Sunday, 3 September 2017

August 16, 2017

264/2082) Oast House Brewery, Niagara On The Lake:  Russian Imperial Stout by Oast House Brewers of Ontario:  **1/2;  9.9%;  aged six months in Tawse Cabernet Franc barrels;    raisins feature in the nose;  flavours of oak, raisins, cabernet franc with a dry coffee like finish;

Oast House is easy to spot - it is housed in a big red barn.

265/2083) Oast House Brewery:  Sunday's Best Belgian Wit by Oast House Brewers of Ontario:  *;  5%;  16 ibu;  sweet nose;  honey and malt flavours;  this one didn't work for me, I found it sweeter than I prefer but on a colder day I might like it more;

These were sampler sized glasses.

266/2084) Oast House Brewery:  Cherry Berliner Weiss by Oast House Brewers of Ontario:  **;  4.9%;  8 ibu;  from their Rural Route series;  uses local cherries;  cherry nose;  lactobacillus adds extra tartness to flavours;  interesting use of souring here to enhance the cherry flavours;

267/2085) Niagara Falls Brewing Company, Niagara Falls:  Cream Ale by Niagara Falls Brewing Company of Ontario:  *;  5%, 12 ibu;  very grainy nose;  forward maltiness, mild mineral notes;

It wasn't exactly a return visit - someone was handing out samples on the street in the heat.  Niagara Falls is a far different place in August than March.  What nature did to the region beats what people did to it by a long shot.  I did like the Hornblower boat tour of the bottom of the falls.

268/2086) Taps On Queen, Niagara Falls:  Spiced Session Ale by Taps Brewery of Ontario:  *1/2;  4%;  very gingery nose;  flavours of fresh ginger stand out among the spices;

We reached Taps On Queen after fifteen minutes of walking basically through nowhere and there it suddenly was.  The food is pretty good.  It was cheap wing night and while I didn't partake a table across from us with nine younger people had a couple hundred sent their way.

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