March 27th

The stretch of College St. around where I live is pretty dismal for quality beer bars. Wine and martinis are the dominant beverages, but there was a bright spot on the horizon when The Auld Spot opened up a second location right in the middle of Little Italy. A gastropub, for lack of a better word, quality food and alcohol are emphasized, including local craft beers. The Holy Trinity of Ontario craft beers are offered (Mill Street Tankhouse, Creemore Springs Premium Lager and Steamwhistle Pilsner – what bar doesn’t have these?) along with Wellington Special Pale Ale and a trio from McAuslan (Oatmeal Stout, Cream Ale and Apricot-Wheat). Pilsner Urquell is the one European highlight.

The picture on the left should be a nice big clue about what I ordered: the St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, served through a nitro tap. A lovely cascading tan head over a densely black body. There is no doubt that coffee overwhelms the senses with this beer, with chocolate and oats in the background. The nitro gave it that characteristically smooth, rich body, though the beer tasted rather flat and lifeless by the time it was finished. A really nice stout, just missing some bitterness to make it really excellent.

Today: 550mL. Year-to-date: 78.93L.

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