December 3rd, 2012 -- As the calendar turns to the darkest month of the year and the mercury continues to plummet, craft beer lovers are looking for something to help insulate from the extremes of the season.
To that end the InstigatorDoppelbock is crawling out of his snowy mountainside cave after a year of hibernation. He's ready to toast the season with a beer packed with full-roasted flavour and featuring a proud, deep amber body.
Trainwreck Barley Wine is also rumbling down the tracks back to your local liquor store. Lightly carbonated and full of rich malt sweetness to warm you from the inside out, this year's vintage was barrel-aged in Kentucky bourbon oak, adding even more warmth and complexity to a brew as dark as your late afternoon walk home from work.
Both releases can be found at your favourite craft-friendly private liquor store while quantities last, and there will be a free tasting at the brewery on Wednesday December 5th from 4-6pm! See you there!
Here's a little something to stoke your boiler. This year's barley wine is full of rich malt flavours and aged in bourbon barrels. Mildly carbonated, Trainwreck should be served at cellar temperature (8C). Careful not to derail your caboose.
Doppelboks were the original liquid bread, intended to sustain monks through their feasts of advent and lent. The Instigator has complex character with toasted flavours, rich aromas, a deep hue and a full body. This time when you open your mouth you'll be able to finish what you started!
I'm single. I have been for several years.
I was really enjoying my single state during those years. I did what I wanted, when I wanted. It was pretty glorious.
I've started thinking though, that I would like some companionship too.
Now that I have popped by head up and looked around, I realize I have no idea how one goes about meeting people.
I have friends. But there's not a pool of potential dates within that friend group. Or anyone with a secret stash of available friends of friends they have somehow kept from me until now.
How did I used to get dates?
I would start playing a new sport. Or go to the bar.
I'm middle-aged now. There is no bar.
I don't think.
Is there one?
God, if there is, someone tell me where it is!
I understood the etiquette of meeting people at bars.
I do not understand this whole internet dating and hooking up thing.
I wish there was a book - How to Internet Date for Middle-Aged Dummies
There is this cheatsheet, but geesh, how old do …
So, like, I haven't been writing much about beer lately.
Yeah, I still write an article here and there (note to self, get on writing that article that's due soon) but I haven't been as inspired as I once was to blather on about beer ad nauseum.
I still love beer. I still go to beer events and get excited about the latest buzz. I'm just not interested in dissecting each experience.
Part of that is due to Instagram - that stupid app changed my life! It's so much easier to just take a photo and share it there. Now you all know what I drank. No need to write about it.
Part of it is due to other things taking up my focus. Like being middle aged. I had no idea how much mental energy that was going to take!
My last article for the Growler nicely married beer and being middle aged.
And got me to thinking that maybe that is something I'd like to do more of. Talk about being middle aged through different lenses. Craft beer and tasting rooms, where to find edgy b…