Category: beer

thirsty thursday: canoe christmas

I want all my Thirsty Thursdays in December to be Christmas or holiday related. Today, I ‘invented’ a drink to meet this requirements. Necessity is the mother of invention and I present to you, the ‘canoe christmas’. 

The only liquor in this comes from the beer so it is not as strong as a typical cocktail. I used the ‘light’ beer Cracked Canoe. It is brewed by Moosehead, their lighter beer is under 100 calories. I mixed it with President’s Choice Cranberry Gingerale. I love just about everything on the PC menu that comes out at the holidays and this is no exception. I used a 16oz cup and filled it about half and half. You could adjust if you’d like. Depending on your mix, you may not taste the beer, just depends how much beer taste you’d like. 

This delicious drink is great, perfect as mentioned if you’re looking for something a little lighter and would like a cocktail without the hard liquor. I’d love to hear your beer cocktail ideas! Let me know in the comments.

As we get into the holiday season, remember that there’s no excuse for drinking and driving. Have a great time but make sure its a safe time, don’t drink and drive. 

thirsty thursday: rolling rock

It is know that I am a beer lover. Tonight I am going to a kitchen party. For non-newfoundlanders or non-maritimers a kitchen party is basically any gathering of people. When maritimers get together for any type of party, it always ends up in the kitchen. Possibly because that’s where the food and beer is, so why would we need to move? Well this evening I’m going to a large-scale kitchen party, the Great Big Sea concert. I’ve honestly lost count of the number of times I’ve seen them so when my friend said she had an extra ticket I said yes of course. So this evening’s thirsty thursday is rolling rock. Sorry, I know it took me a while to get there but you had to understand kitchen party. 

Rolling Rock is actually an American beer. I first started drinking it when St. Louis had them in a mini-pitcher special. That was a while ago but I still drink it. It’s a nice beer that isn’t too strong. It also isn’t too weak, it’s 4.5% so I wouldn’t consider it a light beer. I’d consider this beer a people-pleaser. If you’re looking for a nice beer that isn’t as expensive as a heineken or stella but will be easy to serve at any party. 

I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans, Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating and be safe on Black Friday. 

thirsty thursday: proper snakebite

A few years ago, I had the amazing experience of living in Australia. It was while living there that I learned about the “snake bite”. When I came home, I obviously wanted to have it again. I’d order it in a number of places and it was never quite right, particularly the time the bartender gave me a shot of tequila and jack daniels mixed together (I may have given it to an unsuspecting friend). After so many failed attempts, I excited to find that Hemingway’s in Yorkville would make me a snake bite the way I want it.

The snakebite I know is:
Half cider of your choice
Half beer of your choice
And a splash of grenadine (usually the missing ingredient)

You could obviously make this drink quite easily at home, but its still nice to be able to buy it in a bar and not get a crazy look.

thirsty thursday: corona beer cocktail

I absolutely love beer cocktails. I’m always excited when they’re an option at a restaurant and I was really excited that corona had samples of beer cocktails at the Delicious Food Show. They were advertising their special edition cans for the day of the dead. 

This drink was corona, which is as most people know, is a light and refreshing beer. They mixed it with blackcurrant and lime juice and soda. They were adding cilantro as well, but as much as I love a beer cocktail, I hate cilantro so I held that from my drink. It would have added some more colour but I could do that with a lime wedge. If you’re a cilantro fan, you could see how that goes. This was a fun and delicious drink. I’d definitely recommend mixing up some of your own. Do you have a beer cocktail recipe I should try? Let me know in the comments. 

Also, Happy Halloween!

thirsty thursday: pumphouse blueberry ale

Can’t believe it is already Thursday! Love the short week.

This week’s beverage of choice is the pumphouse blueberry ale. I originally tried this beer when a friend of mine brought it back from from New Brunswick, which is of course the blueberry capital of the world. For those that know me, they know I’m a sucker for blueberry flavoured drinks, its just so delicious and often not too sweet. That’s the same with this beer. 

Sadly this week, I forgot to take my own picture

It’s a light blonde base which I really enjoy. The fruit is not as overpowering as it is in some other fruit beers I’ve tried. Although this beer is a little on the sweet side, it is still refreshing. I would recommend it if you’re a fan of blonde beers and want something a little different. I was pretty excited when I was able to find tall boys of this beer at the LCBO. I love that they come in singles like this because I often don’t want to commit one beer in an evening and at $2.75/can and 5%, I’d consider it a good value. Are there any fruity beers you enjoy? Let me know in the comments, I’m always open to suggestions!


thirsy thursday: amsterdam blonde

If you’ve read some of my other beverage related posts in the past, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the local amsterdam brewery but mentioning them before is no reason to leave them it of thirsty thursday.
Need locally in leaside, amsterdam brewery boats free tours and samples on Saturdays. The blonde is my favourite beer and has been for the past few months. This is a wonderful light but delicious beer. You can get it at the beer store, lcbo, at their brewery in leaside and at the amsterdam brewhouse by the lake. Its also nice that its local, I love a great excuse to buy beer.

thirsty thursday: black creek pumpkin ale

Because it’s almost the weekend.

