Barrie Uncovered

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

TGIF: 3 Barrie Craft Beer Ideas

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's


As we still have a chance to eat inside somewhere that isn’t our own kitchen, dining room or bathroom (hey, don’t judge…it was a pandemic) we thought it apt to celebrate craft beers from all of the fantastic local brewers this week.

First up is…


Ever been lucky enough to get upgraded to first class on a plane ride?

This is the beer equivalent!

First Class is a smooth tasting, German inspired golden ale that is ideal for any sitting.

The initial pour is a bright, yellow golden colour with a good size head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The first taste goes down gently, and emits balanced notes of grain, malts and citrus. It’s got a nice sweetness to it with definite flavour, although some beer advocates might find it a bit thin.

You can get it from Barnstormer’s or at the LCBO.

Number two on our menu is a lager so good the Germans would be envious.


Most beer producers would die happy if their craft creations stacked up well compared to the essential Bavarian ales that have been the stuff of Oktoberfest for centuries.

And this pale from Redline does an admirable job of paying tribute, while not totally mimicking those great German lagers.

It’s vibrant gold colour and foamy head make for an effervescent first impression, while the bready undertones and aromas reflect classic Munich Malts. As you approach the bottom of the glass, it leaves a crisp and dry after taste, providing an ideal compliment to anything meaty or sandwich based  on the menu.

Find out lots more about Idle Coast right here.

Last, but certainly not least (sorry, we couldn’t come up with something spiffier to intro this…but c’mon, it’s Friday) is…


The primary objective of any good beer is to present it’s drinker with a memorable sitting that combines taste and experience.

And this IPA from Flying Monkey’s accomplishes that mission in spades.

The initial pour is gentle and inviting, with an amber reddish hue that leaves about half an inch of thick creamy foam head.

Even though the name might suggest otherwise, this is actually a lighter tasting pale ale. The aroma hints at touches of grass spread across citrusy and bitter tones. The overall strength isn’t at all detracted by the lighter vibe, as the hops linger pleasantly among the tastebuds.

Find out more about the beer from Flying Monkeys right here.

What did you think of our 3 Barrie Craft Beer Suggestions? Let us know in the comments!  

Have a recommendation for TGIF? We want to hear it! Contact us, send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

As we hurtle to the holidays, things to do around town become distinctly more festive. We’ve already got a great selection of drive through and walk through events, happening around Barrie. But this weekend there’s also some fun non Xmas related occurrences. Of course, we are always on the lookout for cool, local events, and if you are involved in one, let us know! We can post it to our events calendar.

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

Cornhole Tournament @ The Kage

Barrie Cornhole League has put together a two day event this Saturday and Sunday. Specifically, this is a special event to recognize men’s health through the Movember fundraiser.

The event includes competitive doubles, a blind draw, mixed doubles, recreational doubles and a live DJ

It’s a pre- registration event, and you can sign up here. Be sure to also check out the Kage’s baseball training facilities when you’re there!


The Barrie Curling Club isn’t just for curling…at least this weekend. On Saturday night the club converts into an art gallery. It’s called Winter Work of Art, and anyone wanting to take part, can have their portraits included. Tickets are $40 each, and includes all supplies. The painting gets started at 7pm.

Keep in mind that the curling club is open during Covid, for rentals and league play. And their kitchen serves food for dine and takeout.

Hit the Farmer’s Market

Finally, make it a mission as we head closer to the holidays to incorporate some local into your shopping lists. The long winter is coming, and many of our smaller backyard businesses are going to be hit hard by restrictions and lockdowns.

You can start with a trip to the Barrie Farmer’s market, happening at City Hall on Saturday mornings. With over a dozen providers, you can help support local vendors and artisans and find some of the freshest produce and food in the region. Keep in mind they offer pre-ordering and pickup if you prefer!

What did you think of Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint with unique, locally drive content, reach out today! We will get you Uncovered.

The Social Recap: The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 16th

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…



Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you!

Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 16th

Look, nobody sane actually loves the months and months of cold weather…but it does make for some stunning imagery when the first snow fall lands.

And with the snow comes the holidays. And specifically, Holiday treats. Like these chocy delights from J’adore Fine Cheese, which rank 10 on the OMFG taste meter.

When you are heading out for holiday shopping, remember to keep it local as much as you can. And places like Stuff are great for keeping this year’s budget manageable!

Those early evening sunsets though…

Anybody out there want a drone for Xmas this year? Bet you will after seeing this footage!

And finally, although this year’s holidays will be a little less grandiose, Santa is coming to town a few times in select places. Bring the kids for some socially distant seasonal fun and support local!

What did you think of the The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 16th? Let us know in the comments! And keep using the #barrieuncovered hashtag to get featured!

Spread The Holiday Cheer – OPACC Virtual Holiday Market


t’s the most wonderful time of the year…although for many of us it can be a difficult and even depressing few months.

And given that Covid has thrown a wrench into everything, it’s even more important to help those who might need it.

Fortunately, Barrie has always been a beacon of support for those in need during Christmas and the holidays. Many businesses, stores and local companies routinely provide donations or host fundraisers for the many causes geared toward lifting up those in need.

We want to help! If you are partnering with a charity/cause, run a charity/cause or have an event coming up that in some way contributes, let us know! We can post it to our events calendar and share it through our social channels.

By spreading the word, we can help these events reach a few more eyeballs. And even one or two more people can make a difference.


Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC), a registered charity that has been supporting families of children with cancer throughout Ontario since 1995, is running a virtual holiday market to support childhood cancer families. 

Buyers can support the charity by shopping at the virtual holiday market from a variety of vendors throughout Ontario that have pledged to donate part of their sales to OPACC. Buyers can feel good knowing that part of their purchases are going to support charitable programs and services for childhood cancer families in Ontario.

OPACC is also looking to add more vendors, who will receive promotion for their businesses and a charitable tax receipt for their donations. Vendors include home-based businesses, artisans, and independent consultants in addition to traditional storefront businesses. The market runs until mid-December (each vendor has a different end date). Vendors can register at the event webpage.

All proceeds go towards supporting the charity’s free programs and services for childhood cancer families in Ontario, including in-hospital support through its Parent Liaison program, community-based childhood cancer parent support groups throughout Ontario, hospital parking reimbursements, distribution of gift cards for gas and food, and advocacy on issues of importance to childhood cancer families.

Learn more at