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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the greenest beer in the province. Ontario Craft Brewers produce traditional darks and stouts with plenty of flavour and traditional Irish character. Go green this year and raise a fresh pint of Ontario Craft Brewers’ locally-produced, small-batch, low-footprint beers.
“There are so many dark, delicious stouts and traditional brews produced by Ontario Craft Brewers,” says Ken Woods of Black Oak Brewery in Toronto. “When you toast your good luck, love and happiness, lift a local craft beer -- like our Double Chocolate Cherry Stout.”
Here’s to the smiling Irish taste of Ontario Craft Beer, available at local breweries, LCBOs, pubs and restaurants across the province:
The Perfect Triple from Trafalgar Ales & Meads:
Trafalgar Irish Ale - Trafalgar's version of this brown ale is reminiscent of the old style of Irish brewing. Brewed as an "anytime ale" this beer is smooth and refreshing. Willamette hops are used to provide a subtle background to the dominant grain flavours of the unique blend of four malts. It is best accompanied by rich and full flavoured dishes.
Patty’s Irish Red - Irish Red was created in the 1800's by master brewer George Henry Lett. Trafalgar has recreated the extraordinary nutty taste and unique amber colour with crystal malts and roasted barley. Tettnanger and Saaz hops round out the bouquet of this fine dark lager. Paddy's compliments such pub fare as stews, cheeses and meat pies.
St. Patrick’s Pick (Extra Special Bitter) St. Patrick's Pick is a hoppy pale or "bitter" ale brewed throughout Ireland . Consistent with the style, the hop flavours are allowed to dominate, giving this amber ale a lovely floral bouquet and thirst quenching bitterness. The hops rule! Foods with full flavour and heavy spices are an excellent compliment to St. Patrick's Pick.
Super stout alternative from Mill Street Brewery:
Cobblestone Stout - Brewmaster Joel Manning says, “It’s a classic, rich, dry stout porter, much lighter in flavour and alcohol than traditional English stouts. We use a mix of caramel malt, roasted barley, and nugget bittering hops to create its classic dark appearance, roasted malt character and bittersweet mocha flavour.
Much-Anticipated Seasonal Release from Amsterdam Brewing Company:
Spring Bock - Amsterdam’s Spring Bock was the brewery’s first seasonal to be accepted in the LCBO in 2011 and it’s back again in LCBOs across Ontario for the 2012 spring beer release. “Six thousand liters sold out in a couple of weeks last year; so we made sure to brew more this year,” says Amsterdam’s media and marketing contact Blake Van Delft. “It’s a style that ages really well in the cellar too, so if you’re planning on picking up a couple of bottles, put one away for a few months (or a year if you can) to compare flavours.” Originally brewed only in monasteries for consumption during Lent, bock beers are the richest, creamiest, and most full-bodied beers in the world. Because of their high food energy and nutritional content, bock beer provided sustenance to monks who were required to fast for over 40 days and nights. If there was one beer you could literally live off of, this would be it. Fermented with a house strain of Danish yeast and aged three times longer than other beers, Amsterdam Spring Bock is a seasonal brew you do not want to miss out on.
Really, really good and green beer from Steam Whistle Brewing:
Steam Whistle Pilsner – With a philosophy of "Do one thing really, really well", this award-winning Toronto brewery and thriving tourist attraction knows how to make a good, green beer. The brewery focuses on a single brand, their Steam Whistle Pilsner, under the watchful eye of Czech-trained brewmaster Marek Mikunda. It’s known as Canada’s Greenest Brewery for its sustainability practices (powered 100% by green electricity, delivering with Bio Diesel, using Deep Lake Water Cooling), and for its water and energy conservation practices. Sustainable suds for a conscious drinker.
Steam Whistle St. Patrick’s Day Party at the brewery in support of the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society: Saturday March 17th 2pm-midnight, Entertainment by Brogue, Poor Angus and the Woodgate-Shamrock Irish Dancers. $15 at the door.
Totally D.I.Y. this St. Patty’s Day with Beau’s All Natural Brewery:
Strong Patrick Irish Red - For St Patrick's Day, Beau's is brewing a Strong Patrick Irish Red that will be available in March. This special brew is a strong partially barrel-wood aged interpretation of Irish Red Ale. Tasting Notes: A luscious red-hued ale with a malty backbone showcasing toasty and toffee notes complimented by whiskey flavours with underlying wood and vanilla nuances.
