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We’re off to chug the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Gose!

So, we’re hanging out at Craft Beer Market, this massive new brewpub that just opened last week, right at Yonge and Adelaide. Man, this place has got so many different kinds of brews that I don’t even know where to start…but like a tin man once said, just follow the yellow brick road, bro!!!

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This here’s the Wizard of Gose, a funky sour beer from Bandit Brewery on Dundas West. Now, I’ve never gotten drunk on apricots before, but I could probably slam at least three of these…if there weren’t so many other beers to choose from!

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This here’s the Juicy Ass American IPA from the funky chunkies at Flying Monkeys. With 69 IBU, it’s pretty much grapefruit juice…if grapefruit juice were beer.

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So, after going ape over apricots and shaking a tail to some grapefruit-bitter beer, there’s only one thing left to do–and that’s go bananas, bro! This Banana Split Stout is a collabo between Wellington Brewery and the bar itself, and it’s only on tap for a limited time. I gotta say, it’s not super banana-y, but if you ever wanted to drink Guinness for dessert, this is probably the next best thing.

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Oh yeah, and they’ve got stuff to eat, too. This massive pile of nachos was only nine bucks. In fact, every app on the menu is nine bucks on Monday, but this one’ll save you the most money. While these might not be the best nachos ever (Holy Uneven Cheese Distribution, Batman!), they get the job done after a buncha beers, though!

This West Coast Red Ale DOESN’T need more Cowbell!

So, I was at the LCBO, picking up some Steamwhistle for the Flames and Leafs game, when I looked up at the top shelf, and spotted this righteous brew. I mean, the name of the brewery is Cowbell, so it’s gotta be good, right?

This beer’s got a bit of an interesting back story, to boot. The small town of Blyth, a couple hundred clicks west of T-Dot, had a vet in the 1800’s with a pet bobcat. One time, when he was out drinking brewskis with his broskis, some dumb bartender cut him off—so he brought the wildcat to the bar! Now that’s badass, bro!!!

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I gotta say, this brew takes Rickard’s Red out behind the woodshed, dude! You’ve got a nice, citrusy finish, not too bitter (30 IBU) with just a bit of an extra kick (5.5%). Man, I could slam sixteen of these before bringing my bobcat back to the bar, bro!!!!

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BEERS OF BALTIMORE

OK, so here’s the deal. Up in Canada, we don’t get a lot of the craft beers you’ll see in the States. Especially when you live in a province where the government’s in cahoots with a couple ne plus macro breweries to control beer prices and distribution.

Anyways, suffice to say that when I head down south of the border, I ain’t drinkin’ Bud Light. Here’s some of the craft beers I had in Baltimore:

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DOGFISH HEAD 60 MINUTE IPA: This “East Coast” IPA was a lot smoother than what I’d expect from a beer with those three letters at the end. And at 6%, it kinda sneaks up on ya!

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FLYING DOG DOGGIE STYLE PALE ALE: You gotta love the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas artwork on the label! This beer was a little more citrusy than I thought it would be, but still left a bitter beer aftertaste.

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ANNABEL LEE WHITE: Happy Hour at Phillips Seafood means 4-dollar draft beers—and that includes all draft beers, bro! I went with this one, a light, citrusy brew that tastes pretty much the same as Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly.

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NATIONAL BOHEMIAN AKA NATTY BOH: Baltimore’s answer to PBR: it’s cheap, light and it (sorta) gets the job done. Plus it comes in a Baltimore Ravens purple can!!!

If Winnipeg was a beer, this is the kind of beer it would be…

So, with the NHL season getting underway this week, I was looking for a beer to drink when the Flames played the Jets. Since they returned to Winnipeg a few years back, I have not found an appropriate alcohol to associate with this franchise…until I was browsing the craft beer section of my local LCBO last week, and I came across this British brew:

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I mean, how perfect is this? It’s got the team colours, a picture of a fighter jet on the can–and it also happens to share its name with the Winnipeg football team. (And to think, all this time I’d been drinking Labatt Blue!)

