Sunday, 13 November 2016

November 12, 2016

215/1800) Home:  Remembrance Red by Royal City Brewing of Ontario:  *1/2;  5%, 25 ibu;  unfiltered;  pours reddish brown;   very malty nose;  malt, mild spice, minerally notes; a tiny bit nondescript but it seems like it would goes well with food; one dollar from the sale of each bottle goes to Wounded Warriers;

Had I remembered that the next two Remembrance Days are going to be on weekends I might have taken the opportunity to attend the ceremony at Fort York again but after the Brampton ceremony I went to Tracks (which is why this one wasn't consumed on the 11th) and ran into an acquaintance who had served in both the Navy and the Army.  This may not be as rare as I might have imagined as there is another regular with a similar resume.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

November 9, 2016

213/1798) Home:  Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest by Parallel 49 of British Columbia:  **;  5%;  brewed with Munich and Pilsner hops, pumpkin;  mild pumpkin nose;  pumpkin flavours and malt with pumpkin pie spices, especially towards the finish;

214/1799) Home:  Ball's Falls Session IPA by Bench Brewing Company of Ontario:  **1/2;  4.5%;  "crafted in the escarpment" (Beamsville to be precise);  brewed with barley and wheat;  wonderful citrusy nose;  citrusy, nearly floral flavours with a very mildly dry finish;  .

My wife had tried this before me and she was crazy about it.  The cashier at the LCBO knew and liked Ball's Falls though she expressed the hope the beer wasn't brewed with the water from the falls.

November 8, 2016

211/1796)  Home:  Rambler IPA by Goose Island Beer Co. of Ontario:  **;  6.7%;  brewed with barley and wheat;  nose of green tea and pine;  peach, pine flavours;

212/1797) Home:  Dunkel Fester by Wychwood Brewery of England:  **;  4.4%;  the label reads, "disturbingly dark" and "'tis the season of mischief";  brewed with barley, wheat, oats;  very English malty nose;  nutty flavours with a hint of fruit at the finish;

November 6, 2016

210/1795) Rainhard Brewing Company:  Hearts Collide Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout:  **1/2;  11%, 90 ibu;  the nose is bitter cherries, alcohol, dark coffee;  notes of vanilla and bourbon but it's not so sweet as these can often be;  alcohol and vanilla finish;

It turns out that the first Saturday of November is Learn To Brew Day and Rainhard was hosting this opportunity to meet home brewers and ask questions of them.  This is very well timed for me.  I learned that it is not a bad thing that the contents of my growler were very murky and neither is it bad that the bowl of sanitized water at the end of my blow-off tube was pretty cloudy as well.  It simply means that my yeast is fermenting very vigorously.

Everyone there was using those five gallon pots that I have seen being used to deep fry turkeys.  The big advantage is temperature control is a lot easier than it is using a stove top as I did.

November 5, 2016

209/1794) Frankenstout Session Stout by Block Three Brewing Co. of Ontario:  *1/2;  5.0% - again, I am prompted to question the concept of a 5% 'session' stout;  mocha, mild roasted malt nose;  the flavours are a bit washed out -  sweet mocha, chocolate;

With so many exceptional stouts out there this suffers in comparison.

November 3, 2016

207/1792) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  Helga's Shameful Birthday Surprise by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  **1/2;  a Thursday cask;  brewed with cherries, cocoa, vanilla;  very dark;  sweet chocolate nose, almost like Nestle's Quik from in the day;  cherries are largely absent until the close;  strong, sweet chocolate and vanilla flavours;

I am reminded of Aphrodite but this one is sweeter.  Maybe Young;s Double Chocolate Stout (on draught) is closer.

208/1793) Home:  Lawrence of Arabica by Amager Bryghus of Denmark:  **;  a 7% coffee orange porter;  brewed with coffee beans and orange zest;  the nose is dark coffee with a hint of orange zest;  mostly dark, dark coffee favours;

Maybe all the good names for beers aren't taken after all.

Today is International Stout Day.

October 30, 2016

I sense a disaster in the works but the confluence of an Indigo Chapters gift card, free shipping and the offer of saving five dollars pushed me off the fence and I have purchased the highly recommended for beginners Brooklyn Brew Shop home brewing kit.  I felt the need to buy another stock pot and a bigger funnel and strainer as well.  Some day when I am in a frivolous mood I will calculate how much my first batch of beer has cost me per bottle.

An immediate benefit is that I have a fair bit of spent grain which I have dried and stored.  I have already baked a batch of spent grain and cheddar scones which have gone over well at home, save for with my daughter who finds anything remotely related to beer most revolting.  A couple of weeks ago I purchased a loaf of bread at the Montgomery's Inn Wednesday afternoon farmers' market which was made with spent grain from Black Creek's historic brewery.  I thought it was pretty terrific and I will definitely be searching for a recipe.

I bought the Everyday IPA kit.  It makes a gallon so if things go astray I won't be looking at too much bad beer.  I stuck to the rules the first time out but I plan to start clearing out the freezer and incorporating the hops I have been growing in my back yard.

Bottling is scheduled for mid-November.