#BeerSaturday - Three Solid Breweries

It is #BeerSaturday so lets hit the beer store and see what is new from some old favourite breweries!


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I became a beer blogger years ago because of the blockchain, I came to write either about that which I am learning, or know very well. The years I spent brewing for myself, the breweries I work with now on their technology and marketing, and the decades spent imbibing combine for the self-proclaimed title of the #Blockchain #Beerologist.

This week, I visit 3 of my all time favourite breweries to see what is good, what's new and what hopefully will be better a second time.


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Pint of the Week!


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I showed my cards last week when I highlighted 2 weeks worth of shorties as a special double-shot for my long-time followers. Since we are in lockdown with a stay-at-home order in place for a month, there are not too many pints of the week going on in pubs. None I am willing to post online for fear the deep state may see my felony and pursue action.

So, in rebellion to that notion, here is my demonstration. It is a nice cool pint of rum and whatever-was-in-the-kitchen (which turned out to be quite delicious) in my budding garden as I survey the work we have to do while celebrating resilient returning vegetation.


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Now that the feds are off my tail, here is a crisp and refreshing Sapporo https://sapporobeer.com/ known and enjoyed around the world. They are a rather large global corporation as well and own an old-school Canadian brewery called Sleeman Breweries https://www.sleemanbreweries.ca/ I definitely don't hate a Sapporo.


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I Wish it Wasn't Just a Seasonal!


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I have been a Great Lakes Brewery https://www.greatlakesbeer.com/ fanboi for many years and credit if largely for my blissful descent into IPA obsession. While the highest award may be a place on my coveted top 10, next most prestigious would be "I Wish it Wasn't Just a Seasonal" and available year round.

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According to the story told on the side label, Moxee is the hometown origin of the El Dorado hop which is popular in New England IPAs. Meanwhile...Down in Moxee https://greatlakesbrewery.myshopify.com/collections/cans-bottles/products/meanwhile-down-in-moxee is as solid and delicious a NEIPA as I can imagine. I have found myself enjoying it even more than some of my all-time favourite GLB IPAs which really says something.

If only it were available year 'round, it could build a strong case for the top-10.


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Some Kinda Monster


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Another of the unique and fantastic progressive craft breweries of our region is Collective Arts Brewery https://collectiveartsontario.com/. You even spend a few seconds trying to evade the eyes on the age gate of the website and you get the feeling they have a flare for design and experience. While I have breweries I prefer over Collective Arts, it is simply indicative of the bountiful supply of great craft breweries and wonderful state of IPAs being brewed.


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This beer is a NEw England Double IPA called Good Monster which is even a pretty cool name. According to their website (or the results from my 5 minute wrestling match with it,) this beer doesn't exist. The artist, however, does exist and she is known as Canadian artist Sarah Cannon, aka @nightarcade on Instagram. There is something menacing about the trance-like gaze and the artistic splash of the fancy guppies swimming around.

The beer? Hazy yet amazingly light-textured but a serious DIPA with a nice edge. Would buy again!


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Everyday Magic This Time?


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I remember when I first had this offering from Sawdust City Brewing https://sawdustcitybrewing.com/ I was camping, stopped at the beer store to fill up the cooler, and was pleased as hell to find a brand new beer from one of my favourite breweries, and it was a Hazy IPA! Seriously it is moments of perfection like that you have to cherish and drink in as the universe squirts you some magic.

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When you look at the side panel of the label, there is some informative detail, a moderate IBU and a list of great hops highlighted by one of my favourites, Galaxy. When I had the first batch in the summer, it was so dry and obnoxious, I had to choke through them and never have 2 in a row. Perhaps there was just too much Cashmere in it which put such a jagged edge on the hop character, it drowned out the other ones I usually enjoy so much. Maybe it was a bad batch, they were still refining, or perhaps it was a beer simply not for my jaded palate.

I had to give it another try these many months later and see for myself.


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When you look at the well-done third panel on the label, you get a lifestyle splash that attempts to put you in a state of peace and love the beer before you even drink it for the sentiment. Having not enjoyed it overly the first time, I was wise to the game and was prepared to have a repeat performance.

Turns out, this was a much different experience! The hops seemed to balance out a little more and the Cashmere was restrained by the trio of other hops. My only conundrum was that I had only bought a single can, and wanted to give it another shot, but would have to wait. I will let this dog lie and see if it is available in a couple months. For, ifi it is, I discover it is available year 'round, and is even better this time, I may have to include it in a drink off to update the top 10 list!


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This is a toast to 3 breweries which have brought my mouth and belly more joy than they can know over the years. Great Lakes , Collective Arts and Sawdust City, you each get the seal of approval for these and your many great beers.

#BEERSaturday!


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Thanks again for this wonderful #hive #beer gift by @spirall on Twitter! Hop in on the marketing push with us and invite the world of beer bloggers to join us on Hive.

Only 1 more week 'til the monumental 200th #beersaturday celebration but we must pace ourselves as we are still at week 199 @detlev/199-weeks-of-beersaturday What craziness will @detlev and I and all of the other burgeoning blockchain beerologists bring? You will have to have a few beers this week and wait and see!

I invite a friend to the party every week and this week I invite a new friend who valiantly accepted the Hive Torch, @eco-alex. Not sure whether or not he drinks but I will just have his if not.

Cheers to our global family of beer-drinkers!!

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Name a craft brewery in your region that keeps pumping out the hits!

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