30DaysONBeer – Day 30

The Wrap Up I like beer, particularly the beer coming from Ontario’s smaller but growing breweries. After the great success of 30 Days of Local Wine on Spotlight Toronto it wasn’t really that difficult to convince the rest of the Spotlight team to give the same sort of treatment to wine’s older cousin, beer. When… 

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30DaysONBeer – Day 27

Bottle Finds: Black Creek Pale Ale It’s good to remember that nothing in food and drink is truly original. The current craft beer renaissance that features a delicious variety of beers from a diverse collection of smaller brewers has its roots firmly planted in a time when this was the default. The Black Creek Historical Brewery… 

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30DaysONBeer – Day 26

Food Fridays: Hardy's When he was interviewing for the stint he did working in a kitchen in Italy John Hardy III replied to the standard “what do you cook best?” question with “barbecue”. Maybe not what a Roman chef wants to hear but good news for the residents of St. Clair West near the soon-to-open… 

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30DaysONBeer – Day 22

Brewery Profile: Granite Brewery After leaving Great Lakes Brewery our final stop on the van-assisted craft beer crawl organised by the OCTA was North Toronto’s Granite Brewery. The Granite is a northern outpost for beer aficionados (within the City limits of Toronto at least) but at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton is still accessible by subway… 

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30DaysONBeer – Day 21

Bottle Find: Grand River Galt Knife Old Style Lager My sub-conscious selector for the bottle find space seems drawn to beers that defy categorisation. For week one we have the Festivale altbier from Beau’s which is an ale from Germany, a country that predominantly produces lagers. This week, another multiple threat: The Galt Knife Old… 

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30DaysONBeer – Day 19

Food Fridays: Allen's on Danforth For this installment of Food Fridays we had lunch on the back patio at Allen’s. Between the giant weeping willows and the built-in wood seating this is one of this city’s most civilised and comfortable spaces to eat during warm, summer days. Owner John Maxwell's Irish-American saloon style restaurant has… 

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30DaysONBeer – Day 15

Brewery Profile: Great Lakes Beer Great Lakes is Toronto’s oldest craft brewery and has a wide range of beers. They were the second stop an a recent outing with Craft Brewery Tours in Ontario that was organised by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. After a tour of the brewing facilities, Brewmaster Adrian Popowycz and Chief… 

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