The Lunar Rogue Pub with Hillary

It’s been an interesting spring, and May 2-4 weekend found yours truly ping-ponging around The Drive-Thru Province, traditional home of the Irving family, land of seafood, craft beer and more seafood, New Brunswick.  My local fixer Hillary, political ninja and tour guide to the stars, planned several days of family and friends, seeing sights like […]

The Lunar Rogue Pub with Hillary

The Pourhouse, Gastown, Vancouver with Brenna & Devin

On Wednesday I flew in to Vancouver for work, and last night I met up with my sister and brother-in-law who live out here. I haven’t had a chance to visit in two years, so a bit of a fest was in order. I had been to The Pourhouse my last visit to Vancouver, but […]

The Pourhouse, Gastown, Vancouver with Brenna & Devin

Sixth Beer Of Christmas: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Bowick

For the sixth beer of Christmas, my true government monopoly gave to me, TWO GIANT BEERS! I think Het Anker might be my new happy place. A brewery and a distillery and a restaurant AND a hotel! Because, let’s face it, after enjoying what they have to offer you’re going to need a little lie […]

Sixth Beer Of Christmas: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Bowick

Fifth Beer Of Christmas: Mill Street Brewery Barley Wine with Goran & Ryan

YAY CHRISTMAS BEERS! YAY FIVE BEERS! SOrry! sorry for shouting! This is Mill Street Brewery‘s Barley Wine Batch #13-331-4! This will be a short review because we’ve already talked about who Mill Street Brewery are and what a barley wine is. This is both of those things so click those links if you want to […]

Fifth Beer Of Christmas: Mill Street Brewery Barley Wine with Goran & Ryan

Third Beer Of Christmas: Ashton Brewing Company Amber Ale with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Thanks, Mum. Straight from the banks of the mighty Jock River, at the confluence of Ashton Station and Flewellyn roads, Ashton Brew Pub is an Ottawa Valley stalwart, established in 1986. There’s also Patty’s Pub on Bank St in Ottawa where Ashton’s brews are available. Not too much to say, their web presence is pretty […]

Third Beer Of Christmas: Ashton Brewing Company Amber Ale with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Second Beer Of Christmas: Fuller’s Vintage Ale with Dan & Ryan

DERP I PUT IT IN A BOX. More money please. You can see our last post for our true feelings on extra packaging, but it certainly does help to signify… uh… more effort in marketing. And an increase in price. There’s a lot of shit in boxes at the liquor store right now. But this […]

Second Beer Of Christmas: Fuller’s Vintage Ale with Dan & Ryan

Mill Street Brewery Vanilla Porter with Ryan

A quickie beer post. Mill Street Brewery is a Toronto success story. In 11 years, they’ve expanded from a Distillery District brewery to four brewpubs in 2 cities, with their dozen or so varieties available across the province and winning awards across the country. We’ve discussed what makes a porter or stout a porter or […]

Mill Street Brewery Vanilla Porter with Ryan

Aberfeldy 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Just a quick wee bonus review to wrap up our great night at the Highlander Pub. Once we crashed through all The Glenrothes, we wanted a little sipper to taste while we waited for our food.  Price is always a concern when eating at a resto you’ve already bought $200 worth of scotch at so […]

Aberfeldy 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

The Glenrothes Flight at The Highlander Pub, Rideau, Ottawa with Dan, Ryan & Goran

We had been looking forward to this night for a week or so, a planned sequel to Dan’s bachelor party that I had been out of town for.  The iScotch lads finally getting around to visiting Ottawa’s biggest Scotch selection at The Highlander Pub on Rideau St in the Byward Market. And a good time […]

The Glenrothes Flight at The Highlander Pub, Rideau, Ottawa with Dan, Ryan & Goran

The Dalmore 15y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

Second round at L’ile Noire, and we went for one of the big guys.  The Dalmore wins all kinds of awards all the time. Caveat: we had The Dalmore 5th in a night of scotch tastings, so it’s possible our tongues were just worn out and tired.  I will keep The Dalmore 15y on the […]

The Dalmore 15y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

Highland Park 18y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

First round at L’ile Noire, and… well, you remember how in the Highland Park 12y review I said I was saving up my pennies for the 18y?  I’m not anymore. There’s nothing out and out wrong with the scotch, and if you weren’t familiar with the 12y you’d probably enjoy it.  But it doesn’t taste […]

Highland Park 18y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

3rd round, Whisky Cafe.  Time to get weird.  We tried the Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt Whisky, Japan’s equivalent of a blend of single malts.  This was unlike any whisky I’ve had so far – almost as smooth as a liquor, clear tasting for such a dark drink. Me: smooth, clean, comfortable Katherine: light, fruity, […]

Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

Talisker 18y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

Second round at the Whisky Cafe, and it was time for a classic, and no binge scotching is complete without a Talisker. Served from a tiny bottle, the best review I can give to this drink is the first two things out of Katherine’s and my first words: “that’s definitely a Talisker” and “I love […]

Talisker 18y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

Auchentoshan 21y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

First up at the Whisky Cafe, we opted for the oldest Auchentoshan available.  It had been on Katherine’s list for a while and it seemed like the perfect chance to try it. Rather than invite judgment, I stuck to neat for all the drinks in Montreal.  I know I’ve said that you should drink your […]

Auchentoshan 21y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe