wpid-img_20151121_205341.jpgHalfway through Chanukah, and the latkes are starting to weigh me down. I suddenly realized that we have not written about Brimstone Brewing Company, which was very surprising to me. They are often at the Brewer’s Backyard events, and we’ve gone to a number of them in 2015. We even popped into their launch party at Tequila Bookworm. So what are we waiting for? Oy, that article is not going to write itself. What good is a journalism degree if you’re not going to use it, Shawna?

A 500 ml bottle of this blonde ale will set you back $3.95, and sits at 5.5 ABV. This American-style blonde ale will keep you company when the family dinner turns to an argument about why you didn’t go to medical school even though you couldn’t pass high school chemistry.

Appearance: Deep golden colour, with a quickly fading white head. Truly lovely in a glass, filtered with red highlights.

Aroma: Biscuit aroma with a bit of grassy notes.

Taste: Pizza dough flavour on the palate with a sweet finish. Not a complex blonde beer, but a great true to style option. Malty finish.

Aftertaste: Malty aftertaste. Minimally hopped aftertaste.

Overall: Pretty solid blonde ale that is true to style. We would pair it with pub fare, or if you’re enjoying this on December 24 while the rest of North America is decking the halls, you can enjoy it with takeout Chinese food.

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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