IMG_20141102_163440This morning I saw a flurry of activity on Twitter surrounding the Amsterdam BrewHouse. It seems they were hosting a Conservative Party function that happened to have Steven Harper show up. Some people were saying they would avoid Amsterdam because of this.

This particular issue I don’t really think is THAT big of a deal. Chances are they would be happy to host the Liberals or anyone else who offered them money but it reminded me of other issues that seem to be plaguing them:

Just yesterday the MLCC (The liquor licensing agency in Manitoba) recalled a bunch of Amsterdam’s ‘Sweetwater Blood Orange Radler’ due to exploding cans. It’s possible this is just one bad lot that was sent to Manitoba but I’m sure a few of us in Ontario are looking at those cans with a little bit of worry.

Then there is what we discovered a few days ago: Amsterdam BrewHouse got a yellow card from the City of Toronto. Some of the infractions include: employees failing to wash hands, failing to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated, and failure to thoroughly cook hazardous food(s). It looks like they have been re-reviewed and ‘fixed’ these issues but it certainly does not make me feel good about eating there.

Each one of these could be considered a small issue but the fact that all three hit within the same week is somewhat frightening.

One bit of good news: There might be a shorter line to get into the BrewHouse!

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com