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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Beau’s All Natural Brewery Predicts an Early Spring

Ottawa, ON

Beaver River, Beau’s Spring Seasonal IPA, available Groundhog’s Day -- regardless of what other rodent says
Brewers at Beau’s All Natural brought an early spring to Eastern Ontario this year, brewing up its spring seasonal IPA, Beaver River, a month earlier than usual. The strong, hoppy ale will be available beginning this Thursday, Feb 2 at the LCBO, Beau’s retail store, and for home delivery in Ottawa through the BYBO service (www.bybo.ca).

Hoppy and delicious, Beaver River marries the typical flavour profiles of the British and American interpretations of an India Pale Ale. Expect a bold yet balanced presentation of hop bitterness, bready malts, fruity esters, and a blend of both citrusy and earthy aroma hops. Beaver River was a Gold medal winner at the 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards, where it was selected as the best IPA nationwide.

Beau’s will celebrate the return of Beaver River with a cask tapping at noon, Saturday February 4 at the brewery, and an informal “meet the brewers” session from 12-2 pm. Home brewers, beer enthusiasts and the curious are invited to come by to try this year’s version of Beaver River. Tours and tastings will also be going on, and the first 100 visitors to the brewery will receive a Beaver River collectors’ poster.

In addition to onsite celebrations for Beau’s new seasonal beer, Vankleek Hill’s winter carnival is also taking place on Saturday, featuring an all day hockey tournament at the arena, kids’ games from 1-3, bed races at 3 pm, a chili supper from 4-6:30, and an old fashioned evening skating party from 6:30 to 8:30.

The launch of Beaver River is also the beginning of FeBREWary for Beau’s All Natural Brewing, a month of celebrating great beer and collaborations with like-minded people. The brewery will release 5 beers in 4 weeks, as well as host numerous beer events each weekend of the month, in Vankleek Hill, Ottawa, and Toronto. A schedule of FeBREWary beers and events is available at www.beaus.ca.

Sales of Beaver River begin at 10 am on Thursday, February 2 (Groundhog’s Day). The beer will be available in 1.89 L growlers through the brewery and online, in 600 ml bottles at the LCBO, and on tap at select restaurants in pubs in Ontario until May. The 600 ml bottles will retail for $4.35 at an ever-growing list of LCBO outlets across Ontario.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Time Lapse from the Flying Monkey's Tap Takeover at Gambrinus

On January 28, 2012, the crew from Flying Monkey's Craft Brewery in Barrie ON made the trek to Gambrinus Bistro and Cafe in London, ON to take over all 20 draught lines.

6+ hours
4000+shots
20 different Flying Monkey's beers on tap
250+ patrons

1 Amazing night!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Today is the Fling Monkey's Tap Takeover at Gambrinus



Well it is finally here!

Get yourself to Gambrinus for 6:00pm tonight or I am sure you will regret it.

#9 on the list was a collaboration with the Monkeys and myself and Scott here at BeerGeeks.ca. Let us know your thoughts if you get to taste it!

London, ON is lucky once again to be delighted with one-offs and other goodies from the crazy team of Adil and Peter.

This is an event you don't want to miss.



Friday, January 27, 2012

Beau’s Celebrates every week in FeBREWary with a Beer

Ottawa, ON

4 Beer Releases in 4 Weeks, Collaborative Brews, & Events in VKH, Ottawa, TO are Highlights
The month of February is getting changed to FeBREWary this year for Beau’s All Natural Brewery and its fans, to highlight the events, beer releases and guests who will keep things interesting in the upcoming month. Beau’s will launch one beer per week for the month, beginning with an early return of Beaver River, the hoppy and delicious spring seasonal IPA, on Feb. 2. Visitors to the brewery Saturday Feb. 4 can also enjoy the Champlain Winter Carnival, which runs the same weekend.

The following two weeks in FeBREWary will highlight Beau’s collaborative beer projects. On Feb. 9 Beau’s will release Mates with Dates, an experimental fruit beer (brown ale with dates added, and double-fermented) co-brewed with British brewer Alex Barlow. Barlow will be on hand to celebrate the release with beer tasting events in Vankleek Hill, Ottawa, and Toronto Feb. 8-10: more details to follow shortly.

