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One of those nights!

No review for this one.  I just wanted to have a beer without thinking about it.  It is good for the soul!

About the Beer – Crisp and tasty for a Pilsner.

Would I Drink it Again? – If I was in the mood for a Pilsner then yes.

Breakfast beer anyone?

I love the fall and winter releases at the LCBO as you start to see some of the Stouts and Porters arrive along with some of the other “Big Beers”.

About the Beer – It poured jet black with a nice fluffy head.  The aroma was of coffee beans and grounds mixed with some sweet chocolate.  The flavour was nice with lots of coffee grounds, caramel, sweet chocolate, and some bitter coffee to finish.  The mouth feel was lighter than I was expecting.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, a nice beer.  Not too crazy but quite tasty!

A good bottle to share.

We had our friends Tom and Chris over for supper.  Tom is pretty adventurous with his beers so I thought it would be a good time to pull out the bottle of STBC Imperial Stout that I had been saving!  It is a big beer with a lot of alcohol which makes it perfect for sharing.  For reviews of other Southern Tier Beers follow the links:

ALWAYS ON STANDBY – BEER # 126

UNEARTHLY SUMS IT UP! – BEER #143

About the Beer – It poured a super dark colour with very little head (gentle pour).  The aroma was outstanding with chocolate, vanilla, and maybe some almond???  The flavour was exquisite.  Big chocolate hits the palate mixed with some nice bitterness.  I also tasted a bit of pine and a touch of alcohol.  This was one very smooth beer!

Would I Drink it Again? – No doubt about it.  This is a fantastic beer!

Had this one on the go.

No notes, no picture, just a man and his beer 🙂

About the Beer – I drank it out of the bottle so I have no idea what it looked like.  The aroma was of bread and grass.  The taste was sweet to start with a crisp finnish.  Don’t remember any more about it!

Would I Drink it Again? – Sure, I bought a 6 pack.

This one is for the hopheads!

The family and I were out at St. Lawrence Market and decided to pop over to the BeerBistro for lunch.  I never complain about going to the Market when the BeerBistro is so close by!

About the Beer – I was not taking notes so all I can say is that this beer is an American style pale ale. Big on hops just the way I like it!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes!  I have had it several times and likely several more….

A pumpkin beer from one of my favourite breweries!

Another in the series of Pumpkin Ales that are currently at the LCBO.  This one is from McAuslan in Quebec.  For reviews of other McAuslan beers check out the links:

THE BEST PALE ALE IN NORTH AMERICA? – BEER #130

BREAKFAST BEER? – BEER #149

SO MUCH FOR RAPID FIRE – BEER #195

About the Beer – It poured a lovely copper colour with a great head.  The aroma was of nutmeg, clove, caramel, pumpkin, and ginger.  The flavour was similar to the nose.  Started with a big nutmeg hit which was followed by some nice pumpkin and caramel malt mixed with clove.  The ginger really came through in the aftertaste.  Liquid pumpkin pie!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, this is a great pumpkin beer!

 

 

 

I popped out to the Food and Wine Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre last night and was pleased to see that they are really upping the amount of breweries featured at the event.  From my count there were 15 breweries featured.  More if you count the importers like McClelland who brought in quite a few beers.

  • Big Rock BrewerySam Adams Winter Lager
  • Creemore Springs
  • McAuslan Brewing
  • Nickel Brook Beer
  • Cracked Canoe
  • Rickard’s
  • Mill Street Brewery
  • Innis & Gunn
  • Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
  • Railway City Brewery
  • McClelland Premium Imports(Erdinger, Fruili, Steigel..etc)
  • Coopers Beer
  • Molson/Coors
  • Sam Adams
  • Weihenstephan

It was a perfectly matched evening for my wife and I.  She had wine, I had beer and we both enjoyed some great food like Lobster, Oysters, Bison, BBQ, and Crêpes.  I even had a little Japanese Single Malt Whiskey!  The Expo is on all weekend and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

I have one suggestion for the breweries though.  Bring some of your seasonal beers.  Only a couple seasonals were featured.  I really enjoyed the Sam Adams Winter Lager!

I almost missed a day, but I remembered at the last-minute!

On this night we went to our friends Vicky and Larry’s wedding which had some great beers being served but I had already reviewed them.  Good selection for a wedding.  Gotta love that!  I had a really great time at the wedding but when I got home I realized that I still needed to review a beer so I grabbed the lightest one in the cellar which was the Banks Lager.  To tell you the truth I don’t remember much about this beer as I took only a couple of notes and may have been over served!

About the Beer – Poured a very pale yellow with a pretty good head.  The nose was of grain and vegetables.  The taste was similar to all pale lagers from the Caribbean.  Grains, corn, sweet malt, and no bitter.

Would I Drink it Again? – Maybe at the beach in Barbados!

The first in a few of the Pumpkin beers being offered at the LCBO right now.

I used to never look forward to this time of year but the beer that comes out in the fall has changed my thinking.  You have Porter’s and Stouts, spiced ales, and of course Pumpkin beer!

About the Beer – It poured a lovely orange colour with a great head.  The aroma was of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a bit of pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie in a bottle!  The taste was of cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with a light malt and pumpkin backbone.  A very easy drinking beer.  Maybe a little to light for the style.

Would I Drink it Again? – Sure, but it would not be the first Pumpkin ale I would reach for.

I got an interesting email a few weeks back from Jordan a fellow beer blogger.

Real Men

The guys doing the real work! Jordan, Chris, and Andrew

If you have not read any of his stuff you should check it out here: St. John’s Wort, he is a great writer.  Anyway Jordan somehow got to talking with the Southern Ontario Brewers (SOB’s) about having a group of local bloggers come down to the Learn 2 Brew day held at the Amsterdam brewery and brew some beer (since we are so quick to rate it why not make it).  With out thinking twice Jordan accepted their challenge.  Little did he know that of the bloggers he contacted and that accepted the challenge would be me and Chris from the Toronto Beer Blog.  Both of us have little to no brewing experience….Joke was on him apparently, but Jordan is smarter than the average bear and hooked us up with a ringer (and fellow blogger) Andrew!  Andrew just happens to work at the Amsterdam Brewery and is also in the inaugural year of the brewmaster program at Niagara College.

I am not sure what I expected when I volunteered for this since my brewing experience was all theoretical and not practical but I have wanted to brew beer for quite a while now and this seemed like a good way to get my feet wet.  I am sure Andrew is still thinking about “that guy” who could not stop asking questions!

I can’t say enough about the Amsterdam brewery and their generosity of loaning out the brewery to a bunch of amateur brewers to use for the day.  It was very cool!

Christmas Ale Anyone?

I was surprised by the amount of brewers there but also the amount of people walking through and asking questions.  All in all I had a great time, learned a ton and had a few laughs.  What more could you ask for?  I am not going to write about the beer brewed or brew day itself since Jordan has and Chris likely will have better posts on it!

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