September 29, 2010 Leave a comment
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WNWDW: New beer created for drinking in space – Odd News | newslite.tv

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39406739/ns/technology_and_science-space/

I know, I know I am not blogging…er drinking enough.  But when I saw this I just had to share.

I am not even sure how to respond.  Is this genius, a waste of time, or a bit of both.  Better yet will I be able to include this in my Million Beer experiment.

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Drinks giant SABMiller Czechs in with new beer | Mail Online

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Drinks giant SABMiller Czechs in with new beer | Mail Online

via Drinks giant SABMiller Czechs in with new beer | Mail Online.

I know I haven’t been posting enough but this alert definitely caught my eye.  Why, because someway, somehow this brewery has a goat on its staff.  The goat is named Jaroslav of course.

It looks like this brew is leaving the Czech Republic for the first time.  If Jaroslav plays well in the UK perhaps it will arrive in a Beer Store nearby.

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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.

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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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Beer #3: A Date with Alexander Keith’s (and my wife)

July 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Had the rare occasion of  a night on the town this past weekend.  Thanks to the lucky fortunes of the wifey we were off to dinner and a show all expenses paid…sort of.  Her luck of the draw garnered tickets to Legally Blonde and a gift certificate for Milestones.  I of course took this occasion to sample from the brew menu, especially when the waitress pointed out

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale
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that domestic pints were only 5 bucks (I am not really sure if that is a deal though).  A quick scan yielded nothing new to try but several that had yet to be posted to the blog.  I went with a draft fave – Alexander Keith’s Pale Ale.  In addition to having some of the best commercials going this is a very good beer and staple on the Canadian bar scene (for my international audience).  It came, was cold and added to my sausage ravioli and shared apps led to a very filling meal.  Better than the beer was the company as we chatted about where we might land to celebrate an anniversary and a break from the kids in the future.

A little more about Alexander Keith’s:  For those from around here (Canada) we all know you can ditch the Alexander part when ordering.  The most popular varietal is Pale Ale but a scan of the website indicates there is also a Premium White, Red Amber Ale, Light Ale and Dark Ale…who knew.  My guess is that those are only found in the beer’s native habitat for Nova Scotia.  I guess I will have to visit, haven’t been out east in a while.

P.S. The play was fun and I think I saw someone drinking a beer in the party scene.

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Categories: Alexander Keith's, Wife

Beer #2 – Steam Whistle

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Other than good brew there seems to be a theme evolving here  – good friends.  I am not surprised in the least.

The most recent sipping took place on Saturday night when school chum D (for his protection) came over to the homestead.  It has been months since we got together (not suprising since we have a combined 5 kids under the age of 5) so I gave him a tour of the new casa and we sat down for a beer in the kitchen – pure simplicity.  I had two varietals in the fridge, the first was Steam Whistle a local brew with a classic green bottle the other was little known Black Oak Pale Ale from just a ways down the road in Oakville – I had tried it before (pre-blog).  D chose the Black Oak, I grabbed a Steam Whistle and away we went.  Topics discussed:  parenting, lack of sleep, LeBron, the Toronto Raptors and possibly a mention of a finance prof who seemed focus more on getting to the pub than his students.  Before we knew it it was close to midnight and time to shut down this rager.

Back to the beer – Steam Whistle Pilsner.  This is a very good beer, although I must admit I didn’t know it was a Pilsner until I checked the website.  It goes down easy and although it is not trying to do anything gimmicky it seems better than its peers.  What I also love about Steam Whistle is their branding.  They serve only one varietal, have an easy to remember look, fun delivery vehicles and support many local events.  They have only been around for about a decade but I think they have a great future in front of them.

P.S. They do offer tours which considering how close I am I should definitely check out.  If I do I will totally bring you along.

Categories: Black Oak, D, Steam Whistle