folks.