Tippy Canoe Wild Rice Ale – Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.

From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Tippy Canoe Wild Rice Ale”.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, wild rice and mild fruit.  The flavour is of bready grain, wild rice, caramel, mild fruit, grassy hops but no bittering hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25.  This beer is no world beater but it is well executed and refreshing.

Commercial Description:  This uniquely northern beer is brewed with malted barley & wild rice. Wild rice (harvested in our area) is added to the boil, giving this beer a distinctive nutty finish. Wild rice, also known as Manoomin, which translates into ‘the good berry’ in Ojibwe, has played a major role in the lives of Ojibwe people in our region for centuries.


Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #3

Re-posted from Pacificbeerchat.com

Breweries, events and cross Canada beers (Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #3)

<span style=”color:#ff0000;”>I apologize for the lac of video for the first 9:39 of the video I screwed something up and lost that portion of video (Mike Mikescraftbeer).</span>

Welcome to Episode 3 of Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of <a href=”http://www.mikescraftbeer.com&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://www.mikescraftbeer.com</a&gt;,
Terry of <a href=”http://westcoastbeergeek.com/&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://westcoastbeergeek.com/</a&gt;
Steve also of <a href=”http://www.mikescraftbeer.com&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://www.mikescraftbeer.com</a&gt;.

Topics of Discussion:
1 Upcoming and recent events attended
2 Latest breweries frequented
3 Beer from across Canada

Audio Only Version

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, R&amp;B Brewing, Central City Brewers &amp; Distillers, Howe Sound Brewing, Big River Brewpub, Red Truck Beer, Doan’s Craft Brewing Company, Dageraad, Elizabeth Station, Moody Ales, 33 Acres, bomber brewing, stone brewing, tru du diable, dieu du ciel, unibrue, trois pistoles, great lakes brewery, half pints brewing, fort gary brewing, lake of the woods brewing, toolshed, west coast liquor, kerrisdale, laurelwood public house and brewery, mill street brewery, leavenworth, great Canadian beer festival, vcbw, vancouver craft beer week, great okanagan beer festival, moylan’s brewery, beerthirst, london pub, 12 kings pub, hoyne, fernie brewing, phillips brewing, parallel 49 brewing, yellow dog brewing, powell street craft brewery, bridge brewing, farimont hotsprings, east kootenay beer festival

Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #2

Reposted from http://www.pacificbeerchat.com

Were back and talking beer (Pacific Beer Chat #2)

Welcome to Episode 2 of Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of http://www.mikescraftbeer.com,
Terry of http://westcoastbeergeek.com/
Joe of http://thirstywriter.com/,
Mike of http://thebeerrater.com/ and
Steve also of http://www.mikescraftbeer.com.

Topics of Discussion:
1 – Recent attended event recap.
2 – Discussing the April 1st Price Changes in British Columbia
3 – Lastly we discussed issues around growlers.

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Four Winds Brewing, Washington Brewers Guild, Victoria Beer Week, Hoyne Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewery, Drake Eatery, Swans Brewpub, Category 12 Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Brassneck Brewing, Main Street Brewing, 4 Mile Brewpub, Loghouse Brewpub, West Coast Brewery Tours, Maui Brewing, Hop & Vine Taphouse, Deschutes Brewing, Bomber Brewing, Red Truck Beer, Parallel 49 Brewing, Fest-Of-Ale, Bad Tattoo Brewing, Kettle Valley Station Pub, Cascadia Liquor, Spinnakers Brewpub, Moody Ales, Half Pints Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Driftwood Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, Woods Coffee (Washington), Steel & oak brewing, Lake of the Woods Brewing, Fort Garry Brewing.


Note to would be Podcasters
It may seem like a cool idea to podcast with two different bloggers in the same room (With different computers) but there are to many technical issues.  One of which is hearing yourself speak through your headphones (My god that was distracting).  Having to set only one microphone to record and ensuring that your computer doesn’t overrule your muted microphone.  I had to fight to remove a second echo version of my voice on the podcast and it was not simple and was time consuming.
Mike G

Belgian Dubbel – Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.

Limited Release

From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Belgian Dubbel”.  This beer pours a deep copper colour with and off white head.  The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, marshmallows, sweetness, candied sugar and an overall hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  This is just another tasty brew coming out of Kenora Ontario.  If you are as stupidly lucky as me to be able to get this beer in the west you should also feel lucky.

Commercial Description:  The style of beer originated at Belgian monasteries in the middle ages. The flavours give the impression of a complex grain bill but it is actually quite simple. Extra special roasted malt and a higher than normal fermentation temperature provide fruity and marshmallow flavors.

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Firehouse Amber Ale – Lake of the Woods Brewing Co.

From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Firehouse Amber Ale” oddly enough classed and English Nut Brown Ale on their website.  Not sure what is going on with the name on this one.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a brownish head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, sweet toffee, caramel and some nuttiness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, caramel, toffee, nuts and a mild bitter finish.  The alcohol content comes in at a nice 4.8% with an IBU of 28.  This is a nice easy drinking ale even if it doesn’t know what it is.

Commercial Description:  Our Firehouse Amber is sweet and malty on the pallet. Infused with nutty, toffee like characteristics. You won’t want to rush through this well-balanced, slightly spicy and caramelized amber ale.

History Behind name:  “IT WOULD ONLY MAKE SENSE FOR US TO DEDICATE THE NAME OF OUR FLAGSHIP ENGLISH NUT BROWN TO OUR BREWERY LOCATION IN KENORA’S HISTORIC FIRE HALL (BUILT IN 1912) and to the courageous local firefighters (past and present) that have served our community.  Prior to having a fire hall or a fire department in the area, a roaring fire tore through the streets of Kenora burning down most everything in its path and leaving very few businesses and homes standing. The town was devastated and the local outcry resulted in the formation of a volunteer fire department and the first Kenora fire hall located on Main Street. The next few years were filled with tragic irony as the original fire hall burned down in 1889 and then the second in 1891. The third fire hall, this time made of stone, was built on the current site of the Kenora Public Library. It also burned to the ground.  Over the next year, Fire Chief F.A. Hudson oversaw the design and construction of a new state of the art fire hall, the current site of Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. The new hall, made of brick and stone, was said to be “…as near to perfection as possible.” The Kenora Fire Department used this Second Avenue fire hall from its opening in 1913 until 2010, when the Department moved to its new 14th Street North location.  Thank you to LOW Museum for providing the historical facts for this story. To learn more please contact the Museum at http://www.lakeofthewoodsmuseum.ca/

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