I want to begin by saying I rarely write "Average" reviews, but there isn't a space for "Good", and sometimes places just don't register as quite "Very Good" in my book. Now, I also have to make a few other qualifications: the Canadians seem to really appreciate this place, and it certainly has a nice, genuine, neighborhood atmosphere. The beer selection is reasonable (from a US standpoint), and the menu seemed to be pretty standard,pub-wise. Service was attentive and more-than-sufficient. Now here's where the US/Canadian point is important: to me there seemed ot be something 'off' about the beers. I had a pint of two different beers and tasted from two different beers yet (others at my table). Maybe I'm spoiled by the US microbrew rage, but I was unimpressed by the local Canadian brews' flavor. More importantly, each of the four beers I tasted had a distinct yeasty front and aftertaste. I worked in beer distribution for years, and I generally attribute that taste to either A) old, spoiled kegs, or B) uncleaned tap-lines. They were serving a lot of pints; so I can't imagine the kegs were old, and I hate to challenge the cleanliness because I say no evidence of it in other areas (which you generally don't have to look too far for when the lines are dirty in a US pub). So, maybe the yeasty/cabbage-y/skunky flavor is peculiar to Canadian brews? Maybe I was getting sick? Maybe my taster was just off? I cannot say. Generally, I would have found the ubiquitous aftertaste problem a damning issue, but the rest of the pub belies it as a radical problem. Can't give anything better than average, but also hate to be a hater on a one-off experience. Worth mentioning though in case others share my experience.
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