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Beer Review – Alaskan Brewery Alt Style Amber

July 18th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well I know I’ll probably get some slack over a beer review for something you cannot purchase here in Ontario, but I still have to review it, cause who knows when you are off to Alaska, or the North Western USA.  On our recent trip to Whitehorse, we did the Yukon-White Pass train ride to Skagway Alaska and stopped at a local pub for a pint.  The one that I tried was the Alt Style Amber from Alaskan Brewery.





In the grand scheme of things, the alt-style amber is not meant to be a hoppy beer, or anything like that, with an IBU rating of 18.  But there is a really solid flavor profile, which is more indicative to an Amber beer. With the aroma notes of Caramel and maltiness (dont think maltiness is a word) it lends itself to be a good overall pint.  As you can tell by the photo, you see the amber colour with a slight white head to it.


With respect to the flavour, it definitely hits the target of the Alt Style Beer.  There is a hops note, but nothing like you would get in an IPA, but there is something there for sure.  The beer had a medium body to it, which was nice for the day we were having in Skagway.  There was a bit of roasted malt in the taste profile so overall a really good beer profile.


At the end of the day, if you find an Alaskan brewery beer, pick it up and give it a shot, it is worth it for sure.


Rating:  4.11 out of 5


Would you buy this beer again:  yup for sure.

Would you recommend it to a friend:  yup again for sure.

Was the beer hoppy:  not too bad, slight hop note but overall good.

What is the capital of Alaska:  Juneau



Beer Review: Waterloo Amber

May 31st, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well I’m not sure what else to do on a lazy Tuesday morning but write a beer review.  Oh wait it is Wednesday… Well whatever day it actually is, that just means it is a good day for a beer review.  On this edition, if we want to call them editions now, is the Waterloo Amber.

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Waterloo Amber is brewed by Waterloo Brewing

Check out their website for a details on the Amber.  I picked up a 12 pack from the Alliston Beer Store, which if you have not been in, the walk in cooler is perfect now!  Also if you dont have air conditioning in the summer, why not visit your local Beer store cooler and have a picnic or something.


Now to the meat and potatoes of the review, which would probably go good with the beer to be honest.

I personally didn’t pour the beer into a glass, mainly due to not having one readily available.

With respect to the taste, for an amber beer it was quite sweet and malty.  The sweetness from the sugars, caramel toffee and vanilla flavours.  There is also a malt flavour that you will notice.  Overall taste profile was really good start to finish.

The Amber does have a higher alcohol level at 6.8% which is a little more than typical ambers.


Overall the beer is really good, from start to finish.


Rating:  4.11 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  not overly hoppy, but good flavor profile.

Would you buy the beer again:  oh for sure, I bought 1 already.






Beer Review: Trailer Park Boys Freedom 35 Lager

May 19th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Yup, you read that right, Trailer Park Boys released a Beer!  In addition to the Liquormen’s ol dirty Canadian Whiskey, they have pushed into the craft beer market.  Now they are not actually brewing the beer themselves, so don’t worry about that.  Double Trouble Brewing is the folks behind Freedom 35 Lager.  You may also know them with respect to Hops and Robbers or Prison Break Breakout Pilsner.  So based on that you know Freedom 35 should be pretty good.

I was tempted to start using some of the Rickism’s from the show, like Water under the Fridge, and Denial and Error, but we will try and keep this review on the same high grade humor as reviews in the past.


I ended up finding this beer at the Orangeville LCBO, which was pretty sweet, a fantastic selection and at a great price.  You can only purchase Freedom 35 by the can, which again, not a bad thing, 473ml Can’s.  Freedom 35 Lager, well is a Lager first and foremost, with an ABV of 5%, so a nice refreshing summer beer.

Now to the meat and potatoes of the beer, taste etc.

For the taste, this falls right in line with typical Lagers, I personally would say better than most.  There are slight grainy notes, with a very tiny note of hops.  Nothing overpowering at all, just a crisp taste start to finish.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to fully expect, based on the can having Trailer Park Boys on it, but I was pleasantly surprised.


