The Hiltz Family Singers Thursday, February 27th at 8PM Featuring the incredible voices of Shannon Butcher, Jessica Lalonde, and Melissa Lauren, the Hiltz Family Singers performs acoustic vocal music with lyrics drawn from early Canadian poetry. Composer and guitarist Nathan Hiltz explores the art of guitar accompaniment, drawing from folk, jazz, and classical traditions using acoustic steel, nylon, and archtop guitars. Catch the Hiltz Family Singers during their three-month residency at C’est What, with shows on the last Thursday of each month, beginning February 27th.
Leaving Esmeralda featuring Clockwise Saturday, February 22nd at 9:30PM Leaving Esmeralda is a four-piece rock n’ roll band from Toronto, featuring a jazz fusion drummer, lyrical singer-songwriter, progressive rock guitarist, and a contemporary rock bass player. This quartet brings an arsenal of original tunes and compelling covers, creating an entertaining, party atmosphere wherever they play. With a subtle nod to the songwriting books and hooks of past and present pop-rock bands, Clockwise proliferates the traditional pop song by adding their unique brand of power-pop. Clockwise is at once modern, reminiscent and timeless.
Good Tap: Star Appeel 5%, Common Good Beer Co The Good Tap is a monthly rotating tap feature curated by the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. This month, the Ladies and Common Good Beer Co. bring us Star Appeel. A perfect brew for the winter season, Star Appeel is a dark German lager, spiced with Asian tangerine peels and Star anise. Donations of $1 for every pint and $0.50 from every half pint will go directly to the Ladies charity of choice, the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Henderson’s Best 5.5%, Henderson Brewing Henderson’s Best is an award-winning brew with a modern take on a classic English Ale. Moderately hopped and malt-forward, this beer has a mild floral nose and caramel flavours. It is well-balanced, smooth, and easy drinking.
Aging Beer While it is true that most beer is best served fresh, there are some brews that can actually improve with age. The best beers to age are ones that are barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned, strong or sour. Not all types of beer are suitable for aging. Hops are the first component of a beer to break down, which starts within a few months of cellaring and will significantly impact the aroma and flavour of the beer. IPAs, defined by bright hop aroma and bitterness, should always be served fresh. Pilsners should also be consumed straight away, as their delicate hop …
The Free Spirits Album Release Party Saturday, January 11 at 9PM, $20 Tickets are $20 and includes a copy of their new album 11:11. The Free Spirits is a collaboration between singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo Chris Birkett and Sherri Talon. Inspired by music legends Mark Knofler, Jethro Tull and Deep Purple, The Free Spirits blend together genres of rock, world, and Celtic music with their unique voice and original arrangements.
The Vic Lawrence 7 Saturday January 18 at 3PM The Vic Lawrence 7 is a seven-piece swing band inherited from mentor Vic Lawrence, a tenor player who led the band to popularity in the 70s and 80s in Toronto. It is currently led by Toby Hughes (alto) and features Gram Whitty (bass), John Collins (drums), Jan Hughes (trumpet), Jacqueline Chia (trombone), Andrew Molgun, (tenor), Nat Edgar (piano).
Good Tap: We Cran Do It 4%, Nickel Brook Brewing Good Tap is a monthly rotating tap feature curated by the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. This month, the Ladies and Nickel Brook Brewing bring us a light and zesty Cranberry Ginger gose – a perfect holiday blend of tart cranberries and earthy, spicy ginger. This special release is exclusive to C’est What, so be sure to try a pint while supplies last! Donations of $1 for every pint and $0.50 from every half pint will go directly to the Ladies charity of choice, the Canadian Women’s Foundation
Creamsicle Milkshake ISA 4.4%, Collingwood Brewery Collingwood’s Creamsicle Milkshake ISA is an orange-infused India Session Ale, that’s jam-packed with Amarillo & Simcoe hops. Brewed with all the hoppy boldness you expect from a milkshake IPA, but at 4.4% you can have your creamsicle and drink it too!
Solera Beer The Solera system is a dynamic aging method that was developed in Southern Spain, in the mid 18th century. Solera describes a fractional blending system originally used for sherry production, where a number of casks containing the wine are stored for consecutive ages. A group of containers, criaderas (nurseries) are filled for each aging interval, where the oldest scale or stage is the solera (floor). After last barrel is filled, the oldest solera is tapped in succession down to the youngest barrel which is refilled with new product. Typically, there are 3 to 4 stages to the filling …