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TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)

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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)




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.


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.


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.


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.



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!