Pints & Panels: Beers for Fan Expo
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Pints & Panels: Beers for Fan Expo

With the popular convention in full swing, here are a few places to help get your geek on.

John Constantine: Hellblazer, issue #120. Art by Sean Phillips

John Constantine: Hellblazer, issue #120. Art by Sean Phillips

It’s Fan Expo weekend! That wonderful time where over 100,000 geeks of all stripes, from the sci-fi, comic, horror, gaming, and anime fandoms, come together at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to celebrate their loves! The costumes! Artist’s Alley! The panels! Chip Zdarsky doing his own thing! The long lines for signed pictures of celebrities! Ah, it really is a magical time.

But the celebrations don’t have to end at 6:30 p.m. when the centre is closed for the day. Nor do folks attending the con have to settle for food court eats. Thankfully there are plenty of places nearby that will allow you to sit down (seriously, you’ll need to), have a meal, and of course, drink some fine beer.

So with that, here are a few choice beer locations that are a short walking distance from the convention centre, along with a few geeky beers you’ll find at each of them.

The Loose Moose – 146 Front Street West
High Road Bronan Vermont Style IPA is a bright and juicy affair with citrus, mango, and hints of pine, being further helped along in part by the choice of yeast, informally known as CONAN. Along with being a suitable companion after a long day in a warm convention centre, a pint of it is one of the things that is best in life right in between crushing your enemies and seeing them driven before you.

The pairing for Central City Red Racer ISA should be evident, considering the B.C.-based brewery shares the same name as the home of Barry Allen (aka The Flash). The beer itself contains tropical fruit aromas with hints of lemon and a slight grain bitterness that goes into the finish. As it’s a session beer, the alcohol content is rather low at 4% ABV, so you can easily follow along with your friend trying to explain what the hell Flashpoint is so you can be prepared for the third season.

C’est What? – 67 Front Street East
Al’s Cask is one of the house beers available. An English-style Bitter served exclusively on cask, with toasted grains forming a base around a slight herbal bitterness. The only character I know of that would appreciate such a beer would be John Constantine. Have a seat, have a few, practice a bit of magick, and maybe raise a glass or two to a hell of a comic, and a decent show cancelled before its time.

Amsterdam BrewHouse – 245 Queens Quay West
Maverick & Gose is a collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing. A gose aged in chardonnay barrels, the beer starts off rather sweet, with some very distinct character brought on by the chardonnay and ending with a small jab of salt in a quick finish. Really, the best reason to order this beer is to just give you an excuse to bust out some choice Archer references. Daaaaaaaaaanger zone!