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Beer Review: Trestle Brewing Company: Golden Ale

September 6th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

As many of you out there may know, I enjoy beer, and well most of you reading this I would also assume enjoy beer.  We are in an age where there are so many new breweries popping up, and so many amazing new flavours to try, you start into a whirlwind of beers.  There are the IPA’s, APA’s, Pilsners, Golden Ales, Stouts and the list goes on and on and on.  Is this a bad list, not at all, because we as beer drinking folk and without beer we are normal folk.


One of these new up and coming breweries is based out of Parry Sound Ontario, Trestle Brewing Company.  You can check out their Facebook link below.

If you are not one of those Facebook type of folk and more of just the internet, which is on computers now.

Welcome to Trestle Brewing Company


Now if you are a person that doesn’t have the internet, well you wouldn’t be reading this in theory, but they have just recently broke ground on their brewery, so congratulations to them, it is really awesome to see another brewery starting up!


Well now we should get into some of the more important stuff, such as the beer itself cause really beer is what you are reading this for.

Trestle Brewing Company has released their Golden Ale, which as you can see by the below picture, is an Ale, and has the Golden colour to it.  If the colour was amber, I would assume it to be called an Amber Ale, but that is not the case, Golden it is and Golden it will stay.

Now typically a Golden Ale would also be referred to as a Blonde ale, which in turn has more of a Lager trait to it.  A crisp, clean, balance flavour.   Have I confused you yet.   How bout some examples of similar beers if that helps out.


Yeah I had to include Labatt 50, cause really who here has never had a Labatt 50.  My point exactly!


The Golden Ale by Trestle Brewing Company does hit all the flavour notes of a typically golden/blonde ale.  The beer itself had a crisp taste, there was not a tonnes of hops or after taste, which is what you would expect from a Golden Ale.  There was a full balance between the hops and malt, so you do not get a big kick from either over the taste profile.  There was good flavour, slight hint of malt and hops, but nothing that punches you in the face like an IPA or Session Ale.

As you can tell by the photo above, and now that I have said that you are looking at the photo above, the colour is Golden, but you also have a nice clean white head to the beer.  The head lasted for a few minutes after pouring.

Overall, I did really enjoy the Golden ale, it is a perfect Summer, apres ride or really whenever beer.



For anyone who is up in the Parry Sound area, pop in and check out Trestle Brewing company, follow them on Facebook, or their website to keep up to date on what is happening.

Like any new brewery, give them a try, you will find some amazing beers out there, if you just explore, and if you haven’t had Labatt 50, well need I say more.


Overall:  4.11 out of 5

Was the beer Hoppy:  Not overall hoppy, just a nice hop/malt tone

Would you recommend this to a friend:  Yup for sure I would, no doubt.

Would you buy a case of it:  As soon as it is on sale at the LCBO I will for sure.

Where Can I buy it at:





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



Antigua Craft Beer Review– 2-SIX-8 Craft Brewery

February 3rd, 2017 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

Well good news! The craft brewery trend has expanded to an unexpected location-Antigua! We were lucky enough to have just down the road from where we are staying 2-SIX-8 Craft Brewery. Why 2-SIX-8?  It’s the area code!

A family run (Rory, Hanna, Vorn and up and coming brewer (and mountain biker extraordinaire), Archer (4 months old). Long story but they are from Antigua, England and Ontario!

They had several types of beer on tap, everything from Goat Farm Pale Ale, a Ginger Beer, an Antiguan Rattler and Frigit Amber Ale.  We will focus on the Amber Ale because that’s what we drank the most of!

So how was it? It had a cloudy unfiltered appearance and was very smooth going down. Med to low on the carbonation scale which was nice. Strong flavour…hard to describe so I will go with a sweet malty tasty beer flavour with a nice bitter finish.

All the beers we sampled were great and nice to have a change from the regular generic Island beer that up until to now, there wasn’t much variety.  If you are ever down here we highly recommend a stop off at this brewery for a sampling!


Would we recommend the brewery: absolutely! Cheers.


Beer Review: Sawdust City Golden Beach Pale Ale

December 29th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews

As the Winter Solstice passes by us, we reminisce about the summer that was and the summer that will be, and what better way to do that with beer.  We all have a drink of choice, some choose wine, some choose scotch, other choose beer, and I’m one of those others that choose beer, hence this being a beer review.  Don’t worry folks, for 2017 there will be other review, such as whiskey.  This past year seemed to fly by, as they all do, spending time with good friends on or off the trail, so cheers to everyone who reads this, as well as participates in team van go as a whole.  If it were not for everyone we would not be where we are.  Cheers!


Now to the piece de resistance, the review of a pretty good beer from Sawdust City, the Golden Beach Pale Ale.  For those who don’t know, Sawdust City is a microbrewery based out of Gravenhurst Ontario.  For those who want directions or location, you can see the map below.  Sawdust City is known for a lot of seasonal beers, and when you can find a can of their beer at the LCBO I recommend grabbing it as you will not be disappointed!

The Golden Beach Pale Ale, is pretty much as it states.  It is a golden Pale ale….

As you can tell by the photo below, when poured into a glass you have a hazy golden coloured beer, with a nice white frothy head.  The head of the beer sticks around for a while which is nice.


