It was a pretty good deal, for $20 you could get 20 tickets and a the beer cost anything from 2 to 5 tickets for a 4 ounce sample. I figured there was too much to try everything so I would stick to IPAs. I particularly liked what was on offer from the Cheval Blanc, a Montreal brew pup that had four IPAs on tap.
We shared around anything that was particularly delightful or unusual:
- One by Dieu de Ciel called Umami a red German style beer which was a morrel mushroom flavour - very earthy and they also had a black IPA with a strong coffee flavour - a breakfast beer if you ask me.
- A rose hibiscus wheat beer
- The Aphrodisiac was a vanilla and cocoa stout
- I quite liked the Falconer's Flight IPA from Le Cheval Blanc.
- Shelley tried Unibroue's La Terrible stout which once you got used to the background flavour of cloves was quite good.
We tried a mint, raspberry, chocolate stout which in my view was better left in the bottle and we weren't too impressed with the cream IPA either.
The venue wasn't particularly striking, but the crowd made the place hop. It some point everyone started doing what I called the beer cheer, kind of like the wave at a sporting event. In the hall with its low ceilings it sounded like a train rushing through.
The food wasn't bad either, everything from large pretzels to BBQ kangaroo.
It was interesting to see booths by Richard's, Kieth's and even Heineken being ignored by the crowd looking for something different.