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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Toronto Beer Week - Day Two

I made it out to barVolo, the Granite Brewery and The Monks Table last night. Not bad for the opening day of Toronto Beer Week!

Tonight I'll be hanging out at the BrewDog dinner at beerbistro before heading down the street to C'est What for an event I'll be part of - Not Always In Good Taste: Beer Writers In The Round. It's going to be another great night.

Here are all the events taking place today.

C’est What
67 Front Street East
10:00 - 11:30 pm
Not Always In Good Taste - a beer writers-in-the-round, Free admission.
Writers include: Stephen Beaumont, Greg Clow, Nick Pashley, Ian Coutts, Steve Cameron, Troy Burtch, Robert Hughey, Aonghus Kealy, Josh Rubin

The Monk’s Table
1276 Yonge Street - (416) 920-9074
Raising the Bar - An Hour with Cass Enright, Founder of The Bar Towel
A sit down seminar about marketing and advertising that has raised beer from the layman’s gutter to the Nectar of the Gods

Cloak & Dagger
394 College St
Sausagefest: Get ready for it! All you can eat for only $12 including one 12oz drink.
Come get your fill on - 10 different kinds of sausages! Featuring Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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

Burger Bar
319 Augusta Ave - Kensington Market

18 King Street East
BrewDog Beer Dinner - 6 course dinner, paired with beers from Scotland's most progressive brewery. Hosted by James Watt from BrewDog. Tickets are $90, and on sale Wednesday Sept 8th: Call (416) 861-9872

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.

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 Black Oak Brewery Guided Tasting –Join Black Oak Brewing President, Ken Woods and Brewmaster Adrian Popowycz. Guest Tap: Black Oak Double Cherry Chocolate Stout: $10

The Local
396 Roncesvalles (416) 535-6225
A Harvest Cornucopia - Savour a fine local and seasonal menu paired with Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale. A brewery representative will be on hand to lead a tasting of their fall seasonal and discuss the brewing process. Attendees will have the option to pair the beer with a select menu with a locally sourced and seasonally focused menu. Oh yeah, and enjoy awesome local talent on stage!!

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

Burger Bar
319 Augusta Ave
Sausage Fest with Flying Monkey - We'll be pairing Smash Bomb and Netherworld 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
9pm - Midnight
Live Piano Music with Kevin Quain - Sponsored by Erdinger. Order both of our Erdinger Bottles, the Weissbier and Dunkel, for only $10 together.

Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Avenue
6:00 - midnight
Creemore Tuesday - Enjoy a tasty Dakota Burger paired with Creemore Springs Lager. Excellent value. Later on stage, Dustin Bentall will be performing, $5 cover.

1214 Queen St W
Beer Inspired Dinner Specials: 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

Granite Brewery
245 Eglinton Ave East
Monday Sep. 20- Sunday Sep. 26 - All week daily draws. Enter your name in the daily draw for a chance to win a Granite growler and a great beer book. The names will then be entered in a final weekly draw for a 15L keg of Granite Ale (small print: you have to return the keg when it is empty!)

Granite Brewery
245 Eglinton Ave East
Monday Sep. 20- Sunday Sep. 26 - Toronto Beer Week Special Feature Menu - Our regular weekly special menu will be replaced with all food made with beer menu. Combine each special with a pint at a great price!

Highway 61
1620 Bayview Ave
6 pm
Meet Darren Smith, Lakes of Bay's President and Brewmaster - Come and joing us at Highway 61 where Darren Smith will talk about his brew and his brewery. We will also be sampling Lakes of Bay Pale Ale, throughout the night! Come check it out and stamp your passport!

Victory Cafe
581 Markham Street
Tuesday September 21 @ 6:00pm
Creemore Fest - $5 gets you a pint of unfiltered Creemore Urbock and a Soft Fresh Pretzel.

Smokeless Joe
125 John St
Stout Taste Off with a variety of Stouts - 12 oysters for $12

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

210 Ossington Ave
Mill St Lemon Tea Tasting

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

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

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