Beaver River I.P.EH? - spring seasonal India Pale Ale now available. Beaver River marries the typical flavour profiles of the British and American interpretations of an India Pale Ale. Expect a bold yet balanced blend of hop bitterness, estery yeast character and a blend of both citrus and earthy hop aromas. Beaver River is an assertive beer and as such, should be paired with equally assertive foods. Spicy Mexican or Indian food, wild game and pungent or smoked cheeses would be ideal.
Pour on British Tradition with Neustadt Springs Brewery:
Texas Tea Honey Stout - Dark smooth and rich, enhanced with natural local honey, giving a subtle sweetness and Offsetting the deep rich bitterness of the original stout.
Neustadt 10w30 Brown Ale - A traditional dark English Mild. The term mild meaning “not bitter” does not refer to strength. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Giving rich malt and light nut aromas and mellow malt and good hop notes to the palate. A smooth and easy drinkable ale. Perfectly partnered with beef, steaks, stews, goulash or kebabs.
OCB St. Paddy’s Day Beer Cocktail (Beata Szczypek, DeSotos)
What's Green, part Irish and tastes great? KELLY GREEN, the latest St. Patty's day inspired OCB beer cocktail.
10oz Amsterdam Blonde
1/2oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
1/4oz Blue Curaçao *
*Add another 1/4oz of Blue Curaçao for a sweeter & greener version.
Amsterdam Blonde serves as the perfect smooth, crisp and well-balanced lager that can hold its own against the bite of the whiskey. With Blue Curacao in the mix, sweet and lively citrus notes soften any of the whiskey's remaining severity while transforming your drink to a green and playful St. Paddy's day cocktail. Kelly may look like a sweet Irish lass but beware she packs a potent punch.
Come by DeSotos, 1079 St. Clair West in Toronto to try out the KELLY GREEN cocktail.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
- Canadian Superior Pilsen Malt
- Saaz, Vanguard and Tettnanger hops
- 5.2% alc./vol.
- 13 °P Original Gravity
- 45 IBU
- 3 SRM
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
ABV 4.6% (Bottled in Mill Street Seasonal Six pack)
From the Bottle
"Our multiple award winning ESB is a traditional British pub ale brewed with English floor-malted pale ale malt and hops. The resulting copper-hued beauty is a beguiling balance of flavours that make it as classic fire-side pint."
Now you know
"Bitter" is an English term for pale ale. Bitters vary in colour from gold to dark amber and in strength from 3% to 7% alcohol by volume. Where "bitter" is used it indicates a pale ale of lower alcohol content brewed in a less hop-focused style than typical American pale ales.
Crisp, clean with a light maple syrup colour that is almost orange. There is no head at all but some refreshing looking carbonation.
Wonderful light, sweet, malty nose. Very English as promised.
Smooth, medium bodied mouth feel. Quite pleasant and refreshing carbonation for an ale. It's very light on taste though, which isn't surprising considering the light beer ABV. A light refresher of an ale, but some more hops or malt flavours would be welcome. That being said, you can tell it's brewed with pale ale hops and malts. It has an unmistakable pale ale feel with bitterness and brightness in the mouth that a usual pub ale wouldn't, just not a lot of it.
I would say this is what it says it is, a "traditional British pub ale". Although I think it has a bit more life to it because of it's pale ale roots. Still, it wasn't very memorable. C+.
ABV 7% (Bottled in Mill Street Seasonal Six pack)
From the Bottle
"Our uber-traditional strong lager beer is made exclusively from malt imported from Franconia in north Bavaria. These richly flavoured malts produce a warming caramel palate that when combined with German hops from the Hallertau produce a deeply decadent winter beer style that's born in the heart of Germany and brewed fresh here by Mill Street. Prost!"
Now you know
The Hallertau or Holledau is an area in Bavaria, Germany. At 178 km², it is listed as the largest continuous hop-planting area in the world. According to the International Hop Growing Convention, Germany produces roughly one third of the world's hops (used as flavoring and stabilizers during beer brewing), over 80% of which are grown in the Hallertau.
Nice amber colour, no head. Well carbonated.
Sweet malt with the bite of heavier hops. I detected a bit of cinnamon under the malty sweetness which was a nice surprise.
Smooth, medium/full bodied, balanced mouth feel. It has some nice kick and a bit of warmth in the chest. It starts to develop rather nicely throughout the bottle, showing some roast and almost dessert like spicy flavours that really helped me taste the 'winter beer' styling.