But as most of everyone knows you don’t drink a beer because of the appearance.  You drink it because of the taste.  Sawdust City rates this as one of their session ales.  Session Ales are sometimes defined as a Hop-inspired beer, with a lower alcohol percentage, typically between 3-4.6%.  This allows the consumer to inhale more, still enjoy the flavours and experience of drinking a beer.  Disclaimer! Please drink responsibly!

The Golden Beach falls into this category.  The alcohol percentage is at 4.5%, and the flavour experience is just as stated above.  There are the notes of citric hops, as well as an almost flower flavour. Some people describe the taste as dry, but I didn’t get that.  Best way to find out thought is to try it!



Overall, the Golden Beach Pale Ale was really good.  It was a full body beer, which is great all year round.  I’m not sure whether it will be available all year round, or anything like that, but if you can find it and buy it you should.


Rating::  4.37 out of 5

Would you recommend this to a friend:  For sure I would, and there is nothing stopping anyone from getting it!

Where does the term Solstice come from?  The word solstice is derived from Latin, meaning ‘sun stands still’ and was chosen because during a solstice the sun appears to remain still in its position in the sky.






Beer Review: Muskoka Brewery – Shinnicked Stout

December 21st, 2016 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

It has been way too long since there has been a beer review, or let alone an attempt at a beer review.  Well wait no longer, Muskoka Brewery, Shinnicked Stout is due to be drank and critiqued.



From the Muskoka Webste:

Shinnicked is that numbing, gasp-for-breath feeling when you plunge into a Muskoka lake for a chilly late-night dip. To warm you up afterward we created this rich, velvety stout infused with Muskoka Roastery’s Signature Lumberjack coffee.

IBU: 19
ABV: 5.2%


As you can tell from the photo shown above, this is one of the few that I seem to pour into a glass, really to be somewhat classy.  When poured, you can see that it has a nice dark hue, with about 1″ of head.  The head dissipates at a slow pace.

The good old sniff test produces a few noticeable hits of roasted malts (mocha), hence the coffee infused.  You also get a hint of vanilla, as well  as a cocoa note.  This gives the overall smell experience a nice full aroma.

When you finally decide to bring the beer to your mouth and take a swing of beer back you will be hit by a proverbial punch to the mouth of stout.  But the actual taste is more like a stout.  You would think with the coffee infused you would have more of that taste, but surprisingly it was not in the forefront, more of an undertone.  The roasted malts were much more prevalent in the taste rainbow.  The lighter carbonation provided a much smoother beer to drink.


Overall, this is a really good stout, if you are into that type of beer.  The Shinnicked Stout is only available over the winter, so this is one of the beers that when it is gone it is gone, until next year.


You can find it at the LCBO:


Rating:  4.19 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  No it was not, more malty than hoppy

Would you recommend this beer to a friend:  For sure, no question about it.  Delicious.

What is the official day for “Put your pillow on your fridge”?  May 29th.  Seriously, it is a real thing…


Beer Review: Nickle Brook Equilibrium ESB

November 15th, 2016 by in Beer Reviews

Well yet again, another new beer that has been tried, tested and ready for a review.  This edition of the Team Van Go Beer review will look at the Extra Special Bitter (ESB) from Nickle Brook Brewery.  Nickle Brook Brewery is based out of Burlington Ontario, which is also sharing space with Collective Arts brewery, which you may have remembered some of the reviews of their beers.  But this review is solely on the Equilibrium ESB.




Right on the can, it shows an IBU of 43 so that will give you a good starting point as to how hoppy the beer will be.  Pretty much take a Boneshaker from Amsterdam Brewing and cut it in half on the hop scale.


I did pour this beer into a glass like a civil human being, mainly because it was not after a ride, and I had access to a glass!  Fancy I know!  But I didn’t take a photo of the poured beer, so you will have to use your imagination, and the following description… ready… it had a copper coloured body to the beer, with a foamy almost beige head on it.  The head poured out nice, sitting with about 3/4″ of head in the glass.  Looking for carbonation bubbles, there was a few, but not overly carbonated like carbonated water or something like that, more like pouring a pint from a tap.


The next and probably most critical, would be the taste, and to be honest, for me and my taste buds it went very very well!  Overall it was smooth, served at around a 5-7 degree C temperature.  This is an assumption, but it was nice and cool for sure!  There was more of a malty taste rather than a hoppy taste, with a mild bitter hint throughout the drink.  There were slight spice/fruit hints, but nothing overpowering.  It was really well balanced throughout.  I’m trying to be more descriptive…


Overall, this has been one of the better beers tried over the last couple of months for sure.  Remember, that this review is very critical based on my taste buds, so I do recommend going out and trying this as well as other beers from Nickle Brook for sure.  This will be one of the beers I grab for sure if I can track it down at the local LCBO.


Rating;  4.49 out of 5

Was the beer hoppy:  Not hoppy no, a good balance of malt and hop

Would you recommend this to a friend:  For sure I would.  This would be a great one to let others try.

Would you buy a case of this beer:  Yup, but currently can only buy single cans through the LCBO, unless you can get down to the brewery itself.

What is Pteronophobia? Fear of being tickled by feathers

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