Beau’s “coffee + beer” collaboration with Ottawa’s Bridgehead Coffee returns in 2012 with a new edition of last year’s popular brew: WinterBrewed, an amber ale infused with fair trade, organic Guatemalan coffee, comes out Feb. 16. This year Beau’s will also release a second coffee beer for the more adventurous: Collabrrrewator is a doppelbock with more than 150 pounds of three different coffees added to create a strong, big-flavoured beer. Both beers will be available at the brewery and online for home delivery beginning Feb 16. Guests who come out to Vankleek Hill Saturday Feb. 18 to try WinterBrewed will be treated to outdoor activities to include beer taffy on snow (non-alcoholic), a snowman building contest, ice skating, parking lot hockey, and more. Bridgehead will host an evening WinterBrewed launch party at their Sparks St. location to wrap up the last weekend of WinterLude in Ottawa, Saturday Feb. 18 from 8-10 pm.

The final Saturday of FeBREWary is themed for Greener Futures Members Appreciation, and will see the release of the newest installment in the Barrel Aged Beer Series, a bourbon barrel-aged version of Beau’s Roggen (rye) beer from Halloween, Mr. Hyde. A scant 400L of this beer has been produced, and it is available for sale only to Greener Future members. Current and new members who pick up their barrel-aged Mr. Hyde Saturday Feb. 25 will get their names and membership number engraved on a special-edition souvenir glass as a special thanks from Beau’s. Chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of the “10 Ideas that Changed Food in 2011,” Greener Futures is a beer club/co-operative. Club members are entitled to 30 barrel aged beers over 3 years, at a membership fee of $300. The fees will be used to install solar panels on the 30,000 sq. ft roof of the brewery.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dogfish Head: Noble Rot is the Most Ambitious Hybrid of Beer and Wine in Thousands of Years

Complexity comes from grapes infected by benevolent fungus

Clay is the perfect material for capturing time in a bottle. As molecular biologists have discovered by unearthing ancient tombs, organic residue trapped in porous chards of pottery reveals quite a bit about what our ancestors drank on the special occasions of burial feasts.

It's interesting that thousands of years ago – in places such as Turkey, China and Central America – these momentous occasions were celebrated with hybrid beverages. These alchemistic mixes incorporated exotic ingredients like saffron and hawthorn fruit with multiple sugar sources like honey, grapes, rice and barley.

As often as we look forward and innovate, Dogfish Head has looked backward for inspiration as we explored ancient recipes like Midas Touch, circa 1740 B.C., in Turkey and Chateau Jiahu, circa 7000 B.C., in China.

Now we are bringing this hybrid concept into the future with Noble Rot.

"This is the absolute closest to equal meshing of the wine world and the beer world that's ever been done commercially," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione.

For Noble Rot, 49.5% of the fermentable sugars come from grapes, and 50.5% come from grains. Two unique white wine grapes, sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash., add complexity to this saison-esque science project.

The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This "noble rot" reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called "dropping fruit," where large clusters of grapes are clipped to intensify the quality of those left behind.

"It's been fascinating to watch the cross-pollination of wine and beer," says Alexandria Nicole Founder Jarrod Boyle. "We're excited to be involved in this."

Noble Rot, which clocks in at 9% ABV, is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.

Noble Rot will be available in 750-ml bottles ($12.99 MSRP) and on draft in the next few weeks. We are very excited to bring a beverage like this into the beer, food and wine worlds simultaneously.

Besides, we always wanted to see if a beer with the word "rot" in the name would actually sell.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lucky Town Brewing Company Uses Kickstarter.com to Help Raise Funds

Jackson, MS

Lucky Town Brewing Company is a new planned brewery in Mississippi, and although there is no brewery within 150 miles of Jackson, the craft beer community there is thriving. As many of you know, Mississippi suffers from some of the strictest beer legislation in the United States, which is one reason why there is only one production brewery located in Mississippi currently. Since the laws do not allow for many to bring their beer to Mississippi, the folks at Lucky Town intend to give the local craft beer enthusiasts a broader choice.

