Category Archives: Ale

“Old Speckled Hen” Ale

5.2% alc./vol., 500 ml canMorland Brewing – http://www.oldspeckledhen.co.uk/Bury St. Edmunds, England Happy Christmas!  You know, as I visit some 350 web sites for the beers I drink, I’m getting a bit tired of entering my birthday.  I’m over 21 (U.S.), … Continue reading

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Stonecutter Scotch Ale

7% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleRenaissance Brewing Company – http://www.renaissancebrewing.co.nz/Blenheim, New Zealand The Marlborough region of New Zealand is better known for its sauvignon blanc wine…some even say it’s the best you can get.  Founder and head brewer Andy Deuchars came … Continue reading

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Winter Ale

6.2% alc./vol., 750 ml bottleGreat Lakes Brewery – http://www.greatlakesbeer.com/Toronto, Ontario, Canada Thanks ever so much to my friends at Great Lakes.  Well, I don’t actually know them, but I’m sure we’d be friends if we ever met.  I’ve liked all … Continue reading

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Bah Humbug! Christmas Cheer Ale

5% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleMarston’s PLC – http://www.wychwood.co.uk/Witney, England I’m getting mixed messages from this beer’s name, but I think I’ll stay with the “Bah Humbug!” sentiment and not the “Cheer” sentiment.  The label tasting notes describe it as “beer … Continue reading

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Gateway Blonde Ale

4.7% alc./vol., 1 L plastic bottleGateway Brewing CompanyTrenton, Ontario, Canada Hooray for local beer!  Until now, I had no reason to visit Trenton, the “gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway” that produces Gateway beer.  This is not to be confused with … Continue reading

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Belhaven Best Ale

4.8% alc./vol., 440 ml canBelhaven Brewery – http://www.belhaven.co.uk/Dunbar, Scotland There’s those “falling bubbles” that tell you the can has a widget.  The reason the bubbles appear to fall is that they are being pushed out of the way by even … Continue reading

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Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale

6.0% alc./vol., 550 ml bottleSamuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) – http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/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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Wychcraft Blonde Ale

4.5% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleMarston’s PLC – http://www.wychwood.co.uk/Witney, 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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AMB Rousse (Red) Ale

5% alc./vol., 341 ml bottleAu Maître Brasseur (AMB) Inc. – http://www.maitrebrasseur.ca/Laval, Québec, Canada Moving on to the darker side of AMB.  Funny, but Collins translates a “bière rousse” as a “bitter”, probably true for most reddish beers.  This one is … Continue reading

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Sugar Shack Ale Oaked

5.5% alc./vol., 650 ml bottleBarley Days Brewery – http://www.barleydaysbrewery.com/Picton, Ontario, Canada Look 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 … Continue reading

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