Monthly Archives: November 2011

Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout

11.0% alc./vol., 650 ml bottleSouthern Tier Brewing Company –, New York, USA Apart from the spelling, this beer has hit the mark.  It tastes like a beer…a stout, in fact…and it has serious flavours of bitter dark chocolate that … Continue reading

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Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale

6.0% alc./vol., 550 ml bottleSamuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) –, England It’s threatening to snow in Ottawa, so I’m drinking a special winter brew from Mr. Smith.  This brewer remains devoted to old-fashioned tools and techniques.  As part of … Continue reading

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Bavaria 8.6 Red Lager

7.9% alc./vol., 500 ml canBavaria N.V. –, Holland  Yes, the brand says 8.6 but the alcohol content says 7.9%.  Since alcohol is lighter than water, you know that the alcohol weighs less than the entire beer, and the alcohol … Continue reading

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Wychcraft Blonde Ale

4.5% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleMarston’s PLC –, England “Hwicce” is an Old English word for trunk or chest…maybe a sacred one.  Back in the year 700 or so, when England was dozens upon dozens of warring tribes, the Hwicce … Continue reading

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Celebrator Doppelbock Dunkles Bayriches Starkbier

6.9 alc./vol., 330 ml bottleBrauerei Aying –, Germany People remember that Lent is a time of fasting and giving things up in preparation of Easter.  People forget that the same thing goes for Advent…you’re supposed to prepare for Christmas … Continue reading

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The Berryman Pub

478 Bank St., Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaTime to first beer:  4:48 Food.  Drink.  Sports.  This three-word motto had me very leery of this new Bank Street pub.  When I go to a pub, I expect a place to sit, an ample … Continue reading

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AMB Noire (Black) Ale

5% alc./vol., 341 ml bottleAu Maître Brasseur (AMB) Inc. –, Québec, Canada Every one of their beers is also self-described as “classique”, but I couldn’t bring myself to type that.  If you understand French and want to know more … Continue reading

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