Quick Tastes of the Schneider Weisse Original Hefe-Weisenbier

July 28, 2010

It quenches your palate on the hottest and stickiest days with absolute ease. It tickles your taste buds and erupts with excitement when it hits your tongue. Its flavors are distinct and unforgettable, its appearance and stature is legendary, and it is still one of my best friends. The Schneider Weisse Original Hefe-Weisenbier is truly a breathtaking beer, and is worth some focus – it really will bring you amazing sensations like no other beer in the world can.

How is it possible that a German Wheat beer can accomplish all of this? How can this beer be so stunning and awe inspiring? Hundreds of years of tradition, a focus on quality and purity, and a deep passion for beer has produced this remarkable Weizenbier. And the world should be thankful; it is widely available anywhere good beer is sold, and is a regular at the LBCO. My ability to walk into almost any LCBO and always find a bottle of this beer is a blessing from the beer gods. Seriously, I love this beer! Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Tastes of the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

July 26, 2010

The Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is a staple beer for me. Its a beer that I can look to when I need to be refreshed, satisfied, entertained, perplexed, relaxed, or when I just need a good beer. Cause it’s always good – thats why its a staple for me. I am always in awe of how Dogfish is able to achieve such a perfect harmony and balance of rich malty flavors and pungent fresh hops. Its just remarkable.

The 90 minute IPA is the 60 Minute IPA‘s bigger brother, both utilizing a continuous happing method made famous by Dogfish Head. Rather than the brewer adding 1, 2 or even 3 larger hop additions during the brewing process (in the boil), Dogfish Head adds small amounds of the hops once a minute, every minute, and in the case of the 90 Minute IPA, for 90 minutes! This creates an IPA that is perfectly bitter, amazingly fresh, and potently aromatic all at once in a sublime and seemingly effortless fashion.

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Quick Tastes of the Ithaca Excelsior Old Habit

July 16, 2010

Sometimes I crave a good rye beer – and nothing makes one better than actually being brewed with all rye malts, and also being aged in rye barrels! Ithaca Beer Company has done exactly that with their Old Habit, which is part of their Excelsior lineup of vintage beers. This is a big 9% rye beer than comes in a clean and classy 750ml wine shaped bottle. It is brewed with three varieties of rye malt, and is aged in Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey barrels from the Heaven Hill Distillery.

So if you like rye beers and you see one of the bottles on the shelf at your local beer or liquor store… Buy many! I mean, buy them all! This is truly a one of a kind beer, and I have yet to find a rye beer that possesses the same unique, and potent distinct rye malt and rye barrel flavors as does the Old Habit. I just popped a few in the cellar for ageing, and I am madly excited to see what happens in 3 or 4 years! Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Tastes of the Unibroue Maudite

July 15, 2010

The Unibroue Maudite gets me every time. I am always amazed by its flavors, and blown away by its masterful construction. The Maudite, which means The Damned, is a rich and spicy Belgian Abbey Style Dubbel Ale with warming caramel flavors and rich complexities of malt and hops. It is thankfully available at the LCBO in stunning 750ml corked bottles. And for just over $5, it could be the best value for beer in Ontario.

If you have the patience, I would recommended buying several extra Maudites to put away in your cellar and age. The rich, warming and spicy characters in the 8% Belgian-Style Ale will age and develop into a wondrous array of creme brulee and warm oak flavors in 4 to 5 years. This is really a magnificent beer. So much so, that since 1995 it has been awarded 11 gold, 6 silver, and 1 bronze medals in international beer competitions.

If you need a beer, wine, or any beverage to impress at a dinner party, I dare you to show up with a few corked bottles of the Maudite. Treat it like wine, and serve it in either a snifter or a red wine glass, and watch as peoples eyes and mouths open in amazement. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Tastes of the Duvel

July 7, 2010

One of the world’s most mimicked beers is definitely also one of the best. Duvel, pronounced properly as doo-v’l, is a Belgian Strong Golden Ale at 8.5% that is thankfully available at most all LCBO locations, all over the U.S. and the globe. Duvel’s web site has been newly renovated with a slew of interactive videos that take you deep into the history and process of making this beer. I do recommend checking it out.

The Duvel can be found in both 330ml, and 750 ml corked bottles. All are bottle conditioned, and are sure to cellar beautifully adding rich layers of complexity to an already vastly layered beer. It is amazingly refreshing and quenching in the summer, but also satisfying and soothing in the winter. It is one of the most striking beers when poured, especially if properly served in the signature Duvel snifter. This is a world class beer that has been crafted and perfected for over 140 years. It is without  question worth absolutely everyones attention for at very least a try.

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Quick Tastes of the Brooklyn Lager

July 6, 2010

How often are you looking for a soothing and quenching beer? One that is smooth and delicious, but not aggressive or overpowering. It happens all the time really. This beer fits almost any dinner perfectly, it will match snack foods during the game, cool you off after a hard work day, quench your thirst in the sun, and relax you with your pals. Its the Vienna Lager, and its by the Brooklyn Brewery.

This is the standard, the go-to. It is 5.2% abv, comes in 6 packs at most all LCBOs and is available readily throughout the United States. Hell, it is even now being sold in India! But most importantly it hits the perfect balance of smooth malt flavor and quenching hop bitterness. What you have here is a traditional Vienna Lager that has been favored and adored in Brooklyn since the late 1800’s. It is brewed with the finest malts and hops, and matured at cold temperatures to clarify and purify the flavor of the beer. If you normally go home and grab an MGD, Coor’s, Canadian, or Moosehead – please, please, please try this beer and enlighten your taste buds to real flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Tastes of the Schneider Weisse Edel Weisse

July 3, 2010

When it comes to wheat beers, Schneider Weisse is most definitely the name that comes to mind for me. They make a wide range of Weisse beers, all with their own unique and distinct qualities.  This, their Edel Weisse, is an organic wheat beer which just happens to suit the summer oh so perfectly. It is 6.2% abv and comes in a 500 ml bottle that was made available at the LCBO for the spring release.

Don’t let 6.2% scare you away if you are used to standard 5% beers. This wheat beer will show you what real beer is all about. Unlike the commodity grade wheat, or white beers that began to flood the market at the beginning of the summer, this beer has hundreds of years of heritage that go into its beers. This is a light and sweet version of the original Schneider Weisse we are used to. I expect that it is brewed primarily with unmalted wheat and produces a beautifully hazy golden orange and yellow beer with a big fluffy mountain of white head. Read the rest of this entry »