Left Field Brewery Sweet Jesus Mocha Marshmallow Stout

  
This stout was conditioned with roasted, crushed cocoa nibs and a blend of Sweet Jesus coffee beans. 

It pours jet black with a creamy café-au-lait coloured head. Aromas of roasted coffee (naturally) and sweet malt. The interplay of slightly smoky, dark chocolate bitterness and malty sweetness continues on the palate. The finish is pretty smooth and of medium length. 

Bought an extra bottle for cellar ageing. Pair with your favourite chocolate dessert or pan-fried pork loin chops and tart sautéed red cabbage. Highly recommended. 

Junction Craft Brewing & Rainhard Brewing Bock That! Fall Bock from the WE Collab West End Brew Project

20160110-171858.jpg
Pours dark brown. A lovely warm maltiness throughout with some nuttiness on the finish. Very pleasant.

Amsterdam Brewery Hop Harvest Ale

20151108-200816.jpg
Like the Nickel Brook offering that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, this is another ‘wet hop’ ale using only Ontario-grown hops. It pours a clear, light amber-orange. Tropical hop hints on the nose. A bit lighter on the palate than I was hoping for, but still with a pleasant crispness and some grip on the finish. A fine herald for future Ontario hop harvests to come.

Left Field Brewery Grandstand Hoppy Wheat

20151004-153230.jpg

Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange. Pine resin on the nose and lots of lemon-pine on the palate. I find the finish more bitter than the 40 IBUs listed on the label would seem to suggest. I think this could be a great food beer when paired with lemon accented dishes.

There might be some bottles left at the brewery located at 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto in Leslieville http://www.leftfieldbrewery.ca

Radical Road Brewing Canny Man Scotch Barrel Aged Wee Heavy (after 87 weeks ageing in my cellar)

20141105-193738.jpg
Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber brown. Still plenty of smoke on the nose but there a burnt caramel sweetness reminiscent of sponge toffee. On the palate the smoke doesn’t seems as strong as I remembered. I would no longer call this the Lagavulin of craftbeer but still a well peated scotch. The finish is smooth, starting off smokey ending with a lingering sweetness balanced with some faint bitter notes. Definitely still enjoyable but probably best that I cracked this open now rather leaving it for another few months. Highly recommended.

My Original Review:
Tons of smoke on nose & palate (think Lagavulin as craftbeer) balanced by sweet molasses malt.

The Final Yonge Street Pub Crawl

[NOTE: The crawl may be over but you can still DONATE to the cause. ]

We didn’t make it to Rainy River but we reached the end-of-the-line.

On Saturday August 16, 2014 a group of friends gathered for the 10th and final time to spend a day pub-crawling along the longest street in the world.

As always our numbers fluctuated throughout the day but, ultimately, fourteen intrepid adventurers joined us for all or part of the crawl.

We managed to sell all of our remaining YSPC t-shirts and increase our ten year grand total to $3,770.00 raised for Right To Play.

I’d like to thank everyone who came out over the past decade to support this event. Without you the Yonge Street Pub Crawl wouldn’t have been a success, and I’d have been that pathetic guy bar-hopping all by himself.

A lot of things have changed in the last ten years. None of us are the same people we were when we dreamed-up this crazy idea. We’ve gotten married, bought houses and started families. The time is right to take our bow.

Should someone else desire to take-up the cause and continue the crawl I wish them all the best and would offer the following advice gleaned over the years:

  1. Have a plan but be open to suggestions
    (that’s how I discovered barVolo)
  2. Choose quality over quantity
    (15 bars may sound like a good idea but trust me, it’s not)
  3. If someone RSVPs ‘Maybe’, they’re not coming
    (maybe is not a response; it’s a deflection)
  4. Strive to design a t-shirt someone will actually wear in the real world once the event is finished
    (also, screen printing is THE BEST)
  5. People LOVE buttons
    (honestly, you can never have enough buttons)

Cheers,
Eric Brazier

About The Cause:
Right To Play
is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. For more information please visit RightToPlay.ca

Better Know A YSPC Bar (The Final 3): The Irish Embassy Pub, Firkin on Harbour & Captain John’s

20140815-062728.jpg

Ten years ago the first Yonge Street Pub Crawl technically started at Yonge & Queens Quay—in-front of Captain John’s floating seafood eyesore, money-pit, restaurant. But really it started at The Irish Embassy because only one person met me at the start of Yonge Street. (Thanks again, Beth!) Since that day in 2005 the crawl has never returned to any part of Yonge south of The 3 Brewers.

Now, on our final leg, we will once again venture all the way down to the water and into a phalanx of high-rise condos that weren’t even a glint in a land developer’s eye a decade ago.

What was once a gastronomical wasteland is now blanketed by ground floor restaurants and pubs. Seriously, you could do a block crawl along Yonge, Queens Quay, Bay and Lake Shore and hit no less than three bars and six restaurants.

20140815-070732.jpg

And because one of those drinking establishments is located at 10 Yonge Street, our last bar on the crawl will be the Firkin on Harbour.

But that won’t be our LAST stop.

This August will witness not only the end of the Yonge Street Pub Crawl but also the end of an era for the Toronto harbour front. Captain John’s floating seafood restaurant is scheduled to be removed from its mooring at Yonge and Queens Quay on August 22. So, for our last stop, we will crawl into the shadow of its rusting bow that hangs over the end/start of Yonge Street and say a final toast to ten years of good times had on the longest street in the world*.

Hope to see you there.

Saturday August 16, 2014
1:00 PM
starting at
The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street
(just north of Summerhill Subway Stn)
RSVP on Facebook
DONATE to the cause