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TGIF: The Beer Behind The Myth

Flying Monkey’s Mythology Lives Up To It’s Name

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…

MYTHOLOGY – FLYING MONKEY’S

 

The initial pours is a translucent golden yellow with a substantial, fluffy white head that retains well. The first sniffs bring a lot of bread, even before your nose gets near it. When you do get closer, it’s complimented by hints of grass, pepper and lemon.

You’ll definitely notice the crispness, which is ideal for a pilsner. There’s a welcome balance between the bready malts and the floral hops. As you push on through the sitting, some spice lingers, but it finishes strongly and cleanly.

Some might find it a bit thick for a pilsner, although it does not detract from the overall refreshing timber.

If you are looking for pairings, Pilsners are a great balance to spicy foods. However if you are a sweet tooth aficionado, Mythology might go well with a dessert. Because beer and ice cream CAN mix.

At 5.3% ABV, it’s right on the edge of being too much, so you can easily stick with it through the entire night.

Intrigued? Thirsty? Learn more about Mythology at Flying Monkey’s website!

Have a beer review you’d like to share? Or an idea for our next TGIF? We want to hear it!

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

TGIF

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.

Do you have a suggestion for TGIF? Or would you like to review a locally brewed beer? Email us today at [email protected], with TGIF in the headline!

TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 1)

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SUMMER BEERS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

The lazy days of summer will soon be upon us, commanding us to seek out patios and barbecues.

Of course, it’s a little tricky in isolation…but we can make do on our home terraces.

We’ll spend the next few weeks previewing some of the tastiest summer beverages from Barrie’s best brewers.

First up….

PEEL OUT IPA – REDLINE 

 

Peel Out is an ideal pick for your house bar. The initial pour is a warm, straw-gold, with an inviting aroma. A lacey thick fingered foam and a blend of tropical tastes (mainly citrus and mango) gives way to a firm bitterness.

Hints of pine, pineapple and malts are present throughout, and there is a warming character to the whole drink. It lets you know that there is a high ABV, but without it overpowering your experience.

It’s a balanced (but strong) beer with an overall firm body and medium carbonation. Best paired with something from the beef side of the menu to absorb some of that 8.8% ABV.

Do you have an idea for our next TGIF? Or would you like to be a guest reviewer? Send us an email or connect with us on FB.

 

TGIF – What Barrie is Drinking In Isolation

We asked a cross section of Barrie’s arts and culture scene to let us in on their quarantine bevy selections

 

TGIF – What Barrie is Drinking In Isolation

 

RICHARD VARTY, TIFT & HEATHER DENNIS, ACTRESS

“We’ve been enjoying a little bit of everything from our local breweries. Some of our favorites are Redline’s Rainbow in the Dark Rye IPA, Flying Monkey’s Sparklepuff Triple IPA, and Barnstormer’s 400 Blonde Ale.”

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MARC TRINIDAD, COMEDIAN

“I drink Carib because it’s clean crisp golden lager reminds me of my twin island home country of Trinidad & Tobago. And after 7 of them, it makes me forget I’m quarantined with my mother-in-law”

 

JEFF DUMAIS, BIGFOOT’S HAND

“My everyday go to beer is Detour, an ipa from Muskoka breweries, and I’ve been enjoying their new tread lightly lager as well. I’ll usually have a couple cans of Flying Monkeys Hoptical illusion on hand as well.”

 

BRANDON DAVENPORT, THE NOOLANDS

“For non alcoholic selections, my other reccomendation is Tetley Peach Ginger & Dandelion tea. Good price and tasty”

But the beer I would recommend would be Barnstormers 400 blonde ale. I enjoy IPAs and other craft brews but there is NOTHING like a clean easy drinking local brew. Da best 🙏

 

JOHN ARRUDA, BARRIE FILM FESTIVAL

“I’m currently on the Accolade Weightloss for Men program, (so far down 46 lbs) my drink of choice is vodka and water with a 0 calorie flavour squirt like Iced Tea or Tang”

 

JOSHUA LUCAS, THE MYSTICS

“We’ve been ordering cider, wine and sangria from Heritage Estate in an attempt to support local. Mix in the occasional LCBO delivery service for spice rum on Friday nights and you’ve got yourself a good time.”

 

IAIN MOGGACH, TBTB

“I have been drinking a lot of Cusumano Syrah. It is a Sicilian red wine. I went to Sicily last year and it was an amazing experience and this wine is a great way to keep the memory of that trip alive.”

