Beer makes Physics relevant to the masses 

The world of alcohol beverages had made much of my high school education relevant again.

 SRM is the only  acronym I’ve decided to learn since I gave them up 2011*.  It’s really as simple as describing how dark a beer is but the formula would make any math nerd squeal 


Am I right or am I right?

This is what SRM looks like for the visual learner.


Pour yourself a blonde, a bitter, and a porter and watch physics in action. My high school teachers would be proud.

*TASER stands for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 winners

“The only party i throw each year” was a resounding success again. The wine was good, the friends were good, Godzilla made an appearance, i got a new t-shirt [big props JB], and here’s the proof.  My research tells me that the LCBO sells out 50% of their Nouveau in the first weekend. Pick some up for this year’s Christmas party. I keep one for Easter – that’s how i roll.

 

The glasses were ready

Godzilla made an appearance on this year’s Nouveau chalkboard. He was so busy drinking Nouveau that he picked up a bus and put it back down. Good news Tokyo.

The wines

The logo on a t-shirt


French Fiction

A friend asked me this week if I’ve heard any tasting notes on this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. Released in two weeks time for those of you keeping track.

The truth is that the French have no idea what the Nouveau tastes like because they’re exporting it all and keeping the good stuff for themselves.  I honestly believe they hire a fiction writer to do tasting notes.  They have to – nobody French has touched “le stuff”.

Or maybe they’re programming AI machines to come up with a series of words that have to do with wine that they can pass off as tasting notes and then laugh their French derrières off at us.

Here’s the truth – I don’t even care. I love Nouveau and my Nouveau party and I absolutely embrace the idea of being scammed by the French.

Vive la Nouveau.  In fact, I nominate Beaujolais Nouveau for the Albertine Prize – “best contemporary French Fiction in English translation”.

Here’s some other French fiction for your consideration. IDK, “the Mitterand Years” made me giggle.



History Lessons

This is a brilliantly produced history lesson on Malbec. And really, isn’t a good history lesson  just story-telling  [granted, with facts you have to memorize for a test later on]. But a history lesson on wine? That’s worth a taste test later on isn’t it? That’s my kind of test.

I highly recommend these wines that you can get in Ontario from Cantena – producers of high altitude Malbec and Chardonnay in Argentina. Don’t know why high altitude makes a difference? You didn’t watch today’s history lesson did you? Watch the video – and then take the test 😀.

Catena MalbecVINTAGES# 478727 | 750 mL bottle
Catena Malbec
$19.95

Catena High Mountain Vines Chardonnay 2016VINTAGES# 918805 | 750 mL bottle
Catena High Mountain Vines Chardonnay 2016
$19.95

 

 


Festival at the Welly

Wellington Brewery held their annual Cask Festival today – a collection of inspiration, collaboration, and creative brewing. How creative?  Some of the casks contain pomegranate, sumac, prickly pears, and Lego candy [you can re-read that last one if you like].  It really is a great party. There seems to be an absence of Jalepeno and Ghost pepper this year – which is okay because last year the Ghost pepper stout almost made me barf – for reals.

I learned that a good comment, when you don’t know what you’re talking about is “”Fresh mown hay maybe?” Thanks Brother-in-Spain-who-was-in-Guelph.

And cask fests aren’t only about beer.  The Sumac infused Sumacintosh by West Ave actually tasted of ketchup chips and tahiti treat – it was soooo good.

You also kick your kid brother’s butt at old school pinball [time and time again].

Eat foods from the 39 Carden Street food truck

Ask two people you don’t know to put their heads in the cask buddy photo thingy, so that you don’t feel silly on your own.

and play some bean bag slant board – the game really is this easy.

 


Penchant

I confess that i do have a penchant for French wine.  Even the inexpensive French wines make me happy.  It’s a beautiful country full of mostly beautiful people speaking a language that i’m 4% fluent in [thanks Duolingo for that “encouraging” update].  This white from the Vallée du Rhône Luberon is only $12 and it’s delicious.   Also, it’s referred to as the white chicken wine in this maison.


Ü is for Ümlaut

The full title of this blog post is, Ü is for Ümlaut. My quest for Funk, Oud Bruin, and Church – how Science became relevant again.

This past weekend i decided to tour three of my favourite breweries for the first time.  My pilgrimage began at the Funk Lab of Nickel Brook Brewing Co. where Science is being made relevant again by these clever people in Burlington.  Funk and sour and fruit make for delicious science.  I’ve been a fan all summer of the Ceres and the Raspberry Über where vegetables, fruit,  bacteria and yeast excite both the palate and the imagination. It’s the miracle of science. Also, any brewery that celebrates the Ümlaut is my kind of place.   Oh yeah, the sommelier glass i got was also worth the trip. Ü is for Ümlaut.


At the Exchange Brewery in Niagara-on-the-Lake [the town with more hyphens than your town], my goal was to nab bottles of their heavenly nectar – Oud Bruin. What i found was a tasting flight with a bonus sample [because the bar “messed up” – heh]. I particularly loved the Peppercorn Rye Saison, the White IPA, and the award winning Foreign Exchange Stout.  Also, they made my Instagram account look instantly better [@travisoke].

 

So, yes, I went to a couple of breweries and to church this weekend.  Silversmith Brewing Company is situated in a renovated church building in Niagara-on-the-Lake where i became one of the congregation.  I loved the Bavarian Breakfast Wheat and the Golden Ale, but the Rosewater Kellerbier led the worship for me that day.