233/1507) C'est What: Polar Pumpkin by Barnstormer Brewing of Ontario: **1/2; 7.1%, 31 ibu; forward spiced nose, heavy on the pumpkin; tastes of pumpkin, vanilla and warming spices - plenty of "Ginger" (at this point my tasting notes mention that I prefer Maryann - this was not the first drink of the day); spicy after taste;
I fall into the group of beer drinkers who like pumpkin beers. It is a matter of some controversy.
Today I noticed that the former Spotted Dick is now the Firkin on Bloor. That chain is buying up everything in sight. I did not step inside and now I regret it. I wonder how much of the personality remains. They had some good NTN Trivia players back in the day but what I always enjoyed was the sheer variety of people that frequented this joint, from bankers to inebriates to y-people to students, it was quite a mix and it made a night out a whole lot of fun. Interestingly, the same individual who introduced me to the Spotted Dick also acquainted me with the Hop and Grape, which sadly is no more.