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TGIF: First Class In Your Glass

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FIRST CLASS LAGER LIVES UP TO IT’S BILLING

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…

 

FIRST CLASS – BARNSTORMER’S

Ever been lucky enough to get upgraded to first class on a plane ride?

This is the beer equivalent!

First Class is a smooth tasting, German inspired golden ale that is ideal for any sitting.

The initial pour is a bright, yellow golden colour with a good size head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The first taste goes down gently, and emits balanced notes of grain, malts and citrus. It’s got a nice sweetness to it with definite flavour, although some beer advocates might find it a bit thin.

READ OUR PAST TGIF BEER REVIEWS

The overall experience is smooth tasting, but with good carbonation and a solid body texture. There is a crisp finish and no lingering aftertaste, which is a plus in our books.

Enhanced by Barnstomer’s customary imaginative label art work, this is a 4.7% on the ABV scale, paired well with just about anything on the menu. Best bet: Canned version on a lazy patio summer afternoon.

Learn more about First Class over at Barnstormer’s website.

Do you have an idea for our next TGIF? Or would you like to be a guest reviewer? Send us an email or connect with us on FB.

TGIF: Alone In The Forest …And Loving It

IPA From Sawdust is a Pine Infused Treat

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…

LONE PINE IPA

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Best described as “hop bomb”, this IPA is very piney; in a good way. The initial aroma emits the usual malts and grapefruits, with a trace of mango that compliments the woody/pine base.

This is an ideal pick for the adventurous beer-drinker, with a golden yellow appearance and a big lacy head. The first taste will have you thinking about camping, as the pine/hops really capture the outdoor vibe.

It’s a medium-bodied, refreshing brew that brings a welcome zip to the palate, with a sharply bitter finish.

This IPA is not quite a session brew because it is so bold (6.5% ABV) but it’s an invigorating shot to kick off your night. And because of the heavier tones, it’s probably not a meal accompaniment. Available in cans at the LCBO and a few local establishments.

Do you have a suggestion for TGIF? Or would you like to review a locally brewed beer? Email us today at [email protected], with TGIF in the headline!

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

TGIF: Apparently Blondes DO Have More Fun

Easy Drinking Golden Ale from Barnstormer’s is an Ideal Patio Companion

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…

400 BLONDE ALE CRAFT BEER

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As the brewer put’s it…” 400 Blonde Ale is impossible to dislike. It’s the beer for everyone; anytime; any place. “

And after sampling a few, we tend to agree! This a smooth tasting, bare bones (in a good way) golden ale that is ideal for any sitting.

The initial pour is a bright, yellow golden colour with tiny head that leaves just a bit of lacing. The first taste goes down gently, and emits balanced notes of grain, grass and citrus. It’s got a nice sweetness to it with definite flavour, although some beer advocates might find it a bit thin.

READ OUR PAST TGIF BEER REVIEWS

The overall experience is light tasting, but with lively carbonation and a solid body texture. There is a crisp finish and no lingering aftertaste, which is a plus in our books.

Enhanced by Barnstomer’s customary imaginative label art work, this is a 4.5% on the ABV scale, paired well with just about anything on the menu. Best bet: Canned version at a Barbecue or on a lazy patio summer afternoon.

Learn more about 400 Blonde over at Barnstormer’s website, and at the LCBO.

Do you have an idea for our next TGIF? Or would you like to be a guest reviewer? Send us an email or connect with us on FB.

TGIF: Destiny (In A Glass) Is Calling

Barrie Brewery Tour for Date Night

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…

12 MINUTES TO DESTINY – FLYING MONKEYS

 

 

You could do worse than 12 Minutes to Destiny, an imaginative pale with as much character as it’s creative cover.

The initial pour retains a finger and a half of frothy lace, giving way to a pale red body and ample carbonation. The first sensations on the nose are aromas of raspberry and florals, backed by malts.

The first taste reinforces the fruit infusion, with balanced traces of oat through the entire sitting. The aftermath leaves a tinge of flower and dryness, encompassing the drink’s light refreshment.

Overall, this is an enjoyable fruit lager, with complexity but not overpowering sweetness. An ideal summer find.

It pairs well with seafood, especially sushi and East Asian cuisines;  or with fruit deserts such as strawberry shortcake. And 4.10% ABV, you can stick with it for the majority of your sitting.

Read more about 12 Minutes To Destiny right here 

Have an idea for our next TGIF? Or maybe you’d like to review a beer? Reach out and we’ll make it happen!

TGIF: Time To Pull The ‘Chute

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Let’s be honest…there are worse ways to kickstart the weekend than with a cold drink.

And yet, it’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same couple of beverages 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…

PARACHUTE PORTER – BARNSTOMER

 

Let’s get this out of the way first; Porter is not for everyone. It’s a dark stout, British influenced beer that is malt heavy. FUN FACT! Porter is so named because it was a popular choice in the late 1800s among street and river porters in London who’s job it was to carry objects for others.

But if Porter is your thing, Parachute should be your poison.

It brings an initial roasty aroma mixed with coffee and chocolate, which is strong at first. Once you get through the first few sips, it balances out nicely with sweetness and hops coming to the forefront.

When it comes to taste, you can really savour the malt character throughout the session. The malts are  supported by a mix of rich lingering chocolates and a lightly burnt undertone.

Expect to finish up with a roasty dryness on top of a medium-full body. For pairing, you are probably best to go with anything that skews to the smoked or roasted side of the menu. Although at Barnstomer you really should go with one of their ridiculously tasty pizza options.

 

Find out more about Parachute Porter on Barnstormer’s website.

And if you have a local craft beer review you’d like to share on our next TGIF, let us know! Email [email protected] or shoot a DM to our FB page.

 

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