Lucky Town recently launched a Kickstarter project, and their goal is to raise at least $20,000 to help cover some of our up front costs such as license fees, insurance costs, keg expenses, and ingredients costs among others. they raised over $6,000 in the first 10 days, and with the support they have locally they feel confident that they can reach their goal.

You can find their Kickstarter page here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luckytownbrew/lucky-town-brewing-company-be-bold-rediscover-beer

For more information on who Lucky Town Brewing is, check out www.luckytownbrewing.com.

For more information on Kickstarter, check out www.kickstarter.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beer Mail from Steam Whistle!


Another delightful day filled with the wonder of beer. This time the folks over at Steam Whistle Brewing dropped of some beer to sample.

If you are not sure who they are, they are the fine folks that "brew one thing very, very well". The brewery prides itself on delivery one exceptional product. This would be Canada's premium Pilsner in their iconic green bottle.

While I am more of an ale fan, I will be reviewing this in the very near future. I must admit, I am looking forward to it!




Monday, January 23, 2012

Railway City Brews Another Batch of Black Coal Stout


St. Thomas, ON

With an almost instant sellout just before the holidays, Railway City Brewing crafted a second batch of their latest seasonal beer Black Coal Stout. Released on Thursday, January 12th at this month’s edition of the brewery’s Thursday Night Session tasting series, it was also available at the London Food & Wine Show.

Black Coal Stout will also be available in 500 ml bottles at the brewery store and on tap at select bars and pubs throughout southern Ontario

Probably their best seasonal to date, this is definitely worth trying. At 4.7% ABV and just over 30 IBU's, this is a stout light like Guinness, but big on aroma with pleasant bitter coffee / roasty flavour.




Saturday, January 21, 2012

Innis & Gunn - Irish Whiskey Cask

7.4% ABV

"This special bottling of Innis & Gunn has been matured in rare oak barrels from a famous distillery in Ireland. These barrels had been used to mature one of the great triple distilled Irish whiskeys. The result of this unique maturation is a big, full flavoured complex beer with a delightful warming finish. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do."

The Pour

Poured from the famous Innis & Gunn clear bottle. This Scottish Stout is a rich, dark cola colour. Hints of deep ruby red appear at the edge of the glass. Two fingers of khaki head crown it like the soft peaks of a root beer float.

Aroma

Hints of vanilla, toffee, chocolate and cola come through. There is a smooth scent of Irish Whiskey and well as some bready characters.

Taste

Some gentle roastiness and vanilla pod cover the tongue. Some coffee and cocoa are present. Hints of Whiskey without the burn as you continue to drink. Very nice indeed.

Overall Impressions

Liek many Ontarians, I am a huge fan of what this brewery has been doing. Taking on the task of providing commercial sized barrel aging to an entire portfolio, takes special care and skill. The execution is also remarkably consistent and of high quality. While this stout may not be a huge Imperial in style, along the lines of Founders KBS or CBS, it is a solid and sessionable stout that isn't trying to compete. A great beer to be enjoyed. You can have one or many and not be disappointed. I would give this a solid B+ to an A-.

Innis & Gunn - Irish Whiskey Cask

ABV 7.4% (Bottled)

From the Bottle

"This special bottling of Innis & Gunn has been matured in rare oak barrels from a famous distillery in Ireland. These barrels had been used to mature one of the great triple distilled Irish whiskeys. The result of this unique maturation is a big, full flavoured, complex bee wit ha delightful warming finish.
We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do."

The History

From Wikipedia:

"Innis & Gunn is a specialist independent brewing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Established in 2003, its beer has gone on to be the most popular British bottled beer sold in Canada, and second most popular in Sweden."

"According to Innis and Gunn's website, the process was discovered in an ironic accident: the intent was to create a scotch whisky with ale flavours. To do this, a special beer was created which would then be stored in the whisky barrels. After the beer had conditioned the barrels, it was to be discarded and replaced with the whisky. The brewers noted that the process had an agreeable effect on the beer, and thus aging the beer became an end in itself."

The Pour

The conditions were: Cellar temp, wide mouth Chimay glass.

The brew has a good 1 finger frothy head with some nice consistency and rich mocha/stout colouring. It did dissipate quickly though. The stout itself is black as night in true stout fashion, with some dark crimson/dark red wine highlights visible at the walls of the glass when held up to the light.

