My search for this year’s holiday beer and holiday beard is over. The double-hoppiness of Muskoka Brewery’s Twice as Mad Tom Imperial IPA is just the ticket for winter sipping. Featuring what I can only describe as deep spruce notes and a big bold flavour, fans of an IPA need to run to the LCBO and get them some of this.
The people at Muskoka Brewery tell me that Twice as Mad is aggressively dry double-hopped – I aggressively dry double-dare them to keep making this holiday nectar.
We paired it with a 6 yr old white cheddar from Maple Dale Cheese. Something beautiful is going on pairing über-hops with sharp cheese. I hope the rest of the holidays taste this good.
Not to be lost in this good news of holiday cheer is Muskoka’s seasonal offering – Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout, aka “Winter Beard“. Made with 70% dark chocolate, these clever people have made a slightly, but by no means, distractingly sweet stout. Also, this has fulfilled my need to grow my own winter beard – which my wife has declared “good news”.