Sunday, 17 July 2016

June 28, 2016

119/1704) Home:  Sweet Pete's Ride On, Radler by Henderson Brewing of Ontario:  **;  3.8%;  lemony, not grapefruit as is most often the case;  refreshing, not sweet in spite the almost soda-ish flavours;

This was designed in collaboration with Sweet Pete's Bike Shop.  It's a touching story.  A friend of one of the staff was afflicted with ALS and solicited help from a number of bike shops with regard to setting up his bicycle so that he could continue cycling.  Only Sweet Pete's got back to him and with their assistance he was able to ride until only a few days before he died.  Sweet Pete's has three locations and if I lived in Toronto I wouldn't go anywhere else for my cycling needs.

I also bought this at the brewery tour.  Their four-pack case is pretty cool.

June 27, 2016

118/1703) Home:  Illiterate Librarian Grapefruit IPA by Refined Fool Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **1/2;  5.7%, 70 ibu;  sharp, fresh grapefruit nose;  sharp grapefruit bite to the palate;  bitter grapefruit zest after taste; described as "an IPA with some grapefruit";

June 26, 2016

117/1702) Home:  Dear Toronto, You Suck, Love Vancouver by Henderson Brewing of Ontario:  **;  a 6.5% West Coast IPA;  earthy rooty nose, touch of lemon;  dry and earthy;

June 25, 2016

116/1701) Home:  Clutch American Pale Ale by Redline Brewhouse of Ontario:  **1/2; 4.8%, 42 ibu;  brewed with barley malt and flaked oats, Centennial, Citra, Amarillo, Mandarina and Bavaria hops;  strong tropical and pine nose;  delicious citrus and tropical flavours;  a winner - I hope to see more from Redline;

The brewhouse also has a beer called "Check Engine".

Thursday, 14 July 2016

June 24, 2016

114/1699) beerbistro:  Shattercone IPA by Stack Brewing of Ontario:  **;    5.5%;  piney nose;  soft muted pine notes;  bitter after taste;

A shatter cone is an uncommon geological feature which forms in bedrock (as opposed to Bedrock...) where meteorites have struck the earth or from the shock of an underground nuclear detonation.  It is believed that the Sudbury area has been hit by meteorites at least twice.  Stack also has a beer called Impact;

115/1700) Thirsty and Miserable:  Bitter Beauty by Sawdust City of Ontario:  **1/2;  a 9.0%, 90 ibu Imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with Canadian song and dance man Jason Collett;  opaque;  very strong piney nose;  not nearly so excessively bitter as Twin Pine dies to a strong malt presence;

This came in a can, though I have since had it here on draught.

I learned today that the television set I spotted last time was inherited from the previous owner and they do not subscribe to cable.  Katie has further reduced her non-beer selections as per her chalkboard, "Booze:  Jameson (yup, that's it!) $6 1 oz shot  Mix your whiskey with pop $6.5 (if we like you) $7 (if you're douchey)".  I like Katie a whole lot.

As is my habit I took St. Jean Baptiste day off.  I did find time to drink a couple of beers from Quebec.

June 21, 2016

113/1698) Henderson Brewing:  Food Truck Beer by Henderson Brewing of Ontario:  *1/2;  4.5%, 19 ibu;  a blonde ale, "designed to be an easy drinking crisp beer";  the brewer said it was designed to accompany food;  malty nose;  easy drinking;  the beer list suggests pineapple notes but I could only detect a touch;  

I have mentioned earlier how I won the lottery the day I was married and here is another example. My wife let me know a couple of days earlier to save the date as she had booked a tour of the brewery.  Henderson Brewing is named for Robert Henderson, Toronto's first brewery owner.  It is located in the Junction Triangle.  The GO train I take to Union Station passes just south of the brewery.  It is a terrific, open concept plant with a bar and snacks and it's filled with memorabilia.  I have taken a few brewery tours but this was the best yet.

They also make an excellent root beer but they report that they can scarcely make enough to meet the demand from people walking in.  Until they have more capacity only their beer is available for take away and not their root beer.

June 20, 2016

This is a whole lot of fun:  it's a TV ad from 1985, courtesy the Retrontario website.