STEEM Food Tours #86 : Indie Alehouse - Toronto, Canada!

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If STEEM has created a blogger out of me, then Tasteem has created a professional restaurant reviewer out of that blogger. Food is one common thing all of the residents on this blockchain share and the community & support for food content is encouraging and so heart-warming.

Before STEEM, I was already a networker in the context of business. So STEEM empowered that networker to connect with awesome powerful folks like @jeffjagoe. How are these related?
https://steemit.com/steemfoodtours/@jeffjagoe/steem-food-tours-86-submit-a-restaurant-review-for-a-chance-to-win-steem#@jeffjagoe/q2av4o

Jeff's 85 weeks of STEEM Food Tours of course!

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I have taken my regularly unscheduled tasteem review independent for the sake of introducing you to my friend Jeff, and supporting his awesome #steemfoodtours movement (@wesphilbin loves that term ;) I am as big a fan of a segue as I am an alliteration so what better indie play than to review Indie Ale House Brewing Company https://indiealehouse.com/ in the west end of Toronto?

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Perhaps to the delight or chagrin of the local hipsters (depending upon the gloriousness of their beard and lensless glasses,) the lighting is soft and comforting. Despite being a relatively new place built in the last few years, it feels lived-in and rustic with plenty of wooden tables and chairs. I did visit after dark in the evening but I suspect the light from the large windows leading to the street is pleasant during the day.

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Can I start you off with a drink?

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While it is possible my reputation as an enjoyer of beer has preceded me, it is more likely they ask everyone that same magical and enabling question seeing as they are, in fact, a brewery. Either way, I decided immediately that I should order my standard IPA which is the yard stick which I measure most breweries. You can see plenty of selection on the board and a great number of taps so it would be easy to get sidetracked by the selection.

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Here is the aforementioned Instigator West Coast Style IPA which is their flagship IPA. https://indiealehouse.com/pages/bottle-shop You can hit the link for more detail but will have to wait for my review coming this Saturday in the much-anticipated beer blog.

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Here, you can get into the draft selection in a little more detail. Once my bubbly beverage arrived, I spent a little time planning out my next beverage and then headed over to the food menu.

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Speaking of which, this menu is interesting despite the dull light. I appreciate a menu that can be contained on one page, boasts a selection of snacks and meals from vegan to carnivore, and has an entire section dedicated to handmade pizza. I had to fight in a tournament the next day so I didn't want to load up too much and was undecided until I decided to ask my friends at the bar.

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They had a brief and friendly sidebar meeting and the verdict was, "The Pizza is legendary" Good enough endorsement for me as I have shown in brewery tours and restaurant reviews that I have an affinity for suds and a grease-wheel.

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My Sweet Abe Froman arrived in about a half a beer as you can see which is about perfect. It had a great bistro-feeling helping of Italian sausage while the different cheeses combined and contrasted nicely in taste and texture. I will have to search that fior di latte is but the chilies gave it that anticipated zing.

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Extreme Close Up Shot!

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It wouldn't be a Zeke Restaurant Review without the ever-popular and dramatic extreme close up. This serves to make the experience immersive like you were part of the meal, and give you a laugh as you picture the other patrons looking sideways at the guy with his phone in his meal. I can taste the pizza all over again while looking at it now.

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Another unexpected fan-favourite, especially from my readers across the globe, is the image with the receipt. It helps to illustrate the food prices in my small region of Canada, and give you the fleeting impulse to reach for your wallet to pay. $7.50 is pretty standard for a pint of IPA these days and there are not too many restaurants around with main courses less than $15. While this meal was not a screaming deal, it was a nice treat for a bit of a change, a beer I enjoyed, and a pizza that was rather unique.

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No dessert for me as it would only get in my mouth, and I save my sweet carbs for beer. I took half of my pizza to go so that I could enjoy it after my fights the next day. I also made a little stop at the bottle shop for some beer to enjoy at the music studio the next night and review at a later time.

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I can't recall the name of my friend here but he is giving you the signal I would when describing this place, the beer, and my experience.

Thanks for sharing a delectable meal at a legitimately neat venue. This review has focused more upon the food than the beer but I invite you to follow me and join @detlev for #beersaturday where I will get a little more into the beer and enhanced experience after mentioning I am The Steem Beerologist!

Until then, hit up #steemfoodtours and join us by reviewing a restaurant of your own!

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Nice tour! :D

Much appreicated!

I like your reviews. Especially with your beer reviews, I have learned quite a bit that I didn't know before. Great job with this one! It looks like all the sausage on the pizza is in the middle of the pizza, and not spread around. Is that a Canadian thing?

Reviews would be much less fun if you didn't enjoy them.

I think the gathering of the toppings is just a fancy/nonchalant way of decoration like the funny little dishes at a bistro.

Beer and pizza, my kind of place..

Same here.

I actually texted a pic from the bar to my friend that runs the local brewery/pizza place for reference.

Did you eat the whole pizza yourself?

The price is about the same as an Brewery House here on PEI.

