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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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3 Irish Themed Drinks To Celebrate Today

3 Irish Themed Drinks To Celebrate Today

St. Patrick’s Day is here. And it’s the perfect excuse to embrace your inner Blarney. (Even if watching The Irishman on Netflix is as close as you come to having Irish heritage.) And you deserve better than a token Shamrock shake or a cliched green dyed pint!

Thus, we have scoured the four corners of the interwebs for a trio of creatively festive tipples, shamrock-y samples and lovingly offbeat cocktails to maximize your Celtic connections.

And keep in mind that the pubs and bars ARE open today, although crowd restrictions are in full effect. So if you are venturing out, be sure to hit up the likes of Donaleigh’s, Steyn House, McReily’s and other fab local options for a emerald infused mug or two. Or takeout!

And if you are on the prowl for whiskey and eats you can take home to celebrate, or to mix our cocktail ideas with, check out the Speakcheesy! They’ve got terrific spirits and food pickup options to get your Irish on.

3 Irish Themed Drinks To Celebrate Today

THE IRISH MULE

This is just a spinoff the Moscow Mule (we know…sounds like an 80s Wrestler) but in fact is a very tasty bevvy.

Also, this drink is a snap to mix. Toss in some fresh squeezed lime juice, whiskey (Bushmills perhaps) and a sprig of mint (optional), and you have yourself a tasty toddy to toast the old country with.

Irish Manhattan

For an Irish spin on a stalwart drink, try adding 45ml/1.5oz of classic Whiskey to 25ml/.75oz of sweet vermouth and one to two dashes of aromatic bitters.

Looking for something pure? Founder’s Reserve is an award-winning Single Malt-forward blend, melding 70 per cent single malt 30 per cent single pot still, without any grain whiskey. The result is an even more enticingly favorable dram.

Irish Eyes

Anyone who is a fan of creamy, minty drinks will lap up Irish eyes. This recipe whips up one of the more delicious cocktails you can imagine, St. Paddy’s day or not.

All you need to create Irish eyes is whiskey (we’re sensing a pattern here) green crème de menthe, and cream. The result is a flavorful, green infused beverage that serves as both a drink and dessert.

Want to go next level? As you present this to your special lass or lad, look deep into their eyes and offer this phrase; “Tá tú go h-álainn” ( pronounced taw two guh haul-inn). It means “you’re beautiful” in Gaelic/Irish. Just be sure to make it clear you’re not talking to the drink.

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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: 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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