Aroma

Malty, with some hints of cinnamon coming through under the sweetness. There's also medium strength roasted ground coffee aromas, along with a pleasant alcohol undertone. I also detected bitter cocoa powder. I was disappointed not to be greeted with any Irish whiskey on the nose.

Taste

The start is Guinness smooth with just enough carbonation to just give it some zazz. On the tongue I got a delightfully creamy, medium/full bodied mouth-feel that was very well balanced between the coffee, sweetness and carbonation. The finish was smooth with very little taste in the back of the mouth except for some mild malt toastiness. There was also some welcome alcohol warmth in the chest.

Overall Impressions

I have to admit after I tried Innis & Gunn's Rum cask ale, which really took on the flavours of the rum to create a very unique beer, I did have some expectations for this brew. As a big fan of Irish whiskey I was hoping the whiskey flavours would come through in a stronger way than they did. I actually poured some Jameson's Reserve and sipped back and forth to test the flavours out. I found that the Innis and Gunn hits your nose like a whiskey in the bite and similar sweetness, but I was looking for some definite notes in the taste as well. As a stout this beer is very good, but for something aged in Irish whiskey barrels, I just didn't get the layers like I have in some other Innis & Gunn brews. All that being said I'll have to give this one a solid B. Definitely not a bad first go with a stout for Innis & Gunn, but it didn't knock my socks off with the full flavour and complexity it promised. Still I could see drinking a few of these, which makes it attractive in a different way than a stronger Imperial stout. This could definitely fit as a superior session stout. I'd love to see where they go with this line in the batches to come as they refine their recipes, and I continue to solute them for being the flagship of unique wood barrel aging at the LCBO.

Innis & Gunn - Irish Whiskey Cask

7.4 ABV

"This special bottling of Innis & Gunn has been matured in rare oak barrels from a famous distillery in Ireland. These barrels had been used to mature one of the great triple distilled Irish whiskeys. The result of this unique maturation is a big, full flavoured complex beer with a delightful warming finish. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do."

THE POUR

This stout pours a very deep red, almost black.
It has a two finger off white head that is thick with good head retention.

THE AROMA

The aroma is sweet with candy, dark fruit and slightly yeasty or bready. I also detect a whiskey note.

THE TASTE

This has a sweet caramel and some dark fruit up front. There is also chocolate and vanilla notes that are prominent. This stout finishes with an oak, hop and a lingering whiskey note.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

My overall impressions of this stout is great! This is very complex with quite a few things going on. It has a medium mouth feel and is very smooth. Although its on the sweet side I would have no hesitation opening a second one. Its not quite an imperial stout but it is an excellent example of an oak aged beer. I would rate this a 8.5-9 out of 10.

Friday, January 20, 2012

February 25th, International Going Monk Day!

The folks at "Drunken History" want everyone to help celebrate International Going Monk Day! Do your part to help raise awareness of this important issue. Make sure you participate February 25th.


"Did you know that Monks introduced hops to beer? Did you know they also created many of the earliest and best recipes for quality beer at a time when other brewers were literally brewing with twigs and bark (okay, as elements to gruit, a replacement for hops).


The problem is that there has never been anything done to recognize the historically significant contributions made by monks, abbeys and monasteries.


We’d like to change that. We’re asking beer drinkers to set aside February 25th as a day to recognize monks for their contributions to brewing. Some friends of ours—the owner of Piasan’s Bar in Freemont Ohio actually—gave us the idea, and he’s calling the day International Going Monk Day (a focus on the fact that most monks were allowed at least 4 liters of beer per day, good reason to “go monk”).


But people can call it whatever they want. The point is that it’s the one day of the year beer lovers can think about all the work men of the cloth put into the stuff they drink.


We hope you’ll help by spreading the word, posting an article or note to your readers, at the very least so they can investigate this history themselves.


To help educate people, we at Drunken History produced a short documentary that briefly explains the history of monastic and abbey brewing. We hope you enjoy!"



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Amateur Brewing Contest Winner Brews a Beer at Beau’s

Ottawa, ON

New “Pro-Am Series” will feature 4 beers annually, designed by amateur brewers.

