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One of our goals at Barley’s Angels is to build a community of women who share a common love of beer. While many of our members could easily be described as social butterflies – comfortable showing up at beer events alone because they know that they will either know people there or will make new friends before they go home – we do have lots of members who are a little more reserved. Women who are interested in the scads of beer events that pop up weekly but are less likely to go without knowing someone else is also going.

To help promote more participation in the great beer events hosted around the city and further build our network of great ladies we’d like to introduce a hashtag and encourage you to use it! If you’re going to an event let us know by tweeting about it and including #helloAngels. The more we use this tool, the more confident we can be that if we show up at an event alone we’ll see a familiar face.


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What’s that smell?

I was out with a friend the other nite who notice I kept smelling my beer from time to time. She finally chuckled and asked ‘why are u smelling your beer?’ Other than the obvious ‘it smells nice’, I said ‘it opens up your taste buds.’
I went on to explain that beer is no different than food. Imagine having a pizza and you couldn’t appreciate the smell of the cheese, basil and tomatoes (and bacon…) ? Sure you will be able to eat it, but you wouldn’t enjoy it as much with the smell of fresh hot pizza.
So remember if you’re going to have a pint, capture all it’s beauty, enjoy the aroma too.

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April Pub Night – Brass Taps on Danforth

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Join us for our monthly pub night on Tuesday April 15. This month we will be meeting at Brass Taps on the Danforth which recently added a cask beer to their offerings. They also offer rotating taps from some of our favourites like Great Lakes and the Granite.

As if that’s not exciting enough, we’ll also be hosting a round of beer-themed Scattergories so come out and get your game on. There will be some great prizes courtesy of our friends at Wellington Brewery.

For those arriving early in the evening craft pints are only $5 between 5 and 7 pm. Plus, Tuesdays are pasta night!

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When: Tuesday April 15, 6:30 pm

Where: Brass Taps, 493 Danforth Ave., at the back

Who: Women only (sorry guys!)

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Queen of Craft Sessions

Find yourself in Guelph occasionally and interested in beer? Then you should definitely keep in touch with what Wellington Brewery is doing. This spring some of the women at the brewery put together a series of beer-related events for women with proceeds going to Women in Crisis Guelph. They include a Beer 101 session, a pairing night that matches beer with cheese and chocolate, and a round-table event featuring some great women in the beer industry. Unfortunately the first two events are already sold out but tickets are still available for the Industry Queens Round Table on June 4th which promises to be a great event for anyone wanting to get involved in the beer industry. Tickets are only $10. Hopefully they’ll plan another series for the fall!


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Beer Review: Granite Brewery The Barmaid’s T’Ale

On Sunday Barley’s Angels and the Cask! Toronto folks got together for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering. Hosted by The Granite, they were a few new stouts on cask as well as The Barmaid’s T’Ale – a collaboration beer brewed by a few people from Barley’s Angels and Granite’s Mary Beth.

Here is my review of Barmaid’s T’Ale:

GetAttachmentAppearance - Clear, golden amber with a small, loose, white head.

Aroma – Berries and citrus dominate with a very mild yeasty aroma.

Taste – Citrus dominated, mainly grapefruit, followed by some tropical fruit flavour which is nicely balanced by an underlining sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Finish - The finish ends with a strong bitter finish (lemon zest/pith) that eventually becomes less dominate towards the bottom of the glass.

This was a refreshing spring beer which was perfectly enjoyed with the bright sun and blue sky. Too bad it was -14C that day!

Our March Pub Night is a collaborative masterpiece! (Co-ed event)



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!

The Details:

Date:  March 16, 2014
Time:  2:00-5:00PM  Please note – THIS EVENT IS CO-ED!
Location:  245 Eglinton Ave East

Left Field Brewery’s New Space is A Home Run

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.


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