Beyond the Pale Brewing, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Beyond the Pale Brewing in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Not only did I try a couple of beers, I also enjoyed the Jerk Chicken Taco which was delicious.  The Pink Fuzz Grapefruit Zest Wheat is a delicious beer.  I love grapefruit and this did not disappoint without being too grapefruity.  I also enjoyed The Rye Guy Rye IPA which was a nice pairing with the taco.  I ended with The Darkness Oatmeal Stout.  All great beers.

Kichesippi Beer Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to try their beer.  They have so many styles which they do a great job of brewing.  Their friendly staff let me taste just about everything in the cooler.  WOW! I’ll cover two beers here.  First, the 1855 is an awesome amber – malty with a bite at the end.  Easy to drink and delicious.  Second, the Bristol Stout is so delicious that it’s the one I bought a can of to bring back to my hotel to enjoy late at night when catching up on work.  The stout is rich with flavors of coffee and chocolate and luscious sweetness.  Great beers from a great brewery.

Broadhead Brewing Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I stopped in at Broadhead Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for a beer.  There never seems to be enough ESBs for those of us who enjoy them.  So, naturally, I tried the Hammer and Tongs ESB.  Fabulous!  If I weren’t traveling by plane I would have grabbed some to take home.  Hope I make it back to Ottawa and can stop in again.  Proximity to the airport makes that pretty easy.

Mill Street Brewery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I stopped in at Mill Street Brewery brewpub in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for dinner and to try their beer.  It was happy hour when I arrived so I was able to get a side salad and burger (no bun) for just a few dollars.  I enjoyed trying their Honest Bucker Pale Ale which is a hoppy pale ale with hop flavor but not bitter.  Very easy to drink.  Goes great with food.  I also tried Gin Barrel Aged Grapefruit Pale Ale.  I’m not as much of a gin drinker but I’ve learned to appreciate many flavor profiles.  I do like grapefruit.  The mixture of grapefruit and gin was a great match.  Very tasty beer.  And since this is a limited release I just had to try it.  Mill Street Brewery offers root beer and it just so happened that I was sitting at the bar and the bartender was making root beer floats while I was there.  I asked him if he’d ever made a stout float.  This led to him experimenting and learning a new drink.  Cobblestone Stout and vanilla ice cream – just sayin.

Steamworks Brewing Company, Vancouver, BC

I stopped in at Steamworks Brewing Company in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I enjoyed dinner there and a flight of four beers with my wife and a coworker.  The beers were delicious and so was the salad.  We all enjoyed our food and drinks.  The food service was really slow.  But they comp-ed our salads.  The Steak and Stilton Salad was really nice.  I enjoyed their Kolsch, Marzen,  Flagship IPA,  and Smash.  The Kolsch and Marzen were tasty but the Flagship IPA was my favorite.  It’s fresh and hoppy but not overboard.

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Cold Garden Beverage Company, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I stopped in at Cold Garden Brewing Company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and really enjoyed chatting with the bartenders, the great vibe, lots of dogs, and fabulous beer.  Birthday Cake beer? Yes! Sign me up.  Delicious! One of my favorite flavors – now added to beer.  Vanilla Cappuccino Porter.  Yes! and now time for bed.  Perfect evening drink.  Sweet.  Smooth.  Relaxing.  Yum!