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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: 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: Clutch Time

TGIF: Clutch Time

TGIF: Clutch Time

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…

CLUTCH PALE ALE – REDLINE

This week we focus on the flagship beer from Redline Brewery. This week they launch their Goodest Pup Cans campaign! 15 cents from every can sale will go to @findingthemhomes. This is a canine charity that scours Ontario’s James Bay Coast and other remote locations to reduce over population through adoptions and spay and neuter clinics.

Clutch pours an inviting straw colour, topped with a creamy white head. A bombardment of flaked oats provides a luscious and soft texture. Furthermore, it’s hopped generously with Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, and Mandarina Bavaria. This drink bursts with flavours of orange peel, grapefruit, peaches and pine.

Moreover, load of dry-hops are used at the end of fermentation for lush aromas spanning fresh tropical fruit, pine, and citrus. Soft and aggressive at the same time, Clutch is a classic Pale Ale bevy.

Best paired with meaty and cheesy fare, Clutch would go well with a cheeseburger or a meat pie. Particularly on a chilly winter’s eve dinner.

You can get Clutch at the LCBO or from Redline!

What did you think of TGIF: Clutch Time? Have a recommendation for our next beer? We want to hear it! Contact us, send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

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 you try…

LIVE TRANSMISSION MILKSHAKE IPA – FLYING MONKEY’S

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour. That gives way to four flabby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and moderately fizzy head. That leaves a some decent layered and banded webbed lace around the glass as it evenly disseminates.

The initial smell is of bready and crackery pale malt, with faint generic citrus rind and some damp minerality. There is also an understated leafy, musty, and piney ‘green’ hoppiness.

As we get to the taste, there are ebbs and flows of grainy cereal malt and coconut cream, balanced by distinct citrus elements, a flinty stoniness and musky, yet floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is average in its palate-cupping frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, that coconut milkshake essence really hard to shake off.

Under the hood, Live Transmisson comes in with an ABV 6.3% | IBUs 60

Overall, this an interesting brew. Well crafted, although not necessarily a regular or a favourite. Paired well with salty fare, or a spicier dish, such as tacos or a burger with barbeque sauce.

What did you think of TGIF: Stand By For Transmission? Let us know in the comments! And if you a suggestion for our next TGIF, or have a review to share, we want to hear from you!

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TGIF: 3 Barrie Craft Beer Ideas

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

3 BARRIE CRAFT BEER SUGGESTIONS

As we still have a chance to eat inside somewhere that isn’t our own kitchen, dining room or bathroom (hey, don’t judge…it was a pandemic) we thought it apt to celebrate craft beers from all of the fantastic local brewers this week.

First up is…

FIRST CLASS – BARNSTOMERS

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.

You can get it from Barnstormer’s or at the LCBO.

Number two on our menu is a lager so good the Germans would be envious.

IDLE COAST – REDLINE BREWERY

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.

Find out lots more about Idle Coast right here.

Last, but certainly not least (sorry, we couldn’t come up with something spiffier to intro this…but c’mon, it’s Friday) is…

SMASH BOMB ATOMIC – FLYING MONKEY’S

The primary objective of any good beer is to present it’s drinker with a memorable sitting that combines taste and experience.

And this IPA from Flying Monkey’s accomplishes that mission in spades.

The initial pour is gentle and inviting, with an amber reddish hue that leaves about half an inch of thick creamy foam head.

Even though the name might suggest otherwise, this is actually a lighter tasting pale ale. The aroma hints at touches of grass spread across citrusy and bitter tones. The overall strength isn’t at all detracted by the lighter vibe, as the hops linger pleasantly among the tastebuds.

Find out more about the beer from Flying Monkeys right here.

What did you think of our 3 Barrie Craft Beer Suggestions? Let us know in the comments!  

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