With 16 Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables, The Break Room offers amateur and expert sharpshooters a comfy and friendly place to practice their skills. Along with the sea of felt-green open spaces, the bar boasts a 16-foot high definition projection television and two dedicated areas for darts. Parties large and small spread out over a 12,000 interior, and enjoy pints of draft beer along with hot and cheesy finger food.
F&M Brewery makes its carefully balanced Stone Hammer craft beers with malted barley, fresh hops, and water sourced from local artesian wells. Each small batch is fire-brewed in a copper kettle before slowly aging in the cellar?s horizontal tanks. The resulting beers have garnered numerous awards, including a gold medal in the 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards? pilsner category and a silver medal in the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards? stout category.
In addition to hosting events and operating restaurants throughout Canada, F&M Brewery sells their suds at a retail store alongside swag such as glassware and beer soap, which can be used to scrub down in the shower or add extra froth to drafts. The store also stocks pieces from the Craftbrewers Recycled Art Project, which transforms malt bags and brewery waste into art pieces, wallets, and other useable items.
The winemakers at Vin Bon, using juices from international harvests, invite customers into the winemaking process, helping them craft their own vintages without the time-consuming steps of squeezing, straining, and background-checking their own grapes. After helping guests select their juice, the winemakers monitor and blend ingredients in each batch on its journey through fermentation and filtration. In additional to their winemaking services and kits, Vin Bon sources premium juices and grapes, such as cabernet sauvignon and riesling.
When Colio Estate Winery opened in 1980, they were the first winery in the area to seek a license since prohibition was lifted. This is surprising, since these vineyards lie on the same latitude as famed wine regions in northern California and Tuscany, Italy, which indicates that the regions could have similar growing climates. The area also boasts lush, fertile soil and a growing season longer than most of Canada, making it a favorable place to ripen grapes.
Today, Colio Estate Winery produces more than 400,000 cases of wine per year, including big red wines and refreshing whites. Knowing collaboration is key in the winemaking process, winemaker Lawrence Buhler and vineyard manager Kevin Donohue work in tandem to produce high quality wines in varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests at the winery can learn about their process on tours, wander the vineyard, or recline in the outdoor pavilion to enjoy glasses of wine in the open air.
The team at Player's Athletic Lager takes UFC seriously. During every event, they switch all 20 of their TVs to the fight and turn the sound on loud so that any punches can be heard in unison. That number of screens isn't overkill—the sports bar's high-top tables and open booths are often filled to capacity with fans, who sneak sips of beer and bites of ribs between each exchange of blows.
One look at Player's Athletic Lager's walls, however, and it becomes clear that this place isn't just about mixed martial arts. It celebrates all sorts of sports. Hockey memorabilia fills the space above diners' heads. The TVs might just as easily be tuned to international soccer or stock car racing. Pool tables and darts let customers partake in their own friendly competitions, provided they bring along their own personal anthropomorphic-chicken mascot.
Of course, all that cheering requires fuel—which, luckily, the kitchen provides in the form of classic pub-style fare made from scratch. Burgers are cooked fresh from never-frozen burgers, for example, and 12-inch pizzas can arrive laden with a variety of savory toppings. Player's Athletic Lager also fries up an impressive amount of finger food for Wing Monday, when saucy wings are piled onto plates at 45 cents apiece.
There are many reasons people choose to brew their own wine and beer: it's a great way to learn about what goes into your favourite drink, it can make you feel happy and proud when your creation turns out well, and at a very basic level, it's fun to try something new.
Haus Of Vine lets guests experience all of those things with its winemaking and beer-brewing experiences. It provides visitors with all the knowledge, gear, and ingredients needed for crafting the perfect dry or fruit wine or all-grain beer, whether it's a cream ale, IPA, stout, or light Canadian lager.
After learning how the process works, visitors get a chance to work with their wine or beer kit and create their own concoctions. Visitors return to Haus Of Vine after the fermentation process, at which point they can bottle and cork their creations or simply pour them into their pockets before taking them home.