The one thing we can all agree on is that pandemics are great opportunities to appreciate beer. Seriously…what other time in our lives will present us with a chance to sip suds at 10:30am without judgement?
Fortunately, Barrie’s local brewers are continuing to produce the good stuff.
Here’s a TGIF review from each of them. And be sure to check out their websites for the deets on their delivery or pickup options!
TGIF: 4 Crafts From Barrie’s Brewers
PARACHUTE PORTER – BARNSTOMER
Let’s get this out of the way first; Porter is not for everyone. It’s a dark stout, British influenced beer that is malt heavy. FUN FACT! Porter is so named because it was a popular choice in the late 1800s among street and river porters in London who’s job it was to carry objects for others.
But if Porter is your thing, Parachute should be your poison.
It brings an initial roasty aroma mixed with coffee and chocolate, which is strong at first. Once you get through the first few sips, it balances out nicely with sweetness and hops coming to the forefront.
When it comes to taste, you can really savour the malt character throughout the session. The malts are supported by a mix of rich lingering chocolates and a lightly burnt undertone.
Expect to finish up with a roasty dryness on top of a medium-full body.
Find more Barnstormer Brews here!
SESSION 7 – SIDE LAUNCH
The name’s 7…Session 7.
Known to beer aficionados in the area as the 007 Golden Hop, this IPA brings a vibrant, fruit infused flavour to your pint glass.
Layered with wafts of grapefruit, papaya and apricot and backed with bready malts, it is a medium golden pour with a lingering foamy white head. And although the tropical tones are evident, they don’t over-sweeten the body of the drink.
Having said that, the fruity influences probably rule this out as an all-nighter. The sugary aftertastes make it an interesting and tasty blend, but might prove a bit much after two or three servings.
Best paired with crispy app menu choices (nachos, fries or veggies) Session 7 is available in cans at the LCBO, and on tap throughout the region. In Barrie, Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill is an ideal spot to sample it.
Find out more about Side Launch Brewing right here.
IDLE COAST – REDLINE BREWERY
Germans do alot of things very well; Cars. Soccer. Chocolate.
And of course…BEER.
Most beer producers would die happy if their craft creations stacked up well compared to the essential Bavarian ales that have been the stuff of Oktoberfest for centuries.
And this pale from Redline does an admirable job of paying tribute, while not totally mimicking those great German lagers.
It’s vibrant gold colour and foamy head make for an effervescent first impression, while the bready undertones and aromas reflect classic Munich Malts. As you approach the bottom of the glass, it leaves a crisp and dry after taste, providing an ideal compliment to anything meaty or sandwich based on the menu.
And it’s a very moderate 4.6 ABV, so you can crush more than one without worry of your socks being blown off in one seating.
Find out lots more about Idle Coast right here.
MYTHOLOGY – FLYING MONKEY’S
The initial pours is a translucent golden yellow with a substantial, fluffy white head that retains well. The first sniffs bring a lot of bread, even before your nose gets near it. When you do get closer, it’s complimented by hints of grass, pepper and lemon.
You’ll definitely notice the crispness, which is ideal for a pilsner. There’s a welcome balance between the bready malts and the floral hops. As you push on through the sitting, some spice lingers, but it finishes strongly and cleanly.
Some might find it a bit thick for a pilsner, although it does not detract from the overall refreshing timber.
If you are looking for pairings, Pilsners are a great balance to spicy foods. However if you are a sweet tooth aficionado, Mythology might go well with a dessert. Because beer and ice cream CAN mix.
At 5.3% ABV, it’s right on the edge of being too much, so you can easily stick with it through the entire night.
Intrigued? Thirsty? Learn more about Mythology at Flying Monkey’s website!
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