Night 4. The pants are getting a wee bit tighter thanks to all the latkes. I’ve almost burned the house down a few times lighting the Menorah – I never think to clean out the years of wax buildup, and those first few nights are rough on the old bugger. Kole was actually around for this beer, so I shared a bottle of Osmium Wee Heavy from Beau’s.

Osmium Wee Heavy is part of the Wild Oats Series from Beau’s, and the 7% ABV brew can only be found in the Beau’s Winter Mix 2018 4-pack of 600 ml bottles, retailing at $21.95 at the LCBO. The 4-pack includes a bottle of Double Identity IPA, one of E.S.B. Farm Table Series, and of course the staple Lug-Tread. A bottle of Osmium Wee Heavy recently showed up at our door as a gift from the beer fairy.

We shared it this week, after a very confused Kole came home from work clutching 2 sufganiyot (Chanukah jelly donuts) in his bare hands. I finally coaxed out of him that they were from the local Chabad, and they were being handed out on the street in our neighbourhood. It took me a good half hour to stop laughing. L’Chaim. Beau’s is family run and employee owned, which isn’t a far cry from the kibbutz movement in Israel. It felt like a fitting choice for the middle of Chanukah.

Appearance: Filtered, dark brown, highly carbonated. Quickly fading off-white head.

Aroma: Toasted nuts, almonds, fresh dates, fresh figs. Kole said it smelled like Irish stew. I thought it smelled more like raisins.

Taste: Sweet on the palate, pipe tobacco, almond skin, dry figs. Kole claims it tasted like slate. I don’t agree. Warming alcohol feeling – there is no hiding the 7% ABV on this one.

Aftertaste: Clean finish, does not linger.

Food pairing: You could go savoury or sweet with this flavour profile. For savoury, indulge in a baked brie with caramelized onions. For a sweet selection, why not enjoy it with a sufganiyot – preferably not one your husband has brought home mysteriously in his bare hands.

Overall: A nice treat for your Chanukah parties this year. Leave the Lug-Tread for your accountant cousin, and sip one of these while you answer questions about why there are no grandchildren yet.

Shawna O'Flaherty

Shawna is a 30-something Montreal native transplanted to Toronto in 2010. Wine loving, beer sniffing and rum swilling come naturally to her, and she is also a certified Irish whiskey taster. She has hosted beer and cheese pairing events in the past.

Shawna has visited vineyards in 6 countries on 3 continents, and has a knack for finding the hoppiest beers around.

She can be found drinking alka-seltzer and coconut water in the morning.

Email: shawna@torontoboozehound.com

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