67 Front Street East at Church, Toronto
+1 416-867-9499
Sunday - Monday 11:30am - 1:00am
Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00am

Issue 157

May 2015

In this issue: Beer, beer, and more beer
Beer Festival | Beer Of The Month | Local 7 | Beer Politics

The 100 Minute Beer Diet

11th Annual Spring Beer Festival

Friday May 22, 5 PM to Midnight

Our 37th beer festival is staying close to home by featuring only those brewing within a one hundred minute commute of C'est What. A couple dozen brewers will be showing off their latest and greatest creations. There will be 48 choices in all, including 14 cask offerings. As usual, there is no admission charge and most samples will cost you a loonie. Stay tuned to our Facebook Event and Twitter feeds for more details as we get closer to the big day. Reducing your beer carbon footprint is so slimming.

Beer Of The Month

Revenge Of The Ginger

56 IBU, 6.2%, Double Trouble Brewing

This boisterous fiery red Ginger is kicking back, producing a rich, strong IPA. A one-of-a-kind beer that combines refreshing ginger taste with a flavourful hop finish.

Local 7

Session Gose

6 IBU, 4.2% Local 7

Our involvement in a syndicate of seven local good beer bars has resulted in a second annual collaboration, Session Gose: A wheat ale made with 60% malted wheat and 40% Pilsner malt, coriander seed, and salt. The use of Lactobacillus Brevis produces a refreshing sour lemon tartness. Low hopping allows the Coriander to impart a subtle, dry spiciness and the salt to produce a sharpness on the end. The result is a very refreshing, sessionable and crisp beverage.

For more information about the Local 7, click here.

Beer Politics

The shoe has dropped, just don't throw it. The Ontario Premier seemed positively giddy at the prospect of sharing the spoils of beer retailing with the handful of grocery giants that can afford to buy a license. This in itself will do nothing to ensure a fair way for small brewers to retail their products. Rather than truly open up the marketplace we will instead have an oligopoly of large corporations controling the sale of beer.

The details are all still fuzzy but there are enough of them to give one pause as to the wisdom of going down this path. Included is the continued monopoly of the foreign owned Beer Store on pack sizes over 6 and talk of a sales cap on retailers. Those interested in getting a decent brew at their local grocer will be happy to know there is a mandate for 20% shelf space for smaller brewers but there is no mechanism described for ensuring that this happens outside of a "beer ombudsman", whatever that is.

You won't hear our local craft brewers saying anything publicly negative about these changes, after all just about any change to beer sales is welcome change. However, there were certainly more simple and direct ways to improve consumers access to good beer. Unfortunately they were all passed over for something that will keep the Ontario bureaucracy busy and a few big companies with extra black on their bottom line.