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12 BEERS OF CHRISTMAS: Hop City Polly Want a Pilsner

For the fourth beer of Christmas, my Trudeau gave to me…


…Hop City Polly Want a Pilsner!


This crisp, fresh-tasting Pils goes equally great with salty cheese as well as spaghetti and massive meatballs–and they’re even serving it up all the way out in New Brunswick, bro!

Y’know, with a name like Hop City, I’d expect everything they brew to be really bitter, but that was definitely not the case here. I could drink this over Steamwhistle or Old Style Pilsner just for the street cred alone. And check out that badass bird logo, bro!

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TORONTO BEER WEEK: Spaghetti & Meatballs & Beer

So, Monday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it’s too bad I missed it, cuz this local craft brew woulda been aarr-fect. We’re hanging out at Lisa Marie, this funky Queen West joint run by the guy who does the Fidel Gastro food truck. And for Toronto Beer Week, they’re serving up five-dollar pints of Polly Want a Pilsner, this righteous microbrew from Hop City:


Now, I’m a pretty big fan of pilsner beers, and this one is light, crisp and refreshing. And while it’s only five bucks on its own, they had a deal on tonight where it comes with a great big bowl of spaghetti for just 20 bucks combined:


Now those are some massive meatballs, bro! I think these are even bigger than the steak I had last night. The meat-to-pasta ratio of this dish is about three-to-one, just the way I like it. And the balls are cooked perfectly, super rich and delicious. There almost aren’t enough noodles to go with ‘em. But dude, you almost don’t need spaghetti when the meatballs are so outta-bounds. I could eat about eight of these off a flip-flop…and still have room for dessert!