Category Archives: Beer picks

Something New-ish

Checked my wine cellar this morning and all my wines are one year older!  Awesome.

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I’ve started something new in my expensive IKEA wine cellar.  One cube is now dedicated to Sours and specialty brews.  Even they are one year sourer. And as you will see, there is a local touch to this Belgian craft of making sours.

Sour beers are intentionally made to taste sour, often with the use of barrel aging where wild yeast strains enter into the brew, or by adding fruit to the beer to allow a secondary fermentation. I prefer the former style. Commonly made in Belgium and Germany, they are the most wine-like of all beers, often exhibiting tannins instead of hops.  I’ve even had them served to me in a wine glass at a fancy beer place in TO.   Royal City Brewing Co. has been bottling some of their own for me [maybe not just for me but it feels like it].

And now a brief tour of my collection – my delicious collection which has my my wine cellar more delicious.

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The Rodenbach brothers, from Belgium, produce this delicious red sour.  Thanks to my daughter M’s friend Matt for suggesting it, and to M for hunting it down in an LCBO in Toronto for me.

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Cam and the boys and Royal City Brewing Co. right here in Guelph made this aged in Chardonnay barrels.  A personal favourite – $6.95 at the brewery.

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The Royal City Brewing Co.’s latest German-style sour.

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All the way from Germany – Schneider Weiss Cuveé Barrique. Again, thanks Matt and M – you guys do good work.

 


Year in Review

You know those dreams you have that you can’t wait to tell everyone about.  The dreams that have intricate details more fascinating to the teller than the listener?  That’s what the Year in Review photos are like on Facebook aren’t they?  I don’t feel that way – but i suspect a lot of people do. Nuts to them – here’s my Pull the Cork Year in Photos

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Ox Patio at the end of winter with a Wellington SPA

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The first signs of spring and i stop drinking potentially dangerous water and tuck into a nice Muga Rosé

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The fine people at Muskoka Brewery helped make a beer tasting out of our micro farm planting  day

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The summer began on Vancouver Island with a lovely white wine grown and bottled by a Canadian Aboriginal group

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Grappa 1-0 Lemoncillo  [bunny ears by my M]

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Um, this Autumnal Stonehammer Dark got some foliage help from my daughters i think

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Of course we made Gin

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and back to Nouveau, where this blog began


Guelph: City of Brotherly Love

I saw this on the Facebook the other day.  It makes me think that Guelph is the city of brotherly love.

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I love that one brewery in this city calls the other their big brother, and that the big brother helped the nano-brewery in their time of need. I celebrated with this.

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 Wellington Imperial Russian Stout – a harmonious combination of stout and Russian [served in a Muskoka brewery glass because i’m sure they would like to join the family].

Hey little brother-in-spain … need me to mill some grain for you?

Also, I forgot that it snowed on my blog in December. Awesome!


Craft Hipster

It’s fun, when you’re 50, to poke fun at the younger generation. So for my Halloween costume this year I went as a “20 something hipster”.  One ironic moustache and several well drawn and/or outdated tattoos later I was a hipster.

It was also a ruse to allow me to talk about craft beer all night – and I brought a lovely one to the party from Lake of Bays – Stamp Hammer oak aged amber lager.

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Back to my tattoos for a minute.  They were drawn so expertly that everyone assumed they were real.  Honestly, the “vital signs” one that flatlines and then says “carpe diem” may become a tattoo if i ever get over my fear of needles and hep b.

Stamp Hammer is only available in October and November so you may want to stop reading now and go the the LCBO.  A dark amber, i found it slightly spicy, not overly hopped, and a vanilla from the oak barrels that rounded the lager out into a smooth finish. Everyone loved it.

LAKE OF BAYS STAMP HAMMER
LCBO 439430 | 750 mL bottle
SEASONAL/LIMITED QUANTITIES
Price $ 9.95

Also, my spider-web elbow ink rocked.

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Last call

Summer is gone and gone with it is my taste for summer drinks.  It’s an odd time of year.  I’m not quite ready for big red wines or stout ale, and yet I don’t want a cider, pilsner, or crisp riesling anymore either.

This is what happened last week on the patio formerly known as OX.

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My wife tried the cider, I had the Stonehammer harvest ale, and my daughter the Stonehammer dark ale.

It was a nice autumnal experience. A leaf or two dropped into our pints …

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…a beautiful wasp stopped in for a visit …

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And then the teenagers took over the “nature in a pint glass” game and made their big sister M’s drink a little over the top nature crazy.  She drank it unfazed at her sisters’ tomfoolery. We do have fun.  And round 2 … was the Stonehammer Dark. It became the official pint of the Oke family’s “patio and reading afternoon”.

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Elvis and Me

Memphis TN

August 2015

Elvis Week

Yes – Elvis week

When it’s 100 degrees in the south in ‘Merica your typical wine blogger drinks two things.  Beer and Bourbon. Together.  Cheap cold beer [Yuengling Lager] and Tennessee whisky to be accurate on the balcony overlooking WC Handy Park, 10 feet off of Beale. I can hear several of you saying “Ah, that’s what Marc Cohn was singing”.  The sweet harmonica sounds of Mr. Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars filled the air.

Also, I might have dressed up as Elvis with my daughter M and literally walked Beale St.

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Thank you very much


Logos

This a blog post about logos – specifically the great logos in Guelph. My apologies to all the hermeneutics and theology readers that regularly pad my blog stats – but this is not a  post about “the word” – believe me you don’t want that from a man with half a theology degree – which I’ve.

Recently i read a beer blog post about great beer logos and Wellington Brewery came out as one of the top in Ontario.  It started me thinking … what are my best logos in the city of Guelph.  Here are my top 5 from breweries and restaurants / pubs.

Number 5

Carden

39 Carden Street. I love the Partridge Family retro feel of this simple unidentifiable bird that might be a mallard

 

Number 4

stonehammer

Stone Hammer – my daughter M loves their dark ale. I love that it looks like Thor might be the brewmaster.

Number 3

Royal City Brewing Co. Yes, I wish they had used the purple and gold of the Rogie Vachon LA Kings, but silver and black are also wicked cool

Royal City Brewing Co. Yes, I wish they had used the purple and gold of the Rogie Vachon LA Kings, but silver and black are also wicked cool.

Number 2 

[anyone else over the age of 12 laughing that i just published the words number 2?]

Wellington Brewery. So good that my brother-in-spain wears his Welly t-shirt fishing in the Mediterranean

Wellington Brewery. My brother-in-spain wears his Welly t-shirt fishing in the Mediterranean. For my $$ the Arkell Best Bitter is the best drink in the province.

Number 1

Baker Street Station. Simple and awesome. Well done creative logo people. Also the home of great pub fare.

Baker Street Station. Simple and awesome. Well done creative logo people – i always think i’m getting onto The Tube and end up with a beer!

Agree or disagree?  I don’t really care to hear from you unless you agree – but the comment section is open for business.


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