I didn’t pour the beer into a glass, or really do a full on sniff test, so sorry I can’t help you there.


Overall, I was happy with the purchase.  If you are in the mood for a lager, then check out Freedom 35 for sure.  That is, if you can find it.


Rating:  3.82 out of 5

Was the Beer Hoppy:  Not really hop orientated no.

Would you buy the beer again:  Yes for sure, without a doubt.

What is your favorite Rickism:  Where there’s smoke there’s wires






Beer Review: Lost Craft Crimzen Premium Red Ale

April 20th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of winter, this turns us towards the warmer season of craft beer drinking.  With the new craft beers comes beer reviews, as they seem to go hand in hand.

This review is for Lost Craft Brewery Crimzen Premium Red Ale.



A short history on Lost Craft Brewery, based on their website.  Lost Craft is a Toronto Based craft beer company that focuses on brewing world class session style craft beer. We travel the globe to source beer styles from around the world to inspire our recipe development. We think global and drink local.


Now to the down and dirty of the review, the taste and all the other senses surrounding a beer that you may experience.

If you were so lucky to have a glass nearby and decided to have some class by pouring the beer into said glass, you would see a copper coloured beer infront of you.  The head on the beer was somewhat of a beige appearance.


As you drink the beer you will notice an array of flavours.  I had a mixture of grain, malt and a slight hit of bitterness, but overall very smooth.  There was a good amount of carbonation but no over powering flavours or hoppiness.  Overall a nice mouthful of beer for sure.


Overall, I found Crimzen to be a great red ale, pretty much what you would expect from a Red.  It has a simplistic overall flavour tone, which works out really well and I can see myself buying this beer again for sure.


Rating:  4.13 out of 5

Was the Beer hoppy:  Not really hoppy, more bitterness, but really good overall.

Would you buy the beer again:  For sure I would.

Why do you ask yourself questions at the end of the review:  Ummmmm… Next question.




Beer Review: Longslice Brewery Inc – Hopsta La Vista

February 14th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well again it has been way too long since the last beer review, and I have some time so why not really.  For those new to team van go beer reviews, they really are very personal, and based on preference.  My best advice is to go out and try something different.  You may find something you like, or you may find something awful, but you will never know until you try it.  Once you find that perfect beer you will be hooked for sure.


This edition we are looking at Longslice Brewery Inc. Hopsta La Vista India Pale Ale.  Longslice Brewery Inc is based out of Toronto Ontario with currently 2 beers being brewed, the Hopsta La Vista, and the Loose Lips Lager, which should be reviewed at a later date.  If you want to take a read on Longslice, check out their website:



Now we move onto the main reason you are reading this… the beer!

As normal, we will look at the taste, appearance, and just overall goodness that is beer.

With the appearance, if you are classy enough to own a glass you can pour beer into you will see that the Hopsta La Vista pours with a dark golden colour.  Similar to a dark copper appearance.  You will also see a white head as well.


Now to the more important part of a beer and the part that will have the biggest impact on whether you will like it or not, which is the taste.  Now based on traditional IPA you would expect a good hit of hops, with an earthy flavouring.  The Hopsta la Vista beer doesn’t seem to go this route.  There is a slight hint of hop, but mainly the flavour you get is a malty and a caramel flavour.  So I would say this would be more on the mild side.  There is some very nice flavours to the beer for sure.


Overall the beer was pretty good.  It had a good taste to it, wasn’t as hoppy as expected, but overall at a nice cool temperature it went down very well.  Like mentioned earlier, go out and try some different beers.  You will find something you like for sure.


ABV:  6.5%


Rating:  3.87 out of 5

Would you buy this beer?  Yes I would.  Keep an eye out at your local LCBO and grab a can and give it a shot.

Was the beer hoppy?  Not really hoppy no, so if hops is not your thing, you may like this beer.

What is the translation of Hasta la Vista?  See you Later



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