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Continuing from Part 1 of my list, let me finish off telling you about the beers I tried:

The List (Continued)

Four Winds BrewingPhaedra

So far, I haven’t had a Four Winds beer that I didn’t like, and I’m happy to see that tradition continue. This Rye Wheat IPA didn’t blow my mind like the Juxtapose Brett IPA did, but it certainly didn’t disappoint either. Definitely worth drinking.

Four Winds

Mill Street BreweryVanilla Porter

Last time I was in Kitchener, I had a flight of Mill Street beers. I didn’t like a single one. I couldn’t even finish the paddle. So I approached this booth with a bit of trepidation. Fortunately it was totally unfounded because their Vanilla Porter is actually really good! Absolutely worth a try.

Parallel 49Tricycle Grapefruit Radler

This is the kind of beer that really benefits from a hot, cloudless day. Here I was, sweating away, skin doing its best “cooked lobster” impression, when bam – a fist called refreshing hit me in the face. It’s hard to say how much, if at all, I would like this on a cool, winter night, but when I drank this with the sun beating down on me, it tasted great.

Parallel 49 Tricycle Grapefruit Radler

Steigl Grapefruit

Compared to the other tasty fruit beers available, this one was decidedly lacking.

Cannery BrewingSquire Scotch Ale

One of Cannery’s year round releases, the Squire Scotch Ale is one of the better scotch ales I’ve had recently.

Cannery Brewing

Mission Springs Lemon Ginger Radler

Another fist named refreshing. (more…)

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People know about wine and food. The wine industry has done a fantastic job promoting food pairings and recipes that include wine as an ingredient. When I lived in Ontario, I used to get a monthly box of wine from Hillebrand Estates Winery that included two bottles of wine along with suggested recipes that paired with, or incorporated, the included wines.

But what about beer? Beer goes with food, too. Craft breweries aren’t shy about giving suggestions on what food to pair with different beer styles, even going as far as to print it on the labels. Unfortunately the industry, from a total sales standpoint, is still dominated by macro brews that don’t give a whit about food pairing or cooking. So, in spite of the efforts of craft producers, the overall alcohol-with-food perception is skewed towards wine.

I think this is changing. Craft beer is growing, and more people are becoming aware of the possibilities craft beer offers for cooking and food pairing. Two of the breweries I’ll be reviewing today, Cannery Brewing and Vancouver Island Brewery, have taken the step of including beer recipes on their websites. I love it!

Those who follow me on Twitter may have noticed me dipping my toes into the Cooking With Beer arena. Today I’m here to tell you some of the results.

Pancakes with beer

Pancake Recipe

I decided to start with something easy – Pancakes! I have a base recipe that I’ve been making for years so I know exactly what to expect from it. Here it is: (more…)

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For my second post, I wanted to introduce a new, regular(ish) segment. One of the great things about craft beer is the multitude of brews suitable of cellaring. A space that has traditionally been reserved for wines, more and more beers are being released that have the ability to age without going bad (assuming they are cellared properly).

As a fairly recent convert to the craft beer scene, I haven’t been able to build up a large trove of cellared beers just yet. But I’m working on it, and I thought it would be cool to share the results. Today I’m going to introduce two beers I’ve just added to my cellar, Vancouver Island’s Hermannator Ice Bock and Driftwood’s Lustrum Wild Sour Ale. I’m going to tell you what they taste like right now, and then at some unspecified point in the future I’m going to revisit them and see how they’ve changed! In the case of Hermannator, I have enough bottles to revisit it multiple times. I’ve spoken (tweeted, really) with Vancouver Island Brewery and they’ve confirmed that, in the right conditions, Hermannator can be be aged for upwards of 5 years!

Vancouver Island Hermannator Ice Bock

The great thing about Ice Bock (or Eisbock) as a style is the way it is made. (more…)

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