TORONTO, ON – Great Lakes Brewery and Amsterdam Brewery have announced that they will soon be launching a second collaborative beer at LCBO outlets, following up on last spring’s limited edition release of Maverick & Gose.
Great Lakes x Amsterdam Ezra is a cider barrel aged farmhouse ale named after Great Lakes brewmaster Mike Lackey’s late dog Ezra, who sadly passed away the day that the beer was initially brewed. It’s described as follows:
Four Spirit Tree cider barrels were filled with the Farmhouse Ale at different times throughout 2013 and 2014 and aged from anywhere from 3 months up to 1 year. Those beers were then blended to create a lovely funky aroma of barrel, sour mashed apple, barnyard notes and some spicy yeast characteristics. The taste yields much of the same complexities as displayed in the aroma. A soft mouthfeel, medium bodied and very refreshing, the cider barrel comes through quite nicely as it warms to offer the drinker a pleasant tartness that lingers nicely before finishing dry. Ezra, with its cider barrel-aging, is a wonderfully unique take on the Belgian Farmhouse Ale style.
Ezra was released last week at the Great Lakes retail store, and will be on sale soon at select LCBO locations, retailing for $7.95 per 650 ml bottle while supplies last.