3 day haul

I’ve been in Toronto for 3 days. Here is what I have amassed so far to drag back with me on the journey home.

Beer haul phase 1

The batch above is from Amsterdam Brewhouse, Folly Brewpub, and Bellwoods brewery. I will write about each of these places as I find the time.

Mill Street Haul

Of course, I also came out of Mill Street Brewery with a metric ass ton of stuff (including a tiny handful of hops).

I still have plenty of time to hang out here. Have no fear intrepid adventurers. There will be more to come.

Container Review – Anchor Mango Wheat

Today, I am enjoying, and reviewing, Anchor Brewing – Mango Wheat.

Anchor Mango Wheat logo

Name: The beer style is the name. Yawn.

Anchor Mango Wheat art
Anchor Mango Wheat more art

Art work: Anchor usually doesn’t have much going on in the art department. So this is really above and beyond for them. So much art that it took 3 pictures to capture it all. Awesome show, great job.

Beer description: well, it’s a wheat beer… And it has mango. Nothing beyond the name description though.
Just the facts: ABV. Nothing else.
Pop top: Nothing special going on here.
Label quality: Nothing wrong with the can. Great job.

ET Phone Home

The first actual brewery I ever visited, the place where I was first astonished to find a COFFEE porter, and the first time I specifically went out of my way to bring bottles home and add them to my collection were all at the very same place. Mill Street Brewery in Toronto. That was in 2005. Right now, the very minute that I’m writing this, I’m sitting at Mill Street Brewery, wearing the t-shirt I bought in 2005 and having a flight of beers. You can bet I’ll be writing a full post about my return home when I get more time. I just wanted to share the excitement right now!

Mill Street Brew Pub
Mill Street Brewery flight
Mill Street Beer Hall

Full shelves

That’s it!  Every shelf in the office is full!  From here I can either fill in the window with shelving (not sure how smart it is to put a bunch of glass bottles in a window when you live in a place that’s prone to tropical storms and/or hurricanes) or start putting shelving on the ceiling.  I really want to go towards the ceiling.  But see this post to get an idea of the challenges I face on that front.


Opening cans from top or bottom – or is there a better way

I have another video edition for you.  There is some debate as to whether beer cans should be opened from the bottom to maintain the pop top unpopped.  I might have a better way.  What do you think?

Here is what the top of the can looks like when I glue the top back on.

Safety opened can with lid glued back on

Container review – Penn Brewery Märzen

Today’s review is of Penn Brewery – Märzen.

Name: Just the type of beer. No originality at all. Boo.

Penn Brewery – Märzen

Art work: Definitely something good going on here. I really like the use of the gold foil coloring.

Just the facts: Just ABV.

Label quality: The label is on straight and is not peeling away anywhere.

Beer description: Lots of words here. But, not much actual description other than “full-bodied” and “amber”.

Penn Brewery – Märzen description

Bottle cap: Nice art work and easy to tell who the cap belongs to (this can be a problem with some caps).

Penn Brewing – Marzen cap

Bottle neck label: They have one! This makes is easier for me to find when its packed in with a lot of other bottles.

Penn Brewing Märzen label

Container review – Mother Earth Kismet

Name: Tells me nothing about the beer, but it’s classy as hell.

Art work: Intricate art work all the way around the can, not just where the name is. Excellent.

Mother Earth – Kismet description

Beer description: Some great detail and humor in here. Super well done.

Just the facts: Just the ABV. Odd for an IPA to miss out on listing the IBUs. But, whatever floats their boat.

Pop top: Nothing unique here.

Container review – Dixie Brewing Co. – Blackened Voodoo Lager

Today we are looking at Dixie Brewing Co. – Blackened Voodoo

Name: It tells me the style of beer, something about where the brewery is, and is somewhat cool.  Hard to ask for more.

Art work: They definitely put a lot into the art work on this label.  I really like it.

Just the facts: Nothing more than ABV.

Bottle cap: Plain metal. Boo.

Label quality: Labels are on straight and not peeling.  Not always the case with many beers.

Dixie Brewing Blackened Voodoo description

Bottle neck label: There is a neck label and it isn’t exactly the same as every other neck label for Dixie Brewing beers.  Well done.

Beer description: Interesting description.  Provides some history and perspective.  Even more history and perspective on the other side of the neck label for the brewery itself.

Dixie Brewing background

Container review – Sudwerk California Dry Hop Lager

Today I’m reviewingthe can for California Dry Hop Lager from Sudwerk Brewing Co.

Sudwerk California Dry Lager

Name: It tells me what it is and where it’s from. But there is no creativity there at all.

Art work: I like the bear on the bike. Still hitting the California theme pretty hard.

Beer description: no fun, cool , or story filled description of the beer. Guess they blew their descriptive was on the name.

Sudwerk California Dry Lager beer info

Just the facts: OG and IBU included. They even tell you the fermentation temperature. Impressive.

Pop top: nothing out of the ordinary.

Opening beer can from bottom

Fun fact: many beer can collectors like to open the cans from the bottom where the damage to the can doesn’t show. I’m giving it a try to see how I feel about it.

Container Review – Video Edition

I’m trying something new.  Some of the container reviews seem like they might be better suited to video.  I’m trying it out with a Mike Hess – Grazias.  Let me know what you think.  Should I stick to writing?  Should I stay away from video until I get some better equipment?  Should I figure out what the hack 15° Plato means?  Do you know what the cause of the strange can crinkles might be? Talk to me people. I know you’re there, I can hear you breathing.

By the way, degrees of plato apparently refers to the percent of sugar in the wort.