CAMRA Approved Pub…Not Behaviour!

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Mr. Happy at a pub in London.
I asked for a taster of an ale and then, having liked it, asked and was served two pints of the same sampled cask ale.

Nice brew. Spey Valley IPA at 4.6 per abv., with a malty start and then the hops kicked in with abandon. A very fine brew. Please, don’t blame them!

The initial exchange was less than cordial, a disapproving grunt at best.

So. Mr Happy. Why are you so out of sorts?

<The verbal bits imagined as the barman was unable to speak!>

Well. Let me tell you.
As if you will listen?
First. You want a free taster. And then. Having had that. You expect me to pour two full pints.
And then you expect change from a tenner.
And then you expect me to be cordial after all those demands!
You people are beyond belief!
You fuckin’ foreigners!
Bloody hell!
Make my life miserable, or what?
Thanks so much!

“Love you too!”

Obviously, a pic would give it away!

 

St. George’s Day Festivities for Charity

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Please join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM for St. George’s Day festivities at the Granite Brewery Restaurant!

 

Join us for St. George’s Day festivities in support of charity on Saturday, April 22rd at 6:30 PM at the Granite Brewery and Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto.  Celebrate all things English with co-hosts Maz Brereton and Robert Hughey and guest speaker Nick Pashley. Door prizes, silent auction, plus a live auction with auctioneer Julian Mulock.

In honour of the 150th Birthday of Canada join Nick at the podium and bring your ‘England to Canada’ story, in words, song, pictures or mementos. The event features a delicious four course gourmet dinner with four matching fresh Ontario cask ales.

Please show your support for England and Canada and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy them by calling 416 462 3788 or emailing robert.hughey@sympatico.ca

$70 per person (taxes and with partial tax receipt included)

This event organized by CASK! Toronto, which has helped raise over $20,000 for charity over the last few years! Sign up and buy your tickets now.

Hope to see you there!

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Star Bright: Big Hop Delivery

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Once in a while a bright star of a beer flashes over my desk and lands in a tulip glass ready for tasting. Such a beer is Life Sentence IIIPA Southern Hemisphere, 10 percent abv, brewed in collaboration with the Great Lakes Brewery and the Amsterdam Brewery, both of Toronto.

 It has a purported 100+ IBUs from a hand selected 150 kilogram bale of Pacifica hops grown in Nelson, New Zealand, specifically bale # 47-4214.

 

This wondrous beer pours a soft veiled amber colour, while releasing intoxicating aromas of fresh green hops and alcohol on the nose. On the palate, juicy malt is relieved of its quantum load of hop bearing inner goodness as the mouth happily succumbs to a defining hop bitterness.

 

Still, while the hops are big and brassy and very much in charge, unrelenting in nature even, this wonderful and playful ale has enough malt backbone to keep it all in check. It’s a revelation in big beer delivery without killing the happy recipient’s joy of beer drinking!

The Ebrington Arms: Classy Goodness

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Whether you come for a pint of cask ale in the front bar, have exquisite food in the dining room, or just wander out to the walled-garden, wherever you land you can be assured of a great experience at The Ebrington Arms.

Located an easy trip of just two miles from Chipping Campden, this is one great pub, dating from around 1660, that one should get to know intimately.

Pause at the bar and you might be engaged by a local farmer with tales galore to share or locals who love beer and want you to taste the best cask ales available locally, there is usually enlightenment to be had!

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The Ebrington Arms brews its own ales, namely: Yubby Bitter, sliding in at 3.8 percent abv, this copper coloured bitter with strong caramel and malt notes carries through a fruity hop character to a pleasant bitter finish. The ‘Yubby’ is the traditional nickname for the pub; Yawnie Bitter, pops up at 4.4 percent abv, and is a full bodied chestnut coloured ale that is balanced with toffee and malt notes, with a complex hop character driving toward a bitter finish. A ‘Yawnie’ is an affectionate term for a village idiot. Brewed with 100 percent British ingredients, Yubby Goldie Ale, YPA, strides in at 4 percent abv and is a refreshing IPA style with a strong, hoppy flavour.

And they also offer a fine selection of guest ales from local breweries such as Box Steam, Donnington, Goff’s, North Cotswold, Severn Vale, Stanway, Stroud and Uley.

316As if this is not enough enticement, you could book a room, one of five, and stay a night or three!?

The Ebrington Arms
Chipping Campden
Gloucestershire
GL55 6NH

 

Brotherly Suds from Philadelphia

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Brotherly Suds, a ryebock lager brewed by the Sly Fox Brewing Company of Pottstown, PA, pours a polished pale golden colour, while issuing aromatics of spice and rye alongside crisp malt. On the palate, fresh malt flavours are spliced by an edgy rye note.

The finish showcases a tinge of sweet malt that is supplanted by a crispness from both a rye presence and a surfacing hop bitterness that brings balance to the beer. In baseball terms, it is a beer that is ‘sneaky fast!’

 

This beer was brewed to commemorate the Craft Brewers Conference 2016 and Brewexpo America held in Philadelphia, PA, in early May.

 

The Craft Brewers Conference 2016-Philadelphia, PA

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Over 13,000 eager delegates descended on Philadelphia May 2 to 6 to purchase new brewing systems, services or ingredients, learn more about the art and science of brewing and selling beer, drink beer with their buddies from other states and provinces and explore the City of Brotherly Love.

 

 

The showcase BrewExpo America®, which had more than 800 vendors, was of staggering proportions, the enormity of which made the feet tingle after a tour of most of the .5 million square feet of floor space at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  newlands bellwoods

 

The seminars were thorough and thoughtfully presented, from a Retailer Panel about Selling Craft Beer to a How to Transition from a Nano to a Microbrewery.

 

The economic impact was estimated to be $23.8 million USD for Philadelphia.

 

With literally hundreds of beer related events in and around the city during CBC16, there was never a shortage of things to do or attend.

 

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The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company did not disappoint with an event highlighting its incredible range of beers brewed in collaboration with a number of breweries across the USA called Beer Camp Across America 2016 Collaborations.

 

The beer and food pairings were brilliantly executed and generously set out around the dedicated dining room at Time, 1315 Sansome Street, for happy CBC attendees.

 

This was another great educational and fun Craft Brewers Conference put on by the Brewers Association that delivered big time on all fronts!

Old School Stout: Wish My Classes Started With This!

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Old School Stout from the Tree Brewing Company of Kelowna, British Columbia, rides in at 5.5 percent abv, with roast, toast, chocolate and a hint of black licorice on the nose. On the palate, a neatly defined bitterness surfaces from beneath the resplendent core of chocolate flavourings and roasted malt. The finish is refreshingly bitter and drying, with balancing toasty notes in the background that keep you sipping until there is no more!