You guys are getting busy so, as I sip a Westmalle triple from the winter release at the LCBO, my first in fact, I dip into the mailbag.
- This week I received an email from Joe in Winnipeg about a beer he had to tell me about:
Hey Alan. Here is the review of Fort Garry dark ale. An easy drinking dark with a slight nutty aftertaste, but thats only when you have a pint from the pub. From the bottle it tends to be more suttle. Nice sweetness to it with just the right amount of hops. Good maltiness to it too. To look at this beer you would think it was coffee, thats how dark this beer is.One of the things I would like to encourage each of you to take on to yourselves is the right to notice taste and like what you like. Jim likes this one and now I want to try it, too. Sadly, the LCBO does not stock a lot of beers despite being the biggest buyer of product on this planet.
- In the snailmail department, Knut of Norway, sent me an envelope stuffed with paraphernalia ale-kind from London, England. Some may think that this sort of ephemeral print matter is the stuff of waste paper baskets but for me it is gold. I especially like the 18 page 3 inch by 12 inch menu entiled "the taste of wetherspoon" (all low caps in a very Wallpapery way). Wetherspoon is a UK pub chain and offers 50-ish real ales with rather natty descriptions such as:
ringwood fortyniner 4.9% abv Also available in Scotland and N. IrelandExcept for that unexpected comma, a natty bit of prose. Feel free to send me other packets bound in string with the coasters and menus you find here and there.
ringwood brewery ltd. ringwood. hampshire. est. 1978
A supurb, moreish beer, with a well-balanced blend of malt and hops leading to a refreshing and distinctive fruity finish and aroma.
Hops used: Challenger, Goldings and Progress
- Last but not least, the citizenry of the nation grows by leaps and bounds, now numbering 39 souls. Please feel free to become one with us as, of course, there are no material benefits befitting the lack of any real obligations.