First let me apologize for the delay in putting this post up! I fell asleep very early yesterday after watching 4 episodes of Love Season 3. Now, on to the post!
International Women’s Day was March 8th and to celebrate, Libby and I went to The Craft Brasserie & Grille for the Women of Beer Tap Takeover, presented by the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. They were also offering a Women Brewers Beer Dinner that included a 4 course dinner paired with 4 craft beers and ended with a Q&A session by the women behind the beers. Libby and I opted for the ‘pay by the pint’ Tap Takeover portion of the evening and tried 6 beers total. Here are our thoughts!
Exchange Brewery “Peach Pie” – Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON | Berliner Weisse w/ peach, cinnamon, & vanilla | 6.5% ABV – One thing you need to know about me is that I LOVE peaches and peach flavoured food or drink. I will try anything if it has peaches in it or is peach flavoured. Libby and I are huge fans of the ‘Peach House’ peach ale brewed by Oast for Momofuku Toronto, so I ordered the Peach Pie with high expectations. I really enjoyed it! I thought it was really refreshing and had a nice peach flavour that wasn’t overpowering. It actually kind of reminded me of the Peach & Pear flavoured La Croix I had last week, haha. It’s definitely a close second to Momofuku’s Peach House! 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Great Lakes Brewery x SOBDL “Fever Dream” – Etobicoke, ON | Pale Ale w/ lactose, lemon, & vanilla | 6.4% – Libby ordered this one, and I’m glad she did! I’m lactose intolerant and when I learned about lactose ales, my beer loving heart broke! I wanted to try it, but literally couldn’t stomach ordering a full pint for myself, so Libby let me try hers. The lactose added a nice hint of sweetness to the beer, which we both liked. It had a strong floral taste and it was very fragrant. I wonder if my lactose pills would help with drinking more lactose ales? Hmmm. 🍺🍺🍺🍺
Muskoka Brewery “Ekstra Sitrus” – Bracebridge, ON | Norwegian Farmhosue IPA w/ apricot | 6.0% ABV – I guess I was on a bit of a stone fruit kick that night, because my next choice was this delightful beer from my faves at Muskoka. Jen, the GTA rep, is one of the founding members of SOBDL; she’s a gem and always has killer eye-glasses. This stone fruit beer was a little stronger in flavour than the Peach Pie, a little ‘spicy’ when it hits your tongue, but still had a nice after taste. It smelled incredible too. Libby and I have made the decision that this year we are finally going to make the trek to Bracebridge to visit the brewery! 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Elora Brewing Co. “White Wh(ale)” – Elora, ON | Belgian Style White Ale | 4.8% ABV – Libby’s next choice was this White Ale. It had a nice balanced flavour with a crisp finish. It was one of the lower ABV beers we tried that night. I normally don’t go for white ales, but I would order this again if I could. Sadly, it’s a one-off beer like the rest of them so I won’t be able to. Overall it was a tasty brew! 🍺🍺🍺🍺
Blood Brothers Brewing “Maiden, Mother & Crone” – Toronto, ON | Saison w/ coriander & lime zest | 7.0% ABV – I used to work down the street from Blood Brothers but never actually visited them to sample or grab a couple of bottles on my way home, so I’m glad I was able to try this here. I was a little hesitant on it because I hate coriander/cilantro, it tastes like soap to me, but I decided to put my hesitation aside and go for it. It was a very fragrant beer and I was nervous that it would also be very strong in flavour, specially with the coriander, but it wasn’t! It had a great flavour to it, wasn’t overpowering and there was no soapy aftertaste. 🍺🍺🍺🍺
Amsterdam Brewery “Shirley” – Toronto, ON | Saison w/ Moore Kombucha | 4.5% ABV – This was Libby’s final choice of the evening. I had hoped to also try the Laverne that Amsterdam was also featuring, but for some reason it wasn’t available. I’ll have to find time to get to one of their locations to try it before it’s gone. I was so pumped with Amsterdam’s overall contribution with these two beers. After a week or so of seeing companies fail at marketing their products in celebration of International Women’s Day (Johnnie Walker, McDonalds, Brew Dog), I was over the freaking moon about this. Amsterdam explained their reasoning behind the two beers:
2 strong, independent females who worked in a Brewery in the 1950’s, when women didn’t work or take care of themselves, but rather relied on their husbands! This show allowed a voice of strength and power for women in the 70’s (when it aired) and reflected the Liberation Movement by showcasing qualities that were typically only displayed by men in the past.
I’ve never had kombucha before so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this. I was pleasantly surprised! It was a little sweet and had a little extra carbonation from the kombucha. Libby described it as citrus with a kick, and I agree! 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Overall it was a fantastic night out! We had great conversation, good food (we were VERY pleasantly surprised when we found out about buck-a-shuck oyster during happy hour), and delicious beer. This is how I want to spend International Women’s Day every year!