It was the night before a long weekend of out-of-town weddings: Friday in Hamilton and Saturday in Collingwood. The wife went up the night before to spend some time with bride #1 which meant I was home with the kids. No biggie. I got them fed, got them to bed and folded what felt like a bagillion loads of laundry. After that, it was time to relax, watch a little TV and enjoy a beer.
I thought this was a great time crack open one of the fun new beers my mom brought back from the East Coast. Being a 650 ml bottle, it was too big for my usual glasses, so I had to break out the stein. I opened the bottle, tipped the glass and poured out a dark brown liquid followed by about eight feet of foam. Seriously, look at it!
How am I supposed to drink that?
It took 15 minutes to settle down. When it did, the beer was a lot warmer than it started, and in this case, maybe that’s a good thing. It smelled exactly like an English ale should, all malty and sweet with a little woody smell. It tasted the same but with a bitter booty.
Not bad for a brown ale, but the 20 minutes it took before I could drink it sucked.
Country of Origin: Canada
Alcohol Content: 4.2%
Vessel: Stein by way of bottle