Hopping Mad // Slow and steady wins the race
Buzz here with my first ever blog post!
The saying “case of the Mondays” took on a whole new meaning yesterday! We hopped around on Monday, test driving the new Hoppy Hop Main Street Tour.
I had my trusty sidekick with me yesterday, walking to each Brewery with the intent of two things; A) Play the Scavenger Hunt to win a sweet prize and B) To drink all the beers the breweries have to offer!
Our first stop was to Steel Toad on Quebec & 2nd, what a great place to start! We were quick to make friends with the Head Chef, as we needed to know his name for the first trivia question. We were treated with a paddle of four mini beers, Raspberry Sour and the Oktoberfest Lager, which conveniently comes in a 1 litre stein. The Stein is available to drink out of until the end of October. We may have over done the first stop, as our buzz was hoppin’ off.
We left Steel Toad rosey cheeked and excited to get to our next Brewery of the day, Red Truck. Hungry for food and more Beer, we decided on two Beer paddles of tasters. We tried every flavour of beer Red Truck had to offer (NWA was amazing!!!). After the first paddle was finished, we needed some substance to keep us going! I grabbed the Hobo Veggie Breakfast, while my sidekick ate the Texan Burger. We finished up our flights of beer, checked out the Vintage Trucks they have (they have a few!!!), and stumbled to our next spot.
R&B Brewing is a hop skip and jump away from Redtruck. Because R&B doesn’t have a tasting room quite yet (coming soon!), we decided to grab a Growler of the Sun God Wheat Ale and soak up the rest of the days rays, in a park near our next Brewery destination, and of course took and Instagram pic while we were at it! Make sure you check out when R&B’s fill up station is open, as they were closed but made an exception for this Bunny.
We were on the way to a great night, that we likely wouldn’t remember the next day.
With a new spring in our step, we gathered up the energy and strolled into Brassneck. We had an amazing Beer Expert with some great knowledge on the beers she had on tap. She poured us two flights of beer (8 tasters), and organized them for maximum enjoyment. I loved the names of the rotating taps! “Silly” and “quirky” definitely explain this brewery, with a certain animal made out of salvaged wood sitting above the entrance of the tasting room. The Fallback stout was a unexpected favourite of mine, as I am not usually into stouts. As dark as it was in colour, it was surprisingly rich in flavour but had a great lightness to it! We knew we had 2 more stops to go… As buzzed as we were, we knew it was going to get silly real fast.
Main Street Brewing was next. Boy was I excited to get there, as their beer is great and they have a kitchen that offers everything you’d want when you’ve been drinking for 5 hours. We grabbed Pulled Pork Tacos and Hummus with Pita Bread, to soak up the excessive amount of beer. The staff at Main Street were nice enough to explain their favourite beers, show us some behind the scenes of the Brewery and gave us a tour of the building. We were smart this time, and only grabbed two 8oz glasses of beer. I stuck with the Check Point Charlie, as it was only 3% (anything stronger and I probably would have found a hole to fall asleep in). My pal drank the Fernweh Kolsch, which was also light and refreshing. As the night was coming to an end, we drank leisurely, chilled out, before taking the 6 block trek to our last Brewery of the day, 33 Acres.
We may have been seeing double, but we weren’t willing to call it quite until we got to 33 Acres. Walking in we realized it wasn’t like the rest of the tasting rooms we had gone to. There was a bar atmosphere, with laid back seating arrangements. “Grab a seat where ever you can” one of the staff explained to the couple in front of us. This is a place you can kick back and watch the sun go down, as once you find a seat you’ll want to stay long into the night. We chilled out in a dim lit room, sipping on the French Blanche beer. Ask the staff how the name “33 Acres” came about, it’s a really cool story!
Be sure to check back next week, for the next Buzz Bunny Blog post.