Toronto trip, day 3: Sunday, June 3, 2007

Worked the morning and headed to C’est What for lunch with 2 coworkers. Neglected to take a photo, but it is located in the basement of a building. Lots of brick, wood chairs, laid-back joint. They were out of their Homegrown Hemp Ale, unfortunately (well, I’ve never had a beer brewed with hemp) so I had the Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale. A drinkable ale, not overly interesting. C’est What has a diverse menu – my coworkers enjoyed the Moroccan Stew while I had the best poutine I have ever eaten. I hit the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) near my hotel and picked some beers to take home (a 6-pack of McAuslan’s St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout and a couple of 650 ml bottles from Trafalgar, basically everything interesting they had). Out for a bit of non-beery shopping and then back to the hotel to meet up with coworkers for dinner. It was raining cats & dogs, which made it quite easy to convince everyone that we needed to go to the close-by BiermarktBiermarkt outside for dinner and drinks. We sat at one of the large picnic tables in the back. Several of us ordered the Ale sampler: McAuslan Pale Ale, Affligem Blond, DeKonnick Amber, Delirium Tremens, Leffe Brune. There was also an Around the World sampler and a Belgian sampler. 8 oz samples of each, a bit ridiculous really. We shared some tasty appetizers and I had the mussels for dinner – not bad. Biermarkt has 38 drafts and over 90 bottles & cans from around the world. Biermarkt insideIt’s a large space with a stone & chrome bar. There are banquettes, tall tables & 3 large white paper-covered picnic tables in the bar area. Other table seating is located throughout the restaurant as well as outdoors. The lighting is low, candles are scattered throughout, large copper columns add interest and there’s a faux store-front, complete with etched glass windows with fabric awnings above on one wall. Hip kind of place, although not as focused on Canadian beers as many of the other bars I’ve visited. We wandered to the Irish bar next door, Fionn MacCools, apparently owned by the same owners as Biermarkt. And here was the score for the evening – bottles of Hoegaarden Grand Cru and Forbidden Fruit, unavailable in the NYC area (and I’ve been told anywhere in the US, although maybe that will be changing as the bartender told me it was a very recent addition to their beer menu). The Grand Cru was delish, with a sweet, honey, orange, spicy nose and a full mouthfeel, with more sweet honey, orange, and spiciness in the taste. The Forbidden Fruit was tasty as well. A perfect beer finish to a great little trip.

C’est What
67 Front St East (corner of Church)
nearest station: Union, walk east on Front StBiermarkt
58 The Esplanade
nearest station: Union, walk east on Front St, south on Yonge, then east on Esplanade

Fionn MacCools
70 The Esplanade
same directions as Biermarkt

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