We are lovers of beer at Cooper & O’Hara. Now is a great time to be an adventurous beer drinker. The market is bursting with tons of craft beers from both old and new microbreweries. Whether or not you’re a fan of the trend, there’s definitely some great brews out there. We hope you’re introduced to something new with this craft beer photography project of ours.
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Tis’ the season for spiced beers! Pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, even Chai! Lots of lovely flavours for comfort on the cold nights by a fire… or in front of a horror movie on Halloween if that’s your thing. All Canadian breweries this roundup. O Canada!
This is a particularly aromatic pumpkin brew. Lots of a clove, ginger, and nutmeg carry this mildly pumpkin ale. It’s almost ginger/root beer esque in profile. Doesn’t mean it’s not a great ale (very crisp and interesting), just not huge on the pumpkin in my opinion because those other flavours are so strong. Good job, Nelson Brewing Company!
“This Alley Kat Fan Favorite is back for another season. Enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie, but in beer form. One sip will take you straight back to grandma’s kitchen. Brewed in limited quantities, snap some up before its gone for another year.”
Alley Kat is a great Edmonton brewery that we are very familiar with, so I was excited when I saw their Pumpkin Ale on the shelves this Halloween. This beer has a strong baked pumpkin flavour upfront, more-so than the Nelson Brewery ale as mentioned previously. The smell of this beer is especially Pumpkin Pie like, and does remind me of Grandma’s kitchen at Thanksgiving.
“The newest jewel adorning the body of Big Rock’s ever-growing collection is a complex yet whimsical blend of nine heavenly spices atop a quartet of superlative malts and a perfectly-balanced mix of Galena and Willimette hops… Life of Chai is the ideal blend of sensory stimulation and polished refreshment. The perfect party in every sip.”
Life of Chai has been around since the end of the summer, but I feel like it’s very much a fall/winter centric beer. Reminiscent of Richard’s Cardigan beer, the spiciness is comforting and almost Christmas-like. Being a big fan of Chai tea and lattes we were excited to try this beer. Unfortunately there’s not as much of a “Chai” flavour as I expected, but it’s still very good either way.
Go pick up some of these comfort
foods beers, and enjoy.
-C & O