Although I am a huge proponent of the revitalisation of downtown Hamilton, I am saddened that Chester's will be a gentrification casualty. Chester's Beers of the World has been a landmark in Hamilton's Gore Park since the early 1980's -- the decor has not changed since the bar opened, but that is part of the charm.
Chester's is a beer lovers wet dream. Their selection is quite extensive with a beer menu that lists hundreds of selections alphabetically by country. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and are quick to offer suggestions if you are overwhelmed by their selection. All beers are served in their proper glassware.
A developer is purchasing a block of builidings in Gore Park and Chester's days are numbered. They have until February until they have to relocate. Development is great news for downtown Hamilton residents, but not so much for the owner Michael and his great staff. However, it may not be game over just yet. There is talk of Michael taking over a smaller space next door to their current location. Fingers crossed that this pans out. Chester's has a loyal clientele base (us included) who would not be pleased with their demise.
Hacker Pshcorr Weisse from Germany is my "go to" beer at Chester's
Lesley had the Delirium Tremens from Belgium - and at 8.5% got a little delirious afterwards
Rich had the Keller bier and The Fella had Bitburger, both from Germany
I love Gore Park at Christmas!
Drinking your way around the world would not be complete without a stop at the Polish Sausage cart. Where is the Polish Sausage cart you ask--well, a description of the location is fraught with bad jokes. The cart is located outside The Embassy Bar --a gay bar that only has an entrance in the rear (please, I know) and it is THE BEST sausage in town (this is killing me). The owners make their own sausage. There is no fillers, dyes, or any other lips & ass hole combinations that usually go into sausages & hot dogs. The result is delicious.
Waiting in anticipation!