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TGIF: Extra Terrestrial

TGIF: Extra Terrestrial

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Grand Terrestrial Rhapsody – Flying Monkey’s

The first pour produces a clear golden colour, and even yields a touch of copper. Capped off with a healthy dose of white foamy head that is lacey from top to bottom.

Initial aromas evoke pops of pineapple right off the bat, as well as strong notes of grapefruit and grape. The blended smells are exactly as advertised.

As for the flavour, here the profile matches the aroma with more of those citrus fruits. As opposed to other IPAs, Terrestrial uses pineapple puree instead of pineapple concentrate. This leads to alot of pop in the taste, but not overwhelmingly so.

The body presents as a good medium, and overall smooth with the apt amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a summery drink that pops with zest and colour.

Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV 8.1% alc./vol.|IBUs 40
  • Malts:2-Row Pale Malt, Spelt Malt
  • Hops: Neslon Sauvin, Idaho 7 
  • Dry-Hopping: Neslon Sauvin, Idaho 7, Galaxy
  • Special Additions: Pineapple Purée

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TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

Easy Drinking Golden Ale from Barnstormer’s is an Ideal Patio Companion

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

400 BLONDE ALE CRAFT BEER

As the brewer put’s it…” 400 Blonde Ale is impossible to dislike. It’s the beer for everyone; anytime; any place. “

And after sampling a few, we tend to agree! This a smooth tasting, bare bones (in a good way) golden ale that is ideal for any sitting.

The initial pour is a bright, yellow golden colour with tiny head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The first taste goes down gently, and emits balanced notes of grain, grass and citrus. It’s got a nice sweetness to it with definite flavour, although some beer advocates might find it a bit thin.

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The overall experience is light tasting, but with lively carbonation and a solid body texture. There is a crisp finish and no lingering aftertaste, which is a plus in our books.

Enhanced by Barnstomer’s customary imaginative label art work, this is a 4.5% on the ABV scale, paired well with just about anything on the menu. Best bet: Canned version at a Barbecue or on a lazy patio summer afternoon.

Learn more about 400 Blonde over at Barnstormer’s website, and at the LCBO.

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TGIF: Alone In The Forest …And Loving It

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Alone In The Forest …And Loving It

IPA From Sawdust is a Pine Infused Treat

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

LONE PINE IPA

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Best described as “hop bomb”, this IPA is very piney; in a good way. The initial aroma emits the usual malts and grapefruits, with a trace of mango that compliments the woody/pine base.

This is an ideal pick for the adventurous beer-drinker, with a golden yellow appearance and a big lacy head. The first taste will have you thinking about camping, as the pine/hops really capture the outdoor vibe.

It’s a medium-bodied, refreshing brew that brings a welcome zip to the palate, with a sharply bitter finish.

This IPA is not quite a session brew because it is so bold (6.5% ABV) but it’s an invigorating shot to kick off your night. And because of the heavier tones, it’s probably not a meal accompaniment. Available in cans at the LCBO and a few local establishments.

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TGIF: Triple Teamed

TGIF: Triple Teamed

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

Pancho Barnes Triple Stout Chocolate: Barnstormer’s

The appearance pours a jet black, with sizeable fingers of creamy lace orbiting the glass.

That gives way to a pleasant first sniff – mainly grainy roasty malts, cocoa, coffee bean, earthy and leafy hops, dark fruits (fig as the strongest) and earthy yeast.

As you enjoy the taste, those grainy roasty malts and coffee bean come to the forefront. The earthy and leafy hops are meshed with the cocoa hints, and they come through strongly. Followed by the dark fruits, the earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

The mouthfeel is best described as medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Moreover, it finishes creamy with all elements lingering.

Overall – This is a flavourful sweet stout that delivers on all fronts. In general it is velvety smooth, and bold. Well deserving of a session from those that haven’t sampled it yet.

Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 5.9
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 21
  • 36 SRM

Find out more about Pancho Barnes on Barnstormer’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

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TGIF: BATTER UP

TGIF: BATTER UP

TGIF: BATTER UP

Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold beverage.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beers or spirits at your favorite watering hole or the LCBO. Of course, there’s always going to be your standard go-to’s. But mixing it up (get it…mixing???) makes for a fun outing.

With that in mind, we’re taking a shot (bet you thought we would stop with the drinking puns after that first one) at finding you a weekly selection of spirits to liven up your Friday.

This week why don’t your try…

LÜMBERBRÄU LIGHT LAGER – SAWDUST CITY

TGIF: BATTER UP

The first look reveals a hazy, golden yellow after the initial pour. As the drink settles, a distinct creamy head foam circles the glass and establishes itself firmly. There is a slight disintegration, leaving a lacy swirl, while a healthy dose of bubbles float to the top.

The initial smell brings forth aromas of mango, coconut and passionfruit. There is also a definite pine odor in and under the sitting, which greets you right from the start. 

Tasting first reveals a pleasant blend of juicy hops, reinforced by the tangy mango and passionfruit initially encountered earlier. The hops are present throughout and assert themselves slightly more after the first swirl around the mouth. Mouthfeel is carbonated, but only moderately. 

A silky body emerges with a clean finish to the sitting, as the inviting aromas and tastes leave your thirst quenched. Lümberbräu Light Lager was released in the summer of 2019 as a tribute to the Lumberkings slow-pitch baseball team, and it’s definitely a prime lager for enjoying the Jays game at home.

TGIF: BATTER UP

UNDER THE HOOD

4.2% ALC./VOL.

Water: Pure Muskoka water

Barley/Malt: Flaked corn, Canadian 2-row, German pilsner

Hops: Saaz, Magnum

Yeast: White Labs German lager

Available at the LCBO or through Sawdust City’s Website!

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