236/2054) Home: Hop to the East Hefeweizen, a collaboration between Central City of British Columbia and Quidi Vidi Brewery of Newfoundland and Labrador: **; 5.5%, 20 ibu; brewed with wheat, barley and "new age tropical hops"; nose is yeasty with tropical fruit notes; flavours of yeast, cloves, bubblegum, tropical fruit; an odd set of juxtapositions but it works for me; your milage may vary, as they say;
With this we reach the end of Central City's Coast to Coast collaboration series. A few nice beers I might try again on their own but I don't feel any need to purchase either six-pack a second time.
237/2055) Home: Bandit American Pale Ale by Lake Wilcox Brewing Co. of Ontario: **; 5%, 28 ibu; mild citrus nose; gentle citrusy notes, if a bit washed out;
This was purchased bought at Longo's, in a tin - take that, rabble.ca.
It was an odd experience buying beer at a grocery store. I was expecting rows of six-packs of the big sellers but while there were a few of this package size what I found for the most part was Ontario beers available individually and heavy on the "craft" side. I don't know that I have ever bought enough items in a grocery store to disqualify we from the express line (not that this seems to inhibit people based on my observations) and the first time I bought a tin of beer here I was asked for my date of birth(!) but I made it through, business as usual.
The second time out I wasn't looking for the sign to tell me I could check beer through here and I had to make simultaneous transactions at the express line and the lottery counter opposite. It seemed a bit fussy and I did think that I could have added another item to my basket.