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The week in drinking vol. 1

- April 5th, 2012

As part of my Booze Year’s resolution to try something new whenever I go to the liquor store, I figure you’re forced to read about it.

Why else would you be here, other than to read about us and booze?

Wanting to try a handful of different beer, I opted for some single-bottle choices in the beer cooler:

Cannery Brewing’s Naramata Nut Brown Ale

Admittedly, I bought this knowing full well I was going to be cooking off a batch of beef stew and needed a brown ale to throw into the mix, but I was sure to save myself a healthy taste. It may not make me switch from some locally-brewed brown ales, it is as advertised — rich and full-bodied, yet smooth. And it tastes great in the stew.

Tin Whistle Brewing Company’s Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale
A couple of Christmases ago, after failing to find a bottle of Wild Rose Cherry Porter to take with me to a friend’s house for drinks, I was left buying Tin Whistle’s Chocolate Cherry Porter. It definitely hit the spot. Sweet, but not overpowering.

So when I saw the bottle of the Dark Honey Ale, I figured it would have similar balance to the porter. Unfortunately, it didn’t. It was mostly honey, with some chocolate and coffee notes. But there wasn’t enough hops for my liking. If you’re looking for a honey ale that lives up to its billing, this may be for you.

Yukon Brewing’s Birch Marzen: For a sweet beer that was as much beer as it was sweet, the advantage this week goes to Yukon Brewing’s Birch Marzen. I’m assuming, based on the single bottle gift pack I found at Co-Op Wines & Spirits for a low, low price, that this was a previous season’s release. No matter, as the beer still had plenty of, er, birchy-ness.

For the uninitiated, the closest thing I could compare this too is a good maple beer, with a good balance between sweetness and hoppy bitterness. In this case, birch syrup would take the place of maple syrup. But the flavour is richer than maple, almost caramel-like. With a bit of spice. I’d love to see this make a return in the future.

So, that’s my week in drinking. If any of you feel there’s a beer/wine/spirit I absolutely need to try, drop me a line, or leave a comment below.