NEW YEAR, OLD BEER
First blog post of 2013 is admittedly my first post in a long while. There are many factors at hand, including my laziness (this always seems to set in heavily at the end of the calendar year), the tumblr app being the absolute WORST (should’t we PD users have equal blogging rights to laptop & desktop users?) - well maybe only second worst to Bell Canada. Seriously, the internet is better in Peru. This may be unfair to the (one) other internet provider in this country, but at any rate it’s a total joke when you need to restart your internet (3 times) every time you want to use it. Oh, and then there’s this whole thing up here where big breweries strangle the budding beer scene up here (though I think the bar owners who buy into those shenanigans are complete losers as well).
Oops - new year, I’m supposed to be bright, shiny, and new. Right. Well I decided to start of the new year with an old beer. Something I’ve never done before, but I am sure glad I did. This black beauty is a Metric Porter brewed by Great Lakes Brewery for Toronto Beer Week 2012. For those of you not in the know, that’s a festival run by a great group of volunteers (including moi), that promotes craft brewing in Canada with a slew of events across our city’s great pubs, and seems to have been overlooked in this article. But don’t worry about that, I’m here to tell you what’s what.
And lucky for me, my first go at aging a beer was pretty successful. The important elements of a high ABV (this clocks in around 8%), deliciousness, and big body were all there. And I also managed to hold on to this guy since September. Way to go me! The alcohol notes seemed to be played up a bit more, and the head a bit thinner. Also this was the first time I ever sniffed a beer and literally inhaled it, though my nose. Which was
off putting amazing. AND the first time I ever tried writing tasting notes! Which will get it’s own dedicated blog post, in the near future. And it won’t be boring - I swear! - like you reading my tasting notes or something. I wouldn’t do that to you.