TORONTO, ON – Mill Street Brewery has revealed details for its Summer 2014 Seasonal Sampler pack, which combines three familiar brands with three lesser known selections from the Toronto and Ottawa brewpubs that are making their bottle debut.
Joining the trio of flagship beers – Organic Lager, Tankhouse Ale and Belgian Wit – are the following new offerings, with tasting notes provided by Mill Street brewmaster Joel Manning:
Named after a fictional town in the Love and Rockets comics by the Hernandez brothers, Palomar is a tip of the sombrero to all things Mexican–cool Mexican! Don’t let appearances fool you–this mid-amber beer is one of the most thirst quenching summertime beers around! The chipotle and lime are very restrained and this beer is extraordinarily drinkable for a “dark” beer. The lime juice replaces a lot of the bitterness from the hops and so the palate is sweet and nutty malt combined with the fresh juice flavour that finishes quickly and disappears off the back of your palate in a hurry! The chipotle is used for flavour more than heat, so it is a beer that you can have a few of!
100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager
Our organic barley comes from the Great Plains of Canada and I have had an opportunity to go and meet the farmers that grow this organic grain for us and they are amazing people. In a world where farmers are under pressure to focus on efficiency and yield per acre using sprays to control disease and weeds and using chemical fertilizers, these fine folks have taken one step back and are doing things the right way, the way things were done when the western part of our country was opened by immigrant farmers in the late 1800’s. This is an American-style craft lager brewed with pale and amber malts and a whole lot of American west coast hops (all of the organic barley malt, hops and yeast come from west of the 100th Meridian–thus the name) to give it a wonderful character that’s 100% organic. The light amber malt flavour and the crisp and floral hop character is made very smooth and mellow through the use of lager yeast and cold aging. It is a truly Canadian craft brew that combines the “best of the west” ingredients, a unique recipe and classic Mill Street.
Belgian Cherry IPA
Our Belgian-style Cherry IPA is a unique hybrid in that it is a British-style IPA brewed with a Belgian perspective, and then refermented with a huge quantity of Ontario sour cherry juice to give it a red tone and a very distinct cherry aroma and palate similar to Belgian Kriek beers. The English Fuggles hops used in this beer are both traditional English IPA hops as well as having a flavour that melds very well with the sour cherry acidity.
The new Mill Street Seasonal Sampler six pack will be available starting in the first week of May at select LCBO locations throughout Ontario.
Following in mid-June, 100th Meridian will become the newest year-round brand for Mill Street, as it will be launched in its own six packs.