Craft Beer

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If anybody goes through Kenora be sure to check out the local brewery, if for no other reason that to have a beer bottle this sized.

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Yummy stuff.

The banana is for scale (That's an Imgur thing)
 
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Thanks for that, those are some cool looking bottles. I wonder if the beer keeps or would you need to finish it in one sitting.:confused:
Next trip to WCPP?
Who am I kidding, I could use one right now...naaaa, make that two!
 
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My area has several places serving craft beers from small breweries far and wide. Some have 40 craft beers to choose from. The same places bottle the beer for carry out in the same 64oz size as in Red's pic. In the states at least, we call them growlers. I have two growlers to fill up tonight, they are 64 oz stainless steel vacuum bottles and will keep the beer cold and carbonated for 24 hours without refrigeration. I found though that the freshness moves on in short order once the growler is opened as the carbonation escapes. They're great and cut down on aluminum can and bottle waste. Some places I heard might have laws on how they are filled. In my area, I just carry them to any bar in a mini insulated canvas pack and order what ever I'm in the mood for. They're great for picking up a seasonal craft beer before the hockey game and I highly recommend them.

I'll have to review the beer menu tonight, my favorite Apricot Wheat is done for the season.

Cheers,

Barry
 
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They are screw on tops and they will last a couple of days after opening. I stored them on their side after opening to seal the opening.

Great to share with a friend. It works out to about 6 beers.
 
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I like the handles on those jugs. Nearly 2 L of craft brew is serious drinking commitment; I think I could commit over a hockey game, card game, or any old excuse to open a little brown jug. I like most beers, but love dark ones the most. Craft brewers are increasing in numbers, as well as releasing a crazy good variety of styles. I often buy new single bottles to sample. Hey Red, in your neck of the woods, many years ago there used to be a Kakabeka Falls Cream Ale. I remember it being good. Although companies and products come and go, I think in the world of beer things are getting better; more craft brewers, more variety, more choices...
My beer fridge in the basement pantry does double duty, sharing space with vegetables, eggs, and apples. A few of those LOTW jugs would stake their claim in a big way : Beer Fridge Only. Thanks for the post Red.
 
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Any serious "beerie" ought to stop by here when in the NE kingdom of VT. Their beers are always rated world class by Beer Advocate

http://www.hillfarmstead.com/retail

At home craft beer is serious and local supermarkets are now offering build your own six pack from many breweries. I can't tell you where to begin. Except the standard growler needs a crowd, and hence I don't buy it.. except at Oak Pond when we have our Maine Canoe Symposium staff picnic. The brewery is just down the road and a little walk for exercise to exchange growlers. They are refillable and recyclable.


http://www.oakpondbrewery.com/products.asp

This one is next to the local grocery store..hmmm

http://www.braysbrewpub.com/beer.html

Red I am glad that the banana was there only for scale.

Banana bread beer got an ugh rating by Beer Advocate

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/664/5488


Ideal job... Beer Diva! Gotta go over to North Conway this week...

http://www.moatmountain.com/culture.html
 
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Brays don't play fair, posting photos of full glasses of their eye candy selection. Those porters look captivating to me. For my birthday, my son # 2 gave me a selection of porters from around the world.
Sweden (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14439/86938/?ba=rarbring),
Canada (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/853/8095)
and USA (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/198) took top honours in my taste testing. It would be a long and enjoyable foodie tour across this continent, taking in great food AND great local brews. Many delightful naps in between might turn it into a Forest Gump marathon.
 
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Hey Brad, I noticed in the liquor stores here in Ontario they have 6pack samplers of craft breweries. 6 random bottles of craft brew beer. The one I bought a few weeks ago had a pretty wide range of beers from IPA to a Stout. If you like to randomness of craft beers look for it in the liquor store.
 
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Thanks Red, I'll look for them. Seeing YC's link to Ebenezer's (thanks YC) reminds me of our family trip Stateside this past summer. Between fun in the sun and beer runs, we wound up with a cooler of "left over " craft beer at the end of our stay. I volunteered to haul it home. As well as the beach furniture, wet towels, and enough sand in my car carpets to build myself my own backyard beach. Anyway, I quite enjoyed sampling the American beers over the following couple weeks, but my boss here tidied up the empties; I have no idea what they were, but they were very good. I'd hoped to swing by several local brew pubs on the way home, and hoped we might wander through some NY destinations, but only stopped here :
http://www.ellicottvillebrewing.com Fabulous food and superb suds.
My wife and I are negotiating a summer driving holiday compromise between the east coast, and the Appalachians; some gastro brew pubs would have to be on the route.
 
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The funny thing is that, although I love craft beers, in 50 years of canoe tripping, I have never taken along beer. Now I admit to "sharing" some in Wabakimi with fisherguys that did not want to fly out full beer the next day.
 
