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Toronto has a special relationship with beer. It's easily at the top of our alcohol pedestal, and we treat it the way France treats wine. By that I mean there are some people who intellectualize it to a ridiculous degree, and then there are other people who just shovel it down their face like it's oxygen. Where do you fall on the spectrum?
The most pretentious of beer drinkers. This person is a regular at the Indie Ale House, and knows Ontario's best craft brewers by name. To the aficionado, beer is not a casual affair, it's a way of life.
This person desperately wants to seem like they know a lot beer, but isn't willing to make the effort. So they try to give you shit if you drink beer from anywhere other than Bellwoods Brewery, but their taste in beer is very repetitive.
The IPA Hound
They know not to order a Stella, and so, to protect their ego, they drink nothing but IPAs. They have long conversations with the bartender at Get Well about their new house brews, asking lots of questions about the taste before they order them. They secretly can't tell the difference between a blonde and a red.
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The Home Brewer
This person is extremely stoked that Noble Hop just opened on Dundas West, because they're tired of having to go all the way to the GTA to get their brewing material. Old friends remember the days when this person first started making their own beer, because they stopped coming over to their house for a while. Home made beer is not something you want to get wrong.
This is the friend who shows up to house parties and predrinks and doesn't bring any of their own alcohol. They spend the entire night asking to tax beef off of people, but somehow end up more drunk than anyone else. You'll usually spot them the next day, passed out in the bushes of a nice Annex household.
The Embarrassing Friend
This is your friend who swears by Bud Light Lime. Their taste is horrific, but there is just no reasoning with them. You're embarrassed to go to trendy Queen West bars with them, so you typically only drink together at parties.
The Import Fiend
This friend would never drink a beer that was made on this continent. Their obsession with European imports makes it impossible for you to hang out with them anywhere other than Bier Markt, which is a damn shame.
The Cider Drinker
This person is not a beer drinker at all, but is possibly a little embarrassed by that, so they compensate by drinking nothing but Strongbow. They probably wouldn't survive in any other city, but Toronto loves cider, so they never have to search hard for it.
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