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TGIF: Mango In Flight

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…

Mango Flight Delay – Barnstormer’s

As the motto on the can reads: “California in a glass made better by the north.” The reference is to the boldly hopped style of West Coast India Pale Ales, which this tasty bevy ably captures.

The mango comes through well, while the hops are understated so that at first, it expresses itself as more of a mango American wheat. At the end of the swallow, a low bitterness lingers briefly, bringing forth the IPA character. Moderate sweetness, with supporting malt, and dry overall.

The body reveals a thin lacey foam head and mild-ish carbonation. And at 85 IBUs, the peachy-golden, slightly hazy beer is bitter, to be sure, but appeals greatly due to the balance.

There’s a plump, fleshy core of peach and tropical fruit to anchor the pine-forest hop quality. With four hop varieties lending hints of tropical bitterness and three grades of complimentary golden malts that produce the beer’s golden harvest appearance, this one is a definite California vibe.

Best paired with a spicier dish, like tacos, or a burger with barbeque sauce. Of course Barnstormer’s terrific menu has plenty of good eats options as well.


What did you think of TGIF: Mango In Flight? 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: Get Bombed…Responsibly.

Flying Monkeys IPA packs a delicious punch

 

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…

SMASH BOMB ATOMIC

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.

Ideal to pair with pub fare, but in particular we’d recommend a Fish n’ chips dish. The Abv is 6.0 so you can stick with it for the entire evening if you pace yourself. And the ridiculously imaginative can design is worthy of a shelf display if you are a collector.

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


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: Hit The Accelerater

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…

Accelerated Stall IIPA – Barnstormer’s

TGIF: HIT THE ACCLERATOR

Beginning with a hazy translucent dark yellow brown, the fall-esque coloured first pour leaves a drizzle of creamy head.

Following the initial pour, expect a menagerie of pleasant smells. Herbal, floral, lightly citrusy with grapefruit and somewhat piney hops come to the surface first. That gives way to toasty caramel malts and hops.

On the whole, there is potency and old flavour, but not overpowering. You’ll find the hops balanced, and even somewhat subdued by malts leaning toward a toffeelike scent. A light resiny pine shines through, with mixed bag of herbal, floral, and citrusy/rind to support it. The aftertaste does provide a slight kick, with equal parts spice and bitter.

Accelerator emits a medium carbonation, generally creamy but on the thinner side of thickness. It’s more of a drying coating.

Coming in a tall boy that can purchased directly at Barnstormer’s, this is an overall rather complex flavour that is quite balanced with hoppiness. Unlike other similar beers, it is not as bitter as the IBU would suggest.

You can check out Accelerated Stall IIPA at Barnstormer’s. What did you think of TGIF: HIT THE ACCLERATOR? Let us know in the comments!

And if you have a suggestion for our next TGIF, or would like to post a review of your own, let us know! We’ll feature your suds recap in our next blog!

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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