Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ontario Craft Beer Review: Barnraiser from Oast House Brewers

Welcome to the Shed eh. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Ontario craft beer review is for Barnraiser from Oast House Brewers.

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So here we are folks. Back in Canada for a couple of weeks. We start out our Canadian craft beer odyssey with Barnraiser from Oast House Brewers.

It was great to have a beer the first day I was there that was made in the region where we were staying. Oast House have their brewery in Niagara-on-the-Lake which is just down the road from Niagara Falls.

It was a cold gold tap poured beer. Very crisp and clean. Mild hops, resinous and piney bitter malts, no sweetness apart from a very aromatic after taste.

This is a popular beer in the Niagara area and can be found in many bars and restaurants.

Craft beer culture is a bit different in Canada. You don't get the guest beer variety turn over you might find in a British pub. Places stick to a set of tap poured standards. But you will find more craft beer over all. You can get a decent craft beer at most regular restaurants both on tap or in the tall boy can.

This is something I would like to see more of in the UK. It is silly that, when we go out to eat, I can't get a decent beer to have with my meal. It seems that people have not quite gotten to the point where ale can go with food other than pork scratchings and potato chips.

ALSO interesting: beer in Canada comes in PINTS. Unlike the US. They aren't always absolutely filled up to the pint mark but it's progress.

The Beer in Review is a blog about British craft beer and real ale. Keep up with new posts and contact me comments and questions on twitter or facebook. I'd love to hear about your craft beer adventures and recommendations from your home town.