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Opening a PakTech holder

Posted in Retail with tags , , , on January 4, 2017 by beertruckdriver

If you’ve ever picked up a six-pack of beer or something else and it came packaged with those plastic lid tops that are near impossible to remove, watch this video from Austin Beerworks. The trick is to not pick up the rest of the beer or what have you when removing from the packaging. One other tip, as you can see in the video, letting the beer sit may be best before opening, as when you have to pull so hard you might get the fobbing effect.

Here’s an article that tries to explain the reasoning behind such a stupid invention.

By the way, unrelated to beer, the last couple of nights on Netflix I’ve been watching this film that’s apparently popular in Norway of a train that travels from Bergen to Oslo (in seven hours). It really is not as boring as you would think if you like scenic trips through the mountains. It’s part of a series in Norway called Slow TV, and looks to be a lot like their Fireplace Channel.




Book Review: 150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels

Posted in Domestic Beers, Retail with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2016 by beertruckdriver


Over the holidays, I received this book as a gift from a friend. I will say it was really a unique and thoughtful gift. And, this book is amazing.

I50 Years of Canadian Beer Labels, from Touchwood Editions, is an art book, with its art being beer bottle labels. Each folio contains a print of beer label on the right page and a description on the left explaining who brewed it. Most of the breweries are long gone, though a few beers may still exist, but are produced by a macrobrewery (think Lucky Lager). Randomly opening to a page leads us to Cosgrave Export Brewery Company’s Old Munich Lager Beer, which, according to the book, was brewed in Toronto in the early ’30s. The label features cartoon elves at different stages of the brewing process. Old Munich’s disappearance was possibly due to its German name around the time of World War II.

Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, you can see its history. In beer labels.

Steamwhistle stein!

Posted in Domestic Beers, Retail with tags , , on October 11, 2014 by beertruckdriver


Steamwhistle’s offered an Oktoberfest stein for a few years in packages at their brewery, stores and as promotional items at bars. They’ve ventured away from the clear glass stein with a Steamwhistle logo on the front and gone for a ceramic Oktoberfest-styling look. I love it!

Beer-flavoured chips

Posted in Retail with tags , , , , , , , on June 15, 2013 by beertruckdriver

You might’ve come across ads (I’ve only noticed them online and on radio) for a new flavour of President’s Choice kettle cooked chips, beer. (Crisps for all you European readers out there.) Tonight I went on a mission to get them and went several blocks to a Loblaws and at first did not find them. I was really disappointed. I dug through the bin where the kettle cooked bags were piled in and found a bag at the bottom.

The bag actually lists beer as an ingredient (malt barley, hops, corn syrup, yeast). These chips taste sweet, kind of like beer nuts. There is a bit of a beer flavour to them in the seasoning. I just assume they are alcohol-free. No alcohol content is listed on the bag, which I think would be necessary. Also, the inside of the bag has a bit of a beer aroma.


And if you’re wondering, no the bag is not made of jute and is not reuseable. It’s a regular chip bag.

By the way, you can still buy discount brand PC beer at The Beer Store.

Merry Christmas

Posted in Retail with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2012 by beertruckdriver

In tradition of TV/radio shows airing reruns this week, here’s a post from last year giving you ideas for last minute gifts for a beer lover, if you didn’t get in on the Westvleteren sets available a couple of weeks ago through the LCBO. I personally am a fan of the Belgian set of Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe. It comes with one of each and a matching glass for each.  I’m off to have Christmas dinner (It’s only the 23rd, I know). But I wish you all a happy holiday season. Of course being a beer blogger, I suppose I should take the time to remind you to not drink and drive, but you know that already.

Westvleteren 12

Posted in foreign beer, in the news, Retail with tags , , , , on December 13, 2012 by beertruckdriver

Today there was a story in the Toronto Star about the sale of Westvleteren 12 at the LCBO at Yonge and Queens Quay. One hundred and twenty six-packs were available this morning and had buyers lining up willing to dish out $76.85. The Yonge/Queens Quay store was sold out in four minutes. Other stores sold out in a few minutes as well. The Trappist beer is normally only sold at  St. Sixtus Abbey in Belgium, but the monks decided to allow worldwide sales in order to raise money to repair their church.

I did not score one of these six-packs, but I hope Santa thinks I was good this year and picks up a six-pack when he’s delivering presents in Belgium.

You can read the story here.