Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager with Steve

Okay, so sometimes we do a review, and due to a combination of the stuff being terrible, and the photo being boring, and it sort of being a little off-topic, it sits in Drafts for… like six months. This is that kind of review. Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager is really bad. I used to be […]

Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager with Steve

BattleScotch! Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Aw yeah aw yeah! Haven’t had a BattleScotch in a while! And this is a real unfortunate pairing to bring back this awesome original concept that we thought up, two things competing against each other. Never been done before, ever ever. Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling, the battle for literally the bottom shelf. This is […]

BattleScotch! Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Trafalgar Mighty Oak Imperial Oaked Brown Ale

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new cask aged beer, especially one not from Innis & Gunn. It’s also been a while since I did a solo review, but everyone was “busy” or “working” or “thinks I have a problem”. WELL NUTS TO THEM I AM DRIVEN BY ART AND ROCKET-POWERED. Trafalgar Ales […]

Trafalgar Mighty Oak Imperial Oaked Brown Ale

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye with Dan & Goran

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye. Not just a Select, but Selected by a man with a chair! A whole chair! I gave this bottle as a gift to a few rye drinkers and have had this review sitting for a while. I think this is going to be a big seller this summer – […]

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye with Dan & Goran

Round 2: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Davey

Long-time loyal readers or new binge-reading transients will recognize the Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout as one of my seasonal favourites.  This holiday pause was a little disappointing in terms of interesting offerings at the LCBO (I passed on both the Glenlivet and Innis & Gunn samplers because in one case, eighty bucks for […]

Round 2: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Davey

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine with Ryan

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine. It’s a name whose length is only bested by how long I’ve been meaning to post this review – there just always seemed to be something better to talk about. I believe Ryan picked this up for us to try. We cracked it open and had […]

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine with Ryan

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

And now for something different, again. Yeah, it’s different in almost exactly the same way as last time, but slightly different from that. This time, we’ve created a concoction of… um… well, I can’t honestly remember if this is just bourbons, or all American whiskies. But yeah, Project Pour Stuff Together Over The Course Of […]

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

And now for something different. Not completely different, because 1) it’s still whisky and 2) I’m not quoting Monty Python. This is… relatively different while remaining on-topic for a website about booze. HOW relatively different, you ask? And why does it say ‘slurry’ in the title, you continue to ask? And do you really think […]

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

Nickel Brook Headstock Light Lager by Laura (Guest Review)

Simon – Laura is another Twitter friend! You can follow her @skinnyandsingle and @helenlaura5, and read her blog! Photo also by Laura! It’s a beautiful Canada Day in Burlington, Ontario. I’m attending the Canada Day celebrations at Spencer Smith Park with my two girlfriends. It’s so sunny and hot that of course, I beeline for […]

Nickel Brook Headstock Light Lager by Laura (Guest Review)

Updated! Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 by Holly (Guest Review), or WWHD? (What Would Hemingway Do?) with Dan, Laura & Ryan

Simon – My good friend, fellow blogger, theoretical band bandmate and four kinds of ninja Holly has been bribed to write for us with the promise of an Ontario gin! Check out her blog as well. Apologies for the crappy photo (left). WWHD? (What Would Hemingway Do?) **Though I have been unable to appreciate the taste […]

Updated! Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin 22 by Holly (Guest Review), or WWHD? (What Would Hemingway Do?) with Dan, Laura & Ryan

Stalk & Barrel Cask 8 with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Matt

Can’t do a quick business tour of the GTA without stopping in at Still Waters Distillery in Concord/Vaughan. If you check our reviews of their Stalk & Barrel Cask 2 single malt and their 1+11 Special Blend, you’ll see why: these guys are doing it right. I have to admit that last time I visited […]

Stalk & Barrel Cask 8 with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Matt

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve with Dan

The fourth Forty Creek. So that’s, like… A Hundred And Sixty Creek, I guess. And we’re not even half way through the brand. This time out we’ve got the Double Barrel Reserve, specifically lot 240 distillery no. 54sl46. It’s a blend of individually aged corn, rye and barley whiskies mixed into and aged in second-use […]

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve with Dan

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve with Dan, Goran & Matt

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve, the second rung of the Forty Creek product line. This is our third foray into this brand, previous trying the Premium Barrel Select, and pitting their Cream Liquor against Bailey’s on Christmas Day. As we mentioned in the PBS review, we have some history with Forty Creek, mostly for parties […]

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve with Dan, Goran & Matt

Raise The Macallan with Ryan, Goran & Dan

Well how do you like that? Free scotch in a museum. With scotch. That was free. I’ll let that sink in for a second. Anyway, I got an email from the GrapeScot mailing list pointing to a Macallan tasting event to talk about their 1824 line of scotches, of which we’d previously tried the Amber. […]

Raise The Macallan with Ryan, Goran & Dan

Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout with Dan

Bourbon-aged beer – truly it is a promise of great taste. This is the Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout, a nice little post-New Year’s cask aged beer. It’s aged in unspecified Kentucky bourbon barrels for an unspecified amount of time.  And for some reason there’s a planetary model of an atom on the front, […]

Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout with Dan

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Christmas Stalk & Barrel! Thanks, Jono! I’m about to make two grandiose claims, and it won’t even cost you much to find out if I’m right: This is the BEST Canadian whisky, and this is the MOST Canadian whisky. The first part of that claim will be completely apparent the first time you taste it, […]

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12y with Goran & Ryan

The classic Christmas cadieux, the boozy boxed set. Thanks Ryan! Canadian Club gets a bit of a bad rap, one we tried to address with our review about the Premium. Unfortunately, this particular numbered-C12-057-for-some-reason Classic misses the mark fairly significantly. Canadian Club is one of those brands that gets named drop when trying to establish […]

Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12y with Goran & Ryan

Christmas Day BattleScotch! Forty Creek Cream Liquor v Baileys Original Irish Cream with Sarah, Goran, Dan, Ryan & Robin

Christmas Day Battlescotch! As if today weren’t awesome/stressful enough, let’s throw in some more conflict and alcohol! At least this way you’ll know which of these to use to smooth out your coffee and your relatives. We’ve had a Forty Creek before, but I didn’t do much digging for the last article. Forty Creek distillery […]

Christmas Day BattleScotch! Forty Creek Cream Liquor v Baileys Original Irish Cream with Sarah, Goran, Dan, Ryan & Robin

Seventh Beer Of Christmas: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Ryan, Goran & Dan

DERP I PUT IT IN A BIG SHINY BOX. I’m now making the ‘gimme money’ hand motion. $13.95 is a lot of money for one beer, even if it is fancy. Muskoka Brewery, out of Bracebridge, is another independent local brewery success story, now selling across Ontario through the local liquor monopoly, and in several […]

Seventh Beer Of Christmas: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Ryan, Goran & Dan

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

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

Hiram Walker Special Old Rye Whisky with Dan & Ryan

Very very short review here. This isn’t worth your time so we won’t spend much of ours on it either. Hiram Walker launched Canadian Club whiskey, among others, but weirdly while Hiram Walker’s distillery (founded in 1858 in Walkerton, still going) is owned by Pernod, the Canadian Club brand is part of Beam, as is […]

Hiram Walker Special Old Rye Whisky with Dan & 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