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Toronto brewery pokes fun at beer snobs

Posted by Ben Johnson / April 1, 2015

Toronto beer snobsJust in time for April fool's day, Toronto's Indie Alehouse has released a video poking fun of the city's growing number of so-called "beer experts." The not-so-subtle video "Indie Alehouse Beer School" stars some regular Indie customers and takes square aim at suds-sniffing bloggers and certified "beer appreciators."

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The top 10 beer events in Toronto for spring 2015

Posted by Ben Johnson / March 25, 2015

spring beer events torontoSpring might not actually be in the air, but it is technically here and, after a record cold February, I think we could all use a drink. Thankfully, there is no shortage of opportunities this season to get out of the house, meet some other winter-weary-humans and have a beer in the sunshine while we warm up for summer. Just be sure to bring a jacket.

Here are my top picks for beer events in Toronto this spring.

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St. Patrick's Day Toronto 2015

Posted by Ben Johnson / March 13, 2015

st patricks day torontoSt. Patrick's Day in Toronto usually arrives with mixed feelings. It's either one of your favourite days of the year because you get to gear up in wacky green attire and drink to excess as virtually every bar in the city does something festive to toast the Emerald Isle, or it's one of the few days you don't hit the pub because your favourite, quiet watering hole is suddenly filled with green-beer sloshing amateurs.

Whatever your personal feelings might be, this list of some of the best spots to partake in St. Paddy's day revelry might serve as either your guide to getting your Irish on, or a list of places to avoid on Tuesday March 17th.

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What supermarket sales might mean for local brewers

Posted by Ben Johnson / March 13, 2015

craft beer torontoEarlier today, The Toronto Star published an article in which Martin Regg Cohn claimed an unnamed source informed him that large grocery stores will begin selling wine and beer in a plan that might be part of the upcoming spring budget.

Torontonians thirsty for changes to our province's long-outdated beer retailing system were quick to rejoice at what seemed like positive news. But is it really something worth getting excited about?

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Bar Hop is set to open a second location

Posted by Ben Johnson / March 4, 2015

Bar Hop TorontoOne of Ontario's best craft beer bars has announced a few details of a second, much larger location downtown.

Rob Pingitore and James MacDonald, the owners of Bar Hop, have officially announced they'll be expanding their craft beer dominance of the Entertainment District when they open up Bar Hop Brewco at 137 Peter Street later this year.

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The 10 oldest breweries in Toronto

Posted by Ben Johnson / February 27, 2015

oldest breweries torontoThe history of Toronto is actually closely tied to beer, and while, sadly, the rise of large-scale brewing in Canada saw Toronto's original breweries bought up and consolidated, one might say we're currently experiencing a renaissance in beer-making in the Big Smoke.

And so, with new breweries seemingly popping up every week, it's important to remember the pioneers of this renaissance. Here are the 10 oldest breweries in Toronto sill making beer.

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