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Hey gang.

If you haven’t heard, some of Toronto’s best craft breweries and craft beer bars have got a pretty sweet deal in store for folks like us. It’s called the Craft Beer Passport, and it offers holders of the passport the opportunity to enjoy a $2 beer at 20 different locations around the city.

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In reality, you aren’t getting a full pint of beer for your toonie, and you aren’t able to select just ANY beer on each bars draught list. The passport gets you a 12 oz sample, which is still a good deal as that’s three-quarters of a full pint (or three-fifths of an imperial pint as Ben Johnson’s stick-in-the-mud readers quickly pointed out in his comments section here). Also keep in mind that you will be selecting your brew from 3 options at each pub.

Out of curiosity I contacted the founder of the passport, Mike Stulberg, to inquire as to whether each bar would be offering 3 exclusive beers to the program (ie. Are there 60 different beers available for the passport?). He told me that it is at the discretion of the bars but pointed out that it would be in their best interest to offer some unique selections to entice patrons to order another pint or six (my words, not his). In other words, there will likely be some overlap in terms of the beer offerings at the participating bars, but you’re sure to have no shortage of interesting new brews to try.

The passport is available online here or at many of the participating locations around the city. Pre-order is on now and the deal begins June 1st (so soon!).

For $20 I think it’s a great deal and an excellent way to encourage craft beer lovers to explore the local beer scene instead of always sticking to their usual watering-holes. I definitely encourage everyone in the Toronto area to take advantage of the passport and who knows; maybe I’ll bump into one of you at the pub!

Cheers for now.

-Matt

Out of hibernation

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Okay, I got REALLY busy at school during the second semester, so brewing beer and writing reviews definitely wasn’t a priority. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t drinking beer this whole time, I just wasn’t concerned with writing about it. The good news is that exams are over and I’m back home in Toronto and I couldn’t be more excited to have 4 months to check out all the great beer this city has to offer. I will be making a pointed effort to use this blog much more often this summer as I really have no excuse not to… (also because it’s fun).

Today I’m reviewing Great Lakes Brewery’s “Apocalypse Later”, an imperial black IPA weighing in at 10% ABV. I haven’t tried many black IPA’s but the ones that I have were all very impressive so I had some very high hopes for this one.

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Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is fresh hops, sweet licorice, and citrus (maybe pine as well?). Earthy hops, caramel, licorice, with a bitter hoppy finish that hides the 10% scarily well… The hops definitely tone down the other flavours from the malt and are front and centre throughout this pint.

This one didn’t have as much roasted malt/chocolate flavours as the other black IPA’s I have tried. The “black” in the name seems to only speak to the colour of the beer. With that being said, I still really enjoyed this beer as I am a self-proclaimed hop-head. Yet another impressive beer from Great Lakes. I’m so stoked to be living 10 minutes away from the brewery all summer long!

Cheers!