Andrew and I recently got around to trying a couple of different selections from one of the local breweries. The Union Jack Brewing Company opened in May 2015. Initially their beers were only available in-house but they just recently managed to get their beers into the Beer Store. A number of local restaurants also offer their beer on tap.
Algoma Pale Ale
The first Union Jack Beer I tried was a tall can of their Algoma Pale Ale. Given my love of IPA style beers I was excited to try this selection though a bit leery given how many overwhelmingly hoppy beers have been labeled as IPAs recently. Thankfully this wasn’t a beat you over the head with hops situation – the Algoma Pale Ale was well balanced with notes of hopes, malt, and subtle pine. I really enjoyed this selection and it would be something I would definitely pick up again.
1870 Amber Ale
Andrew and I both tried this selection on draught at a local restaurant. Though described in the style of an American pale ale, this felt more like a traditional amber selection to me. I’ve really been enjoying the complexity but smoothness of amber ales recently and this was a good example of something simple but tasty. Malty undertones and little to no hop taste.
Rapid River Cream Ale
Only Andrew has tried this one so far (okay, I stole a sip of his beer but not enough to comment on it). It was a number of weeks ago that he had this particular beer – but remembers liking it if nothing else. I figure that just means we have to try it again to confirm that it was good.