Saturday, 22 July 2017

June 11, 2017

Earlier this year the Canadian Brewing Awards created some controversy over a decision to restrict entry to “Canadian-owned commercial brewers and cider makers”, a change from previous years where it was only necessary for a product to be brewed in Canada for consideration.  One wonders if the awards won by unfashionable brands like Coors, Molson, Keith's and Budweiser in past have called their street cred into question.

In addition, they neglected to mention this upcoming change when they were soliciting the companies with deep pockets for sponsorship.

As a result the Beer Store and Beer Canada are withdrawing their support.

The usual suspects are clucking their approval but I find this uncommonly short-sighted.  What it means for me is that should I wish to nominate the Old Mill from Tracks Brewpub I will first need to have a word with Roger.  He was born in Sri Lanka, attended university in Germany and spent time learning to be a chef in France, according to my sources.  What I don't know is whether or not he ever became a Canadian citizen and now because of the new eligibility rules I have to know the citizenship of the owner of Tracks Brewpub, as if it were my business to know this.

June 10, 2017

An event was held today at Birreria Volo called Sour vs. Bitter where sours were pitted against IPAs.  I went strictly for the five ounce pours as there were quite a number of things I wanted to try.

193/2011) Birreria Volo:  Air Ride by Redline Brewhouse of Ontario:  **1/2;  a 6.1% American IPA;  fruity, tropical nose;  flavours lean to bitter and resiny with a dry after taste;  tropical flavours in back ground;  a great start to Sour vs. Bitter;

194/2012) Birreria Volo:  Zodiak by Omnipollo of Sweden:  **1/2; a 6.2% American style IPA brewed with Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops;  nose is tropical fruit with a hint of pine;  citrusy flavours with a touch of sweetness;

I think this may have been brewed under contract in Toronto.

195/2013) Birreria Volo:  Immoralité by Dieu du Ciel! of Quebec:  **;  8% double IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops;  very dry nose;  bitter, astringent flavours;

196/2014) Birreria Volo:  Happy, a collaboration between Tooth & Nail and Great Lakes Brewery, both of Ontario:  **1/2;  6.5% American IPA;  tropical citrus nose with a side of astringency;  fresh, fruity, tropical flavours;

197/2015) Birreria Volo:  Juicin' by Sawdust City of Ontario:  **1/2;  6.1% Vermont Style IPA;  citrusy, tropical nose;  in contrast the flavours are tart, nearly cidery;

This was brewed with oats to soften the flavours and a special variety of yeast which enhances the fruitiness of the hops.

198/2016) Birreria Volo:  Northern Wish, a collaboration between Dominion City and Twin Sails of Ontario and British Columbia respectively:  **1/2;  7% American IPA;  dry hopped with Galaxy hops;  tart citrusy nose;  bitter citrusy flavours;

It was time to switch things up so the next two are from the sour side of the list.  In addition these were bottle pours and thanks go out to Tomas for his suggestions.

199/2017)  Birreria Volo:  Tropical Platypus by Almanac Beer Co. of California:  *1/2; a 6% "equatorial sour blonde ale" aged in wine barrels and oak foeders with kiwi, lime, mango and passionfruit;  hopped with Galaxy hops;  champagne like mouthfeel;  sour, tart, funky nose;  boldly aggressive tart flavours;

200/2018) Birreria Volo:  Silly Cybies by Crooked Stave of  Colorado, U.S.A.:  **;   a 9% Belgian style dark ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries;  tart raspberry nose;  sharp, tart raspberry flavours;  tart astringent aftertaste;  mild oakiness is present especially towards the sour, tart, funky finish;

I hear tell cybies is what they call spring onions in Scotland.  Mercifully, there is no hint of  that here though I fear this beer has given someone the idea.

201/2019) Birreria Volo:  IPA by Burdock Brewery of Ontario:  **1/2;  a 7% American IPA brewed with hop hash;  one of many differing beers from Burdock simply labelled IPA;  nose has a very fresh hop edge;  sharp bold hop flavours with just a touch of sweetness at the finish;

202/2020) Birreria Volo:  36" Chain by Barncat Artisan Ales of Ontario:  **;  8.2%;  mildly tropical citrus nose;  there is a bitter edge to this one;  citrusy notes but mostly dry astringent flavours;

There is a patio out back which feels quite roomy after sitting inside the somewhat confined bar area.  Things are so tight that even though I don't recall steps I am wondering if you could call this place accessible or not.

June 9, 2017

192/2010) Home:  Charles Henri Ale Ambrée by Brasserie Les 2 Frères of Quebec:  **;  6.2%, 31 ibu;  named for the 2 brothers' (Nicholas et Matheiu) grandfather;  fruity, yeasty nose;  opens with sweet caramel but the hops quickly take the edge off;

June 8, 2017

191/2009) Home:  Raspy Engine by Harviestoun Brewery of Scotland:  **;  5.3%;  this is Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil (which I have tasted but prior to starting this blog) infused with fresh whole Scottish raspberries:  "crafted with a twist";  mild raspberry and chocolate notes;  grainy raspberry flavours, roasty notes, and a hint of chocolate;

Which reminds me, I only recently learned that only a little bit off to the side of one of the trails that I run along there are raspberry bushes growing wild in the no-cut, no-spray area along the side of the creek so I can replace electrolytes without carrying anything with me.  At least in theory.  

June 7, 2017

190/2008) Home:  Iona Scotch Ale by Amsterdam Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  5.6%, 25 ibu;  an Amsterdam Adventure Brew;  brewed with "naked oats" and wildflower honey;  a typical Scotch ale with a sweet malty nose and amped up sweetness from honey with a  honey aftertaste;

June 6, 2017

189/2007) Home:  Rocks and Shoals by Amsterdam Brewery of Ontario:  **;  a 5.8%;  English IPA brewed with Bramling Cross and Jester hops;  an Amsterdam Adventure Brew;  herbal green tea leaf nose;  dry herbal flavours ;  not precisely what I was expecting from a beer billed as an English IPA but very fine just the same;

June 5, 2017

187/2005) Home:  Dunes Beach Beer by Country Brew Co. of Ontario:  *;  4.8%, 22 ibu;  a Kolsch style lagered ale;  nose is reminiscent of central European lagers;  leafy pilsner like flavours;

Brewed as a tribute to Prince Edward County where brewery is located and the local sand dunes.

188/2005) Home:  TGIF Friday Helles Lager by Wellington Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  5%, 20 ibu;  malty nose;  mildly fruity sweetness;