05 Dec

Side Launch Wheat | 24 Days of Beer: Day 5

Day 5-Side Launch Wheat
Day 5-Side Launch Wheat

Summery and light, this bright wheat is a great break from the heavier beers of winter


Brewery: Side Launch Brewing 
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.4%      IBU: N/A

This hazy golden wheat pours with a nice pillowy top of lacy, white head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing as you drink. The aroma is dominated by banana and spice with strong wheat notes. Pale malts and floral, grassy hops are also present along with a touch of cloves.

The taste follows the aroma nicely with strong apricot, orange, and banana flavours that are well complimented by significant spicy clove notes, pale malts. and distinct grassy hops. An exceptionally sessionable beer, Side Launch Wheat is more flavourful and well-rounded than your average hefeweizen and has quickly become one of my favourites. With an average to light texture and body and medium carbonation, it is a great example of the style and I look forward to seeing what else will come out of this new brewery in the months to come.

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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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