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TGIF: First Class In Your Glass

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FIRST CLASS LAGER LIVES UP TO IT’S BILLING

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…

 

FIRST CLASS – BARNSTORMER’S

Ever been lucky enough to get upgraded to first class on a plane ride?

This is the beer equivalent!

First Class is a smooth tasting, German inspired golden ale that is ideal for any sitting.

The initial pour is a bright, yellow golden colour with a good size head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The first taste goes down gently, and emits balanced notes of grain, malts 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 smooth tasting, but with good 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 4.7% on the ABV scale, paired well with just about anything on the menu. Best bet: Canned version on a lazy patio summer afternoon.

Learn more about First Class over at Barnstormer’s website.

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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: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

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.

This week…

TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)

 

SKINNY DIPPIN’ STOUT – SAWDUST CITY

 

This stout begins with a solid head retention, and a slightly foamy lace remaining. The tint is light tan head that recedes to a dark brown edging to black in color.

The initial odor is (somewhat surprisingly) spicy. It gives way to plenty of chocolate and coffee notes, with oats and malts permeating just below the surface.

The first taste continues the chocolate/coffee vibe, as well as caramel. You might even detect notes of grass and even barbecue-esque as the drink goes down. Roasted aromas and some charred aromas are not far from the taste as well. Expect medium body and medium carbonation, with a creamy flow (although it could be creamier ) and finishes a touch dry on the palate.

Overall, this is an interesting beer, with a fun quality that encourages additional sampling. This stout is best consumed on a chillier day or in the late summer evening as the breeze comes in off the lake.

Best paired with soups, stews and grilled meats or anything of the salty side of the menu.

Learn more about Skinny Dippin’ on Sawdust City’s website.

What did you think of TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)?

Have an idea for our next TGIF? Or maybe you’d like to review a beer? Reach out and we’ll make it happen!

 

TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 1)

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

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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. Remember to shop local and support our wonderful small businesses. We love @barnstormerbeer and certainly miss our saturday nights there enjoying a large "crash and burn pizza." @barnstormerbeer is stocking their shelves with our favourite 400 Blonde Ale and so many other great choices. Available for pick up and delivery! . . @thecanuckatgrandview 📸 @barnstormerbeer 👍 . . . . . #supportlocal #supportlocalbusiness #craftbeer #barnstormerbeer #beer #local #business #400paleale #pizza #delivery #online #support #repost #weekend #beers #draught #ale #foodie #weekenddelivery #Restaurant #shoplocal #friends #ubereats #thistooshallpass #us #together #barrie #ontario #simcoecounty

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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

 

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