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Taps: 11 / Bottles: 65
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
3.43/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
New "Canadian Beer Parlour" on the corner of 10th st and Memorial Drive.
First impressions: looks very nice, with lots of wood and stone imparting a comfortable kind of nouveau-Ontarian feel to the place. Also very Canadian are the gigantic TVs everywhere you look. Because it was the hockey playoffs the volume was incredibly loud - I imagine this isn't the case all the time. The atmosphere was lively and convivial, neither too young-and-rowdy nor too old-and-dowdy. Our waitress was friendly and obviously new; other waitresses were shoehorned into dresses so small they resembled socks with the toe-end cut out. Kind of unnecessary.
The name of this place suggests a focus on beer, as does the existence of a separate beer menu divided into sections between ales, lagers, fruit beers and "porters and stouts". A better selection of bottled craft beers than your average bar, but nothing to write home about. The list is pretty MOR, with selections like Maudite, Fin du Monde and Tree's Hop Head IPA rounding out the more 'extreme' corners of their list, along with real surprises in Green's Organic something or other and Rochefort 6(!). Like, do you need both Molson Export and Labatt 50 on the list? Whatever, it's obvious this place isn't targeted toward beer geeks, but nice to know that we can find something drinkable there.
The taps selection is just short of dire, comprised of both Kokanee and Kokanee Gold, the ubiquitous Keiths, Bud, Stella & Guinness. Wild Rose represents the locals with the inoffensive Velvet Fog and their very nice Brown. Strongbow cider's also available.
The food was quite good if a little pretentious, but portions were small for the price.
I don't go out for bottled beer generally. Draught is what I can't get at home and I bristle at paying 3x the liquor-store price for something I could easily have in my fridge - so when I go out for drinks it's the taps I'm looking at, and on that count I'm not too enticed to come back. I wouldn't by any means refuse to go if someone else wanted to, but I might gently suggest the Kensington Pub around the corner: no big-screen TV's! I probably should have had a pint of Brown to gauge the quality of the taps, but after one quick one and a couple of appetizers, the noise of the playoffs drove me & Mrs. Stagger out the door to a quieter pint at the Hop In Brew.
05-01-2010 17:19:55 | More by stagger
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