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TGIF: By The Moonlight

TGIF: By The Moonlight

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…

Moonlight On Chrome: Redline Brewhouse

The first impression is a good one, conveyed by the inviting appearance. The initial pour is a rich golden color, slightly hazy, with a finger plus of head. Although it is short lived, it leaves a nice egg shell white of spotty lacing in it’s wake.

The sitting improves with the first smell. You’ll detect wafts of light citrus, mingled with candied pineapple and mango. This aroma could perhaps be a bit more forceful without detracting from the experience. But the subdued hints of the fruit is pleasant.

On to the taste. This brings a light grainy flavor to the taste buds initially, followed by splashes of sweetness. The candied mango and pineapple really stands out here. After the first few sips, weedy hop qualities come to the forefront, offering an earthy sensation to the sitting.

As for the mouthfeel, Moonlight is medium-light bodied, punctuated by crisp carbonation and a dry finish that is near chalky.

Overall this a creamy beer that comes together nicely and is stronger than the sum of its parts. Best paired with traditional pub fare favoring sharper, salty sides to balance the sweeter sections of the drink.

By the numbers:

  • ABV : 4.3
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 53
  • MALT : 2-ROW, MUNICH 1 MALT, FLAKED OATS, FLAKED WHEAT

Find out more about Moonlight on Chrome on Redline’s website, and get it at the LCBO.

What did you think of TGIF: By The Moonlight? Interested in becoming a guest beer reviewer? We want to hear from you!

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 – Drinking By The Moonlight

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…

Moonlight Chrome – Redline

The best beers taste just as delicious regardless of the time of day, but there is something more exciting about an evening drink. Say, by moonlight?

And this IPA from Redline delivers on both counts.

Starting with the appealing appearance: The pour reveals a hazy, golden rich color. Exactly what you want to see from a quality bevy. The initial pour leaves a finger plus of head, that is relatively short lived, but gives way to egg shell white in traces of spotty lacing.

As the session continues, the aroma takes over, in a positive way. The smell is a light citrus, with hints of candied pineapple and mango. It’s a subtle but inviting scent that heightens the first few sips.

The taste is an easy grainy flavor initially, backed up by sweetness ranging from mango to pineapple. There’s a definite weedy hop quality, and earthy tones come to the forefront the longer you drink.

The body and mouthfeel lean to medium-light bodied, with sharp and crisp carbonation. The dry finish edges up against chalkiness, but in a pleasant way.

Overall, this is a beer that comes together nicely and could be considered a slight improvement on the sum of it’s parts. At 4.3 ABV, you can stick with it for most of your sitting without too much of an impact.

If pairing some eats, be sure to get something snacky that won’t overpower the drink. Stick with white/light food, such as fish tacos or lemon chicken.

Find more about Moonlight Chrome on Redline’s website!

What did you think of TGIF: Drinking by the Moonlight? Do you have a recommendation for TGIF? We want to hear it! Contact us, send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]

TGIF: Stout And About

Redline’s Pistols At Dawn Is Worth Getting In Front of the Firing Line For

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…

REDLINE BREWERY – PISTOLS AT DAWN

TGIF

Besides having the most imaginative name for a beer you will hear this week (maybe even this month) this stout is a sharp brew with sweetness and plenty of zing.

The initial pour is a very dark brown, almost black, with a decent size frothy tan head. The aroma definitely evokes memories of coffee and cocoa, with hints of chocolate and lactic.

The beer balances out with a nice flavour that follows the first few sips; the creamy body is rich in hops (naturally) and the traditional lemon/citrus tidbits. The presentation is inviting in the pint glass, providing the latte stout with the quintessential “beer drinker” look.

We wouldn’t necessarily suggest a meal to pair it with, although something saltier would go well with the overall creamy/sugary experience. And at 5.1 ABV, you can certainly have a few in one sitting.

Have a recommendation for TGIF? Or have a review of a locally brewed beer you want to send in?

We want to hear it! Contact us, send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]

 

TGIF: The Rainbow In The Dark

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…

RAINBOW IN THE DARK – REDLINE BREWERY

The initial pour of the Rainbow is a murky, dark orange colour, capped by a half-inch of frothy white head. The hazy look is both inviting and appropriate for the fall season, mirroring the emergence of autumn colours.

The first aromas encapsulate citrus, honey and rye. That’s an uncommon approach for an IPA. But Rainbow makes it work as a malt backbone, supported by traces of tropical fruit and lemongrass. The flavours follow suit with a dank, hoppy finish and a welcoming bitterness. The textures and sensations flow through the mouth and the nose and heighten the taste buds through the first few gulps.

A creamy medium-bodied beer with medium carbonation and smooth aftertastes, it’s an overall pleasant hoppy bevy. With an ABV of 6.6, it’s a pace pint for sure, but one you can stick with for the entire sitting. Best paired with something starchy or zesty to add to the overall taste experience.

Find out more about Rainbow In the Dark on Redline’s website!

Have a recommendation for TGIF? We want to hear it! Contact us, send a msg to our FB page or an email to [email protected]

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