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Friday, September 24, 2010

Toronto Beer Week - Day Five

Wow, this week is flying by. Many of the licensees I've spoken with over the last four days have been extremely happy with the turnout of their events, which is great news for us at Toronto Beer Week.

What are you going to get up to today/tonight?

C’est What
67 Front Street East
5:00 – 10:00 pm
22nd Annual Festival Of Craft Breweries, $1 per sample for most beers.

10:00 – 1:00 am
Indie Beats & Beer, Free admission
Adam Faux spins indie-centric tunes about beer and drinking.

The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street - (416) 920-9074
The Luxuries of Life - Hosted by Toronto Star Beer Expert Josh Rubin
A Five Course Tasting Menu paired with the highest calibre European imports available

Bar Volo
587 Yonge Street
Collaboration Cask Night - 4 barVolo / Biergotter House Conditioned Casks will be released. @10:00pm w/ Les Trois Mousquetaires

Trevor Kitchen and Bar
38 Wellington Street East
4pm - Close
Beer and Food Pairings
All week long we'll be running a bar feature, an order of kobe beef burgers and a pint of Mill St. Tankhouse Ale or a Salt Cured Foie Gras Club Sandwich and a bottle of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA for $23.

240 King Street East
French Canadian Night – Blanche de Chambly and poutine tasting with a chance to win something big…

Ossington & Diner on Queen West
Burger and Beer Promotion – For the entire week, at both BQM locations, you can enjoy a Bacon and Blue Cheese Burger with a Blanche de Chambly for $10.

Bier Markt
600 King Street Wes & 58 The Esplanade
Big Bier & Ze Big Brat - $19 plus HST
Oktoberfest comes a little bit earlier - Enjoy a 10 inch Thüringer bratwurst with all ze trimmings (Bavarian bread dumplings, Weissbier kraut) paired to your choice of (22 oz) Erdinger Weissbier or (22 oz) Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier.

The Only Café
972 Danforth Avenue
A McAuslan Brewery Guided Tasting – Join Ian Starke of Montreal’s great McAuslan Brewery where you can sample their seasonal Pumpkin Ale: $10

Cloak & Dagger
394 College St
Finger Food Friday presented by Creemore Springs - Come indulge your hunger and thirst. Free food sampling
all day with purchase of any Creemore product. $12.00 Pitchers and $4.00 Pints. Prize Giveaways.

Spirits Bar & Grill
642 Church Street, 416 967-0001
Nightly sampling - Sample beers from Guelph’s Wellington Brewery

The Paddock
178 Bathurst Street
Discover Europe with McClelland Premium Imports - Learn about McClelland's European Portfolio and take a Blindfolded tasting of Affligem blonde, Fruli, Erdinger's Dunkel & Weissbiers, Delerium Tremens and Stiegl, in 8oz glasses, and Guess correctly to get a chance to win a grand prize package for only $21!

Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue
Cask Night at the TRANZAC - We will be tapping casks of cask conditioned real ale from Great Lakes Brewery - don't miss out! Check our calendar for concert listings.

Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Avenue
6:00 - midnight
Steam Whistle Friday - Enjoy a crisp, refreshing Steam Whistle Pilsner along with a moist Ontario fish sandwich. Great value. Then, from 10:00pm to 2:00am, music from Bradleyboy with Tarantula, $7 cover.

18 King Street East
4:30 - 6:00pm
German Beer Tasting - Join Brewmaster Bill White for an informal sampling of Weihenstephan Hefeweiss and Dunkel. Come discover these unique German Wheat Beers from The World's Oldest Brewery.

Highway 61
1620 Bayview Ave
6 pm
Mystery Cask Unveiled - We will be finally unveiling a delicious Belgian Dubbel made at Great Lakes by their own John Bowden and Highway 61's, Matthew Clappison. In an attempt to gain favour with the Highway 61 staff we have left the naming of this cask entirely up to one lucky member, who will reveal the name at 6 pm sharp! Don't miss this one because it will never be made again!

