Posts Tagged ‘Ken Likey’

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

 

Twisted Tea

Posted: August 10, 2015 by Kenny in Craft, Imported
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twisted-tea-original-1pkIt isn’t very often that I write about a beer that isn’t a beer, but considering that in the last 2 weeks, I have consumed at least a dozen of these, I thought I should add it to the list.

The wife and I were at one of her co-workers parties, which also happened to be a chilli cook off (we scored 3rd). Knowing that I was going to be eating chili, I brought along a few Cobblestone Stouts and a Lemon Tea beer to enjoy with dinner.

Before that happened, the kids were all out in the back playing games and jumping on the trampoline while the parents had some snacks and grabbed beer from an old wheel barrow. In said wheel barrow were a bunch of Boston Lager and Twisted Teas. At first, I enjoyed a cold-on-the-bottom-warm-on-top Boston Lager while the wife tried a Twisted Tea.

While my beer was satisfactory, she couldn’t stop saying how good her hard iced tea was. Curious, I decided to try a sip. Wow! That was pretty yummy. But I bet like with all iced tea/cooler type of drinks, they get really sweet the more you drink of it.

Not so! It’s just awesome. It looks like home-made iced tea, it smells like home-made iced tea and, surprisingly, it tastes like home-made iced tea. Well, maybe not home-made, but I found it tasted like the powdered Nestea my Mom used to make in the summer. There is that initial sweetness followed by a dry, powdery bitter that sits there just long enough to be noticed, then disappears.

Everyone we have shared it with since has liked it just as much. We are not on to out third case this summer. This could be the first time a non-beer makes the Top 10 list.

Country of Origin: United States
Alcohol Content: 5%
Sequence: All Summer Long
Finished: Absolutely
Vessel: Bottle, glass

 

Bell’s Oarsman Ale

Posted: July 7, 2015 by Kenny in Craft
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oarsmanI recently bought myself some new shoes on Amazon.com and saved about $70 over buying them in the store here. I had them shipped to Blue Water Shipping in Port Huron, who only charge $5 for the service. When they came in, I decided to take a day off work and drive down there with the wife and 4, and pick up a few things from the land of cheap everything.

Our first stop was Kroger so I could take a look at their beer selection. I didn’t find any mixer packs worth picking up, but I did find enough singles to make 2 6-packs (and apparently pay for them with an expired credit card! That’s a fun story for later).

Part of that pack was this Bell’s beer. I really enjoyed Two Hearted when I was in Florida and I know they are one of the more reputable craft brewers in the States. So, last night, after a hard work out, an easy swim with friends and after going to pick up wings for dinner (at 9:30 pm) I grabbed this beer.  There wasn’t much detail on the label, just that it was made with malts and blah and blah and sour mash…wait, sour mash? What the hell kind of beer is this? Turns out, Berliner Weisse.

I’ve had experience with Berliner Weisse before and was none-too-pleased, so had pretty low expectations for this one. It poured out relatively clear for any kind of weisse and smelled malty sweet but lingered with sour. The first (hesitant) taste was smooth and sweet, but then turned a bit sour on the booty. It wasn’t until I checked in that I realized that it was a 4% beer! A session Berliner, what a novel idea.

It worked! I loved that beer. I’ll be looking for it again the next time I’m down there. Well done.

Country of Origin: United States
Alcohol Content: 4%
Sequence:
Finished: First
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle