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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Toronto Beer Week - Day Three

Troy, Rob Symes (TBW), James Watt (BrewDog), John Bowden (TBW)
I made it out to beerbistro for the BrewDog dinner last night and had the chance to interview James Watt (co-founder of BrewDog) before-hand, adding to the overall awesomeness of the evening. The dinner was exceptional, the beers were terrific, and James didn't disappoint anyone in the crowd as he was very open and ethusisatic when addressing the sold out room.

After the dinner, belly full of beer and rich food, I rolled down the road to C'est What for the Beer Writers In The Round event. We had a great turnout! Bigger than I thought we would get. A bunch of us (beer writers) sat around talking about beer and sharing our own personal beer experiences for two hours, and during the cab ride home I thought to myself that it would be great it the lot of us could do that every six months or so; sit around with some beers and chat.

Anyways, here's what you'll find happening throughout Toronto tonight (27 events). I plan on stopping by the Victory Cafe and Kilgour's myself!

Nick's Pub Crawl
Celebrate what would have been Nick's mother-in-law's 80th birthday with a pub crawl led by Nick Pashley, author of Notes on a Beermat and Cheers.
3pm: Harbord House, 150 Harbord St.;
4pm: Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St.;
5pm: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave.;
6pm: Kilgour's, 509 Bloor St. West.
Ideal for those going to either the Kilgour's Black Oak event or the Victory's Beau's/Nickel Brook event.

C’est What
67 Front Street East
9:30 - 11:30 pm
Movies & Beer - Commfest Global Community Film Festival, Free admission, donation requested.
No Good Reason And The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya

The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street - (416) 920-9074
Malt Magic - Hosted by Stephen Beaumont - Premium beer and spirit pairings with decadent chocolates and gourmet cheeses
Decadent chocolate platters from BOXX Chocolates

Bar Volo
587 Yonge Street
4:00 - Close
Ontario IPA CASK Challenge Final

1564 Queen Street West - (416) 849-1095
Muskoka Beer Dinner: A four course beer dinner featuring four beers from the Muskoka Cottage Brewery, including their new batch of Harvest Ale. Four courses, four beers, all paired for only $40. Call to make reservations. **See full menu by clicking here**

Kilgour's Bar Meets Grill
509 Bloor Street West (416)923-7680
6:00pm till close..
Ken's Kask at Kilgour's: Join Black Oak's Ken Woods and beer author Nick Pashley over a pint of Hop Bomb on cask, while it lasts.

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.

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.

Victory Cafe
581 Markham Street
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company and Nickel Brook Brewery will be offering several one offs and some of their regular seasonal beers , including Nickel Brook’s Trillium Pale Ale, Uniek Sour Cherry Ale, Marzen German Red Lager and new Gluten Free Pale Ale. $20/ticket - includes 2 pints or four 5oz samples and food. RSVP only to

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.

beerbistro *SOLD OUT*
18 King Street East
6pm / $25pp / tickets now on sale - (416) 861-9872
The Bar Towel Lost Abbey Tasting - Hosted by Bar Towel founder, Cass Enright, featuring 4 Lost Abbey beers (Carnevale, Red Barn, Avant Garde, and Lost and Found) along with Port Old Viscosity and Port Older Viscosity. Brewer Matt Tweedy will be on hand to guide you through the beers, and share his experiences working at the brewery.

The Only Café
972 Danforth Avenue
Big Rock Alberta BBQ - Join Kevin Healy of Big Rock Brewery who will be grilling up an Alberta Steak dinner that will be paired and a pint of Big Rock for $20. Limited seating. Guests can expect a very special surprise from Big Rock as well!

354 Queen Street West
McAuslan Sampling - We will be sampling McAuslan Brewery products (St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, St Ambroise Pale Ale and Griffon Red) and offering a "tasting trio" of the three for $5. (a generous 4 oz's of each)

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

The Feathers Pub
962 Kingston Road
Creemore Night – Come and sample beers from Creemore Springs Traditional Brewery for $5 a pint.

Burger Bar
319 Augusta Ave
Sausage Fest with Amsterdam - We'll be pairing Amsterdam Blonde and Oktoberfest beers with 2 types of sausage. $20pp includes 2-1/2 Pints, sausages, rye bread and sauerkraut! Or you can try them individually.

The Paddock
178 Bathurst Street
Spin The Bottle! - Spin our roulette wheel and find out which of our 30 bottled brews you'll drink for only $6.50 (tax incl)! Additional Prizes to be won through spinning!

Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Avenue
6:00 - midnight
Welly Wednesday - Join us for Welly Wednesday where we will be featuring the full flavour of Wellington County Dark Ale paired with a succulent steak. Music on stage TBA.

The Painted Lady
218 Ossington
Brew Master and Beer Expert (Bill White) - Sample a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weiss or Dunkel (a dollar off their normal price) with a delicious food pairing from The Painted Lady and experience two unique beers from The World's Oldest Brewery.

Smokeless Joe
125 John St
Muskoka Harvest Ale 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.

201 Danforth Ave.
(416) 778-9000
7:00-8:00 pm
Beer School – The One Class You Can Pass! – English Bitters and Ales
Come and learn about the brewing of classic English Bitters and Ales while our brewmaster makes a classic English pub bitter according to the proper style guidelines using our freshly picked local organic hops from Prince Edward County. No charge for watching and learning.

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

Grapefruit Moon
968 Bathurst St
Release the Flying Monkeys! Chat with the Flying Monkeys rep and sample their brews.

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