January 30, 2019

Some Opinions About Beer


So I wanted to do up a post about beer.

I am fond of craft beer, to be precise. Now, that being said, I'm a fan of traditional styles: ales, amber, stouts, porters, etc. Those types, served in a pint glass.

I'm all for experimenting and trying new things; however within moderation.

Very often, I see what appears to be orange juice served in what appears to be a wine glass. And usually, the name or ingredients of that beer does not sound appealing - as BEER.

For that reason, I'm going to list off some breweries, to give an idea of the types of beers that I do enjoy. I should also add that I like some UK imports, due to the type of beer.

WHITEWATER BREWING CO

78 Hwy 17, Cobden, ON K0J 1K0
Beer Listing: http://whitewaterbeer.ca/our-beer/

Their flagship beer would probably be the Farmer's Daughter Blonde Ale. My overall favourite, though, is the Whistling Paddler English Ale. They are no longer 'up and coming' as their reputation is well-known in the Ottawa region. I remember attending beer-tasting vent that was hosted by the Hintonburg Public House from when they were up and coming.

The brewery (physical location) brewpub and their selection of beers is everything I could want from a craft brewery. They have a nice varied selection. Their food is great. The brewery is nice. Cannot give them enough praise. Oh, and you can get their beer in cans, growlers and grumblers.

HIGHLANDER BREWING CO


309 B HWY 124, South River, ON P0A 1X0
Beer Listing: https://highlanderbrewco.com/product-category/beer/

Their flagship beer would probably be the Scottish Ale. That one is quite good, as is their Blacksmith Smoked Porter. Sadly, I have not had much else by them - nor visited their brewery (which is about 5 hours away from me, twice the distance as Whitewater.)

I was gifted a 500 ml (when their beers came in bottles) for my birthday one year. The name of the brewer and the beer caught my attention, and I couldn't wait to try to it: Highlander Brewing Co.'s Scottish Ale. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I have an affinity (and hopefully not an unfair bias!) towards anything Scottish. Let me tell you, that Scottish Ale as delicious. Likewise was their Blacksmith Smoked Porter, once I had it.

Their other beers are of interest to me - no overabundance of IPA's. I love IPA's, but I find them too commonplace in the craft beer industry. Highlander also offers: a rye beer, a lager, and a few others that I can't tell based on their names. Great, traditional beer.

ASHTON BREWING COMPANY


113-159 Old Mill Road Ashton, Beckwith, ON K0A 1B0
Beer Listing: https://www.ashtonbrewingcompany.com/beer

Their flagship beer would be their Amber. I haven't had much by them, nor have I visited their brewery. Unlike Highlander, (due to where I live) visiting Ashton seems to be more feasible. They offer up a Harvest brown (which is delicious on tap), a Cream Ale (gotta try that one!), an IPA, among others. What attracted me, is that they call their beers 'pub ales' - which is exactly the type of beer I would be after. I may have extremely limited experience with this brewery, but my anticipation is very high because of it.
CAMERON'S BREWING COMPANY

1165 Invicta Dr, Oakville, ON L6H 4M1
Beer Listing: https://www.cameronsbrewing.com/beers/

Unsure what their flagship would be! Now, their brewery is in Oakville....a good 5 hours away from me. However, I've had quite a few of their beers, thanks to the various mixpacks that LCBO carries. They are all very good, though I must admit that the Ambear is pretty good. They offer traditional style beers, with snappy names.


That's pretty much it for the brewers I wanted to showcase, however I also wanted to mention by name (though in less detail) the following: New Ontario Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewery, Muskoka Brewery, and Black Oak Brewery for Ontario.

In Nova Scotia, I also have a fondness for Big Spruce, and Boxing Rock.

Finally, for imports, I quite enjoy pretty much anything from Wychwood (I make it a point to go for their Hobgoblin, and its variants, such as King Goblin and Hobgoblin Gold), Fuller's, Innis & Gunn and Belhaven.

So the point of this, was to show the types of beers and brewers that this craft beer (and, on occasion, imports) drinker likes.

You keep your tekus, I'll have my pint glass. And I part with this quote:

"...You can drink your fancy ales,
You can drink them by the flagon,
But the only brew for the brave and true...
..Comes from the Green Dragon!
"

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