You may remember that in February, four of our Angels worked with Mary Beth Keefe to brew a batch of the Barmaid’s T’ale, a beer that has been on the Granite roster in the past, but hasn’t been made for a bit. Our brave Angels woke up early and headed out to brew, and a good time was had by all.
The second half of this process was always intended to be a celebration of us drinking the beer our fellow Angels brewed in collaboration with Mary Beth … and now is our opportunity to taste it!! On cask, even!! Some would argue that drinking beer on cask is the best, if not only way, beer should be served. Our friends at CASK! Toronto are examples of this way of thinking. A group focused on raising awareness of cask conditioned ale, sometimes called “real ale,” they host monthly socials at different craft beer bars around Toronto.
To make this dream of drinking our delicious beer on cask come true, the Barley’s Angels have teamed up with the Granite Brewery and CASK! Toronto. On March 16, from 2-5, a cask of the Barmaid’s T’ale that our ladies made will be served alongside three stouts, also on cask. The regular roster of Granite beers will also be served.
Come out and enjoy our beer and meet some of the amazing CASK! Toronto members who will also be at the event. It’s going to be an awesome time!
Date: March 16, 2014
Time: 2:00-5:00PM Please note – THIS EVENT IS CO-ED!
Location: 245 Eglinton Ave East
Congratulations are in order to Left Field Brewery owners Mark and Mandie Murphy! After a successful first year contract brewing out of Grand River brewing in Cambridge the duo have found their own space on Wagstaff Rd., a quick walk from Greenwood subway station. This weekend they invited beer lovers and the community to drop by and check out their new home, eat some Big House pizza and enjoy a pint. Also in attendance was Garrison Creek Bat Company, the team that do the tap handles for Left Field’s fine beers. Currently Left Field Brewery’s space is empty, with renovations and full production scheduled for completion in one year. See below for photos of the open house.
Is it 2015 yet??
Mandie all decked out in team colours
A few staff sharing the love
Mark and staff
While most beer lovers were nestled snug in their beds this past Saturday morning, members of Barley’s Angels were hard at work crafting beer at Granite Brewery. The quartet of ladies arrived at 8 am then proceeded to mash into a batch of Barmaid’s Tale, a popular IPA. Head brewer Mary Beth Keefe demonstrated the process she goes through every brew day, guiding the process and enlisting the ladies to help along the way. By 2 pm the batch was ready for fermentation, and the Angels were ready for a pint.
If you are interested in trying the Barley’s Angels Barmaid’s Tale, it will be available at Granite Brewery in about two weeks. We can’t wait to try it. See you there!
My first drink of the week is normally at Barhop. I go every Sunday to take advantage of their $5 beers. After going a few times the past week I noticed they had a buckwheat ale with lactose – Church-Key Friar Buck’s Sarrasin Ale. I was hesitant getting it but I thought I’d take the chance!
Here is my review:
Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a small white head that slowly dissipates, leaving quite a lot of lacing.
Aroma – Grainy, apple and some pepper
Taste – Tart upfront – apples and pears – but there is some sweetness that kicks in. There is also a mild spicy note in the beer that becomes more pronounced as it warms up. Very complex!
Mouthfeel - Average body and carbonation
Finish - The malt sweetness continues through to the end and finishes slightly sweet
Overall a great beer! I couldn’t have many in a row but definitely enjoyed my pint. The ABV is 7% but definitely doesn’t taste that high. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys sours.
Are you ready to take your home brewing to the next level, or just generally curious about making beer? On Saturday February 8 Mary Beth Keefe from the Granite Brewery has invited the Barley’s Angels to brew with her! Be one of 5 lucky ladies to craft a beer with one of Toronto’s top local brew pubs. Tickets are $50 and includes lunch and a pint. Please note that the five spots are going to be first come, first serve, so reserve early!!
In 2012 the Granite Brewery was the proud recipient of Best Brew Pub in Ontario. Located at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton, they have been a destination for beer lovers for over two decades. Their menu of tasty home style fare complements their expertly hand brewed all natural ales.
Barley’s Angels Toronto is a group dedicated to promoting beer appreciation and education among women. The Toronto Chapter hosts a pub night every 15th of each month, with special events dispersed throughout the year. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/BarleysAngelsTorontoChapter.
Date: February 8, 2014
Time: 8:00AM to 1PM**
Location: 245 Eglinton Ave East
Buy your tickets here!!
**Please note that this event runs from 8AM to 1PM in order to have ample time to brew a batch of beer! Please arrive promptly at 8am so we can get started on time.
Beerlesque & Chocolate with Coco Framboise
Put some sizzle in your step!
Join us for a night of beer and chocolate while learning how to strut your sexy stuff from international burlesque artist Coco Framboise. Coco will share the finer points of a sultry strut, while you practice, shake your tailfeathers and figure out how to “flip your hip”.
Tickets include a lesson, a pint and a selection of artisanal chocolate (handmade and locally sourced). The event is women only and takes place in the private room at Tequila Bookworm. Coco will be creating a fun, comfortable space for us to let loose and explore our inner burlesque artists. This is the perfect opportunity for women who want to venture out of their comfort zone in a safe, fun way.
Tuesday, February 11th
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Coco Framboise has performed around the world and is one of Toronto’s premier burlesque performers. She has tantalized audiences for over a decade and is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Burlesque Festival.
Join us at our monthly pub night at TALLBOYS - Located at 838 Bloor St W (Bloor and Ossington). See you at 6:30!
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