Friday, July 3, 2015

Beer of the Week - The Beers of the the Indie Ale House

Tonight Teena and I headed over to the Junction to visit the Indie Ale House. We have heard a lot of great things about it and have been looking forward to trying it for ourselves. After a couple of years we finally made it.

It's a well-done spot with a very nice interior.

There is a beer store and souvenir area.

The brew area.

Teena ordered the fried chicken for supper and loved it. She said she would come back again just for this dish. I had a taste and could see why.

I ordered the Mac and Cheese with pork hock, IPA and curds, Wow! It was fabulous! Cheesy, meaty and very tasty. I would definitely have this again, although the manager said she loves it with cauliflower and bacon. Hmmm?

Oh wait! This is a beer of the week post. What about the beer?

I started with a Nerf Hearder which is described as a Belgium session IPA. It comes in at 5% APV.

Nerf Hearder is a very light straw coloured ale complete with a nice white, meringue head. I have always found that Belgium yeast has a special definitive aroma and that is evident in this ale. The beer starts a little citrusy and that citrus builds in character right through to the finish. Long after my first couple of sips, I still felt a sense of citrus, maybe grapefruit, on my tongue.

If there were some bottles for sale, I would have brought some home for sure!

Next up was a Broken Hipster Belgium Wit, another 5% APV ale.

You will see that this is still straw coloured but a little darker. It did have a nice white head but it took me a bit to get a decent shot.

There is a little spice and lots of orange in the aroma. When I sip, I detect a spice that I cannot identify. Might be clove, coriander or something else. After reading the menu, I find that there is lavender, rose, orange, ginger and other botanicals. As I continue to sip, I now know it is the light ginger flavour that is adding the spice.

Another nicely done beer that I would have again.

After supper, I went to the Couch Surfer, described as a sessionable 5% APV IPA.

The Couch Surfer came out much lighter in colour than I expected. It too was a straw coloured ale but cloudy, with another nice white head. My first sip finds a harsh bitter bite to start, which is not a bad thing as I find it quite enjoyable.A mass of citrus follows quickly but surprisingly the flavours fall of quickly in the finish. I do find that after a minute or so that I'm left with some wonderful lingering citrus.

I quite enjoyed this one too!

My last beer was Indie Alehouses signature West Coast IPA, Instigator IPA, coming in at 6% APV.

The Instigator IPA pours a cloudy lighter amber colour with a slightly off white head. For some reason just before it came to the table, I became very stuffed up, losing my sense of smell. I'm not sure if it was because the place was now full and I had a reaction to a perfume or food. I'm not sure.

I didn't find much aroma in this but Teena said it was like the Couch Surfer only more powerful. The taste I found was much more complex. It was citrusy but with much more to it. I enjoyed it but really want to come back to try it again when I have my flavour senses about me.

Teena and I both agree that we will be returning back to the Indie Ale House in the future.

Beer of the Week Stats

Beers Profiled 282
Breweries 252
Countries 48

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Visit to the CHILL Ice Lounge

Today Teena and headed out for supper, then afterwards on the way home stopped into the CHILL Ice Lounge to see what it was like. Once home, I was too lazy to do a post, so here is what she posted from her website.

Thanks, Teena!


I'd heard about the CHILL Ice Lounge (Bathurst/King W).  It opened last year and I've been wanting to check it out ... so Gord and I did this evening.

CHILL Ice House is a cool, family attraction by day and a hip ice lounge at night. Walk into CHILL and the complete environment is constructed of ice including the walls, bar, furniture and the glass you drink from! The stunning ice sculptures will feature a variety of themes so the interior is constantly changing. It is a unique experience for visitors of all ages!
Admission is $20 (less if you are a senior or a kid). A year's membership is $50.

The temperature in the lounge is -5C/23F so you are given a parka and gloves.

Are we stylin' or what!?

Kristen let us in.

Here's the lounge ... and yes, it was cold and the parkas were needed!  Everything but the ceiling and floor are made of ice!

It was really cold hugging the CN Tower!

There are a couple ice rooms in the lounge.

Right now they have a Game of Thrones theme .... here's Gord in the throne (trying to look regal).

Needless to say, our rum 'n Cokes were always cold!

There is a warm lounge in the back (the speakeasy) where you can warm up (you can bypass the ice lounge and go down the alley directly to the speakeasy).  We had another couple of rum 'n Cokes and watched some of the ball game.  They have a piano player on the weekends who entertains.

Gresham, the owner, was tending bar.  He was friendly and we had a great chat with him.

It's a fun thing to check out!

When we left, we saw Gatsby, a rescue dog, who lives upstairs.

Hey Gatsby!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jays Blast Red Sox in Canada Day Game

Today is Canada Day and the Toronto Blue Jays played at home against the Boston Red Sox. This is only the second time that Teena and I have been at a Canada Day game. It will have to become a tradition as the atmosphere is so electric.

The Jays were giving out "camo tees" for the first 20,000 fans. We were there in time.

Don Cherry threw out the first pitch.

The ceremony before the game. I love the huge Canadian flag!

Up to this point, the dome was closed and it was hot and stuffy but at exactly 1 pm, we saw that sliver of light that meant the roof was opening and soon we felt the welcoming cool breeze.

A packed house mostly dressed in Canada red.

These people were watching from their condo across the road.

When a Jays batter come to the plate, they choose the music that is played as they approach. Here are their tunes. If it was me, it would be Oh, What a Feeling by Crowbar.

Mark Buehrle on the mound for the Jays.

Josh Donaldson surprises everybody by laying down a bunt in the first inning. The Jays went on to score five in the first for a 5-0 lead.

Encarnacion was a huge reason for that 5-0 lead with a three run home run!

 Bautista hit another later.

Our great armed forces people were everywhere. Thank you for always being there for us!

Teena and I.

Aaron Loop came in to relieve Mark Buehrle.

The 50/50 prize was very nice. I wish I could tell you that we won but no, we didn't.

Brett Cecil  came on to close the ninth.

Mike Napoli struck out to end the game. Notice the ball in the glove.

Well earned congrats all around.

The stats.

I am 3-1 on this season and looking forward to being there for more wins.