The Only and The Roundhouse

Two beer fests in two days. I really do love my life right now. The first was The Only Summer Beerfest on Friday. They do this four times a year, and the summer is timed to take place with the Taste of the Danforth. This was my first one, and I was pouring for St. Ambroise. It seemed like a pretty quiet night, and I poured a bunch of Death Valley Belgian IPA (way better on draught than in bottles, IMHO) and Raspberry Ale. I had lots of great conversations with other folks working the festival, like Fabian of the Only, …

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Cooking class

As well as the regular classroom sessions, the Prud’homme Beer Specialist level includes a cooking with beer class, held last night at Aphrodite Cooks. I met one of my classmates, Jen of Ltd. Supply, at her house before heading to the kitchen. She opened several of their homebrews for me to try: Mint Condition, a chocolate stout with an oh-so-subtle mint flavour imparted from fresh mint added during fermentation Have Your Carrot Cake and Drink It Too, made with carrots and spices. It tasted fantastic, but alas had no carbonation. Midnight in the Pumpkin Patch, a dark beer made with …

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In my fridge

I have a good/bad habit of picking up single bottles of beer whenever I am around a Beer Store or LCBO. Good in that I have a interesting selection of different beers in fridge to quench any thirst. Bad in that there is very little room in our fridge for actual food. I tend to stash the beer in the crispers, aka the drawers of despair (fruit and vegetables go in, we forget we’ve put them there, goo comes out). However, the stash has overflowed to the top shelf to the point where it’s in my way. Time to figure …

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