Monday, 21 May 2018

February 15, 2018

48/2269) Great Lakes Brewery:  Blonde Lager by Great Lakes Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  5%;  grassy;

This was a "Taste & Tutor" session.  At the end of the evening we received certificates evidencing that we are certified Pompous Asses.  We had to pass a quiz first but everyone scored ten of ten.

49/2270) Great Lakes Brewery:  Restrained Jubilation Helles by Great Lakes Brewery of Ontario:  *;  4.8%, 12 ibu;  gluten reduced;  hazy;  match head aroma;  nutty, smokey; 

We were given this to sample the day before its official release.

It wa a multifaceted evening.  A fellow named Alistair, who prefers to be called Alli, guided us through the process of making beer emphasizing each of the four ingredients at one of the steps with an eye to how the final product is influenced at this time by variations in this ingredient.

At the same time we were pairing beers with cheese.  Canuck Pale Ale was matched with a Canadian cheddar, Pompous Ass with Brie, Lake Effect with a blue cheese, their Blonde lager with goat cheese, and Harry Porter with Collier's Welch cheddar, an unpasteurized cheese, not intended for the Canadian market.

We also tried Harry Porter and the Cherry Hoarder.

I met the Ontario Beer Guy but I didn't have the nerve to ask how wise it was to drive with personalized licence plates decreeing this title.

February 13, 2018

45/2266) C'est What:  Hard To Say DIPA by Stone City Ales of Ontario:  **; 8.2%, 90 ibu;  brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Summit hops as well as oats and wheat;  murky;  nose of pine and tropical fruit;  strong, nearly overpowering pine with citrus notes;  a bit much;

46/2267) C'est What:  Ninho Do Corvo Coconut Porter by Beau's All Natural Brewing of Ontario:  **; 5.6%, 25 ibu; a FeBREWary beer brewed in collaboration with Weird Barrel craft brewery of Brazil;  brewed with organic toasted coconut and cacao nibs from South America; nose is as much chocolate as coconut;  blend of chocolate, coffee;  the coconut is somewhat subdued until the finish;

47/2268) C'est What:  Winter Stout by Collingwood Brewery of Ontario:  **; 5%, 30 ibu;  from their Freestyle series;  an oatmeal stout with orange peel, cocoa nibs and cinnamon;  nose is primarily roasted coffee with a hint of cinnamon;  I am getting the cinnamon and cocoa but the orange is subtle;

Today is the 30th anniversary of  C'est What.  My lunch was 30% off.

February 9, 2018

44/2265) Home:  Yuletide Barley Wine, Vintage 2017 by Wellington Brewery of Ontario:  **;  9.8%, 55 ibu;  nose is dark sugar with a hint of alcohol.;  dark sugar, alcohol, sweet malt flavours;

February 8, 2018

42/2263) beerbistro:  Azacca India Pale Ale by Founders Brewing Company of Michigan, U.S.A.:  **;  7%;, 70 ibu;  citrus nose;  earthy, resiny flavours;

Azacca hops are named for the Haitian god of agriculture.

43/2264) beerbistro:  Avebode Abbey Beer by Brouwerij Huyghe of Belgium:  *1/2;  7.5%;  the major selling point for this was that it is from the same manufacturer as Delrium Tremens;  clove and banana nose;  yeasty with notes of cloves and bananas;

February 7, 2018

41/2262) Home:  Huronic Tripel by Side Launch Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  9.5%;  from their 1st Launch series;  nose is yeast and cloves;  yeasty with clove notes and mild banana flavours;

February 6, 2018

40/2261) Home:  Mosaic Promise by Founders Brewing Company of Michigan, U.S.A.:  **;  5.5%, 50 ibu;  a single hop pale ale brewed with barley malt and wheat malt;  citrusy nose with a dry, earthy edge;  citrusy with an herbal finish;

February 5, 2018

39/2260) Home:  Yellow Truck Complicated Blonde Lager by Draught Dodger Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  4.8%, 20 ibu;  brewed by Cool Beer Brewing for Draught Dodger;  the tin, which I seem to have neglected to take a photo of, helpfully gives instructions for home brewers wishing to recreate this;  malty with mild orange and lemon flavours;  as lagers go...

I was intrigued by this one as it has this been available at the Monk's Kettle for a long time and the MK is not exactly a lager bar.  Whether it remains so I cannot say as their twitter feed is "restricted".