Thursday, January 29, 2015
Typically, I'm an island beer hater. It's tasteless. It's bland, slightly carbonated sugar-carby-water. But while Turk's Head still has that islandy-taste, there's something else to it, it's got body, which is surprising for a 4.8% beer as well.
I think it has something to do with the fact that the brewer Eric Cardin studied at Niagara College Teaching Brewery in Ontario. You can taste the Canadian influence in that it's a flavourful light lager.
Now, I'm not saying it's a hopped up Amsterdam Boneshaker or flavour ride like Brooklyn Lager, but for a light island beer that's meant to be a sessionable, it's pretty darn great. Specifically, it's got an unfiltered (even though it's not unfiltered) nose, and has hints of orange and currants that make it taste as though it would be delish under the sun with some freshly caught fish.
I was lucky enough to have my pops bring this bottle back form me from a recent trip to that part of the world and it's given me hope that there's such a thing as a "good beer" on vacation in the Caribbean.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
Nope. Never thought I'd make it to Fiji and drink their premium, but here i am, doing just that.
At first it tasted like a Corona meets a Coors Banquet. The taste quickly changed twice more. Next, the Corona Banquet turned into a Perroni, with a crisp but malty flavor. Once that passed, the oh so yeasty aftertaste kicked in. Mmmmmmmm.
For $11FJD I'm happy i tried it. I might have to go for the $17FJD Asahi next time though..
Monday, October 27, 2014
Setup and food: The Evergreen Brickworks was well set up. Food was lining the beer and the food selection was impressive. The food also matched what one would expect at a beer event- pretzels, pork sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and lots of mustard. There was even coffee stand with delicious mochas for the end of the night.
Cost: $2.50 per token? Tokens only got you 5oz of beer, and you needed two tokens for 5oz of the good stuff.
Festivals are meant to allow you the opportunity to sample multiple beers at a reduced rate, else you could just order up from the lcbo.
I won't go into the entire selection I sampled, but here are the highlights:
I stuck mainly to the UK and California booths because it's far too rare to pass up, but I started with the Pumphouse 4 Alarm IPA from New Brunswick. Initially I wanted this one because the cask was directly under the Nova Scotia sign... but NB works for me too. I really liked it - there's nothing like starting a night of drinking off with a proper IPA.
Next up is Innocente - everything was great. Everything. I'd never heard of this Waterloo brewery, and when I'd asked some of the volunteers no one really knew where they were from either. Sampling such fantastic beer from a new brewery is always a fun surprise at these festivals.
Another great find was the Pizza Port brewery, also from California. I had an absolutely delicious cascade and orange sample that blew my mind.