If I had to choose a favourite long weekend, it would certainly have to be the Victoria Day long weekend. The May 2-4 (as most of us Canadians call it) marks the end of the cold weather and the beginning of our brief t-shirt season. It is also the weekend that you find suburbia bustling with homeowners looking to give their yards the first real sprucing of the season. The seedlings we started growing inside in April are ready to be planted, the BBQ gets a good cleaning, the radio gets tuned and ready for some Blue Jays baseball and the beer fridge receives its first good workout of the year. The tasks are varied and the beers in your fridge need to be as well.
The Neighbour Beer — Around mid-day I usually start to run out of steam on the long weekend. I have been toiling all day and when my neighbour across the street drops by for a quick chat I take the cue that it’s time for a beer. Woodhouse Lager is a new beer that just hit the LCBO shelves in March and is a straight-down-the-pipe lager. It don’t boast any kind of fancy ingredients and they haven’t reinvented the wheel — this beer is just designed to keep its head down and do its job by refreshing you. My neighbours aren’t going to be passing their Prud’homme beer certification any time soon so I like to keep things pretty basic for their pop-ins and this does the trick.
Job Well Done — This beer gets called in to action after the work in the yard is done but before I start getting things set for the evenings BBQ session. I guess you could think of it as an intermezzo beer. I want to quench my thirst but I also want to wake up my tastebuds and give myself a little reward for working so hard. Beau’s Farm Table: IPA (formerly Beaver River) slides beautifully into this slot. Its forward traditional style gives a nod to both the English and American styles of IPA that boasts a beautiful hoppy aroma with amazing balance. Just what I need to get myself fired back up for the BBQ.
Hello Long Weekend! — We’ve tackled the first part of our chore list, we’ve BBQ’d and the dishes are already done. A few other beers have met their maker and now the chiminea is lit and we can really relax with a few friends. I can’t think of a better beer than my dear old friend Lagunitas IPA. Always as good as the first time I drank it, this beer could have its mail forwarded to my fridge it’s there so often. This IPA gives me the hoppiness that I crave but the sessionability (even though it’s 6.2% ABV) that I want. If you have never had it, add this to the top of your May 2-4 chore list and make it happen!