In the infamous words of Joni Mitchel:

“You don’t know what you got til it’s gone.”

While not the original idea behind As Far Back as I Can Remember by Great Lakes Brewery it’s kind of fitting as we all grapple with the idea that we wont be seeing our friends or family in person for a while.

Their idea is around a man thinking back on his days as a child dreaming of becoming a hipster. Funny as that is I instead find myself feeling nostalgic for all the things I took for granted before Covid-19 changed everything.

Things like dinner parties with friends, dungeons and dragons in person or just being around people at the work place.

I shouldn’t complain much – I’ve got the privileged of working from home and have the ability to videoconference my friends, making things a bit easier.

With all this going on, maybe a little nostalgia is good for us. We can play old video games and remember our childhoods or dig into the old out of fashion clothes we thought we would never wear again.

Nostalgia has it’s pros and cons. We are painting the past in a rose coloured way that is simply not true. Let’s face it, if we’re going to get through all this we need to paint a few things rose coloured. Reality sucks right now, so taking out the paint brush for a little bit wont hurt us.

I think I’m starting to ramble like those recipes you find online with 8000 words of backstory you have to skip past before you get to the ingredients, so here is my actual review:

As Far Back as I Can Remember is a “hazy” New England IPA and can be purchased at the LCBO for $3.50 a can. It sits at 6.4% ABV.

Appearance: Classic hazy IPA. Like orange juice with fluffy white head.

Aroma: Pine and mint at first. Hint of tropical fruits like tangerine.

Taste: Much fruitier with that east coast mouth feel. Pine sticks around but more orange juice kicks in.

Aftertaste: Trees.

Overall: A classic east coast IPA. Great for the quarantine to remember social times of past. Have with a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Kole McRae

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