Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mythos Hellenic Lager

4.7% alc./vol., 330 ml bottleMythos Brewery –, Greece I’m used to a lot of Mediterranean suds being brewed light and crisp to be refreshing.  This one is a medium amber, kind of malty and a bit sweet, which is … Continue reading

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Coopers Brewery Sparkling Ale

5.8% alc./vol., 375 ml bottleCoopers Brewery Limited – Park, Australia This is the ale that Thomas Cooper first brewed in 1862 as a restorative tonic for his sick wife.  By 1881, he had started a successful brewery based on … Continue reading

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HogsBack Vintage Lager

5.2% alc./vol., 341 ml bottleHogsBack Brewing Company –, Ontario, Canada There are not a lot of local beers here in Ottawa.  Here’s a new one.  This is not to be confused with Hogs Back Brewery in England, which sensibly … Continue reading

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The Black Thorn

15 Clarence St., Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaTime to first beer:  4:52 We’re in the middle of Ottawa’s winter festival, Winterlude.  Too bad that the thermometer shot up to a balmy 10ºC, either destroying ice sculptures (see photo) or rendering them hopelessly … Continue reading

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Galt Knife Old Style Lager

4.4% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleGrand River Brewing –, Ontario, Canada Here’s a beer that says it’s a “pre-prohibition style lager”.  Various provinces of Canada had outlawed the sale of alcohol around 1916, but pretty much all of them gave … Continue reading

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Boxer Lager

5% alc./vol., 473 ml canMinhas Craft Brewery –, Wisconsin, USA I’ve seen the TV ads playing in Ontario with Ravinder Minhas and his cute sister Manjit Minhas, and with its cheap production values I assumed it was Canadian.  Go … Continue reading

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager

4.8% alc./vol., 500 ml canKöstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei – Köstritz, Germany Wow, a black lager…very cool.  I’m disappointed with the Germans’ creativity in naming their beers, but I’m gaining respect for the varieties available.  Here’s another example of the colour that … Continue reading

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