Sunday, 19 May 2013

January 19, 2013

13/661)  Indie Ale House, Toronto:  Instigator IPA by the Indie Ale House of Ontario:  **1/2;  flavours and nose are earthy and citrusy but not over the top;  a smooth drinking, hop-forward IPA;

14/662)  Indie Ale House, Toronto:  Jump The Shark by the Indie Ale House of Ontario:  **;  billed as a dark, American Strong beer (9.5%);  basically, it is a dark IPA;  under-stated hop nose and flavours;  maltier than most IPAs with very subtle chocolate notes;

The Indie Ale House is a nice addition to the craft beer scene.  It is located in Toronto's Junction district, which until 2000 was a dry area.  Lots of exposed brick inside - it looks a tad unfinished, if truth be told.  The service was good and there is a retail area where beer can be purchased for home consumption.  I was very tempted to try their Three Hour Tour, brewed with coconut and raspberries and I am definitely going to stick around for something to eat next time I visit.

I also visited the Junction Craft Brewery this day, located in a somewhat foreboding industrial/warehouse  area.  A very nice place, well worth a visit.  I will be going back again.  I picked up a growler and a couple of 500ml bottles.  You an also drink their wares on tap.  They have nothing but kind words for the beerbistro who have supported them, and their flagship Junction Conductor's Craft Ale, from the beginning.  As you might guess, the room is very much railway themed and so are the names of their beers.  Check out

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