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Spotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Kevin Isherwood, Common Good Cafe & Social House

Spotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Common Good

This story really started when Kevin Isherwood was in Grade 10.  Young Kevin signed up for Home Economics because of, well you know; ratios.  The ratio was 26 – 2. Not bad odds for a young man full of passion with plenty of love to give.  We aren’t really sure what happened with the success of the girl to boy ratio, but what we are sure of is that Kevin discovered more passion than he was expecting.  Passion of cooking is what he took away.  We are so very thankful for that!

Read moreSpotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Kevin Isherwood, Common Good Cafe & Social House

TGIF: Norway’s Finest in Barrie

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 and local pubs. Read more about it right here.

 

What did you think of TGIF: Norway’s Finest?

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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…

MCREILY’S LAGER


TGIF

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]

 

Dirty Thirty, Fun and Flirty! Fierce Lady Edition

Dirty thirty birthday

Ugh. Milestones. We googled the meaning and found, an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.”  Yep.  It’s gonna happen.  Or it HAS happened.  Just when you thought that being able to say you are officially a quarter century old was cool, suddenly you are staring your dirty thirty in the face.  Let’s say it one more time – Ugh. Milestones.

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TGIF: A Lager So Good The Germans Would Be Envious

TGIF-BarrieUncovered-Redline-Brewhouse

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

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beverages 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…

 

IDLE COAST – REDLINE BREWERY

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

 

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