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TGIF: A Spark in the Dark

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: A Spark 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 your try…

ENIGMA SPARK – REDLINE

The initial aroma is laced with light touches of grapefruit, lemon, and floral notes with a slight grainy sweetness in and and under the smell. A little restrained for style, but still pleasant. Blending in nicely are light sweet malt notes with a hint of biscuit malt, and maybe a touch of sulfur.

A welcoming mix of up-front hops, but citrus rind dominates. Notes of slight juiciness and grainy touches stem from the malt. Some restrained yeast notes provide a subtle fruitiness that works well. That makes for a light and carbonic mouth swill—very drinkable. The definite hops are bright and forward, but not out of balance, with a slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is your Grandad’s pale ale—a classic-style beer that’s rounded out without any intense sharp edges, and it hits straight down the middle. All ingredients play well together, but nothing really sticks out. A clean, quaffable pale ale with just a touch of sweetness in mid-palate and a bit mild on the hops for a modern pale.

Under the Hood

  • ABV : 5.6
  • IBU (THEORETICAL) : 40
  • HOPS : ENIGMA

Grab Enigma Spark from Redline or order it online!

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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: Star Sighting

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Star Sighting

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…

SPARKLEPUFF – FLYING MONKEY’S

The initial pour is a rich amber color, yielding to a head two fingers high. The head establishes pale white in color, with a long-lasting fluffiness. Thick lacing remains after the drink settles.

As for the first taste, expect a spicier bend, with a subtle undercurrents of citrus. Aside from orange, pine, grass, ginger, and tangerine, toffee and caramel tend to stand out, after the beer warms. This beer actually isn’t obviously alcoholic on the first swill through the taste buds, although it does become fairly sweet as it opens up.

Beyond that first taste, the malt character is strong, as expected from a monster IPA. The first few smells reveal caramel and toffee, growing from hints at the beginning, to the dominate strain throughout, with flourishes of ginger and leather to finish up. The smell and taste combine for a pleasant complexity, although the flavour might be considered an acquired taste.

As the drink goes down, it is not difficult on the palate. Carbonation is on the lower side, with seemingly smaller bubbles.

To sum up, this is a very competent IPA, with alot of strengths in all the prime areas. Best paired with traditional pub fare on the stodgy side (chips, burgers, steak pies) to offset the sweet and spicy amalgamation.

UNDER THE HOOD:

ABV 10.2% | IBUs 34 | SRM 4
Malts: Pale Malt (2 Row), Wheat Malt, Oat Flakes
Hops: Simcoe Idaho-7, Three Dry Hop Additions (Fermentation Days 4, 8 & 12): Simcoe, Idaho 7, Vic Secret

You can grab Sparklepuff at Flying Monkey’s and the LCBO…and probably in a galaxy far, far away.

What did you think of TGIF: Star Sighting?

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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: A Polarizing Beer

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 you try…

Polar Pumpkin Spiced Ale – Barnstormer’s

The initial pour is a slightly clouded yellow with orange highlights, and a stuff egg white head that leaves a thick, egg power lace. The aroma following is an inviting rich pumpkin and spice notes overlaying light biscuit and grain.

As for the taste, expect a meaty pumpkin flavour, hidden behind a clean malt body. There is a definite spice component, but it’s handled well. Notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg hit the roof of the mouth and linger in the finish. A surprisingly intense bitterness springs up when the beer hits the side of the tongue.

The after-taste is slightly grainy and a little bready. Unlike other pumpkin beers that taste like pumpkin pie, this one just tastes like pumpkin, which is a decided bonus.

Overall this is a refreshing and lighter kind of pumpkin ale. It’s light bodied, with crisp carbonation that gives way to a creamy sip that is easy drinking and sessionable.

Find out more about Polar Pumpkin on Barnstormer’s website!

What did you think of TGIF: A Polarizing Beer? Let us know in the comments!

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