Monday, 24 July 2017

July 1, 2017

218/2036) Home:  Canada 150 Best Bitter Ale by Black Creek Historic Brewery of Ontario:  **;  5%;  "inspired by the recipes of the 1800s";  rich and malty with a mildly bitter hop finish;

219/2037) Home:  Confederation Amber Ale by Flying Monkeys of Ontario:  *1/2; 5%;  pours a clear colour somewhere between amber and copper;  nearly no carbonation;  malty, bready flavours;  it's inoffensive yet nondescript;

The tin reads, "The beer that started it all" and, indeed this was the first beer Flying Monkeys brewed on opening some 13 years ago.

Some appropriate beers to unapologetically mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation:

220/2038) Home:  150 Maple and Thistle Rye Ale by Innis & Gunn of Scotland:  **;  5.9%;  brewed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation;  matured for 150 days in 150 oak barrels;  bottle conditioned;  brewed with maple syrup and Scottish wild thistle;  likely worth aging;  pours a  dark amber;  oaky vanilla nose;  toffee notes, maple; herbal bitterness, presumably from the thistle, offsets the sweetness at the finish;

Innis & Gunn almost always have a special beer to mark Canada Day, a tribute to some of their more enthusiastic customers and a symbol of how important individuals descended from Scotland have been in our history.

June 30, 2017

It was announced today that Peter McAuslan, founder of McAuslan Brewing of Quebec, has been made a Member of the Order of Canada.  McAuslan Brewing is very well represented on these pages.  Congratulations go out to Peter Gould McAuslan, C.M.

June 29, 2017

217/2035) Home:  Spotted Cow Fieldberry White by Amsterdam Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  5%;  brewed with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries;  a very nearly cidery nose what with all those berries;  the yeastiness of a wheat beer with a snap of berries, especially at the finish;

June 26, 2017

216/2034) Monk's Kettle, Etobicoke:  Catch 23 IPA by Forked River Brewing of Ontario:  **1/2;  6.3%;  nose is citrusy (lemon) with a hint of pine;  fresh citrusy flavours;

June 25, 2017

214/2032) Home:  Vienna Lager by Ace Hill Brewing Company of Ontario:  *1/2;  5.0%;  perfectly clear amber;  malty nose;  hint of fruit, malty - a standard Vienna lager;

215/2033) Home:  Dry Hopped Lager by Charles Wells Ltd. of England:  **;  4.7%;  brewed with water from well sunk by C. Wells himself in 1902;  nose is floral and spiced;  mildly citrusy and grassy;

I am no lager fan but I would drink this one again.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

June 24, 2017

213/2031) Home:  Pilsner by Ace Hill Brewing Company of Ontario:  *1/2;  4.9%;  unusually malty for a pilsner;  grassy with a muted hop snap, saaz-free;

June 23, 2017

212/2030)  Home:  Canadian Lager by Moosehead Breweries of Ontario:  *;  5%;  Moosehead is making much of the fact that they have been around as long as Canada;  pours perfectly clear;  rather bland and flavourless;