My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
Why am I writing about birthday beers in May? Because my birthday happens to be in May — and it’s a big one. So it got me thinking about what beers I would want to drink to help celebrate this milestone? The immediate rush of beers that came flooding into my head was dizzying — can I pick beers from around the world? How many can I actually drink on my birthday? Do I have use of a Delorean? Clearly I needed to set some parameters or this column would quickly turn into volume 1 of a series. I decided that I would restrict my beer selection to only those that I can get at my local LCBO, Beer Store or brewery — which still gives me a ton of beers to choose from.
So without further ado and in no particular order — here is a list of my birthday beers:
Lagunitas IPA — I absolutely love this beer. When it comes to IPAs my favourites all have one thing in common: balance. Not only are they easier to drink (especially if you are looking to have a couple) they also show the skill of a good brewmaster. I could drink Lagunitas for an entire evening and not tire of it.
Granite Brewery’s Peculiar Strong Ale — I could really have put anything by the Granite here and feel the same way about it but the Peculiar is available at the LCBO which makes it easier to get. One of my favourite things to do is to drop by their bottle shop at Eglington and Mt. Pleasant and pick up a growler of their Best Bitter or Galactic Pale Ale.
Bench Brewing’s Ball’s Falls Session IPA — There are very few beers that make me stop everything I’m doing and focus on just drinking the beer. This is one of them. This beer is juicy and hoppy but doesn’t coat your mouth and blow out your palate. Not only is it super tasty it’s also near perfect by design so the beer nerd in me can really appreciate the skill that went into this beer. If you haven’t had it yet — get it.
Black Oak Brewing’s Epiphany No.1 — Following along the lines of beers that stopped me in the tracks — Ephiphany No. 1 just simply blew me away. The really unfortunate thing is you will need a Delorean with a flux capacitor to get a bottle of it but I still had to put it on the list – it’s my birthday so I can dream. It was a big Trappist style Quad aged on cherry that could quite possibly be the best beer I’ve ever had by an Ontario craft brewery. I don’t toss that title around lightly. Since you can’t get it anymore you should drop by the brewery and snag a bottle of Love Fuzz — a beautiful red pale ale with a lot going on in all the right places.