Sunday, 8 July 2018

June 28, 2018

173/2394) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  Two Cones; One Cup:  Maple Vanilla by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  **; 8%, 80 ibu; a Thursday cask; their Milkshake IPA with maple and vanilla; cloudy, as the base would suggest; nose is citrusy with vanilla;  getting both vanilla and maple in flavours with citrus very much in the background;

174/2395) Home:  Session Ale by Clear Lake Brewing Co. of Ontario:  *1/2; 4.8%; malty, fruity, berries nose;  berry notes;  more like a lager to me than an ale;

June 22, 2018

171/2392) Home:  Mangos On The Run Mango IPA by Innis & Gunn of Scotland:  **1/2;  5.6%; nose is mango and earthly tannins; it is like fresh, lemony mango tea with a dry tannin finish;

172/2393) Home Gunnpowder IPA by Innis & Gunn of Scotland:  **1/2; 5.6%; "loaded with Citrus hops":  Cascade, Centennial, Mandarina hops; pours clear; citrusy nose with an earthy edge; citrusy flavours with Asian tea notes;

June 21, 2018

169/2390) The 3 Brewers, Heartland:  Mom...Dad...I'm Juicy by The 3 Brewers of Ontario:  **; 6.5%, 30 ibu;  a Thursday evening cask - Saison Farmhouse Ale with orange, coconut, vanilla, Mandarina Bavaria hops, Denali hops;  pours opaque; vanilla and orange nose;  orange, vanilla, bubblegum, some sweetness from the coconut; peppery finish; not especially juicy, though;

170/2391) Home:  Liquid Art Fest IPA by Collective Arts Brewing of Ontario:  **; a 5.9% milkshake IPA brewed with pureed passionfruit and mango, wheat malt, flaked oats, lactose and vanilla;  beyond murky, it's swampy; all variety of tropical fruits to the nose; very bitter citrusy hops to open quickly yielding to passionfruit and mango with a dry finish;

Though their products are radically different, one thing Great Lakes and Collective Arts have in common is that when they brew an IPA, it is uniformly of the first order.

June 20, 2018

167/2388) Home:  Farmstead Ale by Good Lot Farmstead Brewing Co. of Ontario:  **1/2; 6.2%; peach nose; orange peach flavours;  a great beer from a brewery that is new to me;

168/2389) Home:  Big Tiki Tropical Punch Blonde by Hop City Brewing of Ontario:  **; 4.5%, 12 ibu; brewed with pineapple. cherry, passionfruit, mango, guava, papaya; fruit punch nose;  a bit sweet for my liking; initially it is a mess but individual flavours begin to assert themselves; bubbly mouth feel;  dry finish; an odd one;

June 19, 2018

166/2387) Home:  UPA by Henderson Brewing of Ontario:  **; 6.5%; a "Toronto-style IPA";  brewed in honor of the Union-Pearson (airport) express train which passes by the brewery every six and one half minutes, hence the 6.5% abv; earthy, rooty nose; bitter,earthy flavours, bitter after taste;

The UP Express uses the same line as the GO train from Brampton to Toronto so I can see the brewery whenever I head into town early on a weekday.

June 18, 2018

165/2386) Home:  Trade Routes by Henderson Brewing of Ontario in collaboration with Four Pure of England:  *1/2;  5%; an unfiltered hoppy pilsner; orangey citrus nose; clear;  blend of bitter pilsner hops and fruity North American style hops; bitterness wins, especially at the finish;

June 17, 2018

164/2385) Home:  Bob & Frank's Not Your Mother's Witbier by Henderson Brewing of Ontario:  *1/2; 5.5%; their Ides of May 2018 brew made with orange zest and coriander seeds;  hazy; citrusy, slightly malty nose; citrus, cloves; dry after taste;

It's not just a great label, it's a great story.  From 

"50 years ago Bob Rae hired Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention to play a gig at U of T’s Convocation Hall. The show, called “(B)ABEL: Society as Madness and Myth” was a weeklong ‘happening’ culminating in the Zappa show on the final Sunday night. The Mothers unpacked their unconventional performance against a white backdrop with white balloons filling the room and completed the white theme by “pouring shaving cream in every possible orifice of the huge organ at the front of the hall” so that the cream exploded all over the room at the end of their show. The resulting mess — both literal and figurative — landed in Bob Rae’s lap, and legend has it that much of the following week was spent cleaning it up."

I might not have believed otherwise that a premier of Ontario/interim federal Liberal party leader-to-be would have crossed paths with Frank Zappa.  Bob Rae was invited to the release party but he is a busy individual so it cannot be a big surprise that he was unable to attend.  Still, it would have been fun to hear his side of the tale.

These were purchased at the brewery which is on the same street as the Neilson chocolate factory.  It is a great smelling street.