For the third of our series of Drinker Profiles we had Ren Navarro–arguably the record holder for most RTs on the #30daysONbeer hash tag–take a look at the same three beers we gave to Jason and Joel and Dana.
I've always been a beer fan, though I used to be about "commercial" beers. I started going to WVRST earlier this year and went through their Beer 101 evenings (an evening hosted by one brewery presenting different brews). I'm a recent convert to Ontario Craft brews. Since becoming more interested in beer, I've started documenting my favourite beers on Twitter. The ability to connect with other beer fans on Twitter has allowed me to learn quite a bit about different breweries and what they have to offer.
Stone Hammer Premium Pilsner – F&M Brewery, 5%
A nice, light summer beer. The beer had both a light, crisp scent along wtih a light flavour devoid of bitter tones.
I felt that this is the perfect beer for a stinking hot summer day where you want a cool refreshing beer and aren't concerned with deep flavours. I also found that it had to be really cold. It wasn't as refreshing when it started warming up. A little too light for my taste, but it was still enjoyable. I woud suggest it for people who don't want a beer with a "bite." If Steam Whistle came out with a "light" beer, I think it would taste like Stone Hammer.
Pugnacious Pale Ale – Grand River Brewery, 4.5%
A beer with a light, crisp grapefruit scent. Reminded me of a very light IPA. This beer had a slight caramel taste with a nutty aftertaste. Really strong, slightly bitter aftertaste. Reminded me a bit of Creemore. This isn't a beer I'd drink during a heatwave, because I didn't enjoy as much when it was extremly chilled. Letting it warm up a bit really brought out the flavours. I would drink it again.
Boneshaker IPA – Amsterdam Brewery, 7.1%
Great beer for a relaxing summer or fall evening. Hints of grapefruit and pine in this one. I found the pine flavour to be the dominant flavour with a hint of grapefruit in the aftertaste. Would be great with a spicy meal or as an after dinner beer. It's got a very hoppy taste and a very bitter finish. IPAs aren't for everyone, for sure, but I'm a fan of this one. It reminds me of a stronger version of Beau's Beaver I.P eh? Total thumbs up on this beer.
New and exciting things (to me): Quebec Brewers. I was recently at the Dieu Du Ciel tap takeover at WVRST and was blown away by their offerings. My hope is to start doing "field trips" to the Quebec breweries and see what makes them so different from the Ontario brewers.