It was a cold winter night, and plans were up in the air. After humming and hawing about what we could do, my new friend enthusiastically mentioned how we should pull something out of my Date Can.
“What? Go on my own dates? This has never happened,” I thought. It was refreshing, and motivating that he would be interested in my program.
It felt like a ‘grab a beer’ kind of night, and we sauntered over to Waller St. Brewing (#4 in your date can). It’s located at 14 Waller Street, just below The Loft Board Game Lounge and Level One Game Pub. How’s that for a complete date night?
Back to the brews. I don’t usually drink beer, and shy away from participating in events like BrewFest or jumping on a fun BrewDonkey tour bus, but Waller St. Brewing may have just persuaded me to give one of these a shot.
When we got up to the prohibition-style bar, it was Dimitri’s first night working at the brewery and the knowledge he shared with us was exceptional. It made the choice easy, and I decided to try Jazzy Beets.
It had an earthy, then sweet finish with fruity and tart cranberry notes. They use Upper Canada cranberries and organic beets from a local farmer (Bent Plow Farm). So fresh!
In great company, I went to take another sip of my beer, only to notice there was nothing left. Did I just drink an entire beer before my friend could finish his? That same week, I went back to see if it was a fluke.
Turns out it was just a damn good beer.
Marie-Eve Chainey was bartending this time. I’d been connecting with her for months via e-mail, but her genuine hospitality was so nice to be around in person.
“Why the prohibition style?” I asked.
Chainey explained that their strong suit wasn’t in marketing, so they pulled from a theme that would speak for itself (pun intended) … a speakeasy!
“It's also a period of time marked with many important social evolutions focused in the counter-culture and sub-cultures that inhabited the speakeasies. It was acceptable to enjoy the company of different races and genders in these underground establishments and we wanted to get that social comfort feeling in our little space,” she added.
The entrepreneur in me was curious about what their one-year and five-year goals were. In the near future, they want to get the word out about their business and continue with community involvement initiatives. In five-years though, they dream of expanding to have a separate production location; here they could stock some shelves and can their own beer.
“Why do you think it’s a cute space for couples?” I inquired.
Chainey explained, “It is a very private setting, with low lighting and jazzy music; just like speakeasies were. Cell reception is also very poor in our tasting bar, and we don't give out wifi password, so people actually end up talking!”
That's my kind of bar.