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TGIF: Seeing Red

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: SEEING RED

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…

RED TAIL – BARNSTOMER’S

Irish red ale is a balanced, easy-drinking pint, combining a moderate malt character with caramel and toasted notes.

Moreover, the deep reddish copper color comes from both crystal malt and a small dose of highly kilned grain, such as roasted barley.

Despite a slightly sweet overall character, the highly kilned grain adds a touch of dryness to the finish. Consequently, this can add a very slight touch of roasted flavor too.

Further, the hop bitterness is evenly balanced. But the dark malt addition can make the beer seem more bitter than the IBU level would indicate.

Likewise, the hop flavor and aroma is subtle. However, there are examples of the hop character and oak touches through the tasting.

Best paired with something sharp and salty to offset the sweetness, like a good burger or steak.

Find out more about Red Tail, as well as ordering it online, on Barnstormer’s website!

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TGIF: Gateway to Taste

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

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…

GATEWAY KOLSCH – SAWDUST CITY

As beer connoisseurs know, taking it slow is the path to an enjoyable sitting.

And this German inspired lager from Sawdust is an ideal sipper.

The initial pour is a pleasantly bright straw color. It gives way to a foamy white 4 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes. You’ll detect flavors of corn, lemon, grapefruits, caramel and hops with the first few sips. That gives way to a sharp feel, with lots of zesty citrus.

As for the body, it’s a slick and smooth full body with crispy carbonation. Overall, this is a medium strength finish with plenty of fresh and heavy hints, and thus proper to the style.

Being a German-esque beer, this is best paired with something cheesy. And at 5.0% ABV, you can stay with it all night and no get too bamboozled.

Available at the LCBO and at the Sawdust Brew house.

You can read more about Gateway Kolsch on their website.

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TGIF: Blizzard Warning

TGIF: Blizzard Warning

TGIF: Blizzard Warning

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…

Tiny Little Blizzards – Flying Monkey’s

The initial pour presents a hazy, golden orange color. That includes a rich cap of fluffy white head, leaving strong swaths of lacing. A terrific first look.

You’ll detect tropical notes, grapefruit, mango and pineapple on the first encounter with the aroma. That’s supported with a wheat backbone and a dusting of lychee to top it off. Further, the pleasant smells enhance the experience as the sitting goes on.

As for the taste; expect invitingly delicious blends of tropical, pineapple, grapefruit and mango coming to the fore. Beyond that, there are touches of melon and milkshake shining through, leading to a striking balance between sweet and bitter.

Out of the can, this is a medium bodied mouth feel, featuring soft to medium carbonation. The finish is dry-ish, leaning towards chalky.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, augmented by Flying Monkey’s artistic can designs.

Best paired with a spicier dish, such as tacos or a burger with barbeque sauce.

Find more about Tiny Little Blizzards on Flying Monkey’s website!

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TGIF: Make An (Oat) Meal Of It

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Make An (Oat) Meal Of It 

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…

 

Barnstormer’s  – Donegal Oatmeal Stout

 

Ideal for a winter evening drink, this beer pours an initial opaque dark brown. As with most stouts, there is almost no head, just a tan fringe around the edge of the glass. The same goes for the lacing. Carbonation is mild to low, with very few of the trace bubbles rising.

The first aroma wafts of sweet smells, with a touch of malt. Swirling the glass will kick up some barnyard, and a little more malt.

As your session continues, expect a main flavor of dark roasted malt, giving way to a rounded, full bodied oat and hops. This has a darker roast flavor profile than Guinness stout. That gives way to a bit of bitters in the mid and aftertaste.

Relatively mild carbonation leads to very little foaming and the heavy body remains through the drink.

Best paired with similarly dark foods, like beef or venison stews. Steak pies or anything barbecue style would fit in nicely as well.

Find more about Dongeal Oatmeal on Barnstormer’s website!

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TGIF: A Touch of Nordic

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: A Touch of Nordic

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…

 

LITTLE NORWAY – SAWDUST CITY

TGIF: Norway's Finest

An inviting pour of nice golden lager with a three finger head, it’s a refreshing thirst quencher that boasts hints of citrus and wheat. The lightness of the colour is backed up by a gentle lemony aroma. And like other pale lagers, the foamy head dissipates slowly while not detracting from the overall taste.

Ideal for patio sessions, but the best use of this hoppy ale might be on the dock during cottage season. It’s dryish body makes the can experience vibrant, meaning it will do well in the cooler for an afternoon.

If you are looking for a meal to join in, it’s probably best paired with lighter fare. Think salads, chicken dishes or sandwiches.

You can pick up Sawdust City’s Little Norway Pale at the LCBO. Read more about it right here.

 

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