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Beer, beer and more beer!

by Steve on August 11th, 2010
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A couple of weeks ago we took the evening off from our normal routine and went out with James and Elizabeth to the Watson’s Mill Beer tasting evening. A good evening was had by all of those who attended.

We had six tickets and eleven different vendors to choose from. Where exactly should we start. Looking at the list I immediately dismissed the larger brewing companies and whittled it down to the ones I had not heard of before. Heidi, James and Elizabeth went for the new Hogback brewery while I myself tried the Barley Days Dark.

Whilst the Dark was pleasant enough it was quite forgettable. It had the usual aroma, and chocolaty under tones but unfortunately not much more than that. The Hogback had a nice enough taste but as I pointed out toward the end of the evening – “I don’t think this is a summer beer”. Of course I had to explain this. If the beer needed to be served colder then it would lose the flavor it had and therefore in my opinion it should be a Spring and Fall beer. I’m not sure how it went down but then how much beer drinking experience do I have ;-)

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Next on the list was was the Great Lakes Brewery where, I sampled their Orange Peel Ale. This is a refreshing beer that needs to be served cold to bring out the orange taste. Then onto the Heritage Brewery. There I sampled the Traditional Dark larger, which was flavorful but somehow forgettable at the same time. It was odd to taste something dark that smelt and tasted like a Pilsner. Following close on the heals of the Traditional Dark was the Traditional ale from the Big Rock Brewery. I didn’t bother with the other offering of the Grasshopper as I had tried this on other occasions.

We took a short break for some cool air and a quick bite to eat from the buffet; then back to the tasting. :-) The next band of tasting included the Apricot ale from St-Ambroise, the new local Kichesippi Beer Co. and the final stop at the Perth Brewing Co. The Apricot ale was liked by Heidi and Elizabeth, not by me though. The Kichesippi was a great start for a new company, the ale was flavorsome even from cold which is encouraging, the flavor even lingered.

The star of the tasting was the Perth Brewing Co. They came prepared for the evening and had a host of different beers; Nut Brown, Pale Ale, English Style, Czech Pilsner and a Canadian Pilsner. The one beer that they had that you can call “plain” would be the Canadian Pilsner, the others were all fabulous, and we would recommend them all! We came away with a six pack of the pale ale and t-shirts!

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  1. I had no idea the Mill did something like this…and I grew up right outside of Manotick. It sounds lovely and I will have to attend next year.

    I of course assume you will have some lovely Perth Brewing Company treats on ice when I come to visit Trevor. HaHa! ;)

    Comment by Susan — August 11, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  2. Thanks Steve for a good review. I can’t drink beer but hubby enjoys it and now I have an idea of what to give him to try as change from Beau’s.

    Comment by Chriss — August 12, 2010 @ 7:38 am

  3. The Perth Brewing Company is my new best friend! (Thank you for not mentioning exactly how many tastes they gave me…) And for just a little effort (you have to go can it yourself) you get really good beer for a really good price!

    Comment by elizabeth — August 12, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  4. Susan, we have some on ice! Trevor is really looking forward to seeing you. The Mill actually has another tasting this week – Wine. Then in the not too distant future they are doing a whisky tasting.

    Comment by Heidi — August 12, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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