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Another old one from my notes.  Great Lakes Brewery Black Donnely, Black IPA 6.5% On cask at barVolo.  Sorry no photo as I was too busy enjoying this beer.

The beer had a deep brown head with a melon and citrus nose.  The flavour had lots of roast but also nice hits of melon and grapefruit.  There was a lovely and lingering pine aftertaste.  What a great beer!


I honestly don’t remember much about this one as it was so long ago except that it was a maple beer….Maple Wheat?  Anyone care to enlighten me?  Great Lakes Brewery

Berni 5-0

Is this weather ever going to end?

Another seasonal beer from GLB.

About the Beer – It poured a reddish copper colour with an OK head.  The aroma was of cinnamon, orange, ginger, and caramel.  The flavor was quite spicy up front.  Lot’s of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and orange.  It kind of reminded me of allspice.  The malt profile was much lighter than I was expecting.

Would I Drink it Again? – Probably not, this beer is just not my thing.  Too much spice for me but I can see some really liking it.

One of my all time favorite names for a beer!

Does This Muumuu Make Me Look Hefe? was a beer created by Mike Lackey and GLB for Project X last November.  I first tried this beer around the same time while it was on Cask at Barvolo.  It was such an intriguing beer that I had to run out to GLB and grab some bottles before they were all gone (which was fast).

Lucky for all of you this beer will be featured (along with 18 other GLB beers and collaborations with House Ales, St.John’s Wort and Bartle) on tap at Barvolo  this weekend during – A Night With Mike Lackey & Great Lakes Brewery-March 12 event.  Sadly I will be out of town this weekend so you all better enjoy the beers for me!

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a good head.  The aroma was a crazy mix of melon, floral hops, the tropics, sweetness, and herbs.  The flavor was just as crazy good.  Yeast, lemon, banana, melon, spice, and a dry herbal/pine bitter finish! Yum!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  this is not a beer you could sit down and drink tons of at one time (well maybe YOU could) but it sure makes for a great pint!

I wonder if this beer is named after Sweet Pete’s bike shop?

Apparently this beer was brewed with local Ontario Peaches!  Gotta love a brewery that tries to use local ingredients and that also uses bombers to bottle with!

About the Beer – I took no notes on this one.  All I remember was that it was quite peachy in the nose as well as the flavour.  Very light textured wheat beer.  A good summer sipper.

Would I Drink it Again? – Not sure, I guess so since I don’t remember much about it!

Jumping forward again on request!

While out at Volo I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of the Lazarus Breakfast Stout from Jordan.  I did not have the opportunity to get out to Project X when it was being launched so it was a great surprise that Jordan saved one for me.  Thanks dude!

We were having some Quesadillas for dinner which I make an Ancho Chili red sauce to accompany them.  Since Lazarus was also made with some Ancho Chilies I thought it would make for a good pairing.  And it did!  I also promised Jordan to give my honest feedback so here goes!

About the Beer – It poured a lovely black colour with a great mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of coffee bean, roasted nuts, and chocolate.  My wife said it reminded her of the cottage??  The flavour was great, lots of coffee right up front with a nutty-cocoa flavour throughout and an espresso hit at the end.  You could barely pick out the Ancho Chili used but maybe that was because there was Ancho Chilies in my meal?  The texture was one of the first thing I noticed about the beer though.  Very smooth and creamy, just what I look for in a Stout.  I think I really like Breakfast Stout!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  I thought it was a very tasty beer.  If it was produced again I would definitely buy some.  Would make a great Seasonal brew.  My only suggestion would be to kick up the Ancho Chili just a tad more!

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.

No review today just a general observation.

I had the pleasure of attending the Hart House Craft Beer and BBQ event last Thursday and I can tell you it was well worth going.  I highly recommend you go next year.  The venue is fantastic.  There were tons of Ontario Craft brewers as well as some Quebec beers brought in by HMH Negotiants.  I had a great time and got to meet up with some fellow bloggers: Mike from A Year of Beer!, Jordan from St. John’s Wort, and Troy from Great Canadian Beer Blog

About the Beer – Honestly I was not taking notes and just enjoying a fine beer.  What I remember is that it was very hoppy for a wheat beer, which I loved.  Extremely refreshing.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I went back a few times that night for more!  Oh…and it has a cool name!

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Would you mix beer and tea?

I am not sure what to think.  It seems like everywhere I turn there is a new beer brewed with tea.  What is up with that?

About the Beer – It pours a pale gold colour with a nice frothy head.  The aroma was of mild sweetness, jasmine (like jasmine tea), and some grass.  The flavour was similar, it started with the sweetness and moved to a herbal kick.  The finish was of grass.  The only green tea I picked up was in the aftertaste and I am not sure I would have pegged it as that except for the name of the beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I would not go out of my way to get it but it has a nice body and is really drinkable.

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Do you love or hate fruit beer?

Brew – Orange Peel Ale 5.3% ABV, 650mlOrange Peel Ale

BrewerGreat Lakes Brewery

StyleAmber Ale

Country – Ontario, Canada


Like many beer freaks, I have a love, hate relationship with fruit beer.  When it is good, it’s GOOD, but if it is bad, look out!

When Great Lakes Brewery, Toronto’s oldest craft brewer started to produce the seasonal Orange Peel Ale a few years ago I was a little hesitant to try it.  I had recently consumed some McAuslan Apricot Wheat beer and loved it, so I thought why not and picked one up.  I am glad I did!  A couple years later and I am trying it agian.  Hope it is as good as before!

About the Beer – It pours a light copper colour with a thick white head.  The retention is nice.  The smell is floral with some sweetness and a hint of orange.  The taste is as good as before.  There is a nice mix of hops, from spicy to floral.  There is only mild sweetness to this beer.  You get a hit of the orange citrus at the end as well as in the aftertaste.

Would I Drink it Again? Absolutely, this beer reminds me of an English bitter with a hit of citrus.  If you have been following this blog you know how much I like bitters!

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