Pints with Ponyboy

Where to find it: Arrow and Loon Pub and Restaurant in the Glebe There’s nothing wrong with hops. As an ingredient, hops can bring delectable bitterness and sharpness to an ale or lager. But since the great hops movement began a few years ago — scholars maintain that the exact date of its origin is lost …

Where to find it: Clocktower Brew Pub in the ByWard Market (also in Westboro and the Glebe) This beer is like Dan Mangan. I’m really happy it exists and that people support it, but despite my efforts, I cannot help finding the overall product a little lacking. The prospect of finding a solid, local, fruity …

Where to find it: 1848 Don’t be turned off by the name. I know winter memories are the last things U of O students need right about now, but this beer is refreshing and tasty enough to warrant your time, even if you’re not wearing a parka. This is a mild winter ale. Rather than …

Where to find it: Pub Italia at 434 Preston St. There comes a time during every semester when I feel I should take a step back from university life and pay my respects to an institution that helped build this city. It is with great reverence that I then make my way to the great …

Where to find it: Chez Lucien This beer is a hidden gem, just like the bar I found it at. It’s a simple formula — barley, hops, yeast, and water — with a simple, smooth taste, not dissimilar to your common Keith’s or Canadian, but this beer just does it right. It doesn’t have preservatives, …

Where to find it: Café Nostalgica (that’s right, they serve something stronger than water again) First of all, regardless of your taste, drop your plans for one night this weekend and go to Café Nostalgica. They recently regained their liquor license and the full range of beers they have on tap is second to none …

Unibroue’s Éphémère Apple Where to find it: C’est What?, a fantastic bar in downtown Toronto, at a convenience store or SAQ in Gatineau, and at a few special LCBO stores. Comparable to: Blanche de Chambly, which can be found at any bar in Ottawa worth going to.  This is a glorious drinking experience. Any hesitation you …

Where to find it: The Draft Pub at 801 King Edward Ave. Don’t be fooled by the rich brown colour — this is a smooth, easy-drinking classic that hails from England. Missing the bitterness and hops of most English ales, the Newcastle Brown Ale is the perfect choice for someone looking for a low maintenance …

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