So this is what they’re talking about

I have developed quite a love for Berliner Weiss’. I love the tartness on a hot day, and like not getting blasted with a too high ABV. I remember reading about the use of syrups in the BJCP guides – locals would dose their Berliner Weiss with a shot of either raspberry or woodruff syrup. The raspberry was easy to replicate but had no idea what woodruff even was beyond the fact it was an herb. And then I saw this in Starsky’s in Hamilton: It tastes good in soda, but in a beer like Sawdust City’s Coriolis Effect, it’s …

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Beer Experience

I entered a contest a few weeks ago, for free tickets to The Beer Experience in Toronto, and promptly forgot about it. Until Wednesday, when I was informed that I had won! I have a new favourite beer festival. The space, the Berkely Church, is interesting with all kinds of unique areas (including a treehouse!), and the breweries all had a good selection of beer not found at the LCBO or Beer Store. Katherine and I were happy to see that there were a lot of really interesting stouts and porters. Highlights for me were 33 1/3 by Beau’s, 1606 from Sawdust City …

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Beer Advent Calendar 2014

I finished my advent calendar a little late. Ok, a lot late. Between one thing (illness) and another (food coma courtesy of That Damned Canasian), it went a bit (a long bit) past the 25th. And then I forgot that a blog draft does not equal a blog post. Belatedly, here is what was in my advent calendar, in numerical order: 1. Mikkeller k:rlek: check this post. 2. Mikkeller Black: check this post. 3. Neustadt Springs Big Dog Porter: a gift from a derby friend, it was lovely after the taste bomb that is the Mikkeller Black. The red wine added gave it an interesting …

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Day 83 – Monday, Nov. 23

No teacher in Ingredients today, so we were spared the usual death by powerpoint. Instead, Kevin had arranged for Sam Corbeil of Sawdust City to come in and talk to us about brewery start ups and building renovations. He is a great storyteller, although some of his stories have me dreading ever dealing with the bureaucratic behemoth that is the LCBO.