This A.M. while planning happy hour for tonight, I started thinking about all the different beers I have tried recently. I have had some pretty good ones. From the I.P.A.'s to Belgium's, one really stands out in my mind. The Canadian brewed, 100% certified organic lager, Mill Street Organic, which I tried in Toronto when I was visiting Amy. My Mill Street affection began not an hour after arriving in Toronto. Amy told me about the locally brewed beer, which conveniently she had two bottles left of in her fridge. I firmly believe in the old cliche, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, so naturally, I was game to try out the Mill Street. I instantly fell in love and it was almost all I drank the entire trip. I found it to be light, but not too light, with malty undertones and deliciously refreshing. Maybe it was the natural sensation I have experienced before that I call 'being on a vacation high'... which I will never be able to confirm, as Mill St. is not available in the States. Boo.
|Kevin, Amy and I at The Drake. I am sipping a draft Mill St. Organic|
On my last day in T.O. Amy took me to the Distillery District. In 1837 the Gooderham and Worts Distillery began operation producing whiskey and by 1877 the distillery had become the largest distillery in the world. Over the years they overcame a large fire, war and prohibition among other things.
After 153 years of continuous production, the Gooderham & Worts Distillery closed its operations in 1990 and several years later became a hot spot for filming movies (over 1700 films were shot there!). In 2003, after being bought by new owners that had big plans to revive the district in 2001, the distillery reopened its doors as what now has become one of Canada's top tourist attractions with galleries, entertainment, cafes and unique shopping.
Our trip to The Distillery was somewhat 'dampened' by the non-stop rain that day. It was absolutely pouring down most the day. That didn't stop Amy and I from ducking in and out of shops and galleries and having a mouth-watering meal and beer flight at the Mill Street Brew Pub.
|The Distillery District|
|Beer Flight at the Mill Street Brew Pub|
All the beers Amy and I sampled were great compliments to the food we ordered. We really got to experience the essence of each beer, flavors erupting with each bite of the charcuterie platter we ordered. And I found the Mill Street Organic was a perfect compliment to the burger we shared.
My beer flight consisted of:
-Tankhouse Pale Ale- Dark copper color with tangy malt flavor
-Mill Street Organic- Light and malty
-Mill Street I.P.A.- Dark copper color, 6.1% alcohol with a tangy bitterness
-Mill Street Wit Beer- Belgium style brewed with coriander and orange peel
As we asked for our check, our waiter brought a complimentary sample of the Lemon Tea Beer. That beer is made with addition of black tea leaves and lemon in the aging tank. It was so smooth! What a sweet and refreshing way to end our Mill Street Brew Pub experience.
|Charcuterie at the Brew Pub|
|Read about the bad-ass angus burger topped with Tankhouse Ale braised beef short rib on my post Taste of Toronto.|