TORONTO, ON – In what has become an increasingly common occurrence in Canada’s craft brewing industry, another award-winning homebrewer has made the jump to commercial production via a contract brewing agreement, with the launch late last month of the Longslice Brewery imprint.
Founded by brothers Jimmy & John Peat – both long-time homebrewers – along with their friend Sebastian Lesch, Longslice is brewing out of the recently expanded Stratford Brewing facility.
The debut brand from Longslice is ¡Hopsta la Vista! IPA, a beer developed by Jimmy that took a silver medal in the 2013 Toronto Beer Week Homebrew Competition. Jimmy describes the beer as follows:
¡Hopsta la Vista! is pretty unique among the American-style IPAs. It’s very malt forward, and sweet up front. We use a lot of Honey Malt in the grain bill which definitely cuts through the bitterness of the hops. As for the colour, it pours a lovely copper hue, with an off-white head. On the nose there are notes of grapefruit (from the American hops), vanilla, papaya, and rye toast. As I mentioned the palate has a lot of sweet bready malts, pumpernickel, honey, and pine resin. It has a medium body, with a quick finish and a lingering hop bitterness.
Longslice ¡Hopsta la Vista! is available on draught now at select bars and restaurants in Ontario, including Get Well, Monarch Tavern and beerbistro in Toronto, and 92 King in Cobourg. For more details, see the Longslice Brewery Facebook page.