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TGIF – What Barrie is Drinking In Isolation

We asked a cross section of Barrie’s arts and culture scene to let us in on their quarantine bevy selections


TGIF – What Barrie is Drinking In Isolation



“We’ve been enjoying a little bit of everything from our local breweries. Some of our favorites are Redline’s Rainbow in the Dark Rye IPA, Flying Monkey’s Sparklepuff Triple IPA, and Barnstormer’s 400 Blonde Ale.”

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“I drink Carib because it’s clean crisp golden lager reminds me of my twin island home country of Trinidad & Tobago. And after 7 of them, it makes me forget I’m quarantined with my mother-in-law”



“My everyday go to beer is Detour, an ipa from Muskoka breweries, and I’ve been enjoying their new tread lightly lager as well. I’ll usually have a couple cans of Flying Monkeys Hoptical illusion on hand as well.”



“For non alcoholic selections, my other reccomendation is Tetley Peach Ginger & Dandelion tea. Good price and tasty”

But the beer I would recommend would be Barnstormers 400 blonde ale. I enjoy IPAs and other craft brews but there is NOTHING like a clean easy drinking local brew. Da best 🙏



“I’m currently on the Accolade Weightloss for Men program, (so far down 46 lbs) my drink of choice is vodka and water with a 0 calorie flavour squirt like Iced Tea or Tang”



“We’ve been ordering cider, wine and sangria from Heritage Estate in an attempt to support local. Mix in the occasional LCBO delivery service for spice rum on Friday nights and you’ve got yourself a good time.”



“I have been drinking a lot of Cusumano Syrah. It is a Sicilian red wine. I went to Sicily last year and it was an amazing experience and this wine is a great way to keep the memory of that trip alive.”



“Flying Monkey’s Sparklepuff Triple IPA mixed with 12 Minutes To Destiny. It’s like a “Black &Tan” for craft beer hipsters.”


What’s your go-to during this crazy time? Let us know in the comments! Check out our previous TGIF reviews right here!

And find links to all of the local brewers and wineries mentioned below!






TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers

TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie's Brewers

The one thing we can all agree on is that pandemics are great opportunities to appreciate beer. Seriously…what other time in our lives will present us with a chance to sip suds at 10:30am without judgement?

Fortunately, Barrie’s local brewers are continuing to produce the good stuff.

Here’s a TGIF review from each of them. And be sure to check out their websites for the deets on their delivery or pickup options!


TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers




Let’s get this out of the way first; Porter is not for everyone. It’s a dark stout, British influenced beer that is malt heavy. FUN FACT! Porter is so named because it was a popular choice in the late 1800s among street and river porters in London who’s job it was to carry objects for others.

But if Porter is your thing, Parachute should be your poison.

It brings an initial roasty aroma mixed with coffee and chocolate, which is strong at first. Once you get through the first few sips, it balances out nicely with sweetness and hops coming to the forefront.

When it comes to taste, you can really savour the malt character throughout the session. The malts are  supported by a mix of rich lingering chocolates and a lightly burnt undertone.

Expect to finish up with a roasty dryness on top of a medium-full body.

Find more Barnstormer Brews here!





The name’s 7…Session 7.

Known to beer aficionados in the area as the 007 Golden Hop, this IPA brings a vibrant, fruit infused flavour to your pint glass.

Layered with wafts of grapefruit, papaya and apricot and backed with bready malts, it is a medium golden pour with a lingering foamy white head. And although the tropical tones are evident, they don’t over-sweeten the body of the drink.

Having said that, the fruity influences probably rule this out as an all-nighter. The sugary aftertastes make it an interesting and tasty blend, but might prove a bit much after two or three servings.

Best paired with crispy app menu choices (nachos, fries or veggies) Session 7 is available in cans at the LCBO, and on tap throughout the region. In Barrie, Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill is an ideal spot to sample it.

Find out more about Side Launch Brewing right here.



Germans do alot of things very well; Cars. Soccer. Chocolate.

And of course…BEER.

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.

And it’s a very moderate 4.6 ABV, so you can crush more than one without worry of your socks being blown off in one seating.

Find out lots more about Idle Coast right here.



TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie's Brewers


The initial pours is a translucent golden yellow with a substantial, fluffy white head that retains well. The first sniffs bring a lot of bread, even before your nose gets near it. When you do get closer, it’s complimented by hints of grass, pepper and lemon.

You’ll definitely notice the crispness, which is ideal for a pilsner. There’s a welcome balance between the bready malts and the floral hops. As you push on through the sitting, some spice lingers, but it finishes strongly and cleanly.

Some might find it a bit thick for a pilsner, although it does not detract from the overall refreshing timber.