A tasty lager with a nice warm bite. I'd call it a sup'd up version of the ESB on a scale of body and flavour and ABV. This is no where near the dark, spicy, warmth and complexity of the Garrison spiced holiday ale I had last week, but it is definitely a nice beer that's just different enough to keep your attention even if you may not find the "deeply decadent" layers promised. B-.
Overall Overall - These are two brews that show what Mill Street does best, make light flavoured beers that may not always be challenging, but always deliver on taste and drinkability. I'll never pass up trying a new Mill Street. These two are nice special additions to their seasonal winter six pack, and show what they can brew outside of their usual brands.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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From the Bottle
"Specially brewed with cloves, cinnamon & demerara suger, this festive strong ale will have you dreaming of snowy days and winter nights. Cheers!"
"Garrison introduced the craft beer movement to Nova Scotians and visitors alike. Today Garrison brews a variety of full flavored, all natural, preservative free ales. Each glass represents a tribute to the art of hand-crafting ales with the finest natural ingredients." They have a very nice homepage at http://www.garrisonbrewing.com/homepage.html
Now you know
"Demerara (Dutch: Demerary) was a region in South America in what is now Guyana that was colonised by the Dutch in 1611. The British invaded and captured the area in 1796. It was located about the lower courses of the Demerara River, and its main town was Georgetown. Demerara sugar is so named because originally it came from sugar cane fields in the colony of Demerara." Wikipedia
Pours ale brown/amber and reveals some richer red up against a light. One finger off-white head that is gone quickly. It sits very clear and still with very little carbonation in the glass. A very English looking ale.
You can really smell the spice of the cloves and the sweetness of the sugar and malts. Almost sweet like cherry jello. I unfortunately didn't get the cinnamon but it could be mixed in with the generally spiciness.
Smooth light bodied mouth-feel with mild unobtrusive carbonation. Just enough to give it some life. Flows over the tongue almost like a light beer it's so smooth. I think this may be my first session winter warmer! Little to no aftertaste, it's gone as soon as it passes over your tongue which makes it very drinkable, if not as complex as some other warmers. It does lose a bit of it's warming character because of the lower alcohol level, which is a shame. However, I am getting a subtle burn/heat in my mouth as I work my way through the bottle, I think this could be a mix of the cloves and cinnamon, it's reminiscent of the heat of ginger, which is quite a pleasant development.
Very little heat, very British in style. A bit of a nice change from really strong winter beers that hit you over the head. Although it is not very complex, it leaves your palete open to appreciate the spices that make it a 'warmer'. And since it doesn't have the usual heat due to the low ABV, I think Garrison has struck a very nice balance here between spice and alcohol. A session-able winter warmer is a new experience for me. Charming in it's simplicity. I would rate this ale a B+. If they had this at the pub on tap (or in the bottle), I would definitely be excited on a cold night. I'm really looking forward to cracking my Spruce Beer and their Black IPA in the coming months.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The first One Hit Wonder Limited Release for 2012 is Propeller 2xIPA (Double India Pale Ale) and will be available February 1st at the Propeller Shop in Growlers only.
2xIPA is a full bodied, unfiltered Double IPA that is brewed with ample amounts of premium Pacific Northwest Cascade hops and is paired with a rich blend of 2-row Pale and Crystal malts. Following fermentation it has been heavily dry hopped with Centennial hops giving this bold brew a big west coast nose. 2xIPA delivers a huge amount of piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from start to finish that is moderately tempered by a sweet malt backbone. If you are a "hophead", this one's for you; big, chewy, resiny and fragrant. At 8.3% alcohol by volume and 85 IBUs, Propeller 2xIPA is not for everyone… It is a TRUE hop bomb, for TRUE hopheads!
About the One Hit Wonder Limited Release Series: On the first of each month beginning February Propeller Brewing Company will release a unique one off brew. One Hit Wonder’s are only available in the popular Growler format at the Propeller retail store known locally as “The Prop Shop”, 2015 Gottingen St. Halifax Nova Scotia. The brewery will continue this limited release series until the busy summer season begins.
2011 releases in the One Hit Wonder series included Propeller Zwicklebier (an unfiltered lager), Propeller DIPA (India Pale Ale), Propeller Bock and Propeller Maritime Mild Ale (English Mild Ale).