Monday Beer Club #32

Today we were given a “Hazy Flight”, as you can clearly see from the picture. The primary objective was to identify if the beer had been dry hopped (yes or no). Wes explained that dry hopping gives the beer a certain “powdery character” – he said he really didn’t have any other way to describeContinue reading “Monday Beer Club #32”

Monday Beer Club #31

It’s been five weeks since our last tasting session. There are several new items on the menu so we told Wes to “surprise us” and we would first try to identify the beer style, and then see if we could match the beer to the items on the menu. Three of the beers in theContinue reading “Monday Beer Club #31”

Monday Beer Club #22

Another from the archives. This tasting was on November 24, 2022 which technically was a Thursday, but for the purpose of Monday Beer Club, Monday is a state of mind. This tasting was a mystery flight where the only themes were “popular beers” and a “perfect colour progression” for the flight. Number 1: This beerContinue reading “Monday Beer Club #22”

Monday Beer Club #30

We’ve had tastings in the past where we’ve tried to understand the difference between a lager and an ale. We usually had two of each, and tried to spot the differences, typically focusing on the esters that come from ale yeast. For this tasting, we took a slightly different approach. All four beers were lagers,Continue reading “Monday Beer Club #30”

Monday Beer Club #21

From the archives – this tasting was on 21 Nov 2022. The theme for this tasting was “Don’t be afraid of the dark” with four very dark beers with very different flavours. But in spite of the differences, they all share one dominant flavour, and our job was to identify that flavour. Number 1: ThisContinue reading “Monday Beer Club #21”

Monday Beer Club #28

Believe it or not, spring is quickly approaching. I say “believe it or not” because we still have several feet of snow in the yard, but I remain cautiously optimistic nonetheless. And that is why this week’s tasting highlighted “spring flavours”. As always, our challenge was to describe the flavour profile for each beer, andContinue reading “Monday Beer Club #28”

Monday Beer Club #27

Today we were treated to a “random spring mix” of interesting beers. Our task was to identify the beer and match it to an item on the Brew Revolution menu. Number 1: (far left) This beer was a lovely copper colour and very clear, with caramel notes on the nose. The taste had caramel withContinue reading “Monday Beer Club #27”

Advent Beer Calendar – Dec 21-24

And now for the final blind tasting from the Nita Brewery Calendar – 2022. Dec 21: (far left) This beer was straw coloured with a light haze. We got notes of silage and citrus on the nose, and Wes detected “wet hop” aromas. The taste was neutral with hints of floral and honey – likelyContinue reading “Advent Beer Calendar – Dec 21-24”

Advent Beer Calendar – Dec 17 – 20

We continued our blind tastings from the Nita Brewery Beer Calendar. Dec 17: (far left) This beer was straw yellow in colour, with a very slight haze. The nose was light with a “corn sweetness” and hints of apple. The taste was light with mild bitterness that lingered on the aftertaste. We also detected aContinue reading “Advent Beer Calendar – Dec 17 – 20”