My Kind Of Beer With Chris Goddard
Back To School Brew
As I sat down to write my column this month I couldn’t help but wonder where the heck the summer went. By the time you read this summer will have shrugged off its final long weekend and the Halloween ornaments will be filling the shelves.
Now I haven’t been a student for a long time, but I remember what it was like as clear as day. You’ve just finished paying out a ton of cash for tuition, books and all of the other stuff you need for school, so things are looking a little tight in the funds category.
We still want to drink great beer but we also need to keep our budget in check. Good thing is that there are plenty of great beers that deliver quality far above their price (and I’m not talking about discount beers here). For me some of the best bang for your buck is a good European lager.
Like their domestic counterparts, these Euro lagers do the lion’s share of thirst quenching across the pond. Chances are very high that one of your neighbours buys this stuff by the flat and not just out of nostalgia either. Unlike our domestic lagers, these Euro cousins usually have a longer brewing history that can be counted by centuries instead of decades.
GROLSCH PREMIUM LAGER: $2.25 | 500ml can | One of the Netherlands’ oldest breweries and one of their biggest. For years they only sold their lager in large iconic swing-top bottles but over the last 10 years they have branched out to offer smaller bottles and cans.
I prefer the tall cans myself but there is something nice about those old swing-tops. You will see a lot of this brand in September as they are the beer partner for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
BITBURGER PREMIUM PILSNER: $2.35 | 500ml can | One of the largest breweries in Germany, this family run business has been cranking out their signature beer since 1817. German breweries are known for their exacting standards so any German beer will be clean and crisp but this pils is one of my favourites.
While most Germans generally drink local beers, Bitburger has gained wide acceptance throughout the country.
ZYWIEC: $2.45 | 500ml bottle | This Polish pilsner disappears off the shelves at my local LCBO faster than it can be stocked. Not just another beer, Zywiec won a gold medal at the 2007 World Beer Championships which makes it good enough to pass by my lips.
TYSKIE: $2.45 | 500ml bottle (but soon to launch in a 500ml can) | Yet another iconic Polish beer, this pale lager is brewed using water from a natural spring located at the brewery. Coming in at 5.6% ABV it’s one of the stronger beers on the list but it’s still just as refreshing.