The most recent beer of the month delivery included two beers from Strathroy Brewing. We’ve had a few beers from this particular brewer in the past as part of the beer of the month club and didn’t mind them. This month’s selections were a similar experience — they were decent but didn’t stick out in my mind as fantastic.
The 1915 Longwoods Lager poured a pale yellow with minimal head. It had a clean taste to it with a slightly citrus note and was very smooth for a lager. No harsh aftertaste or bitter notes. Fairly run of the mill but perfect on a sunny day. Andrew and I enjoyed the first sample of this beer under a shady tree in Muskoka chairs – perfect drink for that kind of afternoon.
The 1815 Peace Wheat ale was a much darker colour than I would have anticipated. It was also slightly bitter which is a bit unusual for a Belgian style ale. There was a malt note and a very flight bit of hops in the taste. Similar to the Longwoods Lager this was a very smooth drinking selection that was good but not exceptional.
Two the most recent beer of the month club selections were from 4 Degrees Brewing Company, a small craft brewer in Smith Falls. One of this month’s beers was the “True North of 7” lager. The beer was alright, a standard lager that was smooth drinking but nothing special. I did some reading and apparently the beer was brewed by Jason Cook, who was responsible for creating Bud Light Lime. He brewed the “True North of 7” selection on a contract. I suppose that explains some of the blandness and my unimpressed feelings around the beer.
The beer is branded to appeal to cottagers, campers, and hunters. The graphic design on the tall can was well done and had a bit of a Canadian redneck northern feel. But a nice looking container doesn’t makeup for poor tasting beer. The beer was described as having subtle hoppy notes, however that seemed pretty much none existent.
On the weekend Andrew and I relaxed while watching curling and sampled a couple more of the beer of the month club brews. This time I tried the Lager by Cameron’s Brewing Company. Similar to their Auburn Ale, the Lager has recently underwent a rebranding and is now known as “Cameron’s Captain’s Log Lager.” By the looks of it the rebranding resulted in all their beers having slightly punny names. My sense of humor approves even if the names are almost groan inducing.
I was pleasantly surprised by this selection. I tend to shy away from lager style beers as they often have a harsher taste that I don’t particularly enjoy. This lager was smooth drinking with a clear crisp finish. It poured with almost no head and was a light straw colour. The lightness of this selection reminded more of a pilsner than what I typically associate with a lager. And given my preference that’s more than okay. But if you’re expecting a hard hitting lager I’d recommend searching elsewhere.
I’ve had the Hip song “At the Hundredth Meridian” stuck in my ever ever since a friend recommended that Andrew and I try the 100th Meridian Amber Lager by Mill Street. Neither of us are typically drawn to lager style beers, but our friend said he usually wasn’t a lager fan but still liked the beer.
Brewed at Mill Street’s Toronto Brewpub this selection’s name reflect the fact that it was made with ingredients from west of the 100th Meridian. I’ve found Mill Street beers hit and miss in the past. But the Meridian was smooth and easy to drink. It’s a nice middle ground between the very mild Mill Street Organic and the more robust Mill Street Tankhouse. It has a light body, pours golden-amber and has a distinctive malt smell. Simple but tasty.
While enjoying the Meridian, Andrew and I fondly recalled our visit to the Mill Street Ottawa Brewpub a few years ago. Located in a former grist mill, the 140+ year old building is a great example of adaptive reuse of a heritage building. Well worth the visit if you’re in Ottawa, even if it is a little bit out of the way of downtown.