Tasting the Innis & Gunn Winter Beer, 2010

October 4, 2010

Its coming, and its just around the corner… This winter as the Christmas beers begin to flood the LCBO again; we will be getting back the Innis & Gunn Connoisseur’s pack, and in this years pack is the strongest Innis & Gunn ever made – the Winter Beer. My good friends at Innis have been chatting about this beer for a long time now. In the summer I had heard that Dougal (the founder and BrewMaster) was working on a spiced beer, one that he was more excited about than any other beer he has made. This definitely got me excited – I already love the sweet, creamy and caramel oaky flavors of the Innis Original – the idea of a spicier and stronger version for the winter sounded perfect!

We should expect the Connoisseur’s Pack to be made available late October to November for the Christmas Release; probably the best overall beer release at the LCBO. I was fortunate enough to get the Connoisseur’s pack ahead of time thanks to my good friends at Innis & Gunn, and I have been saving the Winter Beer since – until now. The time finally came. I had enjoyed the Original and the Rum Cask that came in the pack, but have been waiting for the right moment to test the Winter Beer on my palate. It was a calm Sunday afternoon, football filled my living room, but my Innis & Gunn glass was empty. Time to fill it! Read the rest of this entry »

“Calculated Spontaneity; Preparation of a Dinner with Beer” Part 3: Southern Tier Old Man Winter

April 4, 2010

Part 2

After a brief break, everything was arranged in the kitchen and I had a full itinerary in front of me, so I began prepping. My first task would be to organize breakfast for Sunday morning. I know that sounds odd; prepping a breakfast that follows three other courses and is on the next day – but this breakfast is well worth the effort! “Rage’s Brioche French Toast” This recipe calls for a dense brioche bread or sourdough to be soaked overnight in a nectar of whipping cream, butter, rum, demarara brown sugar, vanilla, grated orange peel and eggs. By the time the bread comes out of the fridge the next morning it will be closer to a dense juicy cake than bread. It will be baked then topped with granny smith apple caramel sauce and orange almond whipped cream also. MMMMmmm… Read the rest of this entry »

Tasting the Ommegang Adoration

April 2, 2010

Brewery Ommegang produces some amazing an unique beers. We already looked at the Three Philosophers when I did a cupcake made with beer, and as explained, it blew me away. It is such an exciting combination of savory and sweet Belgian Quadroupel flavors with tart cherry Lambic. Ommegang’s tagline is “Belgian beer in America”. Very well done Ommegang.

But my most recent Ommegang experience has topped even that; the Ommegang Adoration had me running through a wide list of winter beers to try to find one that could potentially sit at the top with the Adoration. Wouldn’t you know it – the Adoration seems to be alone at the top!

The bottle proclaims that it is a traditional winter ale brewed in the Belgian Manner, but with a twist of unusual spicing. It has been brewed with coriander, cardamom, mace, grains of paradise, and sweet orange peel. This alone got me excited. Read the rest of this entry »