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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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TGIF: A Magic Trick

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: A Magic Trick

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…

EVERYDAY MAGIC – SAWDUST CITY

Like many IPAs, the appearance is an inviting hazy gold, almost closer to orange juice. That first pour is capped by three fingers of dense white head. Look for plenty of spidery lacing that clings to the glass and orbits the edges. After settling, sparse amounts of sediment drift to the bottom of the glass.

As for the initial smell, expect tropical aromas (in a big way). That’s backed up by nudges of lemon, grapefruit, papaya and hints of nectarine. You might even detect traces of floral as the sipping goes on.

Those aromas are augmented heavily by tastes of grapefruit and lemon, when you first take a sip. Afterwards, we noticed hints of papaya, coconut, a not unwelcome touch of overall sharpness.

Moreover, Magic is medium-thick bodied, with carbonation emerging moderately. That level of carbonated sparkle plays well with the flavors. There is a touch of astringency to finish things off, blended with a juicy undertone. The finish is dry, and that sharp dryness permeates right to the end.

Overall, Everyday Magic presents a plethora of tropical flavors, distinct juiciness and touches of coconut for some added complexity. Best paired with a choice from the grill, and Sawdust recommends a dish of Thai Coconut Curry or Grilled Asparagus for optimal meal accompaniment.

Under the Hood

Water: Pure Muskoka Water

Barley/Malt: 2-row, Dinkle malt (Spelt malt), Oat flakes

Hops: Cashmere, Idaho #7, Sabro, Galaxy

Yeast: Foggy London

Grab Everyday Magic at the LCBO or order online from Sawdust City.

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TGIF: Summer Suds Preview (Part 2)

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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.

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.

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