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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.


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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

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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.

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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!

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TGIF: 3 Barrie Craft Beer Ideas

3 BARRIE CRAFT BEER SUGGESTIONS TO REMEMBER SUMMER

As summer of 2020 winds down, it’s a good opportunity to take stock of all the great seasonal beers that our local brewers produce. Most of them will go back into cold storage by the end of the month, so be sure to partake of a few before the leaves change colours.

To that end, we’ve collected a few of our favourite local beers for your Remember Summer Session.

First up is…

FIRST CLASS – BARNSTOMERS.

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.

You can get it from Barnstormer’s or at the LCBO.

Number two on our menu is a lager so good the Germans would be envious.

IDLE COAST – REDLINE BREWERY

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Most beer producers would die happy if their craft creations stacked up well compared to the essential Bavarian ales that have been the stuff of Oktoberfest for centuries.

And this pale from Redline does an admirable job of paying tribute, while not totally mimicking those great German lagers.

It’s vibrant gold colour and foamy head make for an effervescent first impression, while the bready undertones and aromas reflect classic Munich Malts. As you approach the bottom of the glass, it leaves a crisp and dry after taste, providing an ideal compliment to anything meaty or sandwich based  on the menu.

Find out lots more about Idle Coast right here.

Last, but certainly not least (sorry, we couldn’t come up with something spiffier to intro this…but c’mon, it’s Friday) is…

SMASH BOMB ATOMIC – FLYING MONKEY’S

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.

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

What did you think of our Barrie Craft Beer to bring back summer suggestions? Let us know in the comments!  

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: 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.

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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.

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