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I second Allagash Brewery. I am fond of the Black. The White not so much. However I can't bring myself to part with sixteen bucks for one bottle of some of their limited editions which I know must be excellent.

On the way to North Conway.. I have to pass of course The Good Beer Store. Don't look for Bud Light here. Fluxus 13 is mighty appealing,

http://www.thegoodbeerstore.com/our-beer.html

They don't list everything.
 
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The funny thing is that, although I love craft beers, in 50 years of canoe tripping, I have never taken along beer. Now I admit to "sharing" some in Wabakimi with fisherguys that did not want to fly out full beer the next day.
Did once when a buddy and I went. We spent a night in Massassauga carried a cooler and all. Didn't enjoy the trip to be honest and while I almost always carry a flask with me, it still has the same drambuie in it for 5 years now. Never seem to want a nip on a trip. Afterwards is another story.

The growth of the micro brew industry is a big plus in my books. We are catching up to Europe which has been there for a long long time.

For your entertainment...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt0-gRrrpuw
 
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As much as I love beer, I don't recall taking any on a trip either. I do recall wishing I had, many times. The weight could never be worth it. The first beer after a trip is an exquisite delight however. And the first hamburger. And the first shower. Trust me to think of those things in that order.
A runner up for my private rec room beer awards ceremony was : http://lakeofbaysbrewing.ca/our-beer/old-north-mocha-porter/
It was a big bottle, with a big price tag. Don't ask me how much it costs, I generally blank out uncomfortable memories like that before I get to the parking lot.
Anyway, I reasoned that it was worth every penny, because a) it was delicious b) I poured 3 glasses full from this big bottle c) I'd already forgotten the $$.
That Allagash looks nice. Anymore New England cheery beery destinations, and I'll have to submit to my wife's driving plans for next summer, and point our compass eastwards. That could be a very good thing.
 
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As much as I love beer, I don't recall taking any on a trip either. I do recall wishing I had, many times. The weight could never be worth it. The first beer after a trip is an exquisite delight however. And the first hamburger. And the first shower. Trust me to think of those things in that order.
A runner up for my private rec room beer awards ceremony was : http://lakeofbaysbrewing.ca/our-beer/old-north-mocha-porter/
It was a big bottle, with a big price tag. Don't ask me how much it costs, I generally blank out uncomfortable memories like that before I get to the parking lot.
Anyway, I reasoned that it was worth every penny, because a) it was delicious b) I poured 3 glasses full from this big bottle c) I'd already forgotten the $$.
That Allagash looks nice. Anymore New England cheery beery destinations, and I'll have to submit to my wife's driving plans for next summer, and point our compass eastwards. That could be a very good thing.


Bring the canoe. There is no bottle ban on the Allagash and the portages are few and short. We can point you to other lakes too. Most likely your wife wants to do Bah Hahbah. While she shops..this is something to do

http://www.atlanticbrewing.com/our-beers

http://www.barharborbrewing.com/
 
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Our husband and wife wrestling matches aren't the fun kind, involving Jello and whipped cream. Rather, these tend to be tense stand-offs over how our bucket list trips are going to settle into some kind of a negotiated order. I should've typed "order", because they never really resemble anything more than an old b&w Motorola vision of a faulty vertical hold view of our future. My negotiating skills likely need some polishing. Just in case I win the next round of wrestling, I've started googling Maine lakes for quick 1-2 day stop overs, on our way to the NB border. Any suggestions? (ADK is already firmly on the list) Stops at craft brew pubs was a unanimous decision.
 
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Lobster Lake. I take it you will have a canoe. About a mile to four miles of paddling. Most campsites are on beaches.
For a little more civilization Lake Umbagog in New Hampshire. Its a state park with boat in primitive camping available.

Donnell Pond Down East

http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=48

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/docs/maps/donnellpond.pdf


Attean Pond

The're all here.. Lobster is under Penobscot River

http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/gmaps/doc_map.pl
 
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Thanks YC. She's knitting in a good mood; I'm googling in a good mood. We're house bound in an ice storm, and enjoying the peace and quiet. All these Maine ponds sound good. Yes, we'd bring canoe and such, for paddle in remote sites (a la ADK L. Lila). Thanks so much.
Brad
 
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If you like banana tasting beer you should drink German Hefeweizens - I'm told they taste like banana and clove. I drink them 95% of the time and I don't taste those flavors much at all - some have slight hints of it but mostly it is a yeasty twang followed by sweet breadiness - that is what I crave.

For some reason I am biased to what comes out of Munich. They make really good beer IMO. I find local beers and craft brews I like here and there but nothing can compare to that city - only a German Pils will I pass up.
 
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