Monday, 20 February 2012

Family Day! 'Tis the Season to Blog

Happy Family Day everyone!  Who doesn't love a totally fabricated but very much welcomed holiday in the middle of the dreariest of all months?  Not I good readers, not I.  If they want to give all us hard working stiffs a much deserved break, then hey, who am I too complain?

Well again, another week has passed and more good news from the Sawdust City Brewing Co!  Last Friday, friend of Sawdust City and all around good guy, Chris Schryer went into the Edge 102.1 studios with host Fearless Fred and did an on-air tasting of our latest release; Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus - Uranal Imperial Stout. The results were good dear readers, oh yes, the results were good.  But don't take it from me, take a listen to the full interview right here -

So hot on the heals of this great review, Sawdust City is set to release it's next two beers.  As mentioned last week, Skinny Dipping Stout and Gateway Kolsch will both be making their debuts this weekend at the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival ( ).  But for those of you wanting a sneak peek, try popping by a few of our regular joints in Toronto as you might be able to find it on tap.  WVRTS Sausage and Beer Hall and Dominion on Queen, a few new bars serving Sawdust City brands will be carrying it as well.  So pop in for a pint, sample some new beer and enjoy a few of Toronto's finest beer bars.

And what of Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus?  Well you can still find it at a few places. Of course The Griffin in Bracebridge has it, although as I type this, only a scant few pints remain.  Sarah's Cafe on the Danforth may still have a few pints as well.  And a few bottles are floating around some of the better beer bars in the Toronto area.  But if you do want to try it on draught before it's gone and you are in the Toronto area (well, at least gone until next year) barVolo on Yonge St will be tapping the last remaining keg of our Uranal Imperial Stout this Tuesday!  After that, only a single Firkin cask will be left on this here third planet from the sun and that cask belongs to Milos Kral and the rest of the crew at the Gambrinus Cafe & Bistro in lovely London, ON ( ).  This is the first time Sawdust City has ventured outside of Muskoka and the Toronto areas, so head out and try it before the long, dark drought begins.  'Cause you won't see this massive stout again until next winter.

So after we launch the two remaining "Mainstay" brands in the Sawdust City stable, what next?  Well, as we approach a new season, you can expect to see another seasonal release.  Right now it's looking like a barrel aged saison...but who knows, changes can and have been known to happen.  But what you can expect is a return of Lone Pine IPA.  Next up on the brew schedule and the first brand to be brewed for a second time, Lone Pine IPA should be ready by mid to late March.  I really liked the results from the first batch, but I'm a little nitpickey so I've made a few minor tweaks to the recipe.  It will still be distinctly piney and hop forward, I've just made a few adjustments to the hopping schedule, hoping to bring about even more hop flavour and aroma.

Well, it's going to be a big week for us this week folks.  We're super excited about not only launching the last two brands, but we're very much looking forward to spending some quality time in our home town of Gravenhurst during the upcoming Winter Carnival.  Rob, myself and the rest of the crew will be at the Opera House throughout the entire event, pouring pints and introducing ourselves to as many people as possible, so please stop by our booth, try some of our beer and say hello, we're happy to chat!

If you happen to be around Gravenhurst this week and want to have an early taste of our beer, try stopping by Regatta ( ) for a glass of our Ol'Woody Alt.  They put us on tap last week so there may not be much left, but it's worth the trip down to the wharf and this fine restaurant any ways right?

Anyhoo, that's about it for now.  So until next time, keep the beer in your mug and the sawdust beneath your feet .

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