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TGIF: Spring Into Patio Season

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: Spring Into Patio Season

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.

3 Beers To Celebrate Patios

As the clock strikes midnight on Saturday, the longest winter in memory will finally be consigned to the history books. And even though things are not quite back to normal, we can at least look forward to warmer temps…and the return of the patio!

A few eateries around Barrie, like Malone’s Pint House, have already opened their outdoor table settings. And more will follow as the mercury rises.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a trio of lagers to enjoy when your fav patio returns.

TGIF: Spring Into Patio Season

CLUTCH PALE ALE- REDLINE

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.

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.

JUICY ASS – FLYING MONKEY’S

Juicy is perhaps not the first word that comes to mind when describing an IPA.

But it’s the perfect title use when you talk about hops. Specifically, the American IPA offering from Flying Monkey.

Juicy Ass meshes bright fruity notes, dank hoppy bitterness & fresh verdant resins with sticky malts. That gives it a softly carbonated and unfiltered flavor.

The initial pour is a medium yellow, nearly opaque colour, and clearly unfiltered. There is not much of a head, although a lacy film does trace the glass. The first aroma is fruity, with bright tropics flowing through.

The first taste is less fruity than the first smell, with slight resiny and dank grassy grapefruit hops. That gives way to a pleasant toasty malt taste backing it up. Overall, the taste is well balanced, and the hops are not overpowering, or overly bitter.

There is medium carbonation for the body, and although it’s oily, it is not too dry.

Overall, this is a subtle and complex IPA with fruity hops and pleasant passion fruits. The golden ambrosia brings together hops with notes of pine, tangerine & passion fruit. Plump and fresh, Juicy Ass is a fun, delicious craft beer.

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TGIF: Seeing Red

TGIF: Stand By For Transmission

TGIF: SEEING RED

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…

RED TAIL – BARNSTOMER’S

Irish red ale is a balanced, easy-drinking pint, combining a moderate malt character with caramel and toasted notes.

Moreover, the deep reddish copper color comes from both crystal malt and a small dose of highly kilned grain, such as roasted barley.

Despite a slightly sweet overall character, the highly kilned grain adds a touch of dryness to the finish. Consequently, this can add a very slight touch of roasted flavor too.

Further, the hop bitterness is evenly balanced. But the dark malt addition can make the beer seem more bitter than the IBU level would indicate.

Likewise, the hop flavor and aroma is subtle. However, there are examples of the hop character and oak touches through the tasting.

Best paired with something sharp and salty to offset the sweetness, like a good burger or steak.

Find out more about Red Tail, as well as ordering it online, on Barnstormer’s website!

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TGIF: Gateway to Taste

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 your try…

GATEWAY KOLSCH – SAWDUST CITY

As beer connoisseurs know, taking it slow is the path to an enjoyable sitting.

And this German inspired lager from Sawdust is an ideal sipper.

The initial pour is a pleasantly bright straw color. It gives way to a foamy white 4 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes. You’ll detect flavors of corn, lemon, grapefruits, caramel and hops with the first few sips. That gives way to a sharp feel, with lots of zesty citrus.

As for the body, it’s a slick and smooth full body with crispy carbonation. Overall, this is a medium strength finish with plenty of fresh and heavy hints, and thus proper to the style.

Being a German-esque beer, this is best paired with something cheesy. And at 5.0% ABV, you can stay with it all night and no get too bamboozled.

Available at the LCBO and at the Sawdust Brew house.

You can read more about Gateway Kolsch on their website.

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TGIF: Blizzard Warning

TGIF: Blizzard Warning

TGIF: Blizzard Warning

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…

Tiny Little Blizzards – Flying Monkey’s

The initial pour presents a hazy, golden orange color. That includes a rich cap of fluffy white head, leaving strong swaths of lacing. A terrific first look.

You’ll detect tropical notes, grapefruit, mango and pineapple on the first encounter with the aroma. That’s supported with a wheat backbone and a dusting of lychee to top it off. Further, the pleasant smells enhance the experience as the sitting goes on.

As for the taste; expect invitingly delicious blends of tropical, pineapple, grapefruit and mango coming to the fore. Beyond that, there are touches of melon and milkshake shining through, leading to a striking balance between sweet and bitter.

Out of the can, this is a medium bodied mouth feel, featuring soft to medium carbonation. The finish is dry-ish, leaning towards chalky.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, augmented by Flying Monkey’s artistic can designs.

Best paired with a spicier dish, such as tacos or a burger with barbeque sauce.

Find more about Tiny Little Blizzards on Flying Monkey’s website!

What did you think of TGIF: Blizzard Warning? 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: 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]

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