Archive for October, 2015

Hurry Hard Amber Lager

Posted: October 20, 2015 by Kenny in Craft
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11391252_100889143585797_6598313988595243473_nLast summer, Triple Bogey Lager blew me away! (Read the post to see how much)  A co-worker knows these guys quite well and hinted that they were working on a beer focused on the curling world, called Hurry Hard (pretty much they only thing Americans know about curling is that you yell that all the time). Being a champion curler myself (OK, it high school and we did it as a joke, but we still won!!) and a fan of the game (no, it’s not a sport) I was very interested to see what they would make. Beau’s made a Coffee Porter last year in Burnt Rock (when a player accidentally touches the rock, it’s considered “burnt” and taken out of play). That was a fantastic beer.

Lots of time has passed and I completely forgot about that little tidbit. That all changed on the weekend when I was in the LCBO and saw a shelf full of curling rocks and corn brooms. Without thinking, I grabbed three of them. Oh no, not to share with anyone, for myself.

Last night, I just couldn’t take it anymore, knowing that it was in the fridge, waiting to be drank drove me crazy, so I poured it out. It was really dark for an amber, not red, but more of a dark brown colour.  It smelled of malts and, well, just malts. Nothing really stood out.

It tasted, at first, like a typical, malty amber lager, until the after taste; there wasn’t any! It was super smooth and full of flavour. What Triple Bogey did for regular lager they did for amber lager, made it smooth and refreshing for enjoying after a great game of golf/curling. What’s next for them, some sort of Equestrian Ale?

Those other cans wont last long in the fridge.

Country of Origin: Canada, eh!
Alcohol Content: 5%
Sequence: First
Finished:  Yes
Vessel: Glass by way of can

 

Innis and Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer

Posted: October 9, 2015 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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InnisandGunnWhiteOakWheatBeerIf you look back on my experience with Innis and Gunn, you can see that it started off horribly and then slowly moved its way up to Not That Bad. Then, earlier this year, they surprised me with two really good beers(Craft Lager and Toasted Oak IPA)

So, of course, now I seem to grab one whenever I’m at the LCBO. Last week was one of those days. I saw an I&G bottle with a blue label and thought to myself “self”, I thought, “you haven’t had a blue label, right”. So I looked it up and nope, I’ve never had White Oak Wheat Beer. Wait, Wheat Beer? Innis and Gunn? Alright. Stranger things have happened.

I read the back of the bottle and it described the beer as sparkling and a flavour that you would expect from a cup of earl gray tea. Colour me intrigued. It poured out a clear dark yellow and had barely any head. Right away I understood what the label was referring to. The whole kitchen started to smell like my mum was steeping a pot of Earl Gray after a nice beef dinner, complete with yorkshire pudding! (If you haven’t had it, you’re missing out!)

It smelled very floral and very sweet. It tasted, for the most part, like a wheat beer that was infused with tea leaves. It was so out of left field! The closest thing I could liken it to is Mill Street Lemon Tea Beer (which is a 5 star beer).

So, suffice it to say, I enjoyed this one a lot.  I’m looking to grab some more if I can.

Country of Origin: Scotland 
Alcohol Content: 6.4%
Sequence: Third
Finished: Yes
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle