Monday, 31 October 2016

September 21, 2016

185/1770) The Monarch Tavern, Toronto:  Sink Or Swim Citra Hopped Farmhouse Ale by Black Oak of Ontario:  **;  4.5%, 15 ibu;  hazy;  lemony flavours;  bitter hoppiness, with notes of grapefruit and even nutmeg;

186/1771) Monarch Tavern:  Mountain Lager by Side Launch of Ontario:  *1/2;  4.7%;  a very traditional lager brewed with Noble hops;  cereal like maltiness;  pours hazy;  very crisp flavours;

187/1772) Monarch Tavern:  Banhof Zoo Berlinerweisse by Junction Craft Brewing of Ontario:  **;  sparkling, champagne like mouthfeel;  in the Bavarian style;  tastes slightly sour;  quoth Mirella, "if beer and champagne had a baby...";

This was the night of Mirella Amato's "Hopera" which I so regretted missing in previous years.  Eight songs from the world of opera paired with eight different beers.  The night opened with a half pint of Steamwhistle so really it was nine beers but everything came in small tasting glasses, to my very great relief.

The Monarch Tavern is a great old place with a lot of character.  It definitely rates a return visit.

After the welcoming half pint the evening went like this:  Walkerville Easy Stout/Carmen by Bizet;  Amsterdam Oranje Weisse/Don Giovanni by Mozart;  Black Oak Sink or Swim Citra Hopped Farmhouse Saison/King Arthur by Purcell;  Nickel Brook Raspberry Über Berliner Weisse/The Old Maid and the Thief by Menotti;

After intermission it was Side Launch Moutain Lager/a second scene from Bizet's Carmen;  Great Lakes Pompous Ass English Pale Ale/more from Don Giovanni by Mozart;  Double Trouble Revenge of the Ginger/Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea;  Junction Craft Banhof Zoo Berlinerweisse/La Traviata by Verdi;

It was quite an evening and I hope to be able to attend next year.

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