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by G.M. Gillman
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer Events
Topic: Albino Rhino Beerfest 2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1482

I'm going! Brewery list looks great with a number of names I'm not familiar with, must be breweries or contract operations local to H-W or St. Catherines.

Gary
by G.M. Gillman
Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16680
Views: 2223084

Pugnacious Pale Ale. This must be dry-hopped, it has a marked nose and taste of unboiled hops on top of the "regular" flavours of good pale ale. I like it half-chilled and decarbonated about 50%, which approximates closely a cask experience. There are English but more specially APA influen...
by G.M. Gillman
Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 118521

That Schlenkerla Weizen is great, the real deal. Certain beers just have the "right" taste and lately I'd include also in that group: Golden Pheasant (quite close to Urquell when very fresh but lighter and a bit different); DAB Dark; Junction Conductor draft; Stone IPA; a fine dark weizen ...
by G.M. Gillman
Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 118521

Wellington S.P.A. For I think the first time in my experience (it's been at least 2 years since I've tried this), the beer has a clean fresh taste and no damp paper aroma. Lightly sweet and mildly-hopped, it is a reasonable approximation of an English pale ale but the brewery should consider boostin...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Kilannan Kolsch
Replies: 0
Views: 1466

Kilannan Kolsch

I was very pleased with this one. In general, alt and kolsch styles as replicated here seem rather wide of the mark (IMO) but not in this case. The mineral/lemony notes seem from the German hops, the yeast background is very good, clean yet prominent and the malt also clean and perhaps on the light ...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 118521

Some of these were in Montreal over the weekend: 1) Saint Landelin, a Xmas version stored in the fridge on its side for 2 years. A real winner, the corky-like notes when all this type of beer is young (many Belgians share it) are softened into something much more complex and drinkable. Threw a lot o...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Henninger lager
Replies: 0
Views: 1326

Henninger lager

From Frankfurt, which Michael Jackson early on typed as a non-specific German beer area, i.e., not known for one or more styles, which does not prevent this beer from being a very good blonde lager - when fresh. This sample is from the black can currently available at TBS. When it first came in abou...
by G.M. Gillman
Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Random Reviews
Replies: 465
Views: 118521

Trying some new beers. King Winter Porter*: drank on draft at Victory today. Interesting beer, not like any porter typically seen. Kind of a cross between a dunkel and certain Scotch ales if that makes any sense. Reminds me of the Jubilee Porter made by Fred Koch in New York State when it was owned ...
by G.M. Gillman
Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16680
Views: 2223084

Amsterdam's Stenhouse Porter and Spring Bock. Both are well-made, clean and faultless however I much preferred the Spring Bock. It's got an extra charge of malt this year and it shows, to the benefit of the beer. The other includes some flaked barley and I feel I can taste it, that "wheaty"...
by G.M. Gillman
Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Beer Reviews
Topic: Xingu Draft
Replies: 0
Views: 1009

Xingu Draft

This beer has a long history, long in craft beer terms anyway. Early in the days of the renaissance, I recall reading about it in All About Beer magazine (80's). I bought it in the tall bottle in the states, and it was a good German-style dark beer despite being from South America. Or perhaps one sh...
by G.M. Gillman
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16680
Views: 2223084

It is brilliant. Thanks for the link. On cider and perry: "Perry seems to me to be an abuse of that excellent creature the pear, whereas cider-apples furnish one of the most cogent arguments to prove that Providence had the production of alcoholic liquors directly in its eye". Well, he ha...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16680
Views: 2223084

Yes, it is a very interesting book and it has a full chapter on beer (not sure if that part is full-view on google books). He had an ornate style, typical of the Victorian era, but he knew a lot and it's fun to read once you get the way he uses the language - part of it is for humour too I think. So...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16680
Views: 2223084

https://books.google.ca/books?id=4vDQRP7vqksC&pg=PA160&dq=saintsbury+Bismarck+Notes&hl=en&sa=X&ei=89wAVcnWKfPHsQSOyYKQDg&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=saintsbury%20Bismarck%20Notes&f=false This is Saintsbury on the Black Velvet, called in his time "Bismarck". ...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16680
Views: 2223084

Right now I have a blend of Nicklebrook Bolshevik Bastard and Batch:1904 Cider. This is a version of the Black Velvet, which originally was the stout and Champagne. Later a cider-and-stout version became popular. The great writer on alcoholic drinks, George Saintsbury (late 1800's-early 1900's), dep...
by G.M. Gillman
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Guinness gone fancy: Irish brand introduces a $35 beer
Replies: 15
Views: 3565

On the point of FES here and its perception in the market, it has been nationally distributed in the States for years now... And it seems it is in B.C. too now if I read Derek's comment right. We already have various forms of Guinness here: draft, shaped widget bottle, widget can, Black Lager, and h...

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