If you’ve been perusing the LCBO aisles lately you may notice some nice cans on the shelves. I felt it was necessary to share these as it would be a shame to miss out on good beer just because it is in a can. There has always been a bit of a “bottles” vs. “cans” thing going on but I really don’t mind either way, as I’m more interested in the contents. In the photo here we have a very attractive triplet of deliciousness. From left to right – Wellington Brewery’s re-branded “Special Pale Ale”, Kensington Brewing Company’s “Augusta Ale”, and Double Trouble Brewing Co.’s “Hops & Robbers”.
I must admit, I am smitten with the Augusta Ale; it’s just all awesomeness. The design pops off the shelf and punches you in the head. Love it. Hops & Robbers is pretty tasty as well; a crisp IPA with a nice citrus hop finish. Both beers are currently in a head-to-head battle for space in the fridge. Wellington’s SPA is a pleasant pale ale, but nothing terribly exciting in my opinion. So don’t shy away from the can, grab a couple of each and find out for yourself!
Kensington Brewing Company ”Augusta Ale” - LCBO 286633 | 473 mL can | 5.5% | $2.50
Double Trouble Brewing Co. ”Hops & Robbers” LCBO 285270 | 473 mL can | 5.7% | $2.75
Wellington County Brewery Inc. “Special Pale Ale” LCBO 190439 | 473 mL can | 4.5% | $2.60
If you had not noticed…spring is almost here. With the mercury hitting a balmy 20°C this weekend, the St. Patrick’s day festivities will certainly be in full swing and the streets will run green with crappy green beer. Now, before you go and ruin it for everybody, read this: 8 Insulting Ways People Act ‘Irish’ on St. Patrick’s Day
#1 on that list is Green Beer. The only way to make a bad beer worse is by colouring it with FD&C Green No. 3. Do yourselves a favour…resist the temptation to to ruin your beer. Instead why not try some fantastic REAL beer from our very own Ontario Craft Brewers.
After a brief hiatus, I’m back to take us through the last half of the Mill St. Brewery Seasonal Sampler we find their famous “Coffee Porter”. As the name suggests it is a porter, with strong coffee characteristics. Go figure. Does this dark beer live up to its name? Will the flavours be complex and balanced or overly bitter? Lets take a look… Continue Reading
No, do not worry! I have not forgotten about you beer lovers. Right were we left off, lets take a look at Mill St.’s Tankhouse Ale. Mill St.’s own American Pale Ale (APA), what can we expect? Let’s take a look!
Jumping right back into the Mill St. Seasonal Sampler lets take a look at the Stock Ale. Mill St.’s Stock Ale is a blonde ale – clear. straw coloured, light body, crisp, with some hints of malt sweetness and low hop presence. Mill St.’s Stock Ale presents the style well – refreshing, clean, and and easy to drink.
I have to admit, I like sampler packs. I think it is a great way to try a variety of beer styles, while also introducing you to what a brewery has to offer. Mill Street Brewery is an Ontario craft brewer that offers these packs on a regular basis, usually including their flagship beers such as Original Organic Lager, Stock Ale, Tankhouse Ale, Coffee Porter and a couple of seasonal bottles. This particular pack includes the Franconian Bock and ESB (Extra Special Bitter).
It was a particulary cold January day, and I was thinking about how far away summer is when I happened to see my unopened bottle of Great Lakes Brewery’s Miami Weiss (Weiss being pronounced with a V). The colourful label and the suggestion of an “American Style take on a wheat beer” had my mouth watering. I gave into the temptation and busted open the bottle into a Weizen glass, letting the beer take on an almost imposing stance with a massive head and hazy golden colour.
Better late then never. The holidays have been a distraction but here is a final look at King Brewery’s “The Three Kings” gift pack. I honestly feel that this a great pick for those getting into craft beers, perhaps those who are used to the light lagers and tend to shy away from flavour forward ales. It’s a small step into craft beers, but most importantly you are supporting your Ontario Craft Brewers. Crisp. light, refreshing, and easy to drink, the King Pilsner is everything you would expect.
As much as I love IPA’s and Stouts, a refreshing lager can be a welcome departure. The multitude of macro-lagers can sometimes overshadow fine examples of the style from craft breweries right here in Ontario, such as the award winning King Veinna Lager from King Brewery. Soft malty aromas and a crisp palate makes this an easy and refreshing beer to drink.
Now that I have found a moment between all my work, I can take a better look at King Brewery’s “The Three Kings” gift pack (LCBO# 251173 $9.95). This is a pretty nice pack, as I’ve mentioned in my previous post. Today I’m starting with the “Dark Lager”. Now this may look confusing to the beer drinker as the word “lager” conjures up images of light beers that we see on TV, but this beer is completely different.