Beer of the Month: Pepperwood Bistro and Brewery

The final two beer selections from our latest beer of the month delivery were from Pepperwood Bistro and Brewery, located in Burlington, Ontario.  By the looks of things Pepperwood is a fairly standard small scale brew-pub operation (albeit with classier food/eating area) and they routinely make five standard beers, two of which were in this shipment.

One interesting thing we noticed about the Pepperwood beers was that the bottles seemed to be much lighter than the standard beer bottle.  Maybe they were made with thinner glass?

The first Pepperwood brew I tried was their Cream Ale which poured a hazy blonde colour with minimal head.  It had a slightly smell of hops and citrus.  There was a slight malty taste and a hint of bitterness while still being easy drinking.  A good summer weather beer that was a step above generic.

The second Pepperwood selection was their Monkey Brown Ale.  For whatever reason the Monkey Brown Ale’s we’ve tried so far seem to have been over carbonated or something — they poured with far too much head and took a very long time to settle.  That fact alone may have impacted the taste — it was okay but I’m not sure it was representative of how the beer would typically be like.  It poured a dark brown and had a classic nutty taste.  A bit darker than I prefer my nut brown ales typically, but lots of flavour packed in.