This full bodied amber ale has a similar taste and mouthfeel to Rickard’s Red, but at just 4.4%, I could shotgun a boatload of these babies without getting jet-faced. Cuz hey, when the Flames blitzkrieg Winnipeg 6-3, you know I’ll be cracking a few ice-cold brews, bro!!!!

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Chugging down the last Lions Summer Ale of summer…

Now, I wouldn’t normally drink a fruity light beer that’s infused with pineapple and papaya, and has a craptastic 14.3% score on Beer Advocate. But these past few days, it’s been hotter than hell on high heels, and I’m sweating like Gene Simmons in spandex, so you know I’m gonna lick it up, lick it up bro!

Now, this basically tastes like pineapple juice, if you could get drunk on pineapple juice. It’s super citrusy, goes down easy peasy…and tastes great when you’re seeing the Stamps stomp the B.C. Lions, Bro Levi Mitchell!!!!

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(For what it’s worth, I think Lions Winter Ale is a much better beer, but we gotta wait till wintertime for them to bring it back!)

Homegrown honey, honey, honey, you’re so yummy!

So, we’re hanging out at Birreria Volo, this funkalicious back-alley brewpub next to The Royal on College Street. But more importantly, it’s also right next to PG Clucks, this little hole-in-the-wall chicken shack that’s serving up the best fried chicken sandwich in the city. I had never been there before, cuz it’s like, where I am suppose to sit and eat, bro? But when I found out they were serving up their sammies next door at Volo—with five-dollar pints of local craft beer, to boot—I was all over this like Hootie from the Blowfish gone country!

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At Volo, they call this the Miele, but PG Clucks just calls it jalapeno honey chicken. Either way, I call it delicious. You’ve got big, thick, crunchy, juicy chicken, with a whole lotta sweetness from the honey, a little spicy kick from the jalapenos, and a super-soft and squishy bun. It’s like a festival of funk in Flavourtown Market!

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Now, I only speak the third-best Italian, but I now know that sottacetti fritti means deep-fried pickles. These fried flavour nuggets of awesomeness are hot ‘n juicy, with a nice crispy breading. Pretty sure I could slam 17 of these, but they only come four to an order!!!!

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And you know I wasn’t gonna go to a place like this and NOT drink beer, bro! So I opted for some Vim and Vigor, a nice, German-style pilsner from the righteous bros at Tooth and Nail in the nation’s capital. I’m pretty sure Sens fans are slamming some of these after that big win last night! It goes down nice and smooth, with just enough of an aftertaste, so you know you’re not drinking water or Coors Light or something. And hey, did I mention that it’s five bucks a pint on Tuesdays!? Shut the side door, dude!!!

The food at Brewhaha ain’t no laughing matter!

So, we’re hanging out at Brewhaha, this cozy neighbourhood basement bar on Prince Arthur Ave, just a stone’s throw from St. George subway station. Basically, they took the downstairs of a Duke of York and made it a bit cozier, with a buncha local craft beers on tap…like this here 8th Sin Black Lager:

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This Hop City brew is halfway between a lager and a stout, with a chocolately, coffee taste, but a light, easy-drinking finish. It’s like when you’ve had Guinness for breakfast and lunch, and want something else for dinner…try an 8th Sin Black Lager!

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Now, this was the dish that brought me in the door—the Cheesy Weiny Mac ‘n Dreamy. You’ve got mac ‘n cheese, deep-fried weiners, and then some crispy onions on top, for that one serving of vegetables. The hot dogs are real hot, straight outta the fryer, but the mac is not super cheesy, and does not have much bite. Still, I’ve put worse things in my mouth for $7.99 before…

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Which brings us to the parmesan crusted grilled cheese. Could you tell from looking at it that there was parmesan in the crust? Me neither, even after tasting it. There’s also bacon in here, and some clumpy tomatoes…that kinda overpower everything else. And that’s without mentioning the bowl of lukewarm tomato sauce on the side! They also say this dish comes with ketchup chips, but these tasted more like plain or maybe BBQ to me…

Bottom line with this place is that the price might be right, but the food is wrong, bro!