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TGIF: Gateway to Taste

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

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…

GATEWAY KOLSCH – SAWDUST CITY

As beer connoisseurs know, taking it slow is the path to an enjoyable sitting.

And this German inspired lager from Sawdust is an ideal sipper.

The initial pour is a pleasantly bright straw color. It gives way to a foamy white 4 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes. You’ll detect flavors of corn, lemon, grapefruits, caramel and hops with the first few sips. That gives way to a sharp feel, with lots of zesty citrus.

As for the body, it’s a slick and smooth full body with crispy carbonation. Overall, this is a medium strength finish with plenty of fresh and heavy hints, and thus proper to the style.

Being a German-esque beer, this is best paired with something cheesy. And at 5.0% ABV, you can stay with it all night and no get too bamboozled.

Available at the LCBO and at the Sawdust Brew house.

You can read more about Gateway Kolsch on their website.

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Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

The doldrums of winter are well and truly here. And with more frigid weather on the way, a tough stretch of isolation is imminent.

We’ve all heard how important getting exercise and self-care are in lifting our spirits during Covid. But so is seeing other people.

It is a scientific fact that people who are socially active live longer, mentally healthier lives. Facetiming a friend or hosting a Zoom party can prove to be the morale booster you need.

Even though Barrie’s social scene is flailing, there are options! Read on for a few ideas to stay connected to friends, while staying safe.

Staying Connected: Remote Socializing

 

Go To A Virtual Concert

Online music can’t compete with the real thing, but needs must at a time like this, so consider rounding up your crew on the laptop to take in some tunes. Livestream music from venues isn’t allowed for now, but you can check out individual artists pages and YT channels for plenty of basement performances.

Here in town, Barrie’s Live Music Show happens weekly, with local acts and talent from around the region doing their (virtual) thing. If you’re looking for something beyond borders, check websites like Veeps and Dice.fm. Failing a live concert, you could even just put together a Zoom party with a Spotify list in the background.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Work (Shop) It

Missing Yoga or art class with your BFF? Consider doing something together, along those lines via your device. There are a ton of terrific local studios and fitness centres hosting online sessions. And if you are more geared toward something with a paint brush, have a hunt on the MacLaren Art Centre’s website. They have a batch of visual arts programming on their website through this month. 
 
 

Get Cooking

In addition to the terrific dinner table’s worth of takeout around town, you and your besties might consider a virtual dinner party. Order in from one of your fav local spots and chow down while connecting via Zoom or FT. If you really want to “ham” it up (pun intended) you can choose on of the many Zoom backgrounds to simulate eating in a glamourous locale, like Paris. Further, if you are a full on Foodie, your squad could take a online cooking class together. Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay with live stream meal prep, like Cooking for Hope.  

 

What did you think of Staying Connected: Remote Socializing? Let us know in the comments! And if you are a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint, let us know! We will get you Uncovered!

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

TGIF: Make An (Oat) Meal Of It

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Make An (Oat) Meal Of It 

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…

 

Barnstormer’s  – Donegal Oatmeal Stout

 

Ideal for a winter evening drink, this beer pours an initial opaque dark brown. As with most stouts, there is almost no head, just a tan fringe around the edge of the glass. The same goes for the lacing. Carbonation is mild to low, with very few of the trace bubbles rising.

The first aroma wafts of sweet smells, with a touch of malt. Swirling the glass will kick up some barnyard, and a little more malt.

As your session continues, expect a main flavor of dark roasted malt, giving way to a rounded, full bodied oat and hops. This has a darker roast flavor profile than Guinness stout. That gives way to a bit of bitters in the mid and aftertaste.

Relatively mild carbonation leads to very little foaming and the heavy body remains through the drink.

Best paired with similarly dark foods, like beef or venison stews. Steak pies or anything barbecue style would fit in nicely as well.

Find more about Dongeal Oatmeal on Barnstormer’s website!

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TGIF: A Touch of Nordic

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: A Touch of Nordic

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…

 

LITTLE NORWAY – SAWDUST CITY

TGIF: Norway's Finest

An inviting pour of nice golden lager with a three finger head, it’s a refreshing thirst quencher that boasts hints of citrus and wheat. The lightness of the colour is backed up by a gentle lemony aroma. And like other pale lagers, the foamy head dissipates slowly while not detracting from the overall taste.

Ideal for patio sessions, but the best use of this hoppy ale might be on the dock during cottage season. It’s dryish body makes the can experience vibrant, meaning it will do well in the cooler for an afternoon.

If you are looking for a meal to join in, it’s probably best paired with lighter fare. Think salads, chicken dishes or sandwiches.

You can pick up Sawdust City’s Little Norway Pale at the LCBO. Read more about it right here.

 

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]

TGIF: It’s 5:01 Somewhere

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…

REDLINE BREWHOUSE – 5:01

As the legendary Jimmy Buffet reminds us, it’s 5 O’Clock somewhere. And this lager from Redline is the beer to celebrate it.

An inviting pour of nice golden lager with a three finger head, it’s a refreshing thirst quencher that boasts hints of citrus and orange. The lightness of the colour is backed up by a gentle lemony aroma. And like other strong lagers, the foamy head dissipates slowly while not detracting from the overall taste.

Although it’s a summery beer (ideal for patio sessions) there is still plenty to enjoy at any time of the year. It’s cracker-esque body makes the can experience vibrant, meaning it will do well in the cooler for an afternoon.

 

If you are looking for a meal to join in, it’s probably best paired with lighter fare. Think salads, chicken dishes or sandwiches.

You can pick up Redline’s 5:01 at the brewhouse. Read more about it right here.

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]

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