Hops & Wing Ding 2002Address: 81 Lake St - St. Catharines
Parking: Between the tank and the cannons!
Intersection: Lake St & Welland Ave
Last Reviewed: November 23rd, 2002
Wingage Score: 95%
BHON - Niagara Hops and Wing Ding
November 23, 2002:
By Roving BHON Reporter Bang J.
First impression - Wow, beer and wings in a non-bar setting. What a great Idea! Definitely have to check this out. Walk in, greeted by a guy in camo. Hmmm, they expecting trouble or what? Paid to get in now where’s the beer and wings. What’s in the plastic bag. Water, ad crap and a folded up beer holder. Well at least the beer holder will come in handy as I walk around. What! I have to buy tickets! Oh well, how much. A buck a ticket! Better get a tonne of stuff for this.
First beer booth - here’s my ticket, where’s my beer. What’s this Dixie cup? What do you mean it’s my sample of beer! Well, I guess you gotta keep the cost of beer transportation down some how. Bottoms up! Not a bad beer, oaky peat moss flavour. Refreshing with only a hint of aftertaste. A good beer to go with some wings. Hey, there’s an idea. Lets go get some wings.
First wing booth - Joe Banks - Chicken Crispies? What the hell are chicken Crispies? Oh, chicken fingers done in a wing sauce. OK, guess you guys didn’t see the WING part of the Wing Ding sign. I’ll try some. 3 tickets?!? Hey, you guys are cutting into my beer drinking with this. Munched on Chicken Crispies. Not bad, but when you’re expecting wings, expect a slam on the wing page for that.
Time to sample more beer. Booth after booth. Most are good (hell, is there really any bad beer [Flashback to my Wildcat experience]). Best booth award goes to the girls from Cool beer. Beer good, busty blondes in tank tops better. What’s the count. 10, 12 aw who cares. They’re only Dixie cups. Sit down for a minute, checking out some of the cool Dixie cups that we’ve been getting. Hey, it says this cup hold 5-6 oz. That’s like half a beer! Wait (math is really slow at this point) that means that we’ve had almost 5 to 6 bottles of beer to this point. Whoa, RIDES gonna have a field day with us. What’s this booth. Ukrainian beer. What’s the name? Slavotich, Slavutick, Show us your tits? (We missed ya Mike B!) Good beer, refreshing. Have a feeling that this is going to be the review of most of the beer from this point on. Stagger back down the rows, stop and oogle the Cool girls. Hey, get that camera outta my face. Say something nice about the Cool beer and maybe I can get another free sample. No such luck. Fill out some forms. Best wing spot in the area. Look over the list. As a member of BHON, I can tell you that the bests spots aren’t here. Grab a crayon and fill in good spots. Drop off the ballot. Get another one. Fill it in as well. Chance for a free digital camera. What the hell.
What time is it. Oh crap, I gotta get out of here. Overall impression, a good event. Problem is that we couldn’t hear the judging for the wings. Looking at the lameo’s on the panel, won’t be a good pick anyways. They need professionals on that panel. Next year, we’ll put a BHON member on it. That way the vote will be unbiased. The music might have been good if someone knew how to setup a sound system. Mono went out with the Fro’s Bro. Sqeaky voiced female announcer from Hamilton radio station. Had the face for radio but the rest of her wasn’t too bad. Not sure who the band was but the guy standing on the bass needed a push. If they do it again next year, I’ll be here.
Cool Beer gets the award for best marketing for obvious reasons.