 

FRASER MOORE, CINEMA SMACKDOWN PODCAST 

“Flying Monkey’s Sparklepuff Triple IPA mixed with 12 Minutes To Destiny. It’s like a “Black &Tan” for craft beer hipsters.”

 

What’s your go-to during this crazy time? Let us know in the comments! Check out our previous TGIF reviews right here!

And find links to all of the local brewers and wineries mentioned below!

HERITAGE WINE

FLYING MONKEYS

REDLINE BREWHOUSE

BARNSTORMER’S

 

TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers

TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie's Brewers

The one thing we can all agree on is that pandemics are great opportunities to appreciate beer. Seriously…what other time in our lives will present us with a chance to sip suds at 10:30am without judgement?

Fortunately, Barrie’s local brewers are continuing to produce the good stuff.

Here’s a TGIF review from each of them. And be sure to check out their websites for the deets on their delivery or pickup options!

 

TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers

 

PARACHUTE PORTER – BARNSTOMER

 

Let’s get this out of the way first; Porter is not for everyone. It’s a dark stout, British influenced beer that is malt heavy. FUN FACT! Porter is so named because it was a popular choice in the late 1800s among street and river porters in London who’s job it was to carry objects for others.

But if Porter is your thing, Parachute should be your poison.

It brings an initial roasty aroma mixed with coffee and chocolate, which is strong at first. Once you get through the first few sips, it balances out nicely with sweetness and hops coming to the forefront.

When it comes to taste, you can really savour the malt character throughout the session. The malts are  supported by a mix of rich lingering chocolates and a lightly burnt undertone.

Expect to finish up with a roasty dryness on top of a medium-full body.

Find more Barnstormer Brews here!

 

SESSION 7 – SIDE LAUNCH

TGIF SIDE LAUNCH

 

The name’s 7…Session 7.

Known to beer aficionados in the area as the 007 Golden Hop, this IPA brings a vibrant, fruit infused flavour to your pint glass.

Layered with wafts of grapefruit, papaya and apricot and backed with bready malts, it is a medium golden pour with a lingering foamy white head. And although the tropical tones are evident, they don’t over-sweeten the body of the drink.

Having said that, the fruity influences probably rule this out as an all-nighter. The sugary aftertastes make it an interesting and tasty blend, but might prove a bit much after two or three servings.

Best paired with crispy app menu choices (nachos, fries or veggies) Session 7 is available in cans at the LCBO, and on tap throughout the region. In Barrie, Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill is an ideal spot to sample it.

Find out more about Side Launch Brewing right here.

 

IDLE COAST – REDLINE BREWERY

Germans do alot of things very well; Cars. Soccer. Chocolate.

And of course…BEER.

Most beer producers would die happy if their craft creations stacked up well compared to the essential Bavarian ales that have been the stuff of Oktoberfest for centuries.

And this pale from Redline does an admirable job of paying tribute, while not totally mimicking those great German lagers.

It’s vibrant gold colour and foamy head make for an effervescent first impression, while the bready undertones and aromas reflect classic Munich Malts. As you approach the bottom of the glass, it leaves a crisp and dry after taste, providing an ideal compliment to anything meaty or sandwich based  on the menu.

And it’s a very moderate 4.6 ABV, so you can crush more than one without worry of your socks being blown off in one seating.

Find out lots more about Idle Coast right here.

 

MYTHOLOGY – FLYING MONKEY’S

TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie's Brewers

 

The initial pours is a translucent golden yellow with a substantial, fluffy white head that retains well. The first sniffs bring a lot of bread, even before your nose gets near it. When you do get closer, it’s complimented by hints of grass, pepper and lemon.

You’ll definitely notice the crispness, which is ideal for a pilsner. There’s a welcome balance between the bready malts and the floral hops. As you push on through the sitting, some spice lingers, but it finishes strongly and cleanly.

Some might find it a bit thick for a pilsner, although it does not detract from the overall refreshing timber.

If you are looking for pairings, Pilsners are a great balance to spicy foods. However if you are a sweet tooth aficionado, Mythology might go well with a dessert. Because beer and ice cream CAN mix.

At 5.3% ABV, it’s right on the edge of being too much, so you can easily stick with it through the entire night.

Intrigued? Thirsty? Learn more about Mythology at Flying Monkey’s website!

 

What did you think of TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers? Have an Isolation Beer review you want to share? Let us know and we’ll post it! 

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