Monday, 3 September 2018

September 1, 2018

245/2466) Home:  Coors Light by Coors Brewing Company of Ontario:  *; 4%; I bought it for the label, see below, which also reads, "The Official Beer of Major League Baseball"; anything with the Montreal Expos logo is collectable and self-recommending, at least to me; I gave most to wife after she cut the grass, saving a taster glass for me;  clear; no preservatives;  sweet and minerally;

I am at a loss to explain its popularity.


246/2467) Home:  Noire by Les Trois Mousquetaires of Quebec:  *1/2; a 5%, 25 ibu German-inspired black lager; malty with chocolate notes;


These were purchased at the brewery in Brossard.  There are a couple of coolers but no tasting bar, no snacks. 

August 29, 2018

I have been following along using drinkvine.com and the Barley Days Loon Lager has been flying off the shelf.  I have come to accept that I am not going to get in on this as it seems to have come no closer to me than Toronto.  As for the other two entries, I may miss out on these as well. It happened too late.  The world is a more expensive place than it was when we were last allowed buck-a-beer and these are either limited time or once off offers, at least to date.

August 28, 2018

243/2464) Home:  L'Abysse de la Gorge by Microbrasserie Coaticook of Quebec:  **1/12;  5.3%, 13 ibu; unfiltered, 100% natural, no additives; English style oatmeal stout; nose of coffee and chocolate; mildly sweet with coffee notes and mocha; very nice;

Named for nearby Parc de la Gorge - a very beautiful location.

244/2465) Home:  Hook, Line and Citra by Lake On The Mountain Brewing of Ontario:  **1/2; 5.5%, 75 ibu; brewed with Columbus and Citra hops; fresh, citrusy notes; citrus, fruity flavours;


Sunday, 2 September 2018

August 27, 2018

My wife brought this article to my attention.  It is an interesting look at the state of craft beer fandom.

https://vinepair.com/articles/us-vs-them-all-over-again/

August 26, 2018

241/2462) Home:  New England IPA by Microbrasserie Coaticook of Quebec:  **; 5%, 48 ibu; unfiltered, pours murky; nose of tropical fruit with a hint of pine; pulpy citrus flavours; slightly washed out, almost cask-like; very dry after taste;


242/2463) Home:  The Witness by 555 Brewing Company of Ontario:  *1/2; a 4.8% Belgian Witbier; cloudy; nose of yeast and cloves; sweet banana notes with cloves; a pretty standard Belgian wit but nicely crafted;


August 25, 2018

240/2461) Gananoque Brewing Company, Gananoque:  Bitter by Skeleton Park Brewery of Ontario:  **; a 6.6%, 34 ibu British style bitter; a guest tap, their ale was not available; malty, minerally nose; minerally with a hint of caramel;

The selection was a bit sparse.  It is either an off-day or things are going downhill at Gananoque Brewing.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

August 24, 2018

236/2457) Microbrasserie Le Grimoire Resto-Pub, Granby, Quebec:  La Vie de Château by Microbrasserie Le Grimoire of Quebec: ***; 7%, 20 ibu; an amber brewed with dark rum; nose is sweet caramel and rum; sweet malt and caramel, hint of berries, vanilla, nearly cream soda like sweet notes;  remarkable; one of the best beers I have ever tried;

237/2458) Microbrasserie Le Grimoire Resto-Pub: La Noire Soeur by Microbrasserie Le Grimoire of Quebec:  **1/2; 5%, 20 ibu black chocolate beer; espresso and sweet chocolate nose; roasted malt, chocolate and dark coffee;

Granby was the only place in Quebec's Eastern Townships where we saw unilingual English Stop signs.  Usually it is unilingual French which makes it even harder to understand how our waitress could claim not to speak English.  This sort of thing made the news, what with a provincial election going on when someone inadvertently asserted that English was an official language in Quebec.  It is not and Quebecers are inexplicably proud of this.

238/2459) Microbrasserie Le Grimoire Resto-Pub:  Le Malt Aimée by Microbrasserie Le Grimoire of Quebec: *; a 7.0%, 38 ibu IPA; very malty, floral, botanical;

239/2460) Les Brasseurs De Temps, Gatineaux, Québec:  Trois Portages by Les Brasseurs du Temps of Quebec:  **1/2; a 9% Tripel; nose of peaches and sweet orange; flavours remind me of Cointreau; an unusual tripel but very nice;

This has to be the next to best beer of this trip - I am not going to surpass La Vie de Château for some time.