Andrew and I were both finally feeling well enough to sit down an sample a couple of craft beers. The most recent Beer of the Month Club shipment included two selections from the Barnstormer Brewing Company (BBC). The BBC was established in 2013 in Barrie, Ontario. All of their beers are unfiltered, they don’t pasteurize, and their brews doing include preservatives. In addition to their beer offerings they offer brewery tours and operate a microbrewery restaurant (aka brew pub). I also loved the fact that many of the names of the beers have regional references, which been from Simcoe County tickled my sense of nostalgia. Though I’m not a huge fan of the pin-up style girl that seems to be on all of their products…but that’s more of a personal preference than anything.
The first selection from BBC I tried was the Flight Delay IPA. It poured a golden blonde colour with very minimal head. It had a very citrus smell with a touch of pine. To say it was hoppy would be an understatement. It was like a hop explosion. I really like IPA style beers but this may have been too much hops even for me.
The second beer I tried was the 400 Blonde Ale. This was a fairly standard ale that I could see being great on a warm summer day. It poured a slightly hazy golden with minimal head, a paler colour than the Flight Delay IPA. I didn’t pick up much on the smell side, maybe a slight sweetness note, but that might be stretching it. There wasn’t a ton of depth in this beer. It wasn’t bad, but nothing particularly special.