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And old favourite.

For my sister in-laws birthday we headed to C5 Restaurant which is above the ROM.  It is a cool space and the menu was very nice.  I was pleased to see that they served some craft beers.  I chose the Arkell Best Bitter as it brings back lots of memories from when I was first getting into craft brewed beers.  This was one of my early “favs”.

About the Beer – It poured a nice amber colour with a small head that goes quick.  The aroma was of malts, bread, and a slight fruity note.  The flavour was fairly large for such a light beer.  Malt and light citrus hops hit you as well as a bit of bread and fruit.  The finish has some bitter but not a lot.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, the beer does not have as much “umpf” as it used to but that is likely because the rest of the new beers out there have a ton of “umpf”.  For being a 4% beer though it is quite nice and session-able.

One more from my special delivery.

Here is another beer my folks brought back from Croatia.  Keep travelling Mom and Dad!  I am going to use a picture my parents took for this beer since it is so much nicer seeing the beer in its natural surrounding than my kitchen counter!

About the Beer – It poured a pale golden colour with a bubbly white head.  The beer smelt a bit like corn syrup with a bit of skunk and not much else.  The flavour thankfully did not have any skunk.  The beer had a light grain taste as well as being slightly sweet.  No hops could be picked out.  It is an easy drinking beer though.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, not really my thing unless I was actually in Croatia then I am sure I could deal with it!

Good with food but not on its own.

  • Brew – Tsingtao 4.5% ABV, 330mlTsingtao
  • Brewer – Tsingtao Brewery Co. Ltd.
  • StyleLager
  • Country – China
  • Purchased – Gifted from my neighbor Peter

So I have not had this beer in ages.  All I remember about it was that it went OK with Chinese food like most pale lagers would.

About the Beer – It poured a pale yellow colour with a white head that was gone in a flash.  The aroma was of grain, skunk, sweetness, and grass.  The flavor was about the same as the aroma.  Light and bland.  Very bubbly and sweet mixed with a distinct vegetable hit.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, maybe if I was out for Chinese food but there are better options out there.

Gotta love a fruit beer that is not to fruity.

  • Brew – Raspberry Pils 4.5% ABV, 500mlGRB Raspberry Pils
  • Brewer – Grand River Brewing
  • Style – Fruit Beer
  • Country – Ontario, Canada
  • Purchased – Gifted from my buddy Paul

Here is another freebie from Paul’s visit to the brewery.  I think Paul should do more road trips to breweries as I seem to benefit from it when he does!

About the Beer – It poured a peach colour with a small white head.  The aroma was of light berry, malt, and grain.  The flavor was very light on raspberry.  Only a hint of it came through.  There was also light malt and some grassy hops to go along with the mild raspberry tones.  The beer was very crisp.

Would I Drink it Again? – Sure,  would be nice on a hot day.

Special delivery!

  • Brew – Karlovačko 5% ABV, 500mlKarlovacka
  • Brewer – Karlovaċka Pivovara
  • Style – Pilsner
  • Country – Croatia
  • Purchased – Special deliver from Croatia

Karlovačko was brought back from Croatia by my parents in their luggage.  I love special beer deliveries.  I decided to use a picture that they took of the beer while on vacation so you could see the beer in its natural habitat!

About the Beer – It poured a very pale golden colour with a nice white head.  The aroma was very grainy mixed with some grass.  Smelled like most of the pale -Euro beers I have had.  The flavour was mild grains and grass mixed with a slight floral note.  Very easy drinking beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, not a big fan of this style of beer.  I have had much worse Pilsner’s than this one though.

Thanks for the recommendation on this one Chris!

Alan over at a Good Beer Blog has an intersting post on beer styles, Prima Pils falls right in line with it.  It is technically a German Pilsner but if you were to blind taste test me on it I would have sworn it was an American Pale Ale just based on the Hop dominance of the beer.  You don’t find too many Pilsner’s with so much pronounced hops but you do find tons of American Pale Ales that do!

About the Beer – It poured a nice golden colour with a good white head.  Tons of lace rings were left as you drank it.  The aroma was of lemon and floral hops mixed with a bit of grain.  The flavour was similar to the nose.  Lots of lemon, floral, and grass hops hit you while it maintains some undertones of light honey.  It had a very crisp and refreshing finish.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this is a fantastic beer.  I think if all Pilsner’s tasted like this I would be a fan of the “style”.

A new brewery in cottage country

Lake of Bays is a new brewery in Baysville Ontario, not to far from Lake Muskoka.  I am always excited to see a new brewery here in Ontario.  More competition means more interesting beers!

About the Beer – It poured a copper colour with an OK head.  The aroma was not what I was expecting, more on the malty side then the hoppy side but still quite pleasant.  The flavour however was just not my thing.  It was a pleasant beer but way to mild for my tastes.  Not sure if this was by design or not?  There was some light caramel tones mixed with grain and some light lemon and grass hops.

Would I Drink it Again? – Well I bought a six-pack so yes but not likely after that.  I am looking forward to trying some seasonal’s from them though.

Is this an OK name for a beer?

So if you did not already know Delirium Tremens is an acute episode of delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal (thanks Wiki).  I wonder at the sense of humour naming this beer after this condition and even putting a pink elephant on the label…personally I have no problem with it and find it kind of funny but some may not.  What do you think?

About the Beer – It poured a clear copper colour with a small but thick head.  The aroma was very complex.  Sugar, spice, citrus, and alcohol hit the senses.  The flavour was much the same.  Lots of fruit mixed with alcohol, pepper, and sweetness.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  I love this beer.

Specially brewed to Celebrate Canada Day.

This beer was created for Canada Day 2009 by Innis & Gunn for us Canadians as a tribute for liking their products so much.  Apparently Innis & Gunn is a popular seller in the LCBO.  As part of the tribute the beer was aged in Canadian Whiskey barrels.  I tried the 2010 version of the beer.

About the Beer – It poured a very dark copper colour with a small head.  The aroma was of rye,vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruit.  The flavour was definitely oak tinged mixed with some dark fruit, sugar, and vanilla.  Very sweet.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, much better than the other Innis & Gunn’s I have had but still a bit too sweet for my taste buds.

Not my cup of tea.

I am probably not the best person to review this beer as I am not a big fan of these types of Amber Ales.

About the Beer – It poured a copper colour with not much head.  The aroma was of sweet malt, biscuit and a bit of grass.  The beer started out with a sweet grain and bread flavor followed by some light fruit and a bit of grassy hops.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, not enough complexity for me but I can see how this would appeal to a lot of the beer drinking market.

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