Monthly Archives: June 2017

Nickel Brook’s Goddess

What am I drinking this summer? Sorry, before i can get to that [scroll down for a photo if your attention deficit is really low today] – can i just say that i can’t believe there is a Nickelback 2017 tour.

This summer i can’t stop drinking the Cucumber and Lime Gose, “Ceres”,  from Nickel Brook Brewing Co. in Burlington. What is this “gose” thing that you just made up Travis and who is “Ceres”? It’s a sour beer with sea salt, cucumber, and lime juice with some Lactobaccilius to ferment the lot. And it’s freakin’ awesome. Gose is pronounced “gose-uh”, which is far easier to say than Gewürztraminer (pronounced [ɡəˈvʏɐtstʁaˈmiːnɐ]) – but i’m afraid that people may be hesitant to order it because they don’t want to make a mistake and sound stupid. So here’s my plea to all bartenders and servers out there – don’t correct us please. Just say something like “excellent choice my good patron”. Oh, and Ceres is the Roman goddess of agriculture. She sounds both smart, and pretty doesn’t she?

Ceres comes from Nickel Brook’s Funk Lab, where they make such clever wild concoctions as , Raspbery Uber Berlinerweisse, Ceres Cucumber-Lime Gose, Inquiry Brett Saison, Uncommon Element Brett Pale Ale and Cuvée Reserve Ales. I want them all. Now!


She is pretty isn’t she?  Sorry I had to use a glass from Muskoka – i haven’t made it to Nickel Brook for the right glass to serve it in, and nobody there thought ahead to send me one.

And to my tour guide the bodegas in Spain, no I’m not Chad Kruger.

You can find Ceres at your local LCBO and on tap at the finest establishments near you.

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Summer drinks 

I’m really hopeful that summer is upon us.  The Weather Channel people tell me that i can take the top off of my Jeep and leave it off for the next 5 days! That sounds like summer to me.

If you’re looking for summer sippers – and why the heck are you reading this if you’re not – i have three to choose from.

 

“Seize Soixante-Quatre blanc” is as much fun to drink as it is to order. There’s nothing like a touch of pretentiousness to start off the summer. And speaking just enough French to be annoying does the trick for me. Refreshing with just a touch of citrus, it’s a pretentious summer-time favourite in la Maison Oke.  So are tomato plants.

Bottega has a new pink pinot grigio that is light and refreshing. How refreshing? It lasted 10 minutes at the summer BBQ i brought it to last weekend. “Bella”. And so pretty too. Wait, that’s what “bella” means.

Finally, don’t be fooled by the “Fresca” look of this vodka soda. SocialLITE does a fine flavoured vodka soda that at 4% is the perfect hot summer drink. There isn’t a hint of sweetness to be found – even in the Pineapple-Mango flavour. They are so good that you may  buy these all this summer once you start. With only 80 calories, 4% ABV, and no added sugar it’s an easy summer pick.