Beau’s All Natural Brewing will release a Double IPA called DoubleWide this Thursday January 19, as part of its new “Pro-Am Series”. The initiative will give talented amateur brewers the chance to brew their best recipes into a full batch of beer at the brewery, under the watchful eye of Beau’s master brewer Matthew O’Hara.

O’Hara is excited about the new project, which will see him paired with amateur brewers to refine their recipes and prepare them for a commercial batch at Beau’s. “We wanted to do something to highlight where innovation is strongest in the craft beer world, and amateur brewing deserves that credit. Homebrewers are constantly trying new techniques or ingredients, and it sets a pace for the industry. It’s inspiring,” he says.

DoubleWide, the Pro-Am beer releasing this week, was designed and brewed by Brad Clifford, an amateur brewer from Toronto. Clifford won the Great Canadian Homebrew Competition, held by the Canadian Amateur Brewing Association (CABA), with the prize being a Pro-Am brewing day at Beau’s. This is Beau’s third “CABA CABA Hey!” collaboration project with CABA, and inspired the idea to add to the CABA series with 3 additional Pro-Am releases annually.

DoubleWide is an American-style India Pale Ale that has been ramped up in bitterness, aroma and strength. A process known as first-wort hopping (hops added to the wort before boil) was employed in making DoubleWide, to add extra flavour and aroma. The 8% abv beer has massive hoppy and bitter ale flavours, with classic citrusy American hop aromas. Beau’s Matthew O’Hara suggests pairing it with bold, flavourful and spicy foods (think jerk chicken) that match the style’s intensity.

DoubleWide will sell in 600 ml bottles at a retail price of $7.85 including tax and deposit. The beer can be purchased at the brewery retail store beginning January 19. Pre-orders have begun online through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), the Ottawa home beer delivery service, delivery begins on the 19th. A release party will be held at The Rhino (1249 Queen St. W in Toronto) beginning at 7 pm on Jan. 19. Brad Clifford’s creation DoubleWide will be featured on tap that night, as well as 4 additional offerings from Beau’s.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dogfish Head - Pangea

7% ABV

"Brewed with ingredients from each and every continent, Pangaea is a slightly spicy ale with a mouthful of rich flavors. It's a great food beer.

Our list of worldly ingredients includes:

  • Crystallized ginger from Australia
  • Water from Antarctica
  • Basmati rice from Asia
  • Muscavado sugar from Africa
  • Quinoa from South America
  • European yeast
  • North American maize

Pangaea comes in 750ml bottles."

The Pour

Pours a nice tangerine orange / yellow. Two and a half fingers of fluffy white head crown the beer. Plenty of effervescence streaming from the glass.

Aroma

Wonderful hints of ginger and spice. Some bready sweetness. Not a pungent beer, more floral and pleasantly fragrant.

Taste

The ginger and spice come through nicely. Hints of nutmeg, coriander and cloves fill out the complex nose. Some dried citrus peel also present. While there is some sweetness, it is more of an earth, honey type flavour. Not overly sweet. This is definitely a celebrational ale.

Overall Impression

Another solid beer from this very popular brewery. Sam's idea of "bringing the world together" with a unique concept of having ingredients from all seven continents is successful in its execution. This would be a wonderful beer to enjoy with a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Not too heavy, complex in flavours and in that wonderful Dogfish Head 750mL bottle. It makes enjoying this an occasion. Solid beer, solid B+ to A-.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Beer Mail from Innis & Gunn



Another wonderful package arrived from Innis & Gunn. This time they seemed determined to get me right in my sweet spot. Combining my love of stout with my love of Irish Whiskey.

This Scottish Stout has been aged in Irish Whiskey Casks!

I am looking forward to trying this one for sure.

Look later this week for 3 independent reviews of this beer from the Beer Geeks!







Saturday, January 14, 2012

Flying Monkey's Tap Takeover at Gambrinus


An event not to be missed!

On Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 6:00pm at Gambrinus Bistro & Cafe, London, ON

Adil, Peter and his crew of airborne primates have been busy during the holiday season
preparing for another London first: tap takeover. They will be clearing all of their tap lines to be able to show off 17 Flying Monkeys beers.

This might be your only chance to try wide variety of one offs from our favourite Barrie brewery
and / or to claim your presence at a birth of future Flying Monkeys beer.

