There’s A Party Brewing in Creemore

Saturday, August 23rd 2014. Noon to 6pm. Rain or Shine.

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Come on down this Saturday, August 23 and meet celeb emcee Kevin Brauch of the Iron Chef US. He’s taming two teams (some of Ontario’s most gifted chefs, local farmers and community members) as they face off in culinary combat. Then, National Post food columnist, Bonnie Stern dishes out some prizes.

Presented as part of Creemore Springs Brewery’s annual Copper Kettle Festival, the teams, helmed by acclaimed chefs Rodney Bowers and Donna Dooher, will each create one delicious recipe using local, seasonal ingredients and of course, a selection of Creemore beer.  For more info: http://copperkettlefestival.ca/

As long as you’re visiting, pop into some of the fun shops. Victorian Values, Seasons, and the General Store are sure to please design enthusiasts.

And, all that shopping will probably leave you hungry for dinner. No problem. Creemore has a serious food scene—something for every palate.

Dabble hopes to see you this weekend in Creemore.

Beer Pressure

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At one popular joint known humbly as The Pub I encountered my first experience with “Beer Pressure”. The Pub has a large screen TV that tracks consumption at each table, against other pubs throughout the country. The bartender and other diners (let’s be honest, they were drinkers not diners) encouraged me (by way of derisive shouts and stares) to drink more beer and not allow our pub to look weak. I caved.

“To suggest Czechs are obsessed with beer (pivo) is akin to saying a human being is obsessed with breathing—it’s an instinct.”

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Popular Pubs

U Zeleného Stromu (Bel.msk. n.mesti 6)
If it’s a warm day, head to the outdoor garden patio.

U Medvídku (Na Perstýne 7)
There’s a brewery and a small gift shop with kitschy beer merchandise like pilsner lotion. It also has an outdoor patio where you can enjoy a plate of sausages, mustard and sauerkraut for about $7, including beer.

U Vejvodu (Jilsk. 4)
A popular Old Town destination.

Books and Beer in Prague

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A short walk from Schwartzenberg Palace is the Strahov Monastery. While it’s still an operating basilica, the real attractions here are more earthly—books and beer. The gawk-worthy Theological Library dates from the 17th century and contains more than 200,000 volumes housed in an elaborately stuccoed and ceilinged room.

Check opening times—like many Prague Castle attractions, the Theological Library is closed from 11:45am–1pm.

Eat

Strahov Monastic Brewery serves simple Czech fare and, according to beer snobs, a heavenly brew. Take a seat on the patio or in the newly renovated restaurant.

Shop

The Library gift shop has lovely crystal paperweights and fine stationery to take home.