The LCBO will be releasing a number of interesting beers this fall. Check them out:
Ayinger Celebrator, 330mL, $3.75, Germany. A rich beer with floral, hoppy, roasted malt notes and a slight smoky nuance in the back end! Complex and harmonious, it is powerful, but won’t overwhelm. Food: BBQ ribs, strong cheeses.
Box Steam Funnel Blower, 500mL, $3.95, United Kingdom. This dark brown porter walks a fine line between roasted barley s bitterness and delicate vanilla sweetness from the malts. Food: smoked sausages, Tilsit cheese, chocolate/peanut butter cookies.
Cannery Blackberry Porter, 650mL, $5.80, Canada. Five specialty malts and three superior hop varieties give this baby some real character and complexity. Rich and traditional, some added natural, pure blackberry increases its wow factor. Easy drinking, you’ll love it straight up!
Cannery Squire Scotch Ale, 650mL, $5.80, Canada. This classic, caramel-coloured, pale ale delivers with a delicate hoppiness and strong, smoky malt taste with a touch of sweetness. Food: burger, cheddar, maple bread pudding.
Celt Bronze Crafted Ale, 500mL, $3.65, United Kingdom. Bronze in colour, this organically crafted, smooth ale is full-bodied offering up elegant sweetness evolving into a long, hoppy finish. Food: salmon, Monterey Jack.
Garrison Imperial IPA, 500mL, $4.25, Canada. From Nova Scotia comes this creamy, amber-hued, fruity, citric, floral, medium-bodied, India Pale Ale that tastes delicately fruity and grainy with bitter hoppiness to finish. Food: curry, Cambozola cheese, ginger spice cake.
Koningshoeven (La Trappe) St. Isid Or, 750mL, $6.50, Netherlands. A hint of caramel gives this amber beer a slightly sweet character. It’s delicately bitter with a fruity finish. Food: spicy cuisine, Port Salut cheese, banana pound cake.
Meantime London Porter, 750mL, $7.25, United Kingdom. Produced with seven malts, this substantial brew sports a light roasted nose with a caramel sweetness on the palate that flows into a smoky, dry astringent aftertaste. Don’t overchill. Food: game, Gruyere, toasted coconut cookies.
Pauwel Kwak, 330mL, $3.50, Belgium. If you like amber ale, the hoppy, sweet candied malt aromatics and full, effervescent, rich malty, fruity taste with slight spiciness will please. Food: spicy BBQ fare, tangy cheese, poached pears with dulce de leche.
Renaissance Craftsman Oatmeal Chocolate Stout, 500mL, $5.95, New Zealand. Gotta love the chocolatey notes that mesh with roasted coffee and hoppy bitterness here. Full, smooth and intense, it’s delightfully delicious. Food: desserts, cakes, cookies, venison.
St. Peter’s The Saints Whisky Beer, 500mL, $3.95, United Kingdom. Peated malt and a shot of English Whisky add a smoky and spirited nuance to this richly flavoured offering. Food: smoked salmon, smoked cheese.
Southern Tier Mokah, 650mL, $9.85, United States. A blend of the Southern Tier Choklat and the Javah brews, this Imperial Stout, portraying cocoa and coffee complexity is rich and more a dessert than drink. Mochaccino aficionados will love it!
Tripel Karmeliet, 330mL, $3.50, Belgium. This blond lager, made from three grains, has lots of finesse. Citrus, vanilla and wheat aromatics and fresh oat creaminess with hints of dried spice and lemon dominate. Food: chicken, bratwurst, mild Cheddar, lemon shortbread.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, 500mL, $3.50, Germany. A nicely balanced, full, dark wheat lager that combines fruit and spice with rich malty notes. Food: hearty spicy dishes, Munster cheese, cranberry tart with walnuts.
Shipyard Brewing Featured Beers Pugsley’s Signature Series Barley Wine, 625mL, $7.95, United States. Six different malts go into making this reddish brown, full-bodied, fruity, hoppy brew with a dry finish. Food: sharp cheese, dark chocolate.
Pugsley’s Signature Series Imperial Porter, 625mL, $7.95. Dark, malty and roasted, with a slight sweetness that goes dry in the finish, describes this mouth filling little ditty. Food: stews, casseroles, meat pies.
Pugsley’s Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin, 625mL, $7.95. A cornucopia of pumpkin pie, nutmeg and spice come together in this big, coppery-orange brew. Food: sharp cheese, hearty fare, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, yams.