Tag: Nicholas Pashley

Never Pass a Bar That Has Your Name on It

In his fine book, McCarthy’s Bar, the late English travel writer Pete McCarthy posits his Eighth Rule of Travel: Never Pass a Bar That Has Your Name on It. Fair enough, but this happy circumstance is going to crop up more often if one of your names is Pete and the other is McCarthy. I’ve found myself more than once in bars called Pete’s or McCarthy’s. Some names just turn up on pubs more often than others.

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Bar Volo’s Cask Days: Probably The Best Cask Festival In Canada

Say what you like about Mozart and Miles Davis, there are few human endeavours that bring more pleasure than a good beer festival. The very idea of a beer festival would have been unthinkable in these parts thirty-odd years ago. Large groups of people standing about sampling local beers and debating the relative merits of, say, O’Keefe Old Vienna and Carling Red Cap is a concept that owes more to Monty Python than reality.

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Where Does Our Beer Come From?

The pioneer of importing “foreign” beers from other provinces is Ralph Morana, owner of Bar Volo on Yonge Street, evangelist for good beer, and constant thorn in the side of the LCBO and the licensing authorities.

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