The four most exciting times of the year for an Ontario beer geek are the LCBO seasonal releases. The Spring Release info is now out:
LCBO No / Product Name / Retail / ML
67173 / Traflagar Oak Aged Rye / $4.25 / 650
106237 / Höss Doppel-Hirsch Doppel Bock / $3.95 / 500
157552 / Christoffel Dry-Hopped Nobel / $3.30 / 330
157560 / Hog's Back Traditional English Ale (TEA) / $3.95 / 500
157651 / Schneider's Organic Wiesen Edel-Weisse / $2.95 / 500
157834 / Gouden Carolus Ambrio / $3.10 / 330
468660 / St. Louis Gueuze Lambic / $4.85 / 375
615633 / Great Lakes Orange Peel Ale / $4.95 / 650
909770 / Rogue Brutal Bitter / $6.95 / 650
TBC / Railway City Brewing Dead Elephant / $3.50 / 500
174532 / Grand River Brewing Russian Gun Imperial Stout / $4.50 / 500
The Doppelbock is decent enough. The Christoffel should be a decent, though expensive, pilsner. The Schneider's Edel-Weisse is a very good wheat, well worth it. Gouden Carolus is always a good bet as a strong Belgian Ale. Great Lakes seasonals are good for a bottle or two, not that complex, but tasty enough. Brutal Bitter is an excellent American ESB, one of my favourites. I'll be picking up the Railway City, which I haven't tried, but I assume it's a standard Canadian-style IPA. The Grand River is what I'm most excited about, I just hope it gets provincewide distribution.
As for the others, stay away from Trafalgar, they have serious quality control issues and their beers aren't very good. Hog's Back isn't terribly exciting, but it's a nice english ale if you're in the mood. St. Louis Gueuze is a horrible interpretation of a remarkable Belgian style, I'd skip unless you're aching to try a lambic.
Look for all of them starting March.
3 weeks ago