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.