Friday, 21 October 2016

September 17, 2016

179/1764) C'est What:  Accelerated Stall IIPA by Barnstorming Brewing of Ontario:  **1/2;  8.4%, 80 ibu;  dry, rooty, herbal nose;  bitter, earthy flavours;

180/1765) Home:  Raspberry Pilsner by Neustadt Springs of Ontario:  **;  4%;  this is the other of the two silver anniversary Handtmann brews I was given;  dark amber;  fresh raspberry nose;  strong raspberry flavours;  none of the hop bitterness typical of a pilsner;

181/1766) Home:  Kokanee Glacier Fresh Beer by Columbia Brewing Co.:  *;   prefectly clear;  mild pilsner like hop flavours;  sweet gingery notes;  the snob in me is trying to dectect the adjuncts;

I first tried this is BC in 1989 in the days before Columbia Brewing was part of the Labatts group.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

September 16, 2016

178/1763) Home:  Absent Landlord by Cowbell Brewing Co. of Ontario:  *1/2;   5.3%, 18 ibu;  a country Kolsch;  slightly hazy;  astringently,  unpleasantly dry;

Cowbell is also known as Blyth Brewing and Distillery Inc.

This beer is named for Henry Blyth who purchased Drummond (later renamed Blyth) in 1885, sight unseen.  He never did cross the ocean to visit from Berkshire, England.

September 15, 2016

176/1761) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  "Cask B" by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  **;  this is the Flanders Saison, which I tried a couple of days ago, brewed with a tea blend and honey;   cloudy;  sweet honey nose;  opens with sweet honey - the tea appears soon after;  finish is mildly spiced tannins;

177/1762) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  "Cask A" by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  *1/2;   Flanders Saison brewed with sage, rosemary and thyme (but no parsley);   it's cloudy but paler than the first, also more persistent head;  tastes like the best stuffing you ever ate;  plenty of sage and it seems to work against the saison backdrop;  still, I am not sure how often I would want to drink this one;

This was a change of mind -  I wasn't going to try this one but by doing so I could cast a ballot on my favourite in the "Cask Battle" for a chance to create a cask with the brewmaster.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

September 11, 2016

175/1760) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  Flanders Saison by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  *1/2;  30 ibu, 4.6%;  brewed for The 3 Brewers', or Les 3 Brasseurs if you prefer, 30th anniversary (ours was nearly a year ago);  hazy;  wheat, berries nose;  fresh mildly spicy with a light hop finish

September 10, 2016

171/1756) Home:  Marzen by Neustadt Springs of Ontario:   *1/2;  5.5%;  a standard marzen with a sweet, almost sugary, malty nose;  very malty and biscuity;

This and the other can pictured were brewed for the twenty fifth anniversary of  Handtmann Canada Ltd.  Handtmann serves the meat and bakery industries, mostly in the area of machinery.  This is a gift from a colleague by way of her husband.

Neudstadt's regular 456 Marzen lager is 5.8%.

172/1757) Home:  Kölsch Lagered Ale by Steamworks Brewing Co. of British Columbia:  *1/2;  4.8%, 22 ibu;  malty nose;  clear, golden;  I found it rather pilsner-like;

173/1758)  Home:  Sleeping Lemons Export by The Wild Beer Company of England:  *1/2;  6%;   brewed with lemons preserved in salt, lemon juice, wheat malt;  basically it's a gose;  pours cloudy;  lemon pie/lemonade nose;  the salt is mercifully understated;  it tastes like a like a lemon and tonic;  I am not entirely convinced by this one;

The Moroccan phrase for preserved lemons translates literally as sleeping lemons.

174/1759) Home:  Éphémére Bleut by Unibroue of Quebec:  **;  a 5.5% blueberry wheat ale or, as the label puts it, "a Belgian style fruit flavoured what ale";  a mere 7 ibu;  the nose is a blend of wheat, yeast and blueberry; fresh blueberry flavours

It looks like a lot but we had a full house today and there was a lot of sharing.

Monday, 17 October 2016

September 8, 2016

169/1754) Home:  Rickard's Red IPA by Molson Coors of Ontario:  **;  5.7%;    very piney nose with green tea notes;  bold floral green tea flavours;  a bit of an odd juxtaposition but the hops win out in the end;  surprising;

My street cred will take a hit.

170/1755) Home:  Badger Fursty Ferret by Hall & Woodhouse Ltd. of England:  **;  4.4%;  a "moreish malty beer',   nose is very English;  sweet, malty biscuity with a hint of hop edge at finish;  this would be very nice on cask;

The story goes, "at one Dorset inn, inquisitive ferrets used to sneak a sample of their local brew".

Sunday, 16 October 2016

September 7, 2016

168/1753) Tracks Brewpub:  Budweiser Prohibition Brew by Labatt's of Canada:  *;  0, yes, 0%;  nose is mostly adjuncts and starch;  brewed with rice and barley malt;  grainy, starchy, a bit sweet;

This tin was an experiment.  I am reminded of Garrison Keillor:  "The man who invented near beer was a damn poor judge of distance.".