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It’s a sour… It’s a stout… No, it’s both, bro!!!!

Now, I’ve had more than a few stouts in my time — from a Canadian Breakfast Stout to a black currant ice cream stout for dessert. But this beer, right here is definitely kicking it up a notch. They call it Black Sow’r Stout, from Oast House Brewers out on Niagara-on-the-Lake, and I’ve never had a stout like this before…

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Now, this may look like your average, run-of-the-mill dark beer, but here’s where things get ridiculous. They put lactic acid bacteria in the kettle to give it that tart, funky tangyness of a gose…but you’ve still got the roast, smokey, chocolatey taste at the end. I don’t know how they do it, but they sure do it good — I’ve got the choo-choo-train, bro!!!

Racking up lamb @ Brothers Food & Wine

When’s the last time you had a real-deal gourmet meal on top of a subway station, bro? Don’t get me wrong, the Jamaican patties at Bathurst are legit, but that ain’t nothing compared to Brothers: Food & Wine, this funkalicious little joint right on top of Bay Station. This place is so low-key, they don’t even have a website, and they change their menu so often that you won’t find it online… But when I saw they got a much better review in the Times than Guy Fieri’s Times Square Kitchen and Bar, then I knew I had to check it out. Now feast your eyes on this luscious lambchop:

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Now, the lamb was nice ‘n fatty, just the way I like it, although it was definitely well beyond medium rare. They served it up on a bed of chickpeas and shepherd peppers, which I wouldn’t normally eat, but when you put some lamb on top, they magically disappear down my piehole:

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Now, I know this place has Wine in the name, but when do I ever drink wine, bro? Instead we’re checking out this funky collab sour beer between Brothers and Burdock Brewery:

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This ain’t no sissy saison, son! The mixed-fermentation sour beer is aged on Riesling lees and sea buckthorns, and at 5.5%, it’s not quite as sessionable as, say, Bud Light Orange. But if you like sours, then pucker up for this one, bro!!!

 

Grilled meats & craft beer @ Melrose on Adelaide

Even though I’m a massive meatatarian, I don’t go for charcuterie very often. I dunno bro, but it’s like why eat a buncha little meats when you can have one great big one? So now we’re hanging out at Melrose on Adelaide, this new funky joint in the heart of the Entertainment District, and this place used to be the Corned Beef House, home of the 16 oz sammy, so I know they’ve got the meats…even if they’re serving ’em up on a cutting board:

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So, we’re starting off with the grilled pastrami.. Call your mommy, that’s a lotta pastrami! Put it on a crostini, with some triple crunch mustard, and I’m all over that like Guy Fieri on garlic salt!!!

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At this establishment, they’ve got both kinds of sausage — jalapeno AND turkey! The jalapeno smokie is nice ‘n juicy, while the turkey has got some extra chunks of cheesiness. And they give you three of both at this crazy sausage party in Flavourtown!!!

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But the best thing on this charcuterie board might not even be meat! Man, when I heard it came with warm pretzels, I was like sign me up, son! Dude, this is body by warm pretzels!!!

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Of course, since this website ain’t Burgers, Bacon and Honey-Spiced Mead, you KNOW we’re diving in to some local craft beers, bro! Symington Saison from Henderson’s was light and refreshing, while Collective Arts’ Jam Up the Mash was even funkier than its Motor City counterpart. Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa, broseph!!!

Mash Up the Jam, muthafucka!!!!

Dude, the MC5 is turning 50 this year, and what better way to celebrate than by drinking beer? Come on and kick ’em out with this dry hopped sour from Collective Arts:

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OK, so the name of this beer is actually Mash Up the Jam, but that’s still closer to the MC5 than this “reunion” tour with dudes from Soundgarden and Fugazi. This brew is equal parts sour and hoppy, with hops from Seattle and New Zealand…and they’re serving it up on tap right now at Get Well, this funky joint on Dundas West that’s equal parts dive bar, pizza place and vintage video arcade. This place might be darker than a nuclear winter, but they’ve got a pretty sweet selection of craft beers on tap….like this one, right here:

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They call this one Hazer Quest, and it’s like a shot to the shoulder target in Flavourtown! This German IPA from Indie Alehouse has just the right amount of hops, and at 6.2%, it packs a pretty decent punch…

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Of course, you can’t expect me to go to a place that has beer and pizza, and not eat pizza, bro! North of Brooklyn is serving up the pies out the back, like this sonic punch to the tastebuds, the Killer Bee. You’ve got mozzarella, calabrese sausage, serrano peppers and pickled red onions, with a drizzle of honey bringing the sweet to beat the heat. But man, for me, pizza is like Lay’s chips–you bet I can’t eat just one, son!!!

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This original Triple B culinary creation has got pepperoni, mushrooms and black olives, some Buffalo mozza and tomato sauce, all on a sesame seed crust. The crust is what makes it, bro!!!

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Of course, a wicked awesome ‘za deserves a wicked awesome brewski–like this Wicked Awesome IPA from Nickel Brook Brewing. This one blasts fastballs like Nomah, and you don’t even hafta pahk yer cahr in Hahvahd Yahd to get it, Beantown bro!!!!