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Armchair Scotch Ale
7.5% ABV, 22 IBU, MacLean's Brewing
This winter seasonal ale is a malty ale that is rich and full-bodied. The name comes from the idea of settling into a comfy armchair by the fire, and savouring it to its last drop. So sit back, relax and enjoy the mild tropical bitterness imparted by the four hop varieties which will warm the beer-loving soul.
The Ontario Craft Beer Guide
Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John
The renaissance of craft beer that has swept North America over the past thirty years has transformed the Ontario landscape, leaving over two hundred breweries, both great and humble, dotting the province. The diversity of craft beers we now enjoy is unprecedented in history and dazzling to behold. For the growing number of people who find their interest piqued, the sheer selection of brews can be intimidating.
Available in all bookstores, The Ontario Craft Beer Guide gives readers, whether bright-eyed beginners or aficionados of the highest calibre, a dependable field guide to the beers of Ontario. Noted experts Jordan St. John (Lost Breweries of Toronto) and Robin LeBlanc (The Thirsty Wench, Torontoist) tell the stories of some of Ontario’s most notable breweries and provide expert ratings for nearly a thousand beers.
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There is a beer for every mood, food and occasion. And, with the growing number of beer festivals popping up worldwide, beer is finally getting the attention and appreciation it deserves. For the average beer lover, the overwhelming choices, brewing styles and traditions can be confusing to say the least. Enter beer specialist Mirella Amato – one of only seven Certified Master Cicerones (beer sommeliers) in the world. With an advanced brewing certificate behind her, readers will be in expert hands as they navigate the multifaceted world of beer, guided by Amato’s refreshingly accessible style.
Broken down into fun, easy-to-read chapters, Beerology starts with an introduction to beer and tips on storage and cellaring, then leads into a guide on tasting. Amato presents beer styles in four groups—Refreshing, Mellow, Striking, and Captivating—covering everything from the history and origins of specific brews, to brands that exemplify each type. She then gives tips on hosting beer-tasting parties at home, complete with beer games, and includes a chapter dedicated to beer cocktails (who’s in for a delicious cucumber Pils?). Her original take on pairing beer with food—including chocolate and cheese—is perfect for anyone with an inquisitive mind and an epicurean streak.
The book is also available online both in hard copy and as an e-book. A full list of retailers is available at Beerology or you can find a local indie bookstore that will hook you up with a copy through Indie Bound.
Give someone special the gift of good cheer. Ask your server for C’est What gift certificates.
Starting January 6, Pay-What-You-Can
We have a new weekly music series featuring some fun and funky bands starting Friday January 6. Metronome Chomsky kicks things off on the first night featuring our own guitar hero (and head beer weenie) Eric Walker.
Metronome Chomsky is a seven piece Motown/Soul band specializing in funky good times! Playing around the GTA and beyond for the past several years they have garnered a reputation as a perfect band to keep the dance floor moving and smiles on the faces of the less energetic onlookers. Their set leans heavily on the classics of the horn driven Motown era and 60s soul tunes as well as a few reworkings of newer pop songs and the occasional 90s Hip Hop track. Fans of that era of music (everyone?) will delight in MC’s renditions of their favourites as well as some deeper cuts slathered with punchy horns and big vocal harmonies.
We will be closed from 4 PM on Christmas Eve, December 24 until 4 PM Boxing Day, December 26.
We are opening at 4 PM on New Years Day, January 1.
Otherwise, we will be here for all of your holiday good cheer needs. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Festive Kwanzaa, etc., etc.