02 Dec

Winter Ale | 24 Days of Beer: Day 2

Day 2_Winter Ale_GLB

With lovely warm red hints, this Winter Ale is the perfect winter treat


Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
Style: Winter Warmer
ABV: 6.2%        IBU: N/A

Deep copper in colour, this seasonal favourite pours with a medium layer of off-white head. With less than average carbonation evident, the head dissipates quickly leaving a ring of bubbles and some lacing. Distinct spice notes and a strong malty character dominate the aroma with hints of orange peel, honey, and raisins adding a nice complexity.

Beginning slightly sweet with a strong bready-malts, the flavour features distinct but not overwhelming spice notes of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Orange peel and raisins give it a touch of fruit tartiness with honey and leafy hops offering a good balance for the rich flavours. GLB’s Winter Ale has a medium, somewhat sticky or soapy body with average to low carbonation and a lingering spicy aftertaste.

4 out of 5 cats

Mike says:

 Winter Ale is great for a snowy winter’s night!

So Day 2 was another success, props to GLB for a tasty seasonal I will be sure to seek out again. Come back tomorrow after 7pm EST to see the next instalment!

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07 Sep

Craft Beer Passport: Danforth

Canuck Pale Ale in a magnificent chalice at Sauce

Canuck Pale Ale in a magnificent chalice at Sauce

After several weekends of intending to head over to the Danforth to visit The Wren and neighbouring Sauce, we finally made plans with our Twitter buddy and fellow beer blogger, Eric of Doodle Brews, and headed out for some lunch and a nice afternoon drink, or five.

The food was great and the beer selection varied and delicious but the highlight of the day for me was the fantastic décor and atmosphere at Sauce. Inviting, warm, and funky it was full of visual appeal and eye candy from the bejewelled lampshades to the bright red and orange glassware, the space was full of rich colours and a mixture of textures.

The Wren had a cozy rusticness that I also quite liked and I do not mean to overshadow its charm but Sauce had a wholly unique character that very much appealed to me and I am sure I will find myself back there soon after completing the rest of my passport.

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29 Jul

Review of Bevy 0007 | SOBDL


What: Bevy 0007
Where: Artscape Youngplace
When:  Friday, July 25, 2014

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is a great example of the impressive growth of the craft beer industry throughout Ontario, and especially in Toronto. With an almost overwhelming number of bars, brewpubs, and restaurants serving a massive variety of local and imported quality beer it is no surprise to see craft beer become a topic of widespread discussion with magazines like Now dedicating entire sections to beer guides .

But women have long been an overlooked aspect of the movement towards better beer and the Society aims to change that: Not only by bringing women together in a safe place where they can discuss and enjoy new brews without having their opinions dismissed by the likes of those who still believe women only drink sweet cocktails but also by harnessing our love for said beer to encourage charity. Each month, the proceeds from their “Bevies” goes to supporting the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), a registered charity dedicated to “empower[ing] women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence.”

Lucky ladies who manage to get tickets for these monthly meetups get to enjoy great food, new and unreleased beer, and a consistently great party. This month the ladies offered beer from Collective Arts; Side Launch Brewing; Great Lakes; Black Oak; and Royal City Brewing Co. We also had the option to purchase small tasting sizes of each beer before spending drink tickets on full size pints. This was a nice touch this month and allowed me to easily try all of the offerings without spending too much money, consuming too much beer, or ending up with a pint of something I simply didn’t care for.

For more information about the delicious brews, the extremely satisfying food, and the charming venue, read on!

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