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Holy Smoke

If you like your single malts on the peaty Islay side of things, then you’ll enjoy this brew by Church-Key Brewery. It is a delicious dark ale that distinctively utilizes Scottish peat-smoked whisky malt. I’d best describe this as “comfort beer”. I can easily imagine it as a lifting ingredient in all styles of winter…

Cheers Canada!

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary since the definitive formulation of the Caesar. Here is a history of the Caesar. And this year also marks the last chance saloon for you my dear Canada. Capisce? alcoholCaesarCanadacocktailsvodka

Ardbeg Drum (Committee Release)

The year’s most noteworthy release: Ardbeg Drum is a no-age statement single malt initially aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in rum casks. Like previous Fèis Ìle bottlings, Ardbeg has released two versions. This one, bottled at 52% ABV, is sold exclusively to Ardbeg Committee Members. Not surprisingly, it has great appeal to Islay…

Valhalla Vodka

It’s been a while since something interesting on the boozy front has come my way. This vodka has flavour (without being actually flavoured) coming from a residual barley mash that hasn’t been fully filtered out. This really is sipping vodka, no need to mix this stuff though a decent mixologist could do something subtle with…

Olde Winston Smoked Porter

A positive review from BeerMeBC. As an aficionado of Islay single malts and of course cigars, I couldn’t resist checking this out — I’m not overly convinced but it’s a decent enough effort. Despite the regressive licensing laws and ridiculously high tax rate on booze, BC is a hotbed of very experimental breweries and distilleries,…

Trailer Park Boys

No finer way to mark Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend than to binge-watch Trailer Park Boys. A quick and informative read about TPB can be found here. A special toast to John Dunsworth whose death just about a year ago was a profound loss to the show. (C’mon Canada, within the year we must get rid…