Tom Green Summer Stout – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Tom Green Summer Stout”.  This golden stout pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, semi sweet with a floral finish.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate, nuts, lactose creaminess and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27.  This is a great golden stout and I recommend picking up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  The Tom Green Beer milk stout is going blonde for the summer! Tom Green Summer Stout is made with organic fairtrade coffee and cacao nibs for roasty and rich accents in a sun-kissed blonde edition of our award-winning milk stout.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Strawberry, arugula and fennel salad with white balsamic & poppy seed dressing; grilled venison sausage on crusty bun with red pepper marmalade; Mascarpone cheese tiramisu.

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Shake Your Fruity Milkshake India Pale Ale – R&B Brewing


From Vancouver BC’s R&B Brewing comes the “Shake Your Fruity Milkshake India Pale Ale” the newest beer in their Mount Pleasant Series of beers.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tons of fruit including orange, pineapple and berries with lactose.  The flavour is of lactose, orange, pineapple, tropical fruits, berries, citrus rind, mild resin, earth and some bitterness.  This beer has a ton of body from all of the oats used.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.3% with an IBU of 38.  The Milkshake IPA isn’t for everyone but I am a total convert.  Keep these fruit bombs coming with the nice sweet finish.

Commercial Description:  What is a Milkshake IPA?  It’s not just a clever name — these are hoppy beers, brewed with oats and lactose sugar in order to produce a thick, milky, sweet, and often fruity brew. To the beer world, this brew style resembles a classic milkshake.  Brewed with oats and apple puree for a soft and full body. Primary flavours are of juicy orange and pineapple.

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Test Batch Kiwi IPA – Bridge Brewing Company 


Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with their “Test Batch Kiwi IPA”. Not only are these beers cloudy like the North East IPA’s but they are also infused with Lactose to make them creamy and sweeter. The beer pours a deep cloudy orange with a white head and Mild lacing. The aroma consists of lots of kiwi and citrus fruits with an overall juicyness, lactose sweetness, caramel and some floral hops. The flavour is of juicy kiwi and citrus fruits, caramel, lactose sweetness, hint of resin and some hops bite without having very much bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 40. I may be lactose intolerance but holy do I like where this new substyle is going. If you find yourself at Bridge Brewing check out this beer!