City & Colour & Beer: Flying Monkeys City and Colour Imperial Maple Wheat

  ‘I love beer. When someone approaches you and asks “would you like to collaborate on your very own signature beer flavor?” You say “yes”‘ So says Dallas Green aka City and Colour, the former Alexisonfire frontman and St. Catherine’s, Ontario musician whose fourth and most recent offering, The Hurry and the Harm, hit shelves…

Homebrewing, Winter Beer Fest, and BlogTO

Okay, so the day job and a slight case of the Cambodian Swamp Virus put a damper on any writing time I had the past week or so. So let’s play a bit of catch-up because quite a bit has been going on. 1. I’ve been homebrewing! Although I have dabbled with varying levels of…

CURRENTLY DRINKING: Ramblin’ Road Country Pilsner

And here we are, my first beer review of 2013. Since first hearing about them, I’ve been excited to try the offerings of Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm out of  Norfolk County. What caught my eye on them initially was that they are Ontario’s first and only “Brewery Farm”, which is to mean that they are a…

It’s Over – The Westvleteren XII Craze

Well. Wow. So. For those not in the know, the very rare and (supposedly) best beer in the world was released in Ontario LCBOs today. Westvleteren XII, previously only available in the St Sixtus Abbey in Belgium, upped production and came out with limited box sets in order to raise funds for renovations to the abbey and…

A Musical Beer Collaboration: Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout

Around September Canadian beer lovers and music fans alike were excited to learn of a collaboration beer being made with Ontario brewery Flying Monkeys and the iconic Canadian band the Barenaked Ladies. For those not familiar with the group, they’re basically the ultimate “local boys do good” story here where I live, the Toronto suburb…

Session 99

I made it out for the first session at Session 99 Craft Beer Festival, the grand event that capped off Ontario Craft Beer Week. Many breweries came out with some amazing one-offs and drinks I’ve never tried before. Spearhead, Sawdust City Brewery and Bellwoods Brewery were by far my favourite breweries of the day. Spearhead…

CURRENTLY DRINKING:Skinny Dipping Stout by Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Sawdust City Brewing Co. is a newcomer here in Ontario that I’ve been anticipating to check out for a while. With their official headquarters not even opened up in Gravenhurst, Ontario yet (but will change this spring/summer), they’ve already been making a splash by kicking things off with five (count ’em FIVE) brews. One of the…

FIELD TRIP: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie, ON)

A couple of weeks ago the family and I were on our way to a wedding in Barrie, ON.  There had been talk of either before or after the bride and groom kissed that we’d get to visit and perhaps go on the tour of one of my favorite Ontario breweries the Flying Monkeys Craft…