Left Field Celebrating Anniversary Month With New Beers, Cask Fridays, Growler Program & Cheese

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TORONTO, ONLeft Field Brewery has announced its plans to mark three important anniversaries this month: the brewing of the first contract brewed Left Field beer at Grand River Brewing on February 14th, 2013; the start of construction at the brewery’s bricks-and-mortar location on February 1st, 2014; and the first brew day at the new brewery on February 5th, 2015.

Two new beers – Anniversary No. 3 and First & Third – have been brewed for the occasion(s), and are described as follows:

Anniversary No. 3 (7.6% abv/45 IBU) is a strong Saison brewed with a French Saison Ale Yeast and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. A warm fermentation gives layers of tropical fruit and delicate spice, and this unique and audacious hop variety lends complimentary flavours of white wine and gooseberry. Expect this beer to be aromatic, dry, and filled with character.

First & Third (4.0% abv/7 IBU) is our interpretation of the Berliner Weisse style of sour ale. We kettle-soured a mash made from 50% wheat with our house strain of lactobacillus. We made use of a blend of Belgian and American ale yeasts to produce a beer with light body, nuances of stone fruit, very low bitterness and clean, gentle tartness reminiscent of lemonade. In Berlin these beers are traditionally enjoyed with a sweet fruit or herbal syrup – we look forward to re-imagining this experience on our home turf.

Both beers will be released at the Left Field bottle shop and taproom on Thursday February 25th.

The brewery will also be offering a weekly series of special cask ales in its taproom at 5:00 PM each Friday, starting today (February 5th) with Maris* Pale Ale dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin; continuing with two editions of Sweet Jesus Mocha Marshmallow Stout, one with coriander and orange peel (February 12th), the other with ginger (February 19th); and wrapping up the month will be Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale with vanilla bean (February 26th).

On the retail side, the 750 ml swing-top bottles that were originally used for take-home sales before packaging moved to 650 ml capped bottles will be returning as part of a new growler program, with hand-filled bottles of small-run and previously draught-only beers being available for sale.

Last but not least, Left Field has partnered with nearby gourmet food shop The Pantry to offer a range of cheeses selected especially to pair with the available beers. The cheeses can be purchased to take home, or can be enjoyed as a snack in the taproom along with bags of Neal Brothers chips.

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