I tried pumpkin ale many years ago and  it wasn’t very good, so I was a little reluctant to try it again for my first thirsty thursday but I figured I had to because I feel uncool because I haven’t consumed enough pumpkin product this season (I haven’t had one pumpkin spice latte, ever).

This week’s selection is from a local brewery, Black Creek, located at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

At first, this just tastes like a regular ale and then there’s the pumpkin. It’s almost like beer mixed with pumpkin pie filling. It’s really just taught me that I’m not into the pumpkin spice craze. If you’re one of those people that counts down until the pumpkin spice latte, I would assume that this is the beer for you. I will definitely try another one of their ales, also available at the LCBO but I’ll leave the pumpkin for the pies.

amsterdam brewhouse

Summer is winding down but we should have a few more beautiful days to enjoy the city. If you have not yet checked it out, you should head down to the Amsterdam Brewhouse. They have a large indoor restaurant with large windows overlooking the lake and large patio including comfortable couches and muskoka chairs. Also, once you’ve picked your favourite one (or two), you can pick up some to take home from their store.

It took us a little while to get a server but once we did we had a great time. The view is absolutely perfect. They’re aren’t many places to take in that view and a local brew, at the same time. We were only there for drinks but they do have a nice food menu. They have a large selection of beers, all locally prepared. They also have a seasonal selection which is great to keep the customers coming back. They also have “flight passes” which are sets of 4 sample glasses. I got the variety of light beers:

blonde (my favourite on and off the patio), the 416, the orange weisse and the raspberry wheat

I loved the patio, and the indoor space was also very nice. I would highly recommend trying to make a trip down there while the weather is still nice. 

the roundhouse craft beer festival

I’m pretty disappointed that I won’t be able to attend The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival this year. I went to this last year, I saw a few tweets about it beforehand but didn’t know what it was. I was at the Jays game one day so we decided to go after the game. All of the advanced tickets are sold out for this year. This is a much smaller festival than the Toronto Festival of Beers that many beer lovers enjoy but it is still a nice, smaller festival. There are plenty of local beer choices and a number of food trucks, which is great for anyone who is excited about the food truck revolution, beer and buying local. Tickets are $15 at the gate, so this festival is a little easier on the wallet. I hope lots of people are able to make it out to this because it is a great way to try beers you may not have heard of or may have been reluctant to buy an entire 6-pack of because you weren’t familiar with the brand or beer.

Just remember, the most of the subway is closed this weekend so give yourself lots of time to get down there and enjoy the festival! As for myself, I’ll be planning next year’s trip.

what I loved at beerfest

Yesterday was one of my favourite days of the year. It was my day at Beerfest in Toronto. It was a beautiful day in the city. There was a ton of vendors, I tried my best to try things I’ve never had before, here are a few of my favourites, oddly, none of them are actually just beers. 

1. Somersby Blackberry – I’ve been waiting for weeks to try this, since I first saw it in the LCBO magazine. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it in any stores, despite their ad campaign. It was refreshing and delicious. They also made beer cocktails, somersby and kronenberg blanc. It was absolutely fantastic. I’m a big fan of beer cocktails.

2. Coors Light – I know this is a beer but they were making beer cocktails at their booth. The one I liked was a cranberry drink, with just a hint of cinnamon. Mixed with the beer made it a great drink. Perfect for when you want a cocktail, but not a hard liquor.

3. Smirnoff Ice – They had two new flavours, the Fruit Punch Ice VII and the Raspberry. They were both really good. They weren’t overly sweet. I’m sure they would also taste great mixed with beer. 

4. Sully’s Hot Dogs – You can’t drink all day without food. We had great hot dogs from Sully’s. The best part had to be the bread. They butter-toast it. It tastes the outside of a grilled cheese sandwich. It was really great. 

Those are my top picks. As I mentioned, none of them are just beer, maybe that’s because I was trying new things and some of them I didn’t love. Sometimes with things like beer, you have to stick to what you know. I was really impressed with the items above. Hopefully you’ll get the chance to enjoy one on a patio before the summer is out.