2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar – Day 15

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When I initially started thinking about creating this advent calendar I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t be able to find 24 beers to profile.  You forget over 365 days how many different beers you have tried. Standing in front of my fridge or at the LCBO I suddenly wished it could be 35 days long. Man I had some tough decisions to make. Beers needed to be cut. That’s where my beer bestie came in.  This friend has been my festival goers, photo shoot drinker, beer bar partner for a long time now.  We have very different tastes when it comes to our favorites but one thing is for sure she is just as enthusiastic to try anything as I am.  We have had many adventures together and there will be many, many more.

So this Detour from Muskoka Brewery is for her. She made the decision to keep it in the running and for that I dedicate this beer to her. 4.3 percent and 30 IBU’s with big hoppy flavours.

Cheers to 24 days of beer!

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2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar – Day 12

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The above photo is a bit deceiving.  Don’t get me wrong I  love me some Dead Elephant from Railway City.  It’s a fruity and hoppy pour with a ABV of 6.5 and IBU of 46. Such a strong and robust IPA to drink. What I really wanted to showcase however is their Double Dead Elephant. It’s a double smoked IPA with a kickass 7.5 ABV and 90 IBU’s. These style of beer is the least of my favorite but this beer in particular blows my mind. (I partially blame the ABV). Unfortunately it has a small brewing window and is only available late fall. And as you can tell by my lack of photo I missed it again!

Cheers to 24 days of beer!

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2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar – Day 11

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I’ve talked previously about the how much fun craft brewers have with names but let’s talk briefly about can design. Gone are the days of labels with the brewery’s name and beer moniker.  Graphic designers and artists alike are having a hell of a time creating eye catching and creative wrappings. There was even an art exhibit this fall featuring some of the best out there.

Double Trouble’s Hops and Robbers is a trifecta; cute name, stunning design and killer beer.  This IPA is strong on the caramel and malt taste spectrum and hits at 5.7 percent ABV and 50 IBU’s.

Cheers to 24 days of beer!

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2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar- Day 5

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So it was a beautiful summer afternoon when my bestest beer drinking friend and I decided would be super healthy and go for a long but leisurely walk down to the lake. Starting right by the Gladstone we headed towards the ex, over the bridge and along the water. We knew the further we walked away from our starting point the longer it would take to get back. But we had a destination in mind and there was nothing turning us back. Amsterdam Brewery. After the most amazing fresh pretzels with a dipping sauce we wanted to bathe in, massive burgers and lot’s of amazing beer we had a stroke of genius. Let’s take transit home.

Boneshaker is my friends favorite there. A strong IPA is packs a wallop at 7.1 percent ABV’s and 80 IBU’s. It was greatly needed fortification that day.

Cheers to 24 days of beer.

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2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar- Day 3

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One of the things I love about craft beer and the ever changing options out there is that the name game is on point. Some of my favorites include Haters Gonna Hate, Crazy Cat Lady, Bock Me Gently, Midnight Kissed My Cow, Juicy Ass, Hasselhef, Audrey Hopburn, My Bitter Wife…the creativity is endless. I think if I ever made my own beer I’d spend more time coming up with names than actually producing.

Mad Tom from Muskoka Brewery is the milder cousin of Twice As Mad Tom. See another great moniker! This is another one of those big IPA’s with notes of orange, pine and floral elements. It comes in at a 6.4 ABV and 64 IBU’s.

Cheers to 24 Days of Beer!

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2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar-Day 1

Mill Street West Coast IPA

I’m going to start my advent calendar the way I start all beer festivals I attend.  With a pull by Mill Street Brewery.  Maybe they get the perfect location (right at the gates) but honestly I just know I’m going to get a great beer from them. They always bring a new release and a few one offs to these festivals (and there are many). I’ve fallen in love with their lemon tea, a green tea cask, Ginger Cat and most recently this West Coast IPA.

An incredibly drinkable IPA that I would introduce to anyone leery of anything “too hoppy”. While intense it’s clean with an ABV of 6.6 and IBU’s of 87. 

Cheers to 24 days of beer!

 

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Beer 101: What’s Your Style? IPA’s

The next post of a series of beer articles breaking down all there is to know about our favorite beverage.  I will now delve deeper into each individual style and over the course of many weeks I will introduce you to each and every one.

As I mentioned before I’m no expert. I don’t have any beer sommelier qualifications. All I know is I like to drink beer and I drink a lot of it and I try lots of different kinds. I’ve listened and learned.

Previously… Beer 101: What’s Your Type? , Beer 101: Is that Code? , Beer 101: Does My Beer Just Look Great in that Glass? and Beer 101: No Spitting in a Bucket Here! Beer Tasting

“Gateway beer to” refers to the style you may want to try if you like this one.

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Next up…..Beer 101: Move Over Pretzels! Beer and Food