For you BeerGeeks.ca lovers our there, you might notice a Beer Geek's Stout. We actually had the chance to go down to Barrie at the end of August to brew this with the guys. We call it the Velvet Elvis...an Imperial Stout brewed with steel cut oaks and aged on bourbon soaked Hungarian oak.

Come alone, bring your friends, ask your colleagues to join you,
help make this event as memorable as possible!

Come early to avoid disappointments.

Here is a list of beers as supplied by brewery:

Little Red – Late-hopped Red #1
Weizen Doppelbock
Galaxy IPA
Test Batch - Pre-Divinity
Imperial Stout
Big Red – Late-hopped Red #2 (Imperial)
Test Batch - Stereovision
Test Batch - Genius of Suburbia (American Wheat)
Milk Stout #1 for nitro tap
Belgian Pale Ale
Double IPA
Rye PA
Beer Geeks Imperial Stout (Velvet Elvis)
Smashbomb
Antigravity
Netherworld
Hoptical Illusion


Friday, January 13, 2012

Black Creek Historic Brewery - Porter

ABV 5% (Bottled)

From the Bottle

"EXPERIENCE ONTARIO'S RICH BREWING HERITAGE - Black Creek Historic Brewery is located in the heart of Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, Ontario. Here we have recreated a working historic brewery where our Brew Masters handcraft the same ales enjoyed in Ontario's country villages in the 1800's." They have a decent looking website at www.blackcreekbrewery.ca

The History

"In the 1860s there were 155 registered breweries in Ontario, and countless smaller operations. Black Creek Historic Brewery is the first in this province to replicate the brewing processes of that era, when there was no electricity or refrigeration, no stainless steel tanks or bottling plants."

"Porter - Porter's deep-mahogany colour comes from a darkly roasted malt. The flavour varies from slightly nutty with burnt grain hints to bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Originating as a distinct style in the 1700s, its name comes from the hardworking porters of London who enjoyed this inexpensive, fortifying drink."


The Pour

This porter pours light with a one finger, off-white head that disappeared quickly even with a hard pour. No frothy mustaches here. The colour is a dark brown/red mahogany. I again used a wide mouth Chimay glass at cellar temp.

Aroma

Malty sweetness is first to hit the nose. Overall it's a hit of sweetness. Nothing I'd call toasty. The scent of caramel is prominent, like Werther's Original. Very pleasant. The nose is by far the best thing about this brew.

Taste

Hits the tongue very watery with little carbonation. The caramel and malt flavours are very soft as well. The body is light on substance, flavours and effect which is disappointing. There is little to no aftertaste to speak of. No surprises here. The promise of 'roasted' flavours and aromas is a shame to miss. Possibly some mild hop bite, but I'm talking very mild. Maybe a session porter?

Overall Impressions

As this is a porter I've heard it should be lighter, but then also read that there is little difference between porters and stouts these days. That puts this brew up against some serious competition. Overall it's a very drinkable beer with light carbonation and light flavours, but this seems to have cost it any interesting layers or surprises it could have had. I'd call this the Coors Light of porters/stouts. It has it's place, but more as an introduction to the style. All this being said I give it a C. However, since I may be unfamiliar with some stylistic differences, I could be off in expecting a stronger more layered beer. If that is the case, I could go for a C+.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Local Brewery’s “Beer for Solar Power” Program Continues with New Beer Release

Ottawa, ON

Beau's fall beer Dunkelbuck, now aged in bourbon barrels, available tomorrow in limited quantities.

Members in Beau's All Natural's Greener Futures Program will be issued the newest beer in the series Thursday January 12, a dunkelweizen bock brewed last fall and aged since then in bourbon barrels. Only 400L of this beer has been produced, and is available first and foremost to members of Beau's Greener Futures Program, which began in 2011.

The program is a beer club/co-operative. Club members are entitled to 30 bourbon/rye barrel aged beers (10 x 600ml bottles per year) over 3 years, at a membership fee of $300. The fees will be used to install solar panels on the 30,000 sq. ft roof of the brewery. Greener Futures releases are slated approximately every 6-8 weeks. Currently overflow amounts are being sold to the public, but once membership fills in to the full 600, these beers will only be available through the club.

