From Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey in collaboration with Great Lakes Brewery in Toronto Ontario comes their “Peared Up Saison”. The saison pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, banana and more fruit, yeast, wheat and spices. The flavour is of pear, apples, citrus, banana, yeast, wheat and some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 25. This is not a big bold saison but it is a really well executed beer with a great mix of flavours.
Commercial Description: The Peared Up Saison is a single hopped Saison brewed with Jarrylo Hops and real pear juice. The Jarrylo hops bring out a natural banana, pear and citrus spice flavour in this light and sessionable ale. The natural hop flavour is augmented with pear juice in the brew for a fruit-infused flavour experience.
From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager”. The beer pours a golden amber colour with a lightly off white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, mild citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of citrus, fruits, grainy malts, caramel and very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24. For an amber lager this beer has a pretty good amount of things going on. The flavour is big enough I could see myself grabbing anouther bottle.
Commercial Description: Our organic barley comes from the Great Plains of Canada and I have had an opportunity to go and meet the farmers that grow this organic grain for us and they are amazing people. These fine folks have taken one step back and are doing things the right way. This is an American-style craft lager brewed with pale and amber malts and a whole lot of American west coast hops (all of the organic barley malt, hops and yeast come from west of the 100th Meridian–thus the name) to give it a wonderful character that’s 100% organic. It is a truly Canadian craft brew that combines the “best of the west” ingredients, a unique recipe and classic Mill Street smoothness.
Food pairing as per brewery: With grilled light meat/poultry, corn tortillas and mild salsa, medium cow’s milk cheese
From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “Vanilla Porter” a Nitro Porter in a can. The beer pours a deep brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma consists of vanilla, chocolate and sweet. The flavour is of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, toffee and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 29. Being a person that finds vanilla to sweet I was a bit worried about this beer. Luckily for me with it being a nitro beer the vanilla was a bit subdued and the flavour was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Mill Street Vanilla Porter has been a cult favourite in our brewpubs every winter for the past four years. brewed with Washington state nugget hops, our house ale yeast culture & pure natural vanilla extract, vanilla porter is nitrogen-charged to pour a Thick, tight head with a creamy texture & body. Our vanilla extract is cold pressed from vanilla orchid bean pods giving it over 250 individual flavour notes (conventional hot extraction yields 50) resulting in a captivating depth of flavour and breadth of character.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Dark Bitter Sweet Chocolate, Blue Cheese, White Chocolate Desserts.
From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “Cobblestone Stout” a Nitro Stout in a can. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown creamy nitro head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and a sweet finish muted by the nitro head. The flavour is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earth, mild smoke and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2% with an IBU of 30. As nitro stouts go you really can’t go wrong with this beer. The flavour is great and has a really nice creamy body.
Commercial Description: We produce a traditional Irish-style stout that is served using nitrogen to produce that familiar creamy pour. We use a mix of flaked wheat and roasted barley to create the beer’s classic creamy, dark character. Select imported nugget bittering hops are used to dry out the finish of this ale.
From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “Coffee Porter” made with coffee from Balzac’s Coffee. The beer pours a deep opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and maybe a hint of smoke. The flavour is of bitter coffee, earth, chocolate, roasted malts and a mild smoky finish hidden behind some sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 20. This is how a good cold brew coffee should taste in the morning. Oh wait this a beer scrap that unless you are camping. I quite enjoyed this coffee porter as it was what was advertised but had more to it than just the coffee at the same time.
Commercial Description: One of our most famous beers and one of our oldest brands. One of two flavoured porters that we make, Coffee Porter uses coffee from Balzac’s Coffee who was one of the original tenants in the Distillery District along with us back in 2002. In a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup moment, we realized that their coffee tasted exquisite in our porter and the legend was born!
Food Pairing As Per Brewery: Comfort food, stews, roasted meats, oysters and pub fare