Friday, 13 June 2014

Bottoms Up!

The local chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons CARP hosted a FREE beer tasting event at a nearby posh retirement residence. So of course, FREE is the magic word, so I went along with a friend.

Mill Street Brewery is East Toronto's first commercial brewery to open in more than 100 years, producing handcrafted beers and ales in the historic Corktown area of the city since 2002. It is housed in an original tankhouse within the old Gooderham & Worts Distillery built in the late 1870s. 

The Mill Street Brewery brought 4 different beers, and everyone got a small taste of each brew along with a complementary nibble. Cheese, sausage, pretzels, and even dark chocolate. A handsome brewery rep gave a slideshow presentation describing the brewing process and the different beers. Some are produced all year round, and some are seasonal. I didn't know there were so many different ingredients in beer!

After the presentation, everyone was given 2 beer tickets which could be exchanged for, guess what? Yes, a couple of cold beers. The one I liked was the Wit beer.... according to the Mill St. web site "Mill Street Belgian Style Wit is a refreshing beer made with a unique blend of ingredients. The soft texture and pale colour comes from the use of wheat, coriander, orange peel and our special yeast produce the complexity and depth of fruity flavours contained within the glass. This beer is unfiltered. The resulting cloudiness gave rise to the term Wit, or White beer. May be served with an orange slice to enhance refreshment. Best with salads with oil and vinegar dressing, grilled scallops, brunch fare, Gouda cheese."

So we sipped our brew in comfort while enjoying the singalong style music of a couple of Irish entertainers. Now we are eagerly waiting for CARP to organize a wine tasting afternoon!


  1. That sounds like a delightful time, beer tasting.
    I like being able to sample. Hate spending good money on something I find out I don't care for.
    To answer your question about the plums...they are called Santa Rosa plums and are blood red inside. A little tart but to me they taste just like "Summer"

  2. What a fun thing to do! I love that your are game and up for just about anything and everything!!!
    I hope they do a Wine Tasting and that you will tell us about that, too!

  3. Mill Street Belgian Style Wit sounds really, REALLY good!

  4. you are sooo lucky up there. It sounds like a social occasion! whole glasses, etc.

    we have lots of wine and beer tastings down here, but they're usually in a store of sorts, where a nice young (old enough to drink?) person hands you a wee plastic cup, then pours a couple of spoonfuls from the bottle of your choice. it is indeed a TASTING. They also provide buckets for you to spit it out if you don't LIKE the taste of it.

    here's to a proper wine sampling up there!

  5. There is one of these in Ottawa. I have been once.


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