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TGIF: The Freak Show Comes To Town

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

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…

Freakshow Crush – Flying Monkey’s

“A bright, hazy body and pliable bitterness under an amusing head of ethereal foam. This unique IPA spectacle is animated by a plurality of succulent hops in a crushable array of melon, papaya, and spiky tropical notes.

The initial pour is a hazy, pale golden yellow, with a tower of puffy and mildly bubbly off-white head. That gives way to some random splotchy and sudsy lace around the glass as it dissolves evenly.

The first scents are of gritty and grainy cereal malt, mixed domestic citrus fruit, some pineapple and kumquat fruitiness. There is also traces of leafy, almost piney green hoppiness. The taste comes across as grainy and crackery pale malt, with hints of orange, tangerine, and lemon citrus zest.

The carbonation is average as it comes to frothiness. The body is a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth. It finishes trending dry, as the hops percolate around the tastebuds

For best pairing, try Freakshow with a veggie selection. Spring greens, hummus or carrots and cool cucumbers. But hops and IPAs are great with classic pub fare like fish ‘n chips, curries or anything of the cheese variety.

You can catch the Freakshow at LCBO, the Beer Store and Select Grocers. And of course, in person at Flying Monkey’s.

What did you think of rhe Freakshow Crush – Flying Monkey’s review? 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: 3 Barrie Craft Beer Ideas

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

3 BARRIE CRAFT BEER SUGGESTIONS TO CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF INDOOR EATING

As we FINALLY get a chance to eat inside somewhere that isn’t our own kitchen, dining room or bathroom (hey, don’t judge…it was a pandemic) we thought it apt to celebrate craft beers from all of the fantastic local brewers this week.

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

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: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

SUMMER BEERS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

The lazy days of summer will soon be upon us, commanding us to seek out patios and barbecues.

Of course, it’s a little tricky in isolation…but we can make do on our home terraces.

We’ll spend the next few weeks previewing some of the tastiest summer beverages from Barrie’s best brewers.

This week…

TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)

 

SKINNY DIPPIN’ STOUT – SAWDUST CITY

 

This stout begins with a solid head retention, and a slightly foamy lace remaining. The tint is light tan head that recedes to a dark brown edging to black in color.

The initial odor is (somewhat surprisingly) spicy. It gives way to plenty of chocolate and coffee notes, with oats and malts permeating just below the surface.

The first taste continues the chocolate/coffee vibe, as well as caramel. You might even detect notes of grass and even barbecue-esque as the drink goes down. Roasted aromas and some charred aromas are not far from the taste as well. Expect medium body and medium carbonation, with a creamy flow (although it could be creamier ) and finishes a touch dry on the palate.

Overall, this is an interesting beer, with a fun quality that encourages additional sampling. This stout is best consumed on a chillier day or in the late summer evening as the breeze comes in off the lake.

Best paired with soups, stews and grilled meats or anything of the salty side of the menu.

Learn more about Skinny Dippin’ on Sawdust City’s website.

What did you think of TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)?

Have an idea for our next TGIF? Or maybe you’d like to review a beer? Reach out and we’ll make it happen!

 

Craft Beer, Boardgames, and Fireworks: 3 Awesome Things To Do in and around Barrie This Weekend

Check Here For An Updated List of Things To Do In Barrie This Weekend

It’s not often this blog space will be used to shower praise upon members of the royal family.

And yet, we must extend thanks to King Edward VII for declaring the Monday closest to May 24th to be a stat holiday way back in 1904. Thus giving us a glorious extra day off work and school every year.

And the city by the lake and surrounding areas are awash in activities to celebrate.

VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND IN BARRIE

Although just about everything is closed on Monday, the days leading up to it have got loads for you and the family to do. Particularly if you are avoiding cleaning out the garage like you planned on Easter.

May Days continue in downtown Barrie. Shoppers can make a purchase and enter a ballot to win a prize package valued at $2500 while supporting a local cause.

The Uptown Theatre is open and showing matinees through Saturday and Sunday.

The Baycats are at home to the Kitchener Panthers.

And if you are a boardster, Sir Games Alot is hosting an all day boardgame bonanza on Monday.

CRAFTBEER FEST

There are few words that go together better than craft and beer. And If you are willing to drive an hour or so out of town, you can take in all the glory of the combo at Muskoka’s Craft beer fest.

Happening in Huntsville on Saturday, it’s a full day of adult beverage consumption. The festival features dozens of brewers, including Barrie’s own Redline Brewhouse.

Tickets are $20. And don’t be an idiot; be sure to stay overnight or have a DD.

CONCERTS

Fun Fact! We post a full calendar of concerts every week in Barrie. And we are ALWAYS on the lookout for local artist performances. If you are playing anywhere in town, fire the deets to [email protected] We’ll be sure to post your gig!

The Foxx Lounge welcomes a host of punk, metal and hard rock acts when the doors open on Friday. The headliner this week is Hightower, a punk rock quintet all the way from Paris! (Does that mean the show will have translator on hand?)

Local acts 30 Going on 13 make their Barrie stage debut on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Five Points Theatre hosts a 90s hip hop tribute featuring Ernie Paniccioli, a renowned photographer who has captured images of some of the industry’s biggest stars.

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BONUS UNCOVERED EVENT! FIREWORKS AND MORE @ BLUE MOUNTAIN

Although the city isn’t offering any fireworks, Blue Mountain is. The entire weekend is jammed with family oriented fun, including movies, live music and scavenger hunts. The fireworks go at 10pm on Friday.

Have an event in Barrie that you want to promote? We want to hear about it! Send an email to [email protected] and we may post it!

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