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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Charlevoix, Driftwood & Central City Coming to Volo

Two weeks ago, during the judging for the Canadian Brewing Awards, I had the opportunity to sample a beer by the name La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout from MicroBrasserie Charlevoix. I thought the beer was terrific, so terrific that I contacted the brewery to see if they'd be interested in taking part in the Tasting Panel for the fall issue of TAPS Beer Magazine. They were.

As I was talking to Frederick, the CEO of the brewery, he let me know that some of his beers would soon be available at Volo, as owner Ralph Morana placed an order with them. So, in due time, you can expect to find their entire line-up of beers at the popular Toronto bar. There will be the 'Mad Cow' series of beers - Vache Folle ESB and the Imperial Milk Stout, and the 'May the Lord be with you' (Dominus Vobiscum) Double, Triple, Ambrée, and Blanche.

Also, Morana let me know that he contacted the Driftwood Brewery in Victoria, BC and all of their beers (excluding the Amber Ale) will be shipped east to sit in the beer fridge at Volo. Gary Lindsay, director of sales and marketing with Driftwood confirmed that in an email to me late last month and they are excited to be making an appearance in Toronto.

The brewery produces a number of beers that aren't seen to often in these parts. Their line-up includes Brother Bart's Brown Belgian Ale (Dubbel), Farmhand Ale (Saison), White Bark Ale (Belgian Wit), Crooked Coast Alt, and Cellar Dweller Barley Wine.

And Morana also indicated that orders have been placed with Central City Brewing in Surrey, BC for Wally's Wheat, Red Racer Classic Pale Ale, and Red Racer IPA.

Just another three reasons to pay Volo a visit. No word on when the beers will arrive.

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