Archive for May, 2013

Mill Street Don Valley Bench

Posted: May 31, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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Don ValleyCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  4.8%
Sequence:  Fifth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel: Bottle

The second new beer to come out if the Mill Street Seasonal Sampler, and this one was a doozy! When I was looking this one up, I read that it was an “sampler exclusive” but has been brewed in the Pub for a while.  It’s a hefe, which you can tell as soon as you a) smell it or 2) pour it out (which I didn’t). From what I’ve heard from others, it is ridiculously light in colour.

So, it says on the bottle that it has apple and pear elements, but all I can smell was soap. Then I tried it, and it was very light, couldn’t taste the beer at all, and then BAM! Soap. So apparently their combination of apple, pear and yeast has created something the Lever brothers discovered about 122 years ago.

By far, not my favourite Mill Street beer, and I’ve tried a few (11). I’d drink it again, but maybe next time in the pub.

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Mill Street Curious Parrot

Posted: May 30, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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Curious ParrotCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  5%
Sequence:  Fourth
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Bottle

My buddy Matt was over for dinner and, as you may have guessed from the last three posts, he brought some beer with him. This came out of the Mill Street Seasonal Sampler, which included Tank House, Organic, Stock and Lemon Tea…all great beers. It also came with this one, Don Valley Bench.

So after a delicious meal, the womens all went to the living room to talk babies and weddings and crap, and Matt and I sat at the table and drank and discussed high finance and politics (read: beer and boobs). He cracked open a Tank House Ale while I had this….strangely named beer. Do they have someone on payroll to come up with these names?

Anywho, I assumed from the name that it was a flavourful beer, probably Caribbean inspired or something, and I think I was pretty close. It was light tasting with just a hint of hops on the beer booty.  Just for fun, I tried a pull of Matt’s Tank House, and Parrot was much lighter.

I like it. I think it might be a great after-work-by-the-pool beer. If only they came in bigger cans. 341ml just isn’t enough for me anymore. Do I have a problem?

Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager

Posted: May 30, 2013 by Kenny in Craft
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GIB HoneyCountry of Origin:  Canada
Alcohol Content:  4.7%
Sequence:  First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel:  Glass by way of bottle

This is the second of the new beers in the Granville Mingler pack I found at the Beer Store.  I wasn’t really excited about this beer. I haven’t had much luck with honey beers as of late. To add to the non-excitement, this was the beer that I grabbed after my very first spin class. As if I wasn’t in enough pain.

The first thing I noticed when I opened it was the smell. It smelled icky. No real comparison, just bad. I thought, just maybe, it was the bottle. Maybe it wasn’t cleaned properly (doubtful), or maybe it had been sitting around for a while or the box got wet. So I poured it out to make sure I didn’t get ick instead of yum.

It wasn’t the bottle. It just smelled bad.

The first taste was ok. It tasted of honey and beer. It was kinda rough at first, you could really taste the lager, almost overpoweringly (wow, thats a word!). But as I drank it, either from the numbing of my taste buds or the warming of the beer, it got better. I must have found the sweet spot half way through, because by the time I was done, it all went to shit again.  I had this nasty sour taste in my mouth after

So, that make it 50/50 with Granville beer. I have one more in the fridge that can be the for-now deciding vote. Not looking forward to that one either. </sigh>

Belhaven Best

Posted: May 29, 2013 by Kenny in Imported
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belhaven bestCountry of Origin: Scotland
Alcohol Content:  4.9%
Sequence:  Third
Finished:  Yes
Vessel: Glass by way of can

I had picked one of these up the last time I was at the LC and was scared when I went to check out. a 500ml can for $1.75. Last time we had beer that was that cheap, we almost didn’t make it! So when Matt shows up on Friday with two cans of it, I had no choice but to suck it up and dive in.

It said on the can that it was a “draught can”, so I assumed that it had a nitro fob. So we opened them up over the sink, which was a good idea. They frothed all over us, about 5% of the beer was lost due to over frothingness.  We poured it into the glass and watched it foam up….we watched and watched and watched. It took forever for the head to develop fully. It looked like Boddingtons with it’s dark colour and creamy head. During this time, I wanted to play with the fob (no innuendos implied) but there wasn’t one in there? How did they add the nitro? Magic???

But Boddingtons it wasn’t. The first taste was nothing. Thats all there was. I know there was beer in my mouth, I put it there. It felt wet, but where is the beer taste?
*swallow*
Oh! There it is. It had a huge malty taste on the beer booty. Just for fun I did the same thing the second time, just let it sit there in my mouth (how can I not make that sound dirty?) to see if it was the other beers fault. Nope. No initial taste.

It took us a while to get going on this one, but that was quickly fixed when I put dinner on the table and we realized I WAY over cooked the chicken! That was some dry bird!