Patience is a Virtue…Actually, it’s a Better Picture!








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

$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!


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!


Birmingham, England–A Great Place to Visit in 2015


A return visit to Birmingham, West Midlands, England, was warranted since the completion of the stunning new library, which is said to be the largest public library in the U.K.

And perhaps there was the underlying lure of the image of the row of hand pumps at the Wellington still stamped in my brain.



Birmingham is the second most populous city in the U.K. and it once had a canal system that rivalled that of Venice.

Birmingham has six twin cities, including Chicago, Illinois, USA. And Rough Guides just named Birmingham as one of 10 cities to visit in 2015.





And if that isn’t enough, the city has plenty of great pubs such as the The Prince of Wales, just behind the ICC/Symphony Hall and five minutes away from the new library and Birmingham Rep Theatre.

The Wellington—A Cask Ale Rarity

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We’ve used Birmingham Airport a number of times before but had never ventured into Birmingham City Centre. Thanks to Caroline’s aunt and uncle, who live in nearby Tanworth-in-Arden, we drove part way in and then took a train into the city. It’s not as if we have been avoiding Birmingham and its incredible canal system. It was usually just the grab the car mentality and head out to explore the English countryside and see the relatives.


But having seen the vibrant core of Birmingham and its wealth of old and new buildings, including the much heralded £189 million public library, and found a most wonderful pub, The Wellington, I am happily ready to return soon.


The Wellington is a traditional pub totally dedicated to real ale with 16 cask handpumps. And what a glorious sight it is to see 16 ebony handles lined up in a row! Big screen monitors list all the current real ale offerings, with the percent abv, so it is easy to find a real ale to your liking. There is no food served but pub goers are welcome to bring in their own food.

Having secured a fresh pint of the hop happy Oakham Citra, brewed in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, I settled in to talk with family and occasionally glimpse across at the locals.

A man seated opposite produced a loaf of best white bread and stood it on its end beside his pint of cask ale and a wedge of orange cheddar encased in parchment paper alongside a slab of butter. Having procured a plate and knife from the pub, he proceeded to spread fresh butter on a slice of bread and then cut enough cheese to cover the bread. He reached into the bag for a second slice and buttered that too, placing it face-down on the cheese covered bread. He cut the sandwich on the diagonal and then began to eat his lunch with gusto, pausing for a sip of ale every now and then.

After we had been joined by a cousin of Caroline’s, we toured some of Birmingham’s canal system, and then returned to The Wellington, where I got them all on the excellent cask ale Oakham Citra.

37 Bennetts Hill, B2 5SN

0121 200 3115

10 am to midnight