5% alc./vol., 500 ml bottle
Black Creek Historic Brewery – http://www.blackcreekbrewery.ca/
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a collection of some 40 historic buildings, a working mill, and a farm intended to recreate an 1860’s village in Toronto. Part of their display is a working brewery from the period. I think all historical recreations should have their own brew pub, don’t you? You can see a pretty interesting video on their web site, or visit the village in person this summer. It costs an extra $4 for the brewery tour, but you get samples. I’ll have to assume that this is what beer of the period might have looked and tasted like, more or less. It’s not as sweet, not as boozy, and not as dark black as a typical porter, and I prefer that. There’s a bit of carbonation, but not a lot. The video explains how oak barrels are used in production, and yes, you will taste the oak now that I’ve told you to look for it. History comes alive at last!