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What’s in Hamilton’s beer fridge? (May 2019)

Patio season has arrived and with it comes a fresh new set of delicious craft beers to enjoy outdoors.

Here’s what Hamilton’s breweries will be putting in your beer fridge this month.

Collective Arts Brewing

Guava Gose
Gose, 4.9%
Returning to Collective’s retail store is a summer favourite of mine, this year in four packs of shorty cans. Guava Gose is their core gose Prophets & Nomads with fresh guava puree. It’s tart, refreshing and delicious, stock up now for the hot weather ahead!

 

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Surround Sound V3
Double IPA w/ Columbus, Simcoe & Galaxy, 8.2%
The third iteration of Surround Sound might be the best one yet! It’s very fruity up front with notes of mango, peach, and grapefruit as well as a dank and piney hop bitterness. Hop heads rejoice, this double IPA has you covered.

Fairweather Brewing

Menagerie Mosaic
Single Hop Pale Ale, 5.5%
If Fairweather’s Menagerie series wasn’t my favourite beer series in the province, it certainly is now! This Mosaic version might just beat out the Idaho 7 for my favourite in the series. I get notes of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and earthy pine.

 

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Beki
Fruited Sour Ale w/ Italian Basil, 5.4%
The fourth edition of Fairweather’s lemonade sour Beki features blood orange and Italian basil. I never had the original Beki, but I’ve had all the variants and enjoyed all of them, this one included. The basil is subtle on the finish making for a unique and tasty sour.

Grain & Grit

Thrillsner
Dry-Hopped Pilsner, 4.8%
While I enjoy a crispy, refreshing pilsner every now and then, it’s not a style I have very often. This is definitely my kind of pilsner, though, as the dry hop brings tropical aromas and flavours of tangerine, melon, and peach. I hope this one sticks around for the summer time!

 

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Berry Good
Fruited Sour Ale w/ Lactose, 5%
Berry Good is brewed with lactose, lemon zest, raspberry and black currant. Full-bodied which is nice for a change as a lot of sours tend to be thin. This one is not too tart either, making it a good entry point for those curious about sours.

MERIT Brewing

Unwritten
Chai Milk Stout, 5.5%
Unwritten is a milk stout brewed with a passed down family Chai tea recipe. The result is a complex but easy drinking stout with notes of cinnamon and vanilla. This is my kind of dessert!

 

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Tomorrows
Earl Grey Tripel, 9%
Returning to MERIT’s taproom is Tomorrows; a traditional Belgian tripel brewed with earl grey tea from Monarch Tea Company. While the high ABV may be intimidating for some, tea fans should enjoy this one as the flavour is very well incorporated.

Clifford Brewing

Marigold
Belgian Style Golden Ale, 6.9%
The newest brew from Clifford is Marigold, traditional Belgian style golden ale. It has an enticing floral aroma with notes of orange, clove and black pepper. Consider gifting the Belgian Moon fan in your life this significant upgrade.

 

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Hop Tart
Dry Hopped Sour, 4.5%
Fan favourite Hop Tart returns for the spring with a new label less likely to upset our cereal overlords. This sessionable, citrusy, and tart brew might become my new patio beer of choice. Might as well come in six packs!

Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.

LAGERSHED Original
Pilsner, 5.2%
Shawn & Ed is located in the heart of downtown Dundas in what was previously the Dundas Skating and Curling Rink. LAGERSHED Original is their flagship brew; an easy drinking pilsner that any beer drinker can get behind. Sometimes it’s good to have a beer that just tastes like a beer.

 

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BARRELSHED No. 1
Amber Lager, 6.5%
Once you’ve wet your whistle with their LAGERSHED, it’s time to enter flavour country. BARRELSHED No. 1 is an aggressively hopped amber lager with notes of caramel, citrus, and pine. Fans of Rickard’s Red or Creemore Springs should seek this out immediately.

Valentino’s Restaurant

Val’s House Ale
Pale Ale, 5.1%
Valentino’s Westdale location has been brewing small batch beer since 2012 making it one of Hamilton’s oldest craft breweries! Their house ale is a full bodied but easy drinking brew for those wanting more flavour than a light lager.

 

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Roman Kolsch
Kolsch
Valentino’s newest seasonal brew is a German style Kolsch with an Italian twist. Light, clean and refreshing, this is the ideal pairing for pizza on the patio!

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