My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
THE DARK SIDE
December is pretty much my favourite month of the year. I am a sucker for Christmas music and I love a good reason to get together and drink some amazing beers (not that I don’t do that on a daily basis already). Each year I wait with baited breath to see which beers from around the world will be gracing our shelves at the LCBO. Some are returning favourites and some have never been here before. Below are the beers on my Christmas wish list (hopefully my wife is reading this). Each one of them is a “must have” for beer lovers and will ensure that the Holiday cheer will be flowing while you are around!
BEST OF BEAU’S HOLIDAY PACK:
Each year Beau’s Brewery let’s their fans help them select their Holiday 4-Pack by voting for their favourite beers of 2014. This year the pack contains:
• Fous Allies – a classic saison style with a mango fruit twist
• Screamin’ Beaver – a dry-hopped version of their Beaver River aged on oak
• Patio Saison – a spicy and citrusy saison with an elder flower nose
• Matt’s Sleepy Time – this imperial stout fermented with Belgian yeast and aged on oak is one of my perennial favourites!
THE MAYAN: This beer is one of my favourites from the 2014 holiday season. Don’t just buy one bottle when you find it, you must buy six! This chocolate chipotle stout also brings out some coffee, licorice and whisky flavours — it’s basically a home run for beer fans.
NEW HOLLAND’S DRAGON’S MILK:
Aged in the bourbon barrels that will go on to breath life into New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon (also at the LCBO and a great gift!), this is one of my favourites. First launched at the LCBO last year, this imperial stout didn’t stay on the shelves long. If you like long, chocolatey, bourboney, coffee walks at midnight this beer is a must.
RODENBACH VINTAGE: This is also one of those “buy six” kind of beers. Rodenbach pretty much defines the Flemish red category and every year the brewmaster picks his favourite barrels and creates the “Vintage”. This beer walks the line of sweet and sour and will appeal to the beer lovers in your life as well as the wine lovers.
STONE BREWING ARROGANT BASTARD
BOX: For the beer fans out there, they know how big a deal it is that we are finally getting the Arrogant Bastard Box at the LCBO. Boasting one Arrogant Bastard, one 2015 Double Bastard, one Oaked Arrogant Bastard (only available in the 4-pack) and one 2015 Depth-Charged Double Bastard (espresso enhanced and only available in the 4-pack) this pack could be the best thing under the tree this year.
OLD TORONTO BEER LOVERS TOUR:
A shameless plug for a Toronto beer tour that I occasionally host. If your special friend loves beer and would like to spend a day drinking beer at various breweries around Toronto while learning about said beers then you won’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to get your Christmas shopping done. Beerloverstour.com
Heading out to a Holiday party and in a panic? Still don’t know what to get your beer lover? Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.