Saturday, 8 August 2015

April 2, 2015

73/1347) Earl's, Mississauga:  Rhino Pale Ale by Muskoka Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  5%;  malty nose with mild hop presence;  grainy, bready taste with a faint hop edge;

This used to be known as Albino Rhino until a Human Rights complaint was launched. Yes, really. Let's hope certain individuals don't hear of Ridgeway's Albino Rhino Beer Festival coming May 2nd.

Suddenly I feel the need to cross the border for a Raging Bitch Belgian IPA or maybe a Blithering Idiot Barleywine.  I have no idea why.

74/1348) Biermarkt, Mississauga:  Vanilla Java Porter by Atwater Brewery of Michigan, U.S.A.:  **;  5.5%;  vanilla nose;  coffee flavours are largely obscured by vanilla;  the coffee was brewed with cold water to eliminate any chance of burnt flavours;

These were prior to Zappa Plays Zappa, which is to say Dweezil Zappa and his band playing his father's music.  This tour marks the 40th anniversary of the One Size Fits All LP.  A very fine show.

Mississauga's Living Arts Centre is a remarkably civilized venue.  No one was searched on entering and I could have had my beer there, at my seat.  Whether they have a brand I like I cannot say.  It did make things a bit casual as people would get up and go out for beer and come back during the performance, which doesn't happen at, say, Roy Thomson Hall.  All that was asked was that patrons leave their cups in the appropriate receptacles and if you're going to be as reasonable as that people comply.

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