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Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 124
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 44 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by JohnnyBarman:
4.4/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
After about two years of serious beer tasting and reviewing, I finally managed to swing a visit to this Toronto craft beer institution. After noticing so many Ontario BAs reviewing brews I'd never heard of at C'est What, I figured it was time to make a pilgrimage myself. My wife and I were not disappointed.
Managed to find it quite easily - tucked away in a red-brick building on an attractive downtown corner. A basement joint, cool and refreshing on a hot day. We arrived midafternoon, so the place was fairly empty, but the crowd was a pleasant bunch of twenty-somethings and barflies. Didn't feel out of place at all. Stonework, paintings and beer posters adorn the walls, great mood lighting. Music was eclectic, shifting genres with every song, and at enough volume to allow conversation. My kind of place.
Service was fairly good - what the server lacked in timing and attention (she seemed a bit frazzled today - we've all had those shifts), she made up for in beer knowledge and sample-giving. We asked for half pints to maximize our sampleability, and though she accidentally poured whole pints, she only charged for halves and gave me a bonus sample as an apology. Cheerfully accepted.
Of course you come here for the beer lineup, and it certainly was impressive. A terrific selection of draught offerings, ranging from their own home-brews (from Durham), to some rarer Toronto-area crafts (Flying Monkeys, Neustadt, Black Oak, Duggan's, Granite, Mill St., Church-Key). Their beer menu is three pages long - awesome! No imports - all Ontario, a great way to see what Ontario brewers can offer without being at the mercy of the LCBO. A few rotating cask offerings as well. Only a few duds in the lineup. I had Duggan's #99 and Granite's Hopping Mad on cask, which were both excellent; Church-Key's Northhumberland ale, however, was not.
Food was pretty good, reasonably-priced. The menu has a good variety of pub, ethnic and vegetarian fare, so the whole crowd is bound to find at least ome thing they'd like.
A fantastic joint in a great location, just a few blocks from the downtown core. A great spot to bring friends from out of town and do some beer sampling. Wish that there could be a place like this in KW... Definitely the place to check out if you're in town.
08-19-2010 17:23:45 | More by JohnnyBarman
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