Tuesday, 5 September 2017

September 5, 2017

To those who have been calling it a craft beer bubble it is worth noting that tickets for Bellwoods' Witchstock sold out in minutes.

I don't entirely get it.  Sure there is a shuttle from the subway, which is a very nice touch, and, yes, there will be one-offs and rarities from some seventeen breweries but it costs $45.00 plus taxes plus "service" fees to be admitted.  The sticker and custom glass would not, for me, take the sting away nor would the tokens good for four five ounce pours.

Further tokens are available at $3.00 each which works out to $12.00 a pint.

I can walk into C'est What, for example, any day of the week without being charged admission to find some thirty or more beers to choose from.  If hipsters wish to be fleeced I suppose someone feels the obligation to do it but I don't picture myself attending anything as costly as this.  I really don't mind what I get for free.

September 4, 2017

305/2123) Home:  Nottabottle Belgian Pale Ale by Smithaven Brewing Company of Ontario:  *1/2;  4.5%;  brewed with Abbey style yeast;  very yeasty nose;  mostly sweet yeast with a hint of dark fruit and spice;

The package reads, "It's a can!".  It seems they are known for bottle conditioned ales and this is in response to requests for cans which would make it a good choice for Labour Day rabble.ca mixers.

September 3, 2017

304/2122) Home:  5 Fingers Brown Ale by Nita Beer Company of Ontario:  **;  5.5%;    toasted malt nose;  rich, mild sweetness, roasted malt with a slightly burnt edge;

Continues the trend of cycling themed packaging.

September 2, 2017

303/2121) Home:  Single by New Limburg Brewing Company of Ontario:  *;   5.5%:  Brewed with brettanomyces yeast - I'm not sure why someone would do this to a Belgian style beer;  yeasty nose with a bit of funk;  yeasty flavours but where one might expect dark fruit notes there is a touch the tart cideriness one associates with "bret";  sour after taste;

There is more than one St. Christina but as she is depicted with a sword here I will guess this is St. Christina of Tyre, who was martyred by sword, on the label.

The complete set:  Single, Dubbel, Tripel and Quadrupel purchased in Nixon, Ontario.

September 1, 2017

It was announced today that Brick Brewing has sold their brewing facility in Formosa after letting it be known it was on the block this past January.  They had previously sold the original plant in Waterloo and now everything is concentrated in Kitchener.

What is odd, and I suspect this is a result of only a plant being sold, not the entire company, is how obscure the buyers are.  I looked up every article I could find and almost nothing is known of the buyers save that one Zhang Haoliang speaks for them.

The word is that this unknown group intends to operate the facility as a brewery but I am going to keep my eye out for a condominium announcement just the same.

August 31, 2017

It appears that Silly Season has morphed into something a little more sinister.  Recent events in Charlottesville have inspired Muddy York Brewing to donate portions of the proceeds for a recent release to a variety of activist groups.  Events in Berkeley appear to have left them un-moved.

Among these groups is one whose co-founder sent this tweet:

I still get to choose where I spend my after tax dollars and it is an easy decision to send my money elsewhere.

Monday, 4 September 2017

August 30, 2017

302/2120) Home:  Craft Lager by Muskoka Brewery of Ontario:  *;  4.8%;  unfiltered, no preservatives;  crisp refreshing malty lager with faint fruit notes;