TORONTO, ON – Henderson Brewing has announced details of the latest release in its Ides Series of monthly limited edition beers, which this month pays tribute to an important part of Toronto’s culinary history.
Ides of May: Maple Brown Ale was brewed with “notes of hot mustard and maple syrup, to perfectly complement the iconic peameal bacon sandwich famously served at the Carousel Bakery at the St. Lawrence Market.”
It’s further described as follows:
Henderson has teamed up with the Carousel Bakery and Kozlik’s Mustard, both situated in Toronto’s world-renown St. Lawrence Market, and Kevin Durkee from the Culinary Adventure Co., a Toronto-based food tour group, to create this beer as a nod to all the flavours at play, aiming to create the perfect beer to pair with this famed sandwich.
The history of the sandwich is pure Hogtown: peameal bacon was invented here in the early 1900s by William Davies (who died in 1921 after being butted by a goat). As a way of extending the shelf life of the lean loin cuts, Davies rolled them in crushed yellow peas. Cornmeal eventually replaced the peas, and it took another 50 years for the sandwich to arrive, but the result is world-famous deliciousness.
The iconic Carousel Bakery has been serving up these sandwiches to the masses from the same location in the Market since 1977. Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard was established in 1948 and has remained family owned and operated to this day, producing hand-made mustard in small batches.
A launch event for the beer will take place tonight (May 19th) at Henderson, with Carousel Bakery sandwiches available to enjoy along with a selection of Kozlik’s mustards. Following the release, Maple Brown Ale will be available in cans and on tap at Henderson while supplies last.