Monday, 19 March 2012

Pining for Pine

My apologies kind City-zens but it's been two weeks since I last posted here on our blog, but trust me it's been busy and we've been hard at work ramping up for the upcoming onslaught. You see it's been two days since the unofficial kick off to the drinking season (St.Paddy's Day) and it's two more days until the unofficial kick off of the patio season (first day of Spring) and we here at the Sawdust City Brewing Co., could not be happier.

Not only was St. Paddy's Day it's usual awesome self, with fun being had by all who ventured out into the unseasonably warm embrace of the 17th of March.  But for the first time ever, we got to enjoy a few of our own stouts on the stoutiest of all days.  It seems a simple dream, but until Saturday, being able to enjoy a stout I brewed in a bar had been just that, a dream.  Well cross that off the list folks, cause I done did that.  And in spades!  With an pseudo pub-crawl of wicked bars across downtown Toronto, we were able to find a few places that were carrying our stout and we elected to enjoy some of said stout and said pubs.  Good times, good times indeed!

So what were those bars in which we were able to find Sawdust City beers?  Well thanks to AJ Sharma, a card carrying City-zen of the Sawdust City Nation, you too can find those bars with this simple and easy to use map.  Check out the link -,-79.377937&spn=0.110508,0.235519

No more muss, no more fuss. Just consult the map, head to one of these convenient locations and you'll be able to walk confidently up to the bar and order a fine pint of Sawdust City.  How fine you ask?  Well thanks to The Thirsty Wench, you can read this review and get an idea of just how fine.
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So yes, momentum is building here in Sawdust City and like I said, we couldn't be happier.  For right on the heals of all this positivity is the return of the mighty Lone Pine IPA!  V 1.0 of Lone Pine sold out super fast, with all the bottles, kegs and casks flying right out the freezer doors.  So with such a great response what else were we to do but tweak the recipe and make a few changes!  The bane of all brewers is our inability to stand pat and not tinker with a recipe.  We know, We know, consistency is key, but sometimes we just have to tinker.  The general theme of V 2.0 is the same, hop forward with lots of pine notes, we just wanted to make know....hoppier....and pinier.  So we did.

With just a few strategic changes to the hop charges and a few more days on the dry hop, we think that we've achieved just  that. more delicious hoppiness and more face slapping pininess.  And seeing as we brewed it with the fine folks at Black Oak brewing, there is now twice as much Lone Pine awesomeness kicking around!

So thanks to AJ and his amazing map, you too will be able to find Lone Pine IPA at bars across the GTA real soon, maybe as early as next week (March 28th)!

Oh but wait, I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you about Gateway's almost gone!  Our first double batch brewed at Black Oak has been selling much faster than we anticipated.  With twice as much beer, we expected it to last twice as long...well that didn't happen.  With only a few kegs left, it looks like we're going to have to brew this again real soon.  Perfect for this early warm spring weather, Gateway Kolsch has all but disappeared, so head out and try a pint before its gone.

Anyhoo, that just about does it for now.  Until next time, keep the beer in your mugs and the sawdust beneath your feet.

Friday, 2 March 2012

That Lovely Smarch Weather

It hung around longer than usual but the dreary month of February has finally moved on.  March here we come!  And with March here we have two big events on the horizon, St. Patty's Day and the First Day of Spring.  Hazzah! One is the unofficial kick off to the drinking season, the other one is an Irish holiday.  Zing, pow...see what I did there. You thought I was gonna say...but then I didn't.... and now it's funny.  Okay, maybe not that funny.

Moving on.

With St.Patrick's Day just a few weeks away it's a good thing we have our Skinny Dipping Stout out there in bars.  While a certain big brewery is saying that there maybe a shortage of their stout floating around for one of the biggest drinking days of the year, I say, damn the torpedos and drink something local!  Something local and chances are, something way more tasty too!  Now, I'm not gonna toot my own horn, but the Skinny Dipping Stout is mighty tasty brew and it's just one of many great stouts that you can find here in Ontario.  I've recently had the new Railway City Stout and it's a darn tasty beer.  Amsterdam has a fne stout in the "Two Fisted Stout" and "O'Keef's Stout" from Granite Brewery is great as well.  I also used to work for a pretty well known brewery in Toronto that happens put out a fantastic stout with their "Cobblestone Stout".

Now I'm not just gonna sit here and list off stout after stout, but just be comfortable in knowing that Ontario is not left wanting when it comes to the stout.  We no longer must depend on the kindness of the Irish to inebriate us on the 17th of March.  We can handle it just fine on our own Thank You Very Much!

So this year, when you find yourself stumbling from pub to pub looking for your next sip of delicious black gold, ask the kindly Publican for a taste of something local.  You may just find the next love of your life.
Ah and oh my, the 17th just happens to fall on a Saturday this year.  Dangerous.  But dangerous in a good way.  So remember to enjoy responsibly. But responsibly in a good way.

And what of the vernal equinox?  The burgeoning of a new season.  The waning of Winter and the sprouting of Spring?  I for one could not not be happier that Old Man Winter is finally packing his crusty ol' bags and heading down South for another year.  Spring is my favourite time of year.  Well favourite next to Summer.  I think it's just a timing thing right now.  I'll be so happy to see Winter leave that anything by comparison is just so much better.

With Spring just around the corner and so much to celebrate its a good thing that our Gateway Kolsch is out there in bars.  While a certain big brewery is saying.....wait, I've done this already.  And I'm almost certain there is no big brewery floating Kolschs around Ontario....really it's just us and Beau's (and Lugtread is an awesome Kolsch).

So what was I saying? Yes, it's a good thing our Kolsch is out there in bars.  Cause, it's a perfect beer for this time of year.   A time of year when the mercury starts to rise and patrons start to trickle out of doors.  Patios are in full bloom and drinkers are looking for something a little less heavy and little more drinkable.  Welcome Gateway Kolsch!  At 4.8% abv, a pretty simple malt bill and with enough hops to keep you coming back for more, this is most certainly a Spring session ale.

The last of our 5 Mainstay brands, Gateway Kolsch was released last week at the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival but you can now find it all the way from Bracebridge and Barrie to the Big Smoke.  So keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages to know which bars will be carrying the Kolsch.

Anyhoo, that just about does it for now.  Until next time, keep the beer in your mugs and the sawdust beneath your feet.