89/1674) Home: Sunnyside Session IPA by Great Lakes Brewery of Ontario: **; 3.9%, 25 ibu; fresh, hoppy nose - mild pine; floral, piney flavours;
The abv of so called session beers has been climbing of late so it is nice to see one with a reasonable alcohol by volume figure.
Sunnyside is a beach region in west Toronto. I hear tell my grandmother had her hat blown off on one of the rides back when. This was purchased at the brewery today.
90/1675) Home: Haters Gonna Hate by Beau's All Natural Brewery of Ontario: *1/2; 8%, 40 ibu; an Imperial Kolsh; Beau's Wild Oats Series No. 16; brewed with barley and wheat malts and Nelson Sauvin hops; a tribute, ten years later, to the first batch of Lug Tread which was accidentally brewed extra strong; unfiltered, orange hued; grainy nose with hints of white wine; strong musty flavours; hint of hops towards finish; dry after taste;
This is an appropriate name for a beer from Beau's. After being, for many years, the darlings of the hipster craft beer crowd, beer forums have erupted in an endless, repetitive series of anti-Beau's tirades. When an LCBO employee offered that Beau's beers sell very well it all fell in to place.
Sure, Beau's experiments a lot and maybe some of those experiments ought to have stayed in the lab but even when they fail, I respect them for trying. What has happened here, as verified by the afore-mentioned LCBO employee, is that the Private Party is over. People who know it is bad manners to wear a knitted hat indoors are buying Beau's. People who own sedans and have real jobs are enjoying Beau's wares. They have achieved success which to some translates as welling out.
Luckily, you have found a blogger who places more value on good beer than on personal street cred.