If you are looking for pairings, Pilsners are a great balance to spicy foods. However if you are a sweet tooth aficionado, Mythology might go well with a dessert. Because beer and ice cream CAN mix.

At 5.3% ABV, it’s right on the edge of being too much, so you can easily stick with it through the entire night.

Intrigued? Thirsty? Learn more about Mythology at Flying Monkey’s website!


What did you think of TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers? Have an Isolation Beer review you want to share? Let us know and we’ll post it! 

TGIF: The Golden Pint on Dunlop Street

TGIF: Mango In Flight

McReily’s Lager Is a Smooth, Homepub Beverage Experience


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…



Although several of Barrie’s pubs offer locally brewed beers, McReily’s on Dunlop street is one of a few non-brewery locations that create their own lager.

In aroma, it’s of course slightly hoppy, with a just a hint of citrus.

In taste this is a drink that is balanced but not too sweet. The bitterness is soft and doesn’t overpower the overall experience.

Vibrant levels of carbonation might be a bit much for some, but for our money the fizz is hitting just the right tastebuds.

And the presentation heightens the pub experience in terms of authenticity; a warm golden tint with a slim head of foam. Best paired with a salty side of the menu item (of which McReily’s has several) it’s a pint that you can stick with all night.

And to add the experience, McReilly’s has loads of live music on weekends! You can always hit up our live music guide to see who is guarding the mic on any given night. 

Have a recommendation for TGIF? Or have you reviewed one of the beverages we have? We want to hear it! Send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]


A Guide To Rainy Saturday Fun in Barrie

A Guide To Rainy Saturday Fun in Barrie

Rainy Saturdays got you down? We’ve got you covered!


What to do on a rainy Saturday in Barrie? Barrie Uncovered has got you covered! No, but really, we found some places you can check out on a rainy Saturday, with roofs to keep you dry!


A Guide To Rainy Saturday Fun in Barrie


400 Market


Much to our own belief, the 400 Market is just a five minute drive away, it is covered and has a hard floor. Perfect for staying dry but also looking awesome. When it’s Saturday, people tend to like to wear clothes they can’t wear to work so we get it if you don’t necessarily want to walk around in rain boots and a raincoat all day. You want to go out and show off your weekend clothes! Perhaps you need some new clothes? Then the 400 Market is the place you want to be. 


What Else?


Perhaps you need some new decorations or plants for the house? 400 market has you covered. Not to mention you can even enjoy an alcoholic beverage while in the building but if you’re not into alcoholic beverages, you can have water, pop, smoothies, Etc. That’s why the 400 Market is a great place to check out when it’s raining.


What about Food?


Bonus, they have such a huge variety of food! We uncovered some of their pierorgies and they were absolutely delicious! They have different options such as plain potato and cheese, or pork, so of course we tried both! I have to say, as a hard core plain Jane pierogi fan, the pork ones were just as delicious!


Next Stop!  


On to our next stop… Redline Brewery! It is Saturday after all. I understand it’s patio season, but we’re uncovering things to do while it’s raining! Don’t let the word Brewery scare you if you don’t drink brew, their wine is absolutely fabulous as well! If you got rained on from your journey from the car into Redline and are a little cold…. no worries! Redline has got you covered, no but really again, cover yourself up after purchasing one of their many style sweaters or shirts! 


On to the food, man oh man the food! Such great comfort food for a rainy day. Burgers, beef dip, fajitas and fish tacos, do we need to say much more?! Plus their atmosphere and service was spot on. Come to Redline!



Saturday’s Not Over Yet!


So you’re Saturday and evening are over, but what about if your still interested in doing something on a rainy Saturday night?! Well, we would recommend checking out one the many awesome pubs in our lovely downtown Barrie such as The Foxx! They are always packed with live music on the weekends. 


What did you think of our Guide To Rainy Saturday Fun in Barrie? Let us know about your fav cold weather hangout in the comments! 







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…


Admit it! At least once or twice in your life, you’ve at least entertained the notion of moving to California (probably after scraping ice off your car for the 748th time in mid-January).

While that particular goal might be somewhat outlandish, you can bring the palm tree state a little closer with the proper beverage.

Barnstormer has just the ticket with this Hops infused IPA. Flight Delay pours a light golden brown with plenty of foamy head that recedes nicely, and it’s first impression only gets better when the hopsy/citrusy aromas hit.

It presents a vibrant bitter taste, but it doesn’t over-power or dominate too much of the pallet. We would give it a medium in terms of body, with about the same in carbonation levels, leaving you with a moderately crisp bite.

And at 6.5 Abv, it’s a good one to stick with for most of your sitting.

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