Archive for August, 2010

Did the Breweries Invent Chicken Wings? (Beer #5 Rickard’s Red)

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I am catching up yet again.  I had the pleasure of another classic wings and beer outing with a good buddy I hadn’t seen in a while (I know, this seems to be a theme.  What can I say, I have two kids.)  This time we visited the venerable Toronto wing joint Bistro on Avenue.  In my opinion they have the second best wings in the city.  Who is number one?  Well I am sure they will be revealed soon enough in a future post.

Paired with more “medium” wings than should be consumed at time was a pitcher of classic Rickard’s Red.  In the very first post I introduced Rickard’s White but the Red is the far more common of the two.  I can’t explain why but this is but RR is one of those beers that is better on tap than in the bottle.  If anyone can explain it I am all ears.  Either way the Red was fully enjoyed and consumed and I must admit the half pitcher made the cycle home more challenging than expected.

Gotta keep this one brief as I have another post to catchup on too.

More about Rickard’s Red:  This claims to be Canada’s #1 Red beer.  I don’t doubt that distinction but to be honest can not find any others in that category – although I hope to.  According to the website it contains brewer’s caramel.  I wonder what the difference is between that and regular caramel.  Love the fact that the website offers a recipe including Red.  Check it out here.

Categories: Rickard's

Does Organic Beer Make You Smarter? (Beer #4)

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi there…it me  again.  It was longer than expected since the last post.  I didn’t disappear, just went through a bit of a dry spell but I am glad to finally have something to report about and another social date in the calendar tonight where the brew will be flowing as well, I expect.

Thursday (sorry for the delay) we had some very good friends visiting from overseas (London) for a BBQ.  Paired with my now famous Chicken Diablo Burgers was a new brew (at least for me) from Mill St Brewery.  My friend (another J), lets call him JS, his lovely wife and I partook in their Organic Lager. It comes in a clear bottle and feels like a solid summer beer.  Hard to tell from the taste that it is organic but I do believe that you feel a little different when you consume anything with an organic label and it certainly spawned some discussion (hence the subject line) amidst the London Olympics, World Cup, feeling old and of course, all of our kids.

According to their website this is the first certified organic beer in Ontario.  Mill Street guarantees that the raw materials and and brewing process are pesticide and herbicide free.  They also have a tasting note:  Delicate floral aroma; light palate with malty flavour balanced by some hoppy bitterness (I like the sound of that).  And last a few food pairing suggestions – seafood, light pasta, cheese and fruit.  Instead we served burgers, corn, “slaw” and ice cream cake for dessert.  The brew came through beautifully even though we went off the menu.

A little more about Mill Street Brewery:  This brewery is one of a few found within the Toronto city limits.  Nestled in the historic distillery district it has become a fun destination with its brew pub open every day of the week (I had brunch there once – it was good).  Mill Street products are pretty easy to find throughout the city but I am not sure how wide their distribution is beyond – a chance for Mill Street to reach out.

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Categories: JS, Mill Street, Organic