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The top 10 events on Robbie Burns Day Toronto 2015

Posted by Ben Johnson / January 21, 2015

Robbie Burns Day TorontoRobbie Burns day in Toronto is as fine an occasion to have a few drinks as one could image. Among Burns' achievements are the fact that he penned some of Scotland's most famous and memorable poems, became a cultural icon and a beacon to liberalism, and was even recently chosen by his people as The Greatest Scot of all time.

He was a celebrity during a time when being a celebrity meant not just taking pictures of yourself on social media but having actual talent, skills, intelligence, and/or abilities. Accordingly, to pay tribute to him, on his birthday on January 25th, we now gather to drink Scotch, eat traditional Scottish fare, and share his poetry. If that's the kind of celebrity worship you want to be a part of, here are 10 places in Toronto where you can toast the man. And take a selfie with your haggis for Instagram. Obvi.

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The top 10 underrated beer bars in Toronto

Posted by Ben Johnson / January 16, 2015

beer bar torontoIn the conversation about the best beer selection in Toronto, many of the same bar names--those with extremely lengthy draught lists and serious effort expended to keep the brews up to date--are always batted about as Toronto's top tier. And while there's little room for argument among those "best" beer bars, the city is slowly becoming home to an array of other great places to have a pint or a bottle of something local, interesting, or rare.

While the tap lineups might not be as deep as some of the other bars and pubs heralded as Toronto's best craft beer bars, these remain great places to go for a beer.

Here are my picks for the top underrated beer bars in Toronto.

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The Beer Store opens itself to wider craft beer selection

Posted by Ben Johnson / January 7, 2015

craft beer store ontarioEarly this morning, news broke that The Beer Store, Ontario's only privately owned beer retailer, would be opening up ownership opportunities to all the province's brewers.

Beleaguered in the mainstream media and online outlets (ahem) as of late owing to growing outrage over the fact that just three companies -- AB InBev, Molson-Coors, and Sapporo -- were allowed exclusive rights to operate beer stores in Ontario, The Beer Store has seemingly acquiesced to popular sentiment and extended an invitation to all of Ontario's brewers to take a seat at their proverbial boardroom table--for a price of course.

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5 Toronto beer trends that need to die in 2015

Posted by Ben Johnson / January 6, 2015

beer trends torontoCraft beer in Toronto has taken off as of late. There is no shortage of exciting developments for lovers of quality local brews and there's a growing scene in the big smoke as supporters embrace all things craft beer.

That said, we still have some lingering bad habits, so here's a list of five things we can all work to change this year.

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5 most anticipated Toronto brewery openings in 2015

Posted by Ben Johnson / December 26, 2014

Toronto breweriesWith the recent growth of craft beer in Toronto and the rest of the province and the inherent delays that come with opening a brewery, it can be tough to keep track of just when all the announced new breweries are actually opening. That said, 2015 promises to be a banner year for craft breweries in the city, as new operations arrive on the scene and old favourites expand to new digs.

Here's a list of five Toronto breweries to watch out for that will (likely) be opening
their doors next year.

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The top 5 new craft beers in Toronto from 2014

Posted by Ben Johnson / December 23, 2014

new craft beer torontoOwing to the increasing number of brewers in the city, every year vetting the ever-growing output of craft beer made in Toronto to find the very best becomes a more and more difficult task. Thankfully, my constitution and my inability to deal with emotions make me uniquely suited to the task of consistently consuming large quantities of alcohol in my quest to find the beers that rise above the others.

Here are the fruits of my trauma-suppressing labours -- the top local beers of the last year.

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