In recognition of the innovation the program represents, Beau’s Greener Futures Beer for Solar Power was chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of the “10 Ideas that Changed Food in 2011.”
Bourbon aged Dunkelbuck will be available while quantities last through BYBO, the Ottawa-based home beer delivery service, as well as direct from the brewery in Vankleek Hill. The 600 ml bottles retail for $12 including tax and deposit. For information on membership in the Greener Futures Program go to www.beaus.ca, or call 1-866-585-BEER.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask is set to hit LCBO shelves in the last week of February!

The limited edition Irish Whiskey Cask was created by aging an Innis & Gunn Scottish Stout – the first they had ever brewed – in extremely rare oak barrels that had previously been used to mature one of the great triple distilled Irish Whiskeys. Over weeks of maturation, the stout slowly unlocked the smooth, complex flavours from inside the Oak. The resulting beer is rich, complex and smooth, with aromas and flavours of intense dark chocolate and treacle alongside Innis & Gunn's signature vanilla and oak notes.

Look for reviews of this sure to be pleasure in the next couple of weeks!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Brasseurs Illimités - Simple Malt Impériale Stout

8.1% ABV

"Velvety black as night, rich, creamy, with aromas of dark chocolate, with flavors of bittersweet chocolate."

The Pour

Poured from a 341mL bottle, this beer is like liquid dark chocolate with an espresso head. Completely opaque with about a half finger of head. This dissipated very quickly.

Aroma

Nice notes of cocoa and dark bittersweet chocolate dominate the nose. Also hints of toffee and roasted espresso beans present. Some smokiness. Very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste

Nice rich flavours. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Bitter dark chocolate and bitter coffee flavours without being too strong. Quite lovely.

Overall Impression

This is yet another delicious treat from "La Belle Province". Brewers there seem to have no problem showing how to brew a proper stout. Big flavour, very nice mouthfeel. You can sip away on this for a while. We balanced and super smooth. A very solid Imperial Stout. I would give it an "A".

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Founders Brewing Company to Release All Day IPA Session Ale



Grand Rapids, MI

First addition to award-winning breweries’ lineup in six years

Founders Brewing Co.’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers, announced today that All Day IPA would be the next addition to the brewery’s year-round lineup, with availability limited to Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and the greater Chicago area beginning on February 6, 2012.

All Day IPA is a session ale that has the traditional qualities of an India Pale Ale with significantly lower alcohol. At 4.7% ABV, the beer is highly drinkable, but maintains the intense tropical aromatics and complex flavors consistent with Founders' portfolio.

This beer was in development for nearly three years before the brewery perfected it. Then, the All Day IPA recipe won the silver medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival. Due to capacity constraints and multiple expansions, Founders Brewing Company now feels they are prepared to launch their first year-round product since 2006. Limited distribution is due to the soft hop harvest. “We will never compromise a recipe in order to increase sales,” explains
Engbers.

“It’s the beer that almost wasn’t,” says Co-Founder, President & CEO Mike Stevens. “It’s tough to brew and gave us more than one problem throughout its development. But then we realized that this is the beer we’d all been waiting for.”

Engbers adds, “We pride ourselves on only putting beers in bottles that we would pick out on the shelves ourselves—and we’re picky beer drinkers…it would be just wrong not to be bottle All Day IPA.”

The last beer that Founders added to its year-round six-pack and draft lineup was Red’s Rye PA in 2006.

Founders Brewing Company opened their doors in 1997 with the vision of creating some of the most unique craft beer in the world. Today, Founders has a loyal following, with several beers lauded nationally and internationally as award winners in their respective categories. They are currently rated the second highest brewery in the world by ratebeer.com.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beer Mail from Dead Frog Brewery


Well Happy New Year! A delightful seasonal to sample from Dead Frog Brewery arrived this week.

A Christmas Beeracle indeed. I am looking forward to sampling this fine brew for a fine cause. Get out and get some today!

Nothing like doin it Froggy Style!













Thursday, January 5, 2012

Short's Brewery - Good Humans

8% ABV

"This Double Brown Ale, made with Carabrown Malt, was created to showcase one of Briess Malting Company’s new products. Although it was thought to be a onetime brewing event, this beer is now one of our most recent successes. Sweet malty aromas mingle with prominent toasted caramel and toffee flavors. This beer finishes pleasingly dry, with a bouquet of hops that have slight fruity qualities."

