Monday, 4 April 2011

April 2, 2011

133)  John Street Roundhouse in Toronto:  Steam Whistle by Steam Whistle Brewing of Ontario:  **;  This is where Steam Whistle is brewed, in the historic roundhouse;  the location has a special connection for me - my Dad worked there in 1948 (the last year the Cleveland Indians won the World Series);  Steam Whistle is crisp, clean and cooling;

134)  Caffe Volo in Toronto:  The Great Gatsbeer by Church Key Brewing of Ontario:  *1/2;  a most unusual nose, reminiscent of cheese;  the taste is soft, smooth and lightly fruity;  yes, I did order it partly on account of the name but also because of the brewer - no one has quite the number of wildcards in their line-up as Church Key.

135)  Twisted Kilt in Toronto:  Nut Brown Ale by Black Oak Brewery of Ontario:  **;  locals will remember the location as the old site of the Bow & Arrow;  on cask (this was the April Cask Social);  hearty with a slight mocha after taste;

136)  Twisted Kilt:  IPA by Muskoka Cottage Brewery of Ontario:  **1/2;  subdued hop nose gets stronger as the drink goes on but very pronounced hop taste;  on cask;

137)  Duggans Brewery, Toronto:  Bock by Duggan's Brewery of Ontario:  **;  not as dark as previous versions but rich taste;  I took a chance that they would have this one;

Here's to the pourer who came up with the idea of half pints and to St. Mary of Egypt and St. Polycarp of Alexandria whose feast days are today;

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