Curtis’s Favorite Thing
Dear Young Self, You’re going to love Beer.
Hey man, I know you have questions about the way that your life will turn out – stuff like – do you get a jet pack or a hover skateboard board, but I need to talk to you about something that will become near and dear to your heart. Beer. Now I know that on your 18th birthday someone will buy you a Heineken and it will be memorably bland, so much so that you’ll want to avoid beers for many years afterwards. I know that your college beers will be adequate pitchers of Rickard’s Red shared with friends at the University bar, when you should be studying. (It’s ok, enjoy those beers because school and everything works out, since you work as hard as you play.) But there is a whole wonderful world of beer that you don’t want to miss out on.
Your first experience with the “craft” beer market was picking up beer from Chateau Louis. The great beers that will be available – like Holsten Festbock, McEwan’s Scotch Ale and Young’s Chocolate Stout – will make you realize that you have been missing something special in your life. Later on, when the rest of North America wakes up, you will have access to all sorts of great beers. So many, in fact, that I will categorize them for you.
Lagers are the most common type of beer, and vary from light to dark in taste and colour. Harp (made by Guinness) is the perfect lager light to me. Great flavour without being so hoppy that it hurts.
Stouts are the darkest beers in flavour and colour. Cobblestone Stout made by Mill Creek in Scarbourough may be the greatest stout ever. Seriously. I dream about this when I’m awake. It tastes like a warm hug from someone you love. Another great one is St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout by McAuslan in Montreal.
Wheat beer: Maisel Weisse and the Maisel Weisse Dunkel as well as Erdinger and Erdinger Dunkel are fabulous German wheat beers. Add the word “dunkel” to your vocab. It means dark in German.
Lambics are a sour type of wheat beer. Now you might not usually like fruit in your beers and Lambics tend to be fruity,but there are some Belgian Lambic Ales that I like St. Bernardus Abt 12.
Crabbies is a great ginger beer. You’ll like that spicy ginger taste, and this beer captures that flavour the best.
Now, when you are out and about and the bar you are at does not have a great beer selection there are popular beers that you can get in most bars that are actually really good too. Guinness for example is great and available almost everywhere. For example the Cosmopolitan Music Society, a local community band, rehearses in a building that has a liquor licence and they stock Guinness.
I know you’ll appreciate all this advice, since you’re me!,
Future and still healthy-head-of-hair,
Note: We weren’t paid or perked to name any of these products, they really are just our favorites!