Just over two years ago I was outside the Steamwhistle brewery in Toronto. It was too early in the day for the place to be opened and I couldn’t get back to it later. I wasn’t a happy bunny. There was a Canadian beer stand at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in September but for some reason I missed that as well. ( Too much beer, too little time! ) Luckily Brendan was generous enough to give me two of the beers from his festival haul. The first one I popped open was the Steamwhistle Pilsner. It’s biscuitty and fairly light. It’s also a lot better than certain other Canadian beers that aren’t even made in Canada!
Next I had 666 Devil’s Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewery. It’s devilishly dark for a ‘pale’ beer. It’s hoppy enough to hold it’s own with any beer you want to describe as an IPA. The grapefruit and piney hops are wonderful. The packaging is clever and if that really is the recipe on the side I’m very impressed. I loved it. I know what I’ll be having the next time I’m over in that part of the world. Sláinte!