Sugar Shack Ale Oaked

5.5% alc./vol., 650 ml bottle
Barley Days Brewery – http://www.barleydaysbrewery.com/
Picton, Ontario, Canada

DSCF1208Look again, it’s not the same beer as yesterday.  Bigger bottle, right?  I guess for such a limited run they don’t bother printing separate labels.  This is clearly not a 341 ml bottle as indicated, and I’m not prepared to swear an oath as to its alcohol content.  This is possibly illegal on their part, but I promise not to tell.  It does taste different…the woodsy and slightly bitter oak flavours temper the sweetness of the maple syrup for a superior flavour.  If you don’t time your brewery visit exactly right, though, you won’t have a chance to try it.  This would go well with my famous maple salad dressing:  equal parts maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil, one entire bulb of garlic cloves finely chopped, juice of one lemon, and salt and pepper to taste.  Seems like too much garlic, but it’s not.  For the main course, cook up some pork chops then glaze them with maple syrup and ginger.  For dessert, French vanilla ice cream with maple syrup drizzled on top.  Hooray for maple!

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