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Off the wheaten path, two excellent but different wheat beers.

My early 20s were dark days for my taste in beer. Price was king and it was difficult to justify anything better than a bar’s “finest cheapest” offering. But the dreariness started to clear the first time I tried a wheat beer on a muggy summer day. It was…
Great Lakes Miami Weiss and Unibroue's Don de Dieu are two examples of the incredible range covered by wheat beers.
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First Draught; Indie Ale House’s Barnyard IPA

July is just around the corner and even though the calendar says it’s summer we still haven’t been subjected to any truly blistering days. This comfortably warm weather strikes me as an invitation to get on my bike and venture out to one of the city’s…
Indie Ale House’s Barnyard IPA is delicious and unusual enough to justify the trip to the Junction.
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Pintxos, cocktails, coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
 
First Look: Grant van Gameren’s Bar Raval brings Barcelona to Toronto => http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Eat/February-2015/First-Look-Bar-Raval-Grant-van-Gameren/
The long-anticipated pintxos project from the team behind Bar Isabel opened its doors as Bar Raval on College Street a few days ago. The kitchen is led by Grant van Gameren while his partners, Robin Goodfellow and Mike Webster manage the bar.
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What: Selling and signing my book, The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, as part of the Barley’s Angels Holiday Market with lots of other great vendors. Where: The Rhino, 1249 Queen St. W., Parkdale When: 14 December, 4 – 7 PM Other Details: Copies of my…
What: Selling and signing my book, The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, as part of the Barley’s Angels Holiday Market with lots of other great vendors. Where: The Rhino, 1249 Queen St. W., Parkdale When: 14 December, 4 – 7 PM Other Details: Copies of my cookbook will be for sale and I’m more than happy to sign them. I take cash or credit cards. Tickets: Free. Women are an undeniably important part of craft beer’s success in the slow mission to chip ...
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The latest book from award-winning food writer, Amy Rosen, is a collection of recipes called Toronto Cooks (Figure 1 Publishing). Rosen chose her top 50 favourite restaurants in Toronto right now and asked each to nominate a few of their dishes to…
The latest book from award-winning food writer, Amy Rosen, is a collection of recipes called Toronto Cooks (Figure 1 Publishing). Rosen chose her top 50 favourite restaurants in Toronto right now and asked each to nominate a few of their dishes to represent their establishment in the cookbook. My full Q &  A with Amy Rosen on her new cookbook, Toronto Cooks, is over on PostCity.com.
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Not very long ago, all of Toronto’s fine-dining restaurants served either steak, haute French, or fancy Italian food. The list of spots worth recommending to an out-of-town visitor included names like Winston’s, Barberian’s, and Prego Della Piazza. By…
Not very long ago, all of Toronto’s fine-dining restaurants served either steak, haute French, or fancy Italian food. The list of spots worth recommending to an out-of-town visitor included names like Winston’s, Barberian’s, and Prego Della Piazza. By installing their newest project, a steakhouse called NAO, in the building that was home to Auberge Gavroche, Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji hope to connect with Toronto’s restaurant history. The f...
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Food Crawl: A culinary tour of the Junction

Arrive at Keele and Dundas West on a summer’s eve and you get to see one of the last spots in T.O. where neighbours get off the bus and grab an after-work drink together. The former city of West Toronto — the Junction to locals — has put its history of…
A culinary tour of Toronto's Junction neighbourhood, from Honest Weight, to Malta Bake Shop, to Indie Ale House.
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What: A swap meet for brewery collectibles, plus a double-threat book signing Where: N Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd., Toronto When: 28 March 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Other Details: Book signing and more. Tickets: free admission, $5 tall cans of…
What: A swap meet for brewery collectibles, plus a double-threat book signing Where: N Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd., Toronto When: 28 March 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Other Details: Book signing and more. Tickets: free admission, $5 tall cans of Great Lakes. The main event is an opportunity to expand your collection of brewery knick-knacks and other wares, but there will be a lot more to the day’s schedule. Our hosts, GLB, will have som...
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  What: A beer dinner featuring a small plates tasting menu based around the recipes in The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook. Where: Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21, at 21 King St. N., Waterloo When: 21 January 6:30 p.m. Other Details: A signed copy of my book is…
  What: A beer dinner featuring a small plates tasting menu based around the recipes in The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook. Where: Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21, at 21 King St. N., Waterloo When: 21 January 6:30 p.m. Other Details: A signed copy of my book is included in the ticket price. Tickets: $60, available by calling the restaurant at 519-883-1100. I seem to find myself in Waterloo more often than any other town outside of Toronto. That has a lot ...
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Are we all entirely enthralled with session beers like Great Lakes Brewing’s Pompous Ass? Just me? I really don’t think so, but just in case I’m recommending one again this week to help bring you over to my side. For the rest of this week’s First Draught…
Are we all entirely enthralled with session beers like Great Lakes Brewing’s Pompous Ass? Just me? I really don’t think so, but just in case I’m recommending one again this week to help bring you over to my side. For the rest of this week’s First Draught head over to PostCity.com.
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“Oh, a bottle of Yellow Tail sparkling, that’s just what we hoped someone would bring us!” That’s the reaction of exactly zero hosts and hostesses when their holiday party guests present them with yet another generic knock-off champagne. Don’t get me…
“Oh, a bottle of Yellow Tail sparkling, that’s just what we hoped someone would bring us!” That’s the reaction of exactly zero hosts and hostesses when their holiday party guests present them with yet another generic knock-off champagne. Don’t get me wrong, I think offering a ribbon-wrapped bottle is a perfectly appropriate way to say thank you to someone who has invited you into their home this December. I just wish we would show a little more o...
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Compared to “what is craft beer?” the slightly less nebulous “what is a session ale” is an easier question to answer. These are beers well-suited to a several-pint night because they are lower in alcohol than usual and have a balanced flavour profile. The…
Compared to “what is craft beer?” the slightly less nebulous “what is a session ale” is an easier question to answer. These are beers well-suited to a several-pint night because they are lower in alcohol than usual and have a balanced flavour profile. The idea grew out the British tradition where a session at the local pub has friends take turns buying a round (hence the lower ABV), so the beers usually are also made to stylistically nod in the g...
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