July 1st + 2nd

This is a Sunday morning lightning round. This pseudo-long weekend is catching up to me real fast and it all started on Canada Day. Lots of beer and lots of fireworks can lead to disastrous results, but luckily they work well together in small doses. (Other things that work well: peanuts in shell, salt and vinegar chips.) My beverage of choice throughout the day was the Scotch Irish Sgt Major India Pale Ale, something that fulfilled both the refreshing, tasty and Canadian requirements necessary for the day. The stubby also ups the Canuck factor, plus helps for inconspicuous park drinking. I know lots of hop heads complain about the lack of IPAs in Ontario, yet this one always gets passed up. Lots of grapefruit, pine and lingering bitterness. Enough malts to hold up the hops.

The night turned cold and I went for my last remaining bottle of Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout. Dark chocolate, berries, licorice and some oak. Oily and warming, this was a nice nightcap.

Friday night was a birthday party and a quick LCBO run beforehand left me with some cans of Great Lakes Devils Pale Ale, another fine beer that should get more love. Nothing too complex, just a well made beer that matches a strong toffee base with a long, bitter finish. All three beers were a nice start to July.

Grand River Russian Gun Imperial Stout on Ratebeer

Great Lakes Devils Pale Ale on Ratebeer

Scotch Irish Sgt Major IPA on Ratebeer

Today: 2.52L. Year-to-date: 132.39L.

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