I am an amateur in terms of beer. But this past year has been one of a great awakening. I’ve discovered new and exciting flavours that I didn’t know existed. I was always skeptical of the Light Beer obsession of most of my friends growing up and never liked what everyone was drinking. Molson Canadian just didn’t do it for me. In the last year I’ve discovered a plethora of new and exciting beers. Generally we hop over the border to grab beer from a great store in Port Huron called Ryan’s Party House. He’s got a great selection and will help you find what you are looking for. Pretty much everything there you cannot get in Canada, and the Beer Store here doesn’t hold anything worthwhile. So we’ve really been exploring the Michigan and American craft beer selection as of late. Hopefully we’ll get some better options here in Sarnia soon. I also got The Naked Pint for Christmas and just watched the Beer Wars documentary. So I’m being exposed to an entirely different world, and I’m quite enjoying it.
I’ve also brewed my first batch of beer myself. The first IPA will be cracked open in a few weeks.
So here is my list of my favourite beers that I had this past year, I won’t write anything about them because I’m not nearly sophisticated enough to explain anything worthwhile to you about them, So I’ll link you to the Beer Advocate page for that review if you want more information. This list is in no particular order
Millstreet Tankhouse (Toronto)
Publican House Square Nail Pale Ale (Peterborough)
My goal for 2011 is to have this list be at least half Canadian craft beers.