THE POUR

This ale pours a dark copper colour with a reddish tint. It has a half finger off white head. The head has good retention and is very dense.

THE AROMA

The aroma is heavy on pine a citrus, and hint of malts in the background.

THE TASTE

The taste has a nice sweet malt, caramel taste with very nice citrus hop finish. It has a full body and a very creamy mouth feel.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

My overall impressions of this ale is great. This ale was a bit of a surprise for me. Hoppy dark ales are not usually high on my list. This was nicely balanced wilt a great malt and hop character. The mouth feel is thick and creamy with no indication of 8% abv. This is the best dry hopped brown ale I have tried in recent memory. I would rate this an 8 out of 10.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Microbrasserie Charlevoix - Dominus Vobiscum Triple


ABV 9% (Bottled)

“Our TRIPLE is an eloquent and generous golden ale with fresh hop aromas and warming alcohol. Wrapped up in a wealthy body that lures you into a delicately bitter finish. Perfectly balanced this sumptuous ale is as complex as it is highly drinkable.”


Tidbits

Dominus vobiscum, a Latin phrase meaning "The Lord be with you".

From Wikipedia : “Tripel is a term used by brewers mainly in the Low Countries, some other European countries, and the USA to describe a strong pale ale, loosely in the style of Westmalle Tripel.[1] The origin of the term is unknown, though the main theory is that it indicates strength in some way.

The Pour


This beer pours clear golden/orange and is alive with bubbles in true Belgian style. It pours a one finger head that quickly dissipates. My pour was at cellar temperature.

Aroma

This ale is a feast for the nose as well as the palate. The aroma is extremely sweet and malty with some definite baked bread, citrus, mango and banana aromas coming through. It almost has the nose of one of those fruit puree tropical cocktails by V8.

Taste

This ale hits the mouth with lots of carbonation. Almost a little too much to my taste. However, the overall feel is cool, smooth and refreshing with a light body and lingering hoppy bitterness on the finish as well as in the aftertaste which is quite sticky in the mouth. The flavor itself is mild and there is a little alcoholic warmth but its hidden very well for a 9% tipple.

Overall Impressions

Overall I would say this is a very solid high alcohol ale. I would almost call it dangerous as it is so easily drinkable. I would keep a couple bottles around to surprise lucky guests with how a high alcohol ale can be just as drinkable as the big name brands, only much more complex and tasty. I give this ale a B+.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Resolution News from Avery's

A nice welcome to the New Year from the fine folks at Avery's!

"Welcome to 2012! Thank you so much for being a part of our most successful year yet in 2011, and we have a few resolutions for this new year... First of all, we will squeeze every drop of beer possible out of our current brewery to make sure that as many Avery-heads as possible can enjoy some of our savory suds. Second, we will begin construction of our new brewing facility in Boulder, CO, which will allow us to quench an exponentially greater number of palates. Third, we will continue to focus on brewing the highest quality gourmet beers while breaking the boundaries of what is possible in brewing.

Here's to sharing another pint together! "

Monday, January 2, 2012

Muscat d'Amour & Rècolte Sauvage Barrel Aged Series Release




Avery's has announced the latest in their Barrel Aged Series. Being released on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 4:00pm;

"Please join us on this most loving union of #10 and #11 of our Barrel-Aged Series. In commemoration of the most romantic day of the year, we are releasing a partnership of two barrel-aged lovers at the very same time on the Saturday before Valentine's Day. On one hand, we have an ale guided by the nuances of Muscat Blanc grapes and aged in Chardonnay barrels; on the other, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes bled into ale that was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. One white, one red, both held for 14 months in their barrels, and both given life by wild yeasts. Truly expressions of our experimental nature and passion for brewing, these beers will bring love to the table they grace.

The only way to guarantee a snaring of these rapturous brews is to visit us on February 11th at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder, CO. Bottles will go on sale at 4pm for $8 each, and purchases will be limited to 6 bottles of each. Quantities will be extremely limited so we cannot guarantee that any
bottles will escape the state."






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