So Phil and I arrived at Ontario House yesterday and were warmly greeted by Karen with Ontario's Olympic Secretariate and got to meet a number of the staff with the catering company, too. Cordon Blue was doing chocolate demos, the line up to get in was already around the block and the pavillion looked amazing.
Turns out our beer was being really well received, too. In fact, it was basically all gone! I did get to try a bit (whew!) but by mid-afternoon I watched the last glass get poured, before the hockey game got started (4:30pm when you are in Vancouver).
I found out though that they saved us a little bit of LugTread for some of the receptions coming up in the next few days, so we're not completely out of luck. The really fantastic thing is that all the craft beer sold out last night. All the Great Lakes, all the Mill St., all the SteamWhistle (they're here too, I forgot to mention them in my earlier post) and all the Beau's. Mind you it made for a wine-and-hockey pairing I wan't really expecting, but I'm very proud to see that the people heading to Ontario House are definitely craft beer drinkers!
We took an hour off before the game and went to a nearby brewpub calle the SteamWorks. We got to chat with the Assistant Brewer, Ben and got a tour of the brewery. I really enjoyed their wheat beer (lots of banana; just the way I like it). After the game, Philip and I went to a pretty awesome restaurant called Alibi Room and I got to have Crannog's Back Hand of God Stout and a 12 year old sour lambic that was mind-blowingly good. We shared a delicious cheese plate and I tried to tackle a pork belly sandwich (very tasty, but very filling).
By 10:30 our jetlagged butts were in the hotel room - no big parties for us last night...hopefully tonight we'll last a little longer.