I did only eat half of it. I don't fight in tournaments too often and the next morning was one of those times. So I took half home for later and it was damn good then too.

What kind of fighting tournament? How did you do in it?

Yes, next day pizza is good warmed up in the microwave about 15 sec. a slice.

Wonderful review @zekepickleman. I love your sense of humor, it really brings the venue to life...and of course that pizza, wow! Nice atmosphere, you're quite the wordsmith! :)

Haha that is high praise coming from a gifted writer like yourself! Thanks for coming along with me.

ooo.. a new food review platform.. that's super cool !!!

Yah not so much a platform as a long running contest I am far overdue on supporting. @jeffjagoe is someone I have followed for so long and I wanted to surrender any extra @tasteem rewards to support him.

Great review- all witty and well written. That pizza looks great!

Much appreciated. I would definitely go back and have the pizza even at the risk of repeating myself.

Nice !BEER on tap, sausage pizza rounded off with another off-tap beer for pudding. All in all not a bad meal in good company @zekepickleman

Ah yes. I will spill a few more details on the mystery beer there on Saturday. Pretty funny part of the story I left out to foreshadow my Zeke's Sweet Hops post. ;)

Look forward to reading about it Zeke.

Sure looks good! And yeah, the dramatic extreme close up hits the spot.

Haha!

It is amazing what you discover as the popular stuff as you continue to blog. I never fancied myself as a restaurant reviewer or beer blogger but they are my most popular posts. The Extreme Close Up was something I tried for fun and it stuck. Then, the receipt seemed to draw lots of conversation from international folks.

Who am I to argue?

I'm glad you've found your popular niche. All your posts are entertaining and informative and I'm always glad I did.

All I can say... is PIZZA!! Well that and:

No dessert for me as it would only get in my mouth, and I save my sweet carbs for beer.

Too funny my friend! Wonderful post that highlights what good food and atmosphere can do!

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I propose a beer and pizza movement!

Oh, I love your reviews, whatever tag you use!!!

Yes, please. Just toss that pizza this way! I love bar pizza. I know that @Jaynie hates pizza, but, make it a bar pizza and I'm in! I think you could have gotten closer up in the pictures. I couldn't quite taste the cheese!!

Love the camaraderie that you show off and what a fun place that looks like! Let's go back again soon!!

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it's true that because of tasteem we will have a heads up about food. By the way that was a great experienced, $40 is kind of big but I think the pizza and beer was worth it.

It is a little on the high side but it is Canada's biggest city, and all food and drink is made on premisis so worth the premium I spose.

Love the way they did the menus on the wall... reminds me of the plaques they do in schools and sports clubs to pay honour to outstanding individuals... whatever you call those thingies with the engravings haha!

As for your mates new initiative... I think it is an excellent idea... I will be happy to support it next time we are out and about - wining and dining!

Ah yes!

I will get into it a bit more in my #beersaturday post but I also found it crazy how all the tap handles have no labels! It has to do with the plaques with the beer names.

Steemfoodtours has been going on every week for a year and a half!

Had NO idea!!!!! so grateful to have spotted this! Will definitely make use of it in future. :)

Looks like a fun place to hang out. And the price seemed reasonable. I don't drink, but looks like a great place to grab some good pizza. And I like a good pizza. I must say that your sense of humor gives the place a life of its own..a sort of feel-good place with that picture of the staff that makes people want to visit themselves.

Good job. Thanks for sharing your post.

I try to make things light and funny. I am sure there are folks who don't get it but great to know some of it comes through in the writing. Just have fun! (and beer)

I've been near the place, in TO
but not recently. Nice review
Thanks for presenting on #pypt @pypt

So you make good food look even better. You are definitely a food reviewer. I'll give you credit for that.

Haha! Only because of STEEM!

I got in it for the crypto. Then, had to figure out what to write about that people would like to read. No, I believe anyone can be a restaurant reviewer and immediately get paid for it. Perhaps not much at first but some.....plus it will subsidize your food til you hit the bigtime! Better than food pics for free on facebook.

So do you eat for free? If you do, whatever you make on Steem is well worth it.

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Great post @zekepickleman, you made me hungry for breakfast pizza. 😁

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Nice! Good one with the receipt. I've been meaning to do reviews but been putting it off! Should do it soon... Happy week to you! 😊😊

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There's always something comforting about a good ale house. I enjoy getting flights of a variety of what is available, so I can be sure to get the opportunity to try several.

Yum! Now I'm so hungry for pizza and a cold beer!

It had a great bistro-feeling helping of Italian sausage while the different cheeses combined and contrasted nicely in taste and texture. I will have to search that fior di latte is but the chilies gave it that anticipated zing.

I really love your turn of phrase, @zekepickleman!

I would not mind spending some time there. Looks nice and always a fan of the extreme close up lol.

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I'm pretty thirsty for some reason...

Howdy sir zekepickleman! What a wonderful review and a great job of getting so many good photos, the pizza and beer both look marvelous!

A great review here my friend and that pizza certainly looks good enough to eat!
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