To start off, welcome!
If you know me then you know I really enjoy not just drinking beer, but talking about it and sharing it with others. My enjoyment of trying different beers actually started well before I could legally drink.
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Root Beer. I loved trying new root beer. Still do actually. My family and I were on our way back from Punta Cana and had landed in Detroit. We stopped at this Texas BBQ like restaurant that had tall wooden ceilings and a gift shop on the side. My love for root beer started when I first found out about Dad’s Root beer. An old fashioned American Root Beer that at the time was still owned by the Dad’s Root Beer Company. A Completely normal drink to American’s and probably to a bunch of Canadian’s too, but brand new to me.
It was so much sweeter than the Diet Barq’s I had been used to. Of course as a kid this excited me. From then on whenever my family went to a new restaurant I would ask for a root beer if it was one I hadn’t had before. Or if I was in a corner store that had some new pop company like Jones or Pop Shoppe I had to grab some. At the time a cute little hobby that my parents thought nothing of.
Skip ahead to when I was 18. Just about to turn legal drinking age. Oh my! My sister was just beginning University at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario. The night we finished moving all of her things into her place we were trying to decide on where to eat. We didn’t feel like going somewhere fancy due to the fact we were exhausted from moving and cleaning.
Then comes The Kingston Brewing Company.
By this time I have had a few beers, all by permission of my parents of course. My interest in different beers had started to grow and the sight of this pub cracked open that thought like 1 inch ice under and elephant.
Kingston Brewing Company – Instagram
The Brew Pub, as the locals call it, at the time had a modest but respectable offering of craft beer. Beers included Steam Whistle, maybe some Great Lakes Brewing Company and possibly Muskoka Brewery. The highlight however, was that fact that they brewed their own beer and was the oldest Brew Pub in Ontario! Their Dragon’s Breath Real Ale (now called Cask Ale), Dragoon’s Breath Pale Ale, WhiteTail Cream Ale, and Regal Lager were all present the first time I visited and they all remain to this day. However, the real highlight for me was they also make their own Root Beer! Well, to be more accurate, sarsaparilla. I remember having the same smile on my face as I did when I first had Dad’s Root Beer all those years ago.
That was the start of many years of creating friendships, and creating memories and drinking delicious beer along the way. The good folks at the Brew Pub have become a sort of family and as my Dad say “There’s no other restaurants in Kingston!”
Now I enjoy trying new Craft Beer from all over Ontario. I hope to share these kind’s of stories with everyone, and talk even more about certain beers I have enjoyed, and even beers I regret ever having.