FIRST DRAUGHT — Steamworks’ red ale worthy of hero worship
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This article was published 02/03/2018 (1632 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Last week, Prairie Firehouse teamed up with Beau’s All Natural Brewing to do a one-night, six-course, six-beer event featuring some amazing dishes by chef Rebekah and team paired up with some interesting beers by Beau’s All Natural Brewing out of Vankleek Hill, Ont.
I’m a picky eater, so I gave the dishes I wouldn’t want to eat to my friend Patrick, but I found a lot of dishes that I absolutely loved! Each dish paired well with every specially selected Beau’s beer offering. At the event, I was mostly around people who I knew — a malt barley farmer, Patrick, a home brewer, and a local hop farmer, I was in good company! From the people I didn’t know I heard raving comments about the food and the beer — that’s always a good thing!
While not everybody is going to like the Tom Green Milk Stout, a lot of people seemed to like at least one or two of the beers offered.
Prairie Firehouse and Beau’s put on an absolute amazing beer pairing event that I can’t stop raving about — and the proceeds from the event will go to Brandon’s Food for Thought Program!
I’ve found that a few of the beers from the beer-pairing event are currently available at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Marts for a short period of time, but Beau’s Lamb’s Wool Gruit (with Apple and Cinnamon flavour) and Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale will be at the Keystone Motor Inn within the next few weeks.
Kissmeyer is a pale ale with a medley of ingredients: sweet gale, yarrow, dried Heather flowers, rose hips, and cranberries comprise its balanced fruit-and-herb bouquet, while a maple-syrup addition rounds out the complex character of the beer. Look for these beers at the Keystone Motor Inn in coming days!
Last week while I was at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart, I was chatting with a fellow beer geek friend up and down the aisles, and he happened to come across Heroica Red Ale by Steamworks Brewing out of Vancouver. Since I was talking about Prairie Firehouse, this seemed to fit in the theme today because the artwork features a damsel in distress being rescued by a fireman, but I would have never noticed this beer if it weren’t for my friend.
Heroica is an American-style pale ale that tops out at 5.6 per cent ABV. The beer uses a combination of your typical malts like two-row, Munich and chocolate. As for hops, a medley of Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops, which are known to give more of a bitter and seriously citrus presence to the nose and taste buds.
Heroica pours just like any other North American red ale with a rich, clear, honey brown body to it, and a light amount of yellowish beige head on top.
The aroma is a citrusy, bitter, yet tropical aroma that I never really expected before opening this can. There’s notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and a light amount of burnt chocolate at the end. This may be one of the most interesting aromas in beer I’ve seen in a while … pineapple AND chocolate?!
The flavour is more of a malt-presence red ale with notes of caramel, a bit of a woody presence, a hint of lemon, and a hint of a tropical flavour of pineapple. This isn’t anywhere near as tropical and beach-side as the aroma, but this is still pretty complex for the taste notes.
After taking my time tastin-n-sniffin this beer, I find it really confusing. I was getting notes of pine and chocolate in the aroma, but they weren’t present in the tastings. The tasting was more of a woody and grapefruit presence with a hint of pine. I would have loved to see the chocolate malt make its away into the tasting profile, but this turned out to be a great American-style red ale. It’s got a good bready character with a rich amount of caramel and tropical flavours. It’s quite reminiscent to a typical Oktoberfest Ale. This reminds me of a few of the Oktoberfest beers I had back in September and beyond.
Oktoberfest is long gone, but I find this style of beer is St Patrick’s Day-worthy as well, with it being a malt-forward red ale! Steamworks’ Heroica Red Ale is available at Liquor Marts in Brandon (10th and Victoria, Corral Centre) for $3.25 per 500 ml can.
» 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.