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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]

Head out to the Last Level Lounge for a night of laughter and fun!

Head out to the Last Level Lounge for a night of
laughter and fun!

Will Nash

Head over to Last Level Lounge for a night of laughter and fun. Will Nash will be hosting a comedy show called “Last Level Laughs”. The event will take place on September 26th, 2020 and there will be a $5 cover charge.

The event will take place on the patio and seating is limited so it will be on a first come first serve basis. In support of social distancing, all regulations will be followed. Please remember to bring your mask. Come have a good laugh with Scott Walker, Patrick Russell, Jordan Hoath, Daniel Shaw, Jeff Faulkner, Colin Brown and of course headliner Marc Trinidad.

Scott Walker

The Last Level Lounge is a fun arcade and pinball lounge with an 80’s retro vibe, great customer service and active gameplay. It’s a great place where you can relive your childhood. They also serve alcohol and are partnered with Chavo Crapes next door. If you’re wondering about food, they have pizza, nachos, and tacos! What more could you ask for?

Wondering what games to play when you go to this amazing place? We have put together a small list of games along with some interesting facts.

  1. Pac-Man
    Every adult should know this classic arcade game unless you lived under a rock as a child. But did you know this funny little fact? The arcade title was first released as Puck-Man. The name was changed to Pac-Man to avoid the machines getting vandalized. A lot of arcade operators at the time were worried about the P being changed to an F.
  2. Frogger
    This is another fun retro classic that was introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami. The object of this game is to help get frogs (one by one) across a busy road, and a river full of hazards! 
  3. Ice Cold Beer
    A mechanical arcade game released by Taito in 1983?. Taito released a lot of classics including Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble (also available to play at Last Level). Ice Cold Beer is a popular choice for game collectors. Speaking of ice-cold Beer, did you know the Last Level supports local draft beer?
  4. Street Fighter II
    The World Warrior, also known as Street Fighter II, is a competitive fighting game developed by Capcom and originally released for arcade systems in 1991. Street Fighter II became very popular in the golden age of arcade gaming.

Just to add a little more fun to this, we have compiled some corny arcade jokes to get you in the mood for the event. Please note that the Comedians jokes will be much funnier.

  • What happens when you put 2 Pac-Man machines together? The paparazzi show up saying “Hey, look! it’s Tupac, Man”.
  • What is the most popular Arcade game in Mexico? Guac-a-mole.
  • What is Joe Biden’s favourite arcade game? Space Invaders.
  • What do you say when you leave an arcade? See you later Simulator!

For more Arcade jokes visit upjokes.com

Stranger Things Pinball

TGIF: 3 Barrie Craft Beer Ideas

3 BARRIE CRAFT BEER SUGGESTIONS TO REMEMBER SUMMER

As summer of 2020 winds down, it’s a good opportunity to take stock of all the great seasonal beers that our local brewers produce. Most of them will go back into cold storage by the end of the month, so be sure to partake of a few before the leaves change colours.

To that end, we’ve collected a few of our favourite local beers for your Remember Summer Session.

First up is…

FIRST CLASS – BARNSTOMERS.

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.

IDLE COAST – REDLINE BREWERY

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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…

SMASH BOMB ATOMIC – FLYING MONKEY’S

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 Barrie Craft Beer to bring back summer 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]

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.

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