1214 Queen St W
6:30pm- 9:30pm
Cask Tapping: Featuring Great Lakes Brewery Johnny Simcoe American Pale Ale tapped by GLB rep who will answer questions about the brewing process and cask beers ($6.00 a pint or pair with a Cheese Plate for $13.95, or 2 pints and Cheese Plate $23.95). Cheese Plate: Monforte Toscano (Stratford, Ontario); Baluchon, (Quebec); 4 year old White Cheddar (Ontario)

Smokeless Joe
125 John St
Railway City Double Dead Elephant Tapping

La Palette
492 Queen St W
Bar Brawl! - Try any three draughts in a flight (4 ounces each) and the chef will pair it with an amuse-bouche (a made-to-order snack) for $9. Also featuring a week-long beer inspired menu.

2455 Bloor St W
Tower of Power - Double IPA Madness on tap! Featuring Great Lakes My Bitterer Wife, Black Oak 10 Bitter Years, and Flying Monkey’s Smashbomb IPA

1214 Queen St W
Beer Inspired Dinners: Featuring Muskoka Harvest Ale & Mill Street Tankhouse Ale
- Roasted Onion and Muskoka Harvest Ale soup $5.95
- Cheddar Cheese Rarebit savoury cheese toast served with apple-fennel slaw $9.95
- Mill Street Tankhouse Beef Carbonnade Belgian beef and beer stew served with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and market fresh vegetables $14.95
- Chocolate Cream Ale mousse whipped cream $6.95.
- Paired with Mill Street Pints for $5.00

Parts & Labour
1566 Queen St. West.
Nightly food pairings with Duggan's Brewery #9 IPA. Also serving Duggan's Brewery #5 Lager

143 Danforth Ave
Noon - $25
A Stand Up Lunch and Tasting with Robert Hughey - Noted beer writer, connoisseur and inner-city hop-grower, Robert will lead a tasting of four beers paired with specially-chosen selections from Allen’s menu.
Crispy Shrimp with Cayenne Aioli paired with Cheshire Valley ESB - Allen’s Manhattan Capon Wings with King Pilsner - Miniature Lamb Hamburger with MacLean’s Pale Ale - Chocolate Guinness Cake with Duggan’s Nº 8 Porter

Burger Bar
319 Augusta Ave - Kensington Market
9 - 11pm - $20pp
Pale Ale Tasting & Comaprison – Lake of Bays Brewing Co. - Owner and Brew Master Darren Smith will host a tasting of his beer and explain the brewing process. In addition he will host a pale ale comparison with Black Oak Pale Ale, St. Ambroise Pale Ale and Highlander Brew Company's Pale Ale

234 King St E
Lunch & Lounge
Beau’s and a Banquetburger - Beau’s Lug-Tread Lagered Ale Pint served with our Classic Banquet Tillsonburger with House Double Smoked Maple Bacon and Aged Cheddar $23

Pound and a Pint - Muskoka Cream Ale Pint served with a pound of our Chili Hot Wings $18

Dinner menu
3 course dinner $35 - with optional beer pairing $45*
Appetizer - St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale Battered Fish & Chips *with ½ pint of St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
Main - Black Oak Nut Brown-Braised Water Buffalo on Garlic & Chive Spun Mashed Potatoes *with pint of Nut Brown
Dessert - Mill St. Coffee Porter Ice Cream with Shortbread Cookies *with bottle of Mill St. Coffee Porter

The Rhino
1249 Queen St W
Cost: $10.00 for CABA members, $20.00 for non-members, which includes one year membership to CABA.
Evening With the Brewery - Co-sponsored by the Canadian Amateur Brewer’s Association (CABA) & the Rhino. Meet Mitch LaGoy, brewer at the Rohrbach Brewing Company in Rochester, New York, as he takes us into fall with an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. The Rohrbach Brewing Company has been brewing award winning handcrafted ales and lagers in Rochester for over a decade that are served at over 100 “certified tap houses” throughout Rochester and upstate New York.

The Local
396 Roncesvalles
Muskoka Harvest Ale Tasting - Sample Muskoka Cottage Brewery’s newest seasonal with their sales rep

Grapefruit Moon
968 Bathurst St
Beau's tractor pull! Win a gorgeous Beau's kolsch glass! Organic Burger special: Cheddar and bacon burger paired with pint of Beau's Lugtread Ale.

Crooked Star
202 Ossington Ave
Great Lakes Weekend: Featuring the newest Great Lakes seasonal, Pumpkin Ale, paired with seasonal food specials.

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