Holy heck has it been a while since I last shared BEER. Time is just not on my side and I usually like to write a bit about each that I’ve tasted, but since there are WAY too many in … Continue reading
So here I am, checking in with some of the beers we’ve recently tried. It’s so hard to go back and remember ALL of them, so this will be some highlights. Going forward, I’ll make sure to be on top of my game 😉 Of course, you could also follow me on Untappd and check out my latest drinks, ratings, and check-ins!
^Ribstone Creek Great White Combine. This is my hands down FAVORITE white IPA. It is so delicious and a great beer to have with or without food. Ugh, now I want one- it’s that tasty! If you’re not an IPA person (and I’m not, although I’m trying to get into them) this is a great place to start.
^Banded Peak Cherry Saison & Chinook Saison. This is a rather new brewery that I actually checked out when they first opened (you can read about it here). I was excited to head back to their brewery to test out the cherry saison but was bummed to find that the cherry is more of a coloring in the brew rather than in flavor. I could be wrong, but even my husband had a hard time detecting it. I will still support them because they’re new and local, but still not my favorite saisons.
^Trolley 5 tasting flight. I have stopped in to Trolley 5 a few times now for a quick drink and am still dying to actually stay for the food. But their beer is some of my new local favorite and the atmosphere is pretty great, too. I think for this flight I had a mix of all of their main stays. The white IPA is very tasty, the pale ale is nice and light, and surprisingly the porter is a very easy drinker. *I highly recommend checking this place out!
^Wood Buffalo Blueberry Vanilla Ale (at National Westhills) I originally tasted this at a beer fest a few years back and couldn’t find it since. I was excited to see it on the menu when we went to National a few weeks ago and it was just as good as I remembered. Perfect patio beer although I would still totally drink this in the winter.
^Cold Garden One Summer in Saskatoon Saison. This was a special seasonal brew that I tasted at the 100L dash at Craft and it was absolutely delicious. The perfect saison with a subtle hint of berries. In fact, it was so nice I had it twice. Cold Garden has started to pop in in various establishments around the city and I am still eagerly awaiting their tap house to open! Check out their website for a list of the fun beers they offer!
Thoughts on these: Get your hands on the Blindman Saison if you can. It’s one of the best ‘basic’ saisons I’ve had. The Gigantic IPA was a bit much for me since it’s an Imperial IPA; the Raspberry Uber was a recommendation by the sales associate where I bought it and it was the bomb dot com. Apparently it’s an award winner and has a nice sour taste with a strong raspberry flavor. Best part? No lingering aftertaste! Plus, it’s a low alcohol beer. So to the ladies who don’t like beer: get this one. Lastly, the Troubled Monk was a great brown ale. It was slow for us to get through since we’re not really brown ale people, but it had the most delicious chocolate/coffee aroma that kept me coming back.
^Sierra Nevada Otra Vez–> It was a pretty penny to get a six pack of these here in Canada, but so worth it. It’s a perfect summer beer that is super light and thirst quenching. Plus, it has the unique prickly pear cactus/grapefruit flavor. Try it, it’s worth the $$.
^ Russell Kettle Sour/Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale. The kettle sour was pretty tasty- a nice, basic sour if you’ve never had one. Aka: no funky flavors. The pumpkin ale was SO tasty. Well, *I* loved it and Tyler hated it. I was sipping on it while snacking on an apple w/peanut butter so the flavors might have been altered a bit. At least it worked in my favor!
^Stone Cali-Belgique IPA. Another post-shift beer with my nighttime snack. This one was a whim purchase and I’m super happy about it. There is a definite sweeter IPA flavor with a bubblegum aftertaste. I loved how light (for an IPA) this tasted and was shocked that it was 6.9%! This is another IPA I’d recommend if you’re trying to ease into IPAs. But again, it’s pricier for us Canadians. Totally worth it.
Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale. I love white ales, and this one fit the bill. It was a very easy drinker with a dynamic flavor of clementine, orange peel and coriander. Plus, it’s from Ipswich MA so…winning!
^Blindman Session Ale. This is just your basic everyday drinking beer. Nothing too special about it in the flavor department.
The summer ale was pretty tasty- it definitely EXPLODED with stone fruit and peach flavors. So don’t get it unless you LOVE stone fruit. I crushed one of these so fast, I almost felt like I just had a healthy snack. The Grisette is a low alcohol easy drinker- so another I’d recommend to non-beer drinkers. Very tasty!
Tyler picked up the red ale and I was just meh about it. I am not a red ale person and this one was just a bit too aggressive for me to enjoy. Lastly, the Gose. A briney melon goes at that! So flipping delicious that I want one everyday. Go get it. But leave some for me. Or send me some. Thanks.
The sad part of this story is that there are a TON of beers that I didn’t include in this post. I’ll save those for a later day. You know, to keep you coming back.
So that’s all for now! Tell me what brews you’ve tried recently..
Ok yup, this mama could use a cold one right about now. We had an appointment at the US Consulate office downtown today (to get Wes’s SSN and US passport…lucky man is the only one in the family with dual citizenship!) and as we were in our appointment, a tornado was coming and they had all the consulate employees come into the waiting room area so they could be away from the windows. Um yeah, so after going through security checkpoints and having to leave our phones and keys and stroller with diaper bag behind, we got to sit around for an extra hour. Good thing Wes slept the whole time!
And with that I say happy Winesday Wednesday!
I know I said last week that I wanted to lay off the booze and I pretty much have! EXCEPT Tyler came home Saturday with a really cool bottle of yum for me to try:
MTL Fruit Co Pink Grapefruit! I had never seen it before. Tyler poured me a glass on ice and it was SO GOOD. Tasted just like grapefruit juice. As I was taking my first sip, Tyler read aloud the bottle-> “A rosé wine based drink with a citrus twist! This pink delight mixes the soft floral experience of a rosé with the tart crispness of grapefruit. A perfect poolside partner!” When he read that, I could immediately pick out the rosé as an underlying flavor. I gotta tell ya, it was really super tasty and at $12 for the bottle, a perfect summer refreshment that’s affordable! PS: It’s also only 5% alcohol. PPS: That’s $12 CAD (which means it’s way cheaper in ‘merican dollars).
Michael sent me his latest beer selection:
It’s a triple IPA from Stone Brewing in California. When I checked out the website, it also noted that they were selling their beer in Canada! I got excited, but then saw it was only in Ontario. If you’re in Ontario and see Stone Brewing, give it a try and let me know what you think!
What are you drinking this week?!