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.