Thursday, 27 June 2013
January 26, 2013
22/670) Home: Lion's Winter Ale by Granville Island Brewing of British Columbia: **; this one is all about the vanilla: it is prominent in the nose and there are grainy vanilla notes; from the Winter Mingler mixed pack; I find in general that I am more inclined to favour sweeter flavours in the cold weather - even when it comes to the gels I consume during distance runs: in the cold they tend to be chocolate or vanilla flavoured while in the warm weather I go for fruit flavoured gels.
23/671) Fionn MacCool's, Brampton: The Hop Mason by Alexander Keith's of Nova Scotia: **; from Alexander Keith's Hop Series; 50 ibu; hoppy nose; hop forward bitterness;
It is an irritant to many IPA fanciers how ordinary Alexander Keith's IPA is so this is indeed a pleasant surprise. It is also a nice surprise to witness a beer list like Fionn MacCool's in Brampton. No doubt it would not excite me if I was in Toronto but it is a treat not to have to travel to be able to order decent IPAs. There is even an ever-changing tap devoted to Unibroue. Better still, it is within cycling distance. Heck, I have even walked home from there.