From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Buenos Dias Gruit Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, orange, lime and an wheat and floral finish. The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, orange, lime, citrus rind, wheat, bready and some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 10. I have had mixed feelings about gruits over the years but this one was quite interesting.
Commercial Description: Buenos Dias is a gruit ale brewed with organic lime juice, organic orange and lime peel, and sea salt. The zippy lime flavour is accented with a lick of salt. Kick back and enjoy the zest of a classic Margarita in each refreshing sip!
Food pairing as per brewrey: Scallop ceviche with chili & lime; seared Albacore tuna with salsa verde; duck breast with preserved citrus & green olives; lime curd tarts.
From 4 Mile Brewing Co in Victoria comes their “Rice Pudding Porter”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and some sweetness. The flavour is of coffee, chocolate, bready and roasted malts, caramel, cinnamon, ash, earth and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 28. Not being a fan of rice pudding I would never have picked up this beer but when it was given it as a Christmas present it was game on. I’m happy to say that this was a very tasty and interesting porter and I plan on having it again.
Commercial Description: Not your grandma’s rice pudding. Fragrant , delicate spices of vanilla , cinnamon & clove mingle with brown rice to beguile. Round , plump lusciousness lingers. Speed date with elk game pie or frozen cherry cheesecake right from the tin container.