The Ommegang Brewery out of NY State is one of the first breweries we have tapped from North America, with it’s rarity, European influences and taste, you can understand why.
Here’s a little something about the beer -
Light, hoppy, smooth and crisp are four words that come to mind when I think of this week’s Beer of the Week. Brewery Ommegang has been doing things right for over a decade, and their Belgian Pale Ale (BPA) is proof of that.
The 6.2% ABV BPA pours a pale amber with a large white head. Head retention is above average and lacing is good.
Hopped with a large amount of Styrian hops and dry-hopped with cascade, there’s a strong floral aroma, with some citrus and spice coming through.
The citrus comes through much stronger in the taste, followed by some fruits, mainly orange and grapefruit. For only 21 IBUs (International Bitterness Units), there is much more hop in the taste than you’d expect due to the medium-light body.
Carbonated well with a medium-light body, mouthfeel is very good and the alcohol is hidden well. Light and refreshing, but with plenty of different hop tastes coming through, this is a very well crafted beer.
The Alamos Malbec is one of our most popular wines on our current menu, so we thought we would let you all try out the Cabernet Sauvignon from the same winery. Here is what Wine Advocate says about it -
90 Points Wine Advocate
Wine of the Day – December 11, 2012
“The 2011 Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in the same manner as the Chardonnay. It has an attractive bouquet of red currant, blackberry and cassis that is well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins on the entry. This is a more reserved take on Cabernet with an Old World sensibility, but it has superb earthiness and an almost Bordeaux-like classicism on the finish. This is excellent. Drink now-2017. – Neal Martin” October 2012
This came from a blog post comment the other day when I woke up. It mentioned that in Europe they celebrate National Absinthe Day on March 1st and in the US on March 5th so why don’t we do it for the whole 5 days. I thought this was a marvelous idea so we will be putting on Absinthe Days from tonight till next Tuesday, 5 whole days to get your louche on.
Big thanks to Taboo from Okanagan Spirits for the support, if you haven’t already you have to try the Taboo Gold.
Peter von Hahn our senior distiller has just bottled a new batch of Taboo Absinthe Gold.
A traditional style absinthe with a little less anise and the introduction of the botanicals veronica and angelica set this spirit apart from our classic Absinthe. The reduction in the use of fennel and anise causes a wonderfully dry finish whilst a distinct absinthe signature still remains.
This highly popular absinthe was originally released a few years ago and has been sold out ever since.
Our new batch consists of only 114 bottles so availability will be limited.
If you pass through the lobby at the hotel right now, you may see some work being done. We are renovating the lobby and readying it with a stylish new look. While the work goes on, it may seem hard to get into Clive’s with temporary walls and such but we assure you we are open for business as usual.
We will be closed somewhere in the near future for the final renovations directly in front of Clive’s as well as around the washrooms and we will post that when the time comes.
Thanks as always for your patronage.