Volume 96, Issue 55
Monday January 6, 2003

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Best of Food

The Gazette's
Best of London

Best of Food
Best Chinese food at 3 a.m.
Best hangover breakfast
Best ice cream
Best lunch at a strip club
Best milkshake
Best mussels
Best pizza
Best place to get a sandwich
Best Portuguese chicken
Best selection of draft beer
Best sugar high
Best vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant

Best of Arts & Leisure
Best arcade
Best DJ
Best driving range
Best live venue
Best local band
Best place to buy clothes someone may or may not have died in
Best place to do tobagganing
Best place to have a gay ol' time
Best place to light a spliff
Best place to pick up a cougar
Best place to see a Scottish man in leather pants
Best place to watch pigskin fly
Best street performer
Best Sunday hoedown
Best selection of magazines and vinyl
Best tattoo/piercing place
Best used book store
Best used CD store

Best of the Rest
Best all-purpose sex shop
Best cabbie for drunken conversation
Best gym
Best hair salon
Best place to buy a creative gift
Best place to buy house accessories
Best place to buy long, striped knee-socks
Best place to buy men's dressy clothes
Best place to drop dead
Best place to find a unicorn
Best place to get a pet
Best place to plot a revolution
Best place to pretend you're in London, England
Best place to pretend you're not in a city
Best place to rent costumes

Best on Campus
Best custodian in the UCC
Best female athlete
Best makeout/study spot on campus
Best male athlete of all time
Best on-campus meal
Best on campus meal for $5
Best on-campus napping site
Best on-campus Tim Hortons lady
Best place to cry
Best place to photocopy a textbook
Best place to spend the most money on the least amount of food
Best place to stand in line
Best residence to party, sleep, and study
Least worst student politician

Best selection of draft beer
The Rockwater Brewing Co.

Dave Picard/Gazette

When you were a kid, the expression "you'll never know if you like it unless you try it," had a distinctly negative connotation. Generally, it involved forking horrible vegetables into your mouth. However, now that you've become a young adult, that same phrase can take on a much more positive tone. Take, for instance, the notion of sampling 25 different brands of beer on draft. The Rockwater, located in the Galleria mall in downtown London, can turn this notion into a reality. The Rockwater's roster of beer is, as you would expect, quite varied. Jennifer, an employee of Rockwater for four years, is entrusted with bartending and bookkeeping duties, as well as dealing with the people who make it their personal mission to sample all 25 brands in one sitting. She says the most obscure pint offered by Rockwater is also one that brings in a solid number of customers. "A lot of people come in for Warthog [brewed by Big Rock in Calgary] 'cause I think we're the only place in London that carries it," she says. Because some people are hesitant to stray from their old faithful brands, Rockwater offers a sample tray that allows people to get a taste of some of the world's best barley and hops. The "Beer Platter" gives customers six, six-ounce glasses of any brand of beer they want for $9.99. The Beer Platter also gives Canadian breweries a chance to strut their stuff. "It's good for Europeans who don't have Molson and Labatts [in Europe]," Jennifer says. She explains that, despite coming from lands that boast such heavyweight brands as Guinness and Heineken, most Europeans enjoy our Canuck brew. As far as what pint gets poured the most, Jennifer says their is one runaway winner. "Alexander Keith's - no doubt about it. We sell 10 of them for every one pint of everything else. It's a big phenomenon."
Galleria mall, 672-2739
-Ryan Dixon