Without further ado:
So much to gain, so little to lose.
The Thirsty Loony
When we first opened the pub, having free music from a playlist felt like a smart move. After all, I was sick and tired of going from one place to another and having to pay extra for the simple pleasure of listening to some tunes while having a beer or drink and relaxing a bit, it felt like an insult and I'd end up favoring pubs that catered to my partiality, especially if they had a house band. Well, like so many things in life, over time one gets new perspectives, things change, and as the old saying goes, adapt or die.
As an added bonus, we got two new speakers for the place which we've set up in the back. The default volume is the same as the speakers in the front but this can easily be adjusted, louder or quieter depending on the audience you're with, just let the bartender know if you'd like a change.
Of course, given the popularity of having live music/open mic and karaoke available at will, we still have all the original musical infrastructure in place, allowing to switch from one to another in a snap. Additionally, we could even have TouchTunes playing on the back speakers, and open mic or karaoke in the front, and while this could get confusing for the ears, the option is there.
The Rock 'n' Roll Loony
To help get a better idea of the different beers available, we've updated the brewery page and added a specific page with photo for each beer, such as this one for the Gold Portage Blonde Ale:
On each page, you can view the specs, a short description, and a photo, at least for the ones we currently have on tap, will be adding the rest of the photos as the beer becomes available. Specific beer pages include:
The Website Loony
In the past we've occasionally received comments about different beers not having enough bubbles, seeing is believing as with this Amaizing Cream Ale:
The bubbles are caused by different elements such as how much CO2 is in the beer, how it's poured, the type of beer (stouts are more than a light beer), and other variables such as ABV, where a stronger ABV beer will require more or longer CO2/carbonation times. Thus, if running six beers from the same CO2 tank pressure, and even though there are valves where you can regulate each to some degree, the stronger or darker beers will generally have less bubbles than your lighter ones. This is a process we are continually learning and getting better yet, but one also has to be careful of not carbonating too much, as over time the carbonation in the kegs increases, and while it might be perfect for the first few kegs, or the first month or so, as it ages longer it'll seem too much. Therefore, finding the right balance for all beers takes time, seeing how fast customers go through it and carbonating appropriately. That said, I think we're 95% there for our current beers and their consumption rates, and the remaining will be continually tweaked until perfect.
The Scientific Loony