Brewer: Beau’s All Natural Brewery
Brewed in: Vankleek Hill, ON
Found: Isabella LCBO
This Gruit Ale pours murky copper with low carbonation and head. A gentle nose of sweet malts, honey and flowers is evident and it’s different than your typical brew. The deeper I get into the beer, the more I detect a little funk. Which is awesome. A unique flavor profile is also clear, this gently rolls across the palate is ended by a sour pull at the cheeks.
This beer was created with Margaret Atwood based on her novels, the MaddAddam trilogy (Which I’ve started…) with proceeds going to save the birds of Point Pelee, through The Pelee Island Bird Observatory. If you’ve never visited the area, you should. Everyone in the area is a birder (seeing this species of humans is worth the drive) and the scenery is gorgeous. Because of the unique geography of the point pushing deep out into Lake Erie and the island as a rest area/take-off point, bird and butterflies are funneled into the area as they migrate across the big body of water. Perhaps fill your cooler with this beer if you’re camping in the area?
Anyways, save birds drink beer.
Brewer: Le Castor Brewing Company
Brewed in: Rigaud, QC
Found: A dépanneur in Montreal
For those who follow us through out many social media outlets, you’ve no doubt questioned if Le Castor has sponsored us to talk them up: They haven’t (though I’m waiting by the phone!). This little Rigaud brewery makes great beer and we are just discovering them now. When I read the tasting notes in the bottle of barley wine (translation of vin d’orge), which describe this as the “macho-man of beers” I knew I had to drink it. Because I’m insecure and these challenges to my manliness resonate with me…
Pours opaque orange copper with a thick white head that fades, leaving sticky lace as it recedes. The nose is of booze and sweet brown sugary malts while muddied hops round it out. Low carbonation delivers smooth barley wine goodness. The finish is a balancing act between the malt base and soggy hops. The strong alcoholic finish warms the insides. This is reminiscent to Flying Monkey’s Imperial IPA Matador. It’s a big beer, but you new that when you Google translated vin d’orge to barley wine. While it’s big, it’s still approachable; don’t be scared of this macho-brew.
Brewer: Kilannan Brewing Co.
From: Owen Sound, ON
Oh boy. Imperial stout from Kilannan aged in bourbon barrels. Jackpot.
Pours completely opaque black with a hint of beige head. The bouquet is gigantic with notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak overwhelming the senses. These same flavours accent a richly roasted malt-forward base. The body is deep and velvet smooth with little hop profile or carbonation. The finish cuts with a little shot of bitterness. This is a delicious late evening treat.
Great beer and a personal favourite style: Another winner from Kilannan.
Brewer: Stone City Ales
Brewed in: Kingston, ON
Found: Stone City Ales Brewery
A good India Pale Ale on a hot day is one of Summer’s best pairings. Kingston’s Stone City Ales delivers a great IPA in their core-line up. If you’ve never been, go. Enjoy the grub and the spinning vinyls too!
Pours clear copper gold with a faint ring of white foam. Sweet caramel malt nose is taken to the next level with piercing pine hops. Delicious flavour profile matches the bouquet. The bitter pine hop finish lingers but never overstays its welcome. And if you’re into this sort of thing, attractive waves of brewers lace slowly slide down your glass with each pull.
Just a solid IPA and a very enjoyable beer from Stone City.
G’day Friendly Reader (or, more likely, Unfriendly Web-crawler…),
Not that we don’t appreciate the outlet that our own low-tech low-brow blog has provided us, but over the past few months we’ve had some great opportunities to work with some fantastic channels. Through apt613.ca, Ottawa Magazine and Herd Magazine, we’ve been able to work with platforms that have solid local followings and reach. It’s introduced us to some great people in Ottawa working to showcase the cultural strengths we’ve got going on here. In addition, we’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic editors that “correct spelling errors”, “fact check” or “understand when to use quotations” … etc. It’s all been very rewarding and fun.
Since you’re already here, here’s a quick rundown of our latest writings:
Ottawa Magazine Capital Pint – Prime Patio Pints
Ottawa Magazine Capital Pint – The Ultimate Beer Run
Apt613/Herd Magazine/Guerrilla Magazine – Five Great Craft Beers and Where to Drink Them
Apt613 – Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s Newest Oldest Brewery, Waller St.
Apt613 – Foodie Friday: DCBC puts together whimsical day of pure Canadiana
Apt613 – Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood
Apt613 – Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Whitewater Brewing Company, *Spoiler new brewpub alert!
We hope that we can continue to work with these great groups and reputable formats as long as they’ll have us. We are incredible appreciative of the opportunity they’ve provided thus far. Still, we’ll continue to keep this sad-sack site up and running as well, for nostalgic purposes if nothing else. And if you have any suggestions for collaborators – we’re always looking for new brew friends to work with.
Brewer: Dominion City Brewing Co.
Brewed in: Ottawa, ON
Found: Dominion City Brewing Co.
Dominion City brewed a foursome of one-offs for their #DominionDay party and bottled the leftovers in stubbies. Guess who scored the last stubby in the shop (*wink)!
Pours thick opaque black with a quickly fading beige head. Nice clean malt forward nose with an enticing cereal and mild vanilla bouquet. Excellent mouth-feel with the perfect amount of heaviness. A sweet clean finish isn’t bitter but cleans up nicely. Not a heavy nor a sharp porter; just a nice balanced beer. In my unsolicited opinion, HB&F should be graduated to the starting line-up.
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Brewer: Smithworks Brewing Company
Brewed in: Peterborough, ON
Percentage: 5.2 %
Found: Smithworks Brewing Company
This brewery located on Rye Road in Peterborough is relatively new. I’ve been fortunate enough to sample several of their German style brews and they have all been simple but perfectly constructed. There’s no gimmickry here, each beer is named after its style.
This dunkelweizen pours cloudy amber brown with an off white head that fades . Bready malts dominate the noise with a slight dry spicy clove appeal. It’s smooth across the palate with a spicy bite that fades to mild banana. Not as sweet as others I’ve enjoyed in this style but still sophisticated yet enjoyable. Another tight brew from Smithworks.