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.
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.