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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Event Reminder: Pepperwood and Castro's

Pepperwood Beer Festival
Feel like heading down the QEW today to take part in a beer festival? Why not. The Pepperwood Bistro and Brewpub are holding their annual beer festival today from 2-5pm and will be featuring a number of Ontario craft brewers and one national brewery: Amsterdam, Barley Days, Beau’s, Black Oak, Cameron’s, Denison’s, F&M Brewery, Grand River, Great Lakes, Mill Street, Niagara, Nickel Brook, Sleeman and Trafalgar. Tickets are $35 - (905) 333-6999.

I attended last year and it was a real good time. I'll be there today selling TAPS magazines, stop by and say hi.

Castro's Lounge Monthly Tasting
If you feel like drinking some good beer in a pub while learning a bit about the style, the history and the taste; then head on down to Castro's Lounge on Toronto's Queen Street East to take part in their monthly tasting. Host Chris Schryer will introduce attendees to his family, or more specifically, beers that represent various people in his family. From lovely locals, to opinionated Brits, to sexy Netherlanders, the tasting runs the gamut, and features a few harder to find bottles.

The tasting is accompanied by an optional meal of fancy grilled-cheese sandwiches and salad (much like Chris might serve you if you dropped by his place for lunch). The tasting is $25, and the meal is an additional $10. I attended the last tasting and it was well done, some good fun.

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