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TGIF: Hit The Accelerater

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.


And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.


This week why don’t you try…

Accelerated Stall IIPA – Barnstormer’s

TGIF: HIT THE ACCLERATOR

Beginning with a hazy translucent dark yellow brown, the fall-esque coloured first pour leaves a drizzle of creamy head.

Following the initial pour, expect a menagerie of pleasant smells. Herbal, floral, lightly citrusy with grapefruit and somewhat piney hops come to the surface first. That gives way to toasty caramel malts and hops.

On the whole, there is potency and old flavour, but not overpowering. You’ll find the hops balanced, and even somewhat subdued by malts leaning toward a toffeelike scent. A light resiny pine shines through, with mixed bag of herbal, floral, and citrusy/rind to support it. The aftertaste does provide a slight kick, with equal parts spice and bitter.

Accelerator emits a medium carbonation, generally creamy but on the thinner side of thickness. It’s more of a drying coating.

Coming in a tall boy that can purchased directly at Barnstormer’s, this is an overall rather complex flavour that is quite balanced with hoppiness. Unlike other similar beers, it is not as bitter as the IBU would suggest.

You can check out Accelerated Stall IIPA at Barnstormer’s. What did you think of TGIF: HIT THE ACCLERATOR? Let us know in the comments!

And if you have a suggestion for our next TGIF, or would like to post a review of your own, let us know! We’ll feature your suds recap in our next blog!

TGIF: The Rainbow In The Dark

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.


And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.


This week why don’t you try…

RAINBOW IN THE DARK – REDLINE BREWERY

The initial pour of the Rainbow is a murky, dark orange colour, capped by a half-inch of frothy white head. The hazy look is both inviting and appropriate for the fall season, mirroring the emergence of autumn colours.

The first aromas encapsulate citrus, honey and rye. That’s an uncommon approach for an IPA. But Rainbow makes it work as a malt backbone, supported by traces of tropical fruit and lemongrass. The flavours follow suit with a dank, hoppy finish and a welcoming bitterness. The textures and sensations flow through the mouth and the nose and heighten the taste buds through the first few gulps.

A creamy medium-bodied beer with medium carbonation and smooth aftertastes, it’s an overall pleasant hoppy bevy. With an ABV of 6.6, it’s a pace pint for sure, but one you can stick with for the entire sitting. Best paired with something starchy or zesty to add to the overall taste experience.

Find out more about Rainbow In the Dark on Redline’s website!

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]

Breaking news!!! Redline Brewhouse Restaurant is re-opening.

 

Redline is back!

On September 23rd at 4 pm, their doors will be open to the public! With the wonderful selection of great craft beers and mouthwatering food, you need to get there to sample it for yourself. Whether it is for a special night out, a meal and drinks with the family, or just to watch a game on the big screens. With a plate of wings, of course.

When you think of Redline, you think craft beers. They have an outstanding selection; Stouts, Lagers, Pale Ales IPA’s and more. As the seasons change so do their beer selections, so keep on checking their beer menu. Don’t forget you can also get their beer from their in-store take-out, or you can order online and at the LCBO.

Ever wondered how those tasty beers come to fruition? You can learn the brewing process and taste the beer through tours on Friday from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, or Saturday from 12:00 pm-8:00 pm. They have a variety of core beer including Clutch, Idle Coast, Red Light, Check Engine and so much more.

 

It is nearly Oktoberfest season, and to celebrate, Redline will be having live bands. There will be special beers on tap to re-create the German beer atmosphere as well as German style food. This event will be both dine-in as well as drive-thru to support distancing.

If you haven’t been to Redline before it offers two exquisite open concept venues. The Taproom on the floor and The loft on the Mezzanine. These areas can be rearranged to suit your needs, large or small, of course, the size is dictated by the current crisis.

When you think Redline you think beer, but for those who prefer wine, they have an extensive wine selection to choose from as well.

All their beers use ingredients from local farms to support local businesses; Redline likes to keep its atmosphere trendy and friendly. Their beer is freshly brewed, and their unique food has gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. 

Things will be a little different as we all monitor COVID. Their priority will be putting measures in place to keep everyone safe. So, remember to bring a mask, you need to wear this until you are seated, then you can remove it.

 

The Tradition Continues At Barrie’s Newest Smokehouse

Food, Music, and Beer make North Country a go-to, especially if you love barbecued food and country music!!!

The word barbecue comes from the language of a Caribbean Indian tribe called the Taino. Their word for grilling on a raised wooden grate is barbacoa. The word first appeared in print in a Spanish explorer’s account of the West Indies in 1526, according to Planet Barbecue.

Since then, the popularity of barbecues has spread like wildfire. The history of barbecuing in North America dates to colonial times, and it has been a part of our culture ever since. To say that North Country BBQ has maintained that tradition is an understatement.

Replete with a menu that caters both to the aficionados of zesty cuisine and those in search of lighter fare, the Brickhouse eatery oozes with energy and excitement. As a gathering place for foodies, the experiential component to meals is as inviting as the recipes. North Country taps into the pulse of downtown; offering live music and a vivacious atmosphere custom-designed for great conversation and great eating.

North Country has a lot to offer, including an amazing taste of history, friendly waitresses, and great live entertainment! You will find it all here. The history of Barbecuing is alive and well at 10 Dunlop Street East. Find out more and book a table right here!

TGIF: First Class In Your Glass

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FIRST CLASS LAGER LIVES UP TO IT’S BILLING

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

 

FIRST CLASS – BARNSTORMER’S

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.

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The overall experience is smooth tasting, but with good carbonation and a solid body texture. There is a crisp finish and no lingering aftertaste, which is a plus in our books.

Enhanced by Barnstomer’s customary imaginative label art work, this is a 4.7% on the ABV scale, paired well with just about anything on the menu. Best bet: Canned version on a lazy patio summer afternoon.

Learn more about First Class over at Barnstormer’s website.

Do you have an idea for our next TGIF? Or would you like to be a guest reviewer? Send us an email or connect with us on FB.

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