March 7th

Sunday night was all about catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while, one in particular that had just moved back from Japan with her hubby. Dinner was at Utopia, which is a nice restaurant except for the fact that it is much too safe with the beer list. Everyone at the table was ordering Creemore Springs Premium Lager as it was the best option, bottles or tap. For a lot of beer geeks, Creemore is frequently the best option at a bad sports bar, which just shows how lacking Utopia is in the beer department. I usually like Creemore, but this was just bad. A mild underpinning of butter and a generally stale tasting beer made me wonder how often the tap lines are cleared.

I switched to the Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber next, simply to try something new. The beer was only available in bottles and the waitress didn’t bring me a glass, so I can’t really say what it tasted like. Not to sound snobby (though I probably always come off as a little pompous), drinking beer from the bottle is pointless, at least if you’re trying to actually taste it. The act of pouring really opens up a beer, plus no aromas can escape through the bottle neck. Essentially, the Big Wheel tasted beer-y and I’m ordering wine the next time at Utopia.

Our group then went to play some Rock Band and luckily I had a bottle of Rogue Yellow Snow on me that had been purchased earlier in the day. Thanks to a recent price drop, this is now an absolute steal at the LCBO for $5.40/bottle. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the flavour, followed by a lip-smacking bitterness. With the temperature rising again, this IPA is a perfect complement to the weather.

Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber on Ratebeer

Creemore Springs Premium Lager on Ratebeer

Rogue Yellow Snow on Ratebeer

Today: 1.45L. Year-to-date: 72.03L.

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