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St Ambroise Erable — McAuslan Brewery

I don’t even know if I can adequately describe in words how much I love maple syrup. When I buy a new bottle (always Ontario), I open it on the spot and take a swig.  Ben does this now, too.  Be aware, if you are pouring syrup out of a bottle that I bought, it’s had my mouth on it.  I nearly always buy those little maple sugar candies that the syrup sellers always have on their tables, too.  While I love the pursuit of the ideal pancake (and I’m closing in on it), basically as soon as the first bite or two has confirmed the quality of that batch, I really only care about the pancake as a vessel….  [Read More]

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St Ambroise Pale Ale — McAuslan Brewery

I was seriously shocked when I checked and discovered I had never actually reviewed McAuslan’s St Ambroise Pale Ale.  I mean, I drink it frequently, both in bottles and on draught.  I often sing it’s praises to others, and feel that it is one of the best English-style pale ales available in Ontario, if not the country.  So I was super excited when I got a few of their new tall boy cans, and assumed it would just be a nice news notice here.  But then there it was: no review.  So happily I sat down and put on my serious-beer-guy hat and got into it.  Here we go!

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St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale — McAuslan Brewing Inc.

St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale — McAuslan Brewing Inc

Continuing along with my “stuff in beer” reviews, is St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale. I’ve said it in past posts, but I’ll say it again: I don’t go in for this seasonal beer stuff.  True, I think there are beers for specific occasions or times, but I would never consider turning down a delicious stout in July or a gorgeous weisse in February.  I probably wouldn’t crack a Russian Imperial Stout to cool down after mowing the lawn, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have one with some chocolate after dinner that night.  That being said, most people do identify beers as being seasonally appropriate, and this is one generally accepted as being a summer beverage.  And there is no….  [Read More]

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St Ambroise Framboise — McAuslan Brewing Inc.

St Ambroise Framboise — McAuslan Brewing Inc.

Another day another beer review.  If you recall from my review of Great Lakes Green Tea Ale, I’m focusing for a while on those “summer-time” brews (though I prefer to not pigeon-hole beers seasonally, most people do) that have things added to them, from fruit juices, to spices, and beyond.  Next up is this bottle from McAuslan, their St Ambroise Framboise.  Now, aside from the obvious cuteness with the name, if you follow along, you know I’m a big fan of McAuslan.  I actually say regularly that beyond not making a bad beer, McAuslan actually only makes excellent beers, or better.  There is no doubt their Oatmeal Stout and Pale Ale are exceptional. So I’m always happy when Barry Pletch….  [Read More]

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St Ambroise Citrouille – McAuslan Brewing Inc

St Ambroise Citrouille - McAuslan Brewing Inc

It’s pumpkin weekend at my place, at least in terms of beer.  Friday Fred and I drank pumpkin beer on the Edge, yesterday I reviewed Shipyard’s ferocious Imperial Pumpkin Ale, “Smashed Pumpkin”.  Today, I’m going to do a review of one of the pumpkin beers that helped convert me to a fan of pumpkin beers, St Ambroise Citrouille by McAuslan Brewing, or “The Great Pumpkin”, as they call it in English markets.  It should come as no surprise that it was a McAuslan beer that helped hold my hand over the threshold into the glorious mansion of pumpkin beers.  I’m a huge fan of both McAuslan’s Oatmeal Stout, and their incredible Pale Ale.  Their Apricot Wheat beer, while not my….  [Read More]

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St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing Inc.

So the McAuslan brewery, in Montreal, makes a variety of beers, most of which are difficult, at best, to find in Ontario.  St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is available at a few locations around Toronto, but most people will have never had it.  Loads of people are familiar with their Apricot Wheat beer, which is a popular drink through the summer.  Their Pale Ale is incredible, but is rarely around.  But we’re talking about their Oatmeal Stout.  This particular bottle was brought to me from Montreal from my friend and La Belle Crawl cohort, Rob.  I’ve never had it in a bottle, so let’s see what’s up:

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LCBO – Fall Release – Today, Tuesday September 14th

So I had meant to get this written sooner, but with a best-friend house-guest, my time is less available then normal.  Anways, last Thursday I was able to pop by the LCBO offices to get a sneak-taste of the Fall and Halloween beers, and I have got to say:  I’m well impressed.  If you haven’t noticed, the LCBO has really been bringing in more and more cool beers that you likely haven’t had before.  There was a time, not that long ago, that the seasonal releases would have one or two really exciting beers, and a variety of so-so to kind of unispired brews.  Not so any more.  Walking into the tasting room with Mike from A Year of Beer….  [Read More]

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    Chris SchryerI regularly describe myself as an "ardent supporter of beer", which pretty well sums it up. While I'm not working or busy being a husband and dad (okay, honestly, sometimes while I'm doing those things), I am drinking beer, attending events, visiting pubs, and thinking about beer. I work at Castro's Lounge, my local bar in the Beach, where I host beer events and take part in most things beer-related.

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