First Draught — Lamp Lighter is the ideal brew to review in Cummings’ honour
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I went on Facebook the other day and found out that Burton Cummings likely won’t be performing the national anthems at Bell MTS Place anytime soon as he got in a serious car accident in LA. To me, he is the personification of the typical Manitoban. So this week’s review is in honour of Brandon University honorary grad himself, Burton Cummings! I hope he gets better real soon.
BTW — Go onto YouTube and type the words “The Guess Who Tonight Show” (without quotations), and you will be in for a treat that was done only a few weeks ago — a “Tonight Show” parody of “American Woman” by Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Bacon!
To honour the Stacheman himself, I felt that Lamp Lighter by Trans Canada Brewing was the perfect brew to review as Burton Cummings was the celebrity Winnipeg Jets captain back in the early ’90s. Trans Canada Brewing is located right off Route 90 on Kenaston Boulevard near IKEA/Fort Garry Brewing, so I know that Cummings himself is familiar with the neighbourhood.
Lamp Lighter is described as being an easy drinking amber ale that’s brewed using traditional U.K. malts, imparting a deep red hue and subtle notes of caramel, raisin, and a hint of roast chocolate.
The beer pours a dark caramel amber ale with a light amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of beige head on top.
The aroma of Lamp Lighter is reminiscent of your typical amber ale, Lamp Lighter has a hefty presence of caramel for the aroma, raisins, prunes and a light roasted dark chocolate aroma popping up once in a while.
Tasting the Lamp Lighter, it has a sweet caramel flavour that’s typical of your usual amber ales. There’s also a hint of a woody flavour, black licorice, raisins, plums and a bit of an earthy hop presence at the end.
I feel that Lamp Lighter is the kind of beer that would be used to celebrate every Dale Hawerchuk goal on Grant Fuhr — or more recently, Mark Scheifele on Pekka Rinne! The only thing that would make this beer even more worthy of retro Jets hockey is if Trans Canada bottled this in 341-ml stubbies!
Lamp Lighter is your typical amber ale. It tops out at 5.2 per cent ABV, 15 IBU and is available at Liquor Marts in Brandon, Minnedosa, Virden, Portage and Russell for $2.44 per 355-ml bottle.
Trans Canada Brewing just released their Arrow IPA in honour of the Avro Arrow, expect it to come to Westman Liquor Marts in the next few weeks!
Pint Rating: 3 out of 5
» Cody Lobreau is a Canadian beer blogger who reviews every beer he can get his hands on as he believes that he should try every beer twice to get an understanding if it’s truly good or bad. BeerCrank.ca