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Issue 196

July 2019

Beer Of The Month | The Good Tap | Featured Cocktail | Trivia Night XV | Leah's Beer School | Featured Shows


Beer Of The Month

Chardonnay Summer Ale

4.3%, Spearhead Brewing

The Chardonnay Summer Ale is a beer-wine hybrid made with locally sourced Chardonnay must and citrusy aromatic French hops.  A perfect summer brew, it is light and fruity, balanced and refreshing.


A Buck-A-Beer For The Better: The Good Tap

High Socie-Tea ESB

5.2%, Amsterdam Brewing

The Good Tap is a monthly rotating tap feature curated by the Society of Beer Drinking LadiesThis month, the Ladies and Amsterdam Brewing, bring us High Socie-Tea.  More than your average ESB, this beer has a bright floral aroma and a toasted malt sweetness that balance the black tea and citrus from Sloane’s Tea Earl Grey Classic.

Donations of $1 for every pint and $0.50 from every half pint will go directly to the Ladies charity of choice, the Canadian Women’s Foundation.


Featured Cocktail

La Gavilana

A twist on a traditional old fashioned, La Gavilana showcases Volcan Tequila Cristalino, a premium cask-aged tequila with robust notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate.

Simple and refreshing, this recipe uses two ounces of tequila, a dash of bitters, a hint of sugar, and is garnished with a fresh grapefruit zest.


Trivia Night XV

Geek Chic?

Wednesday July 17, 8:00 PM, Free Admission

Everyone has a little bit of geek in them. Whether it’s an obsession with Lord Of The Rings, model trains, or arcane trivia there are many ways to rock the Geek Chic. So, tap into your inner nerd and join us for an evening that celebrates the fantastic fanatics.


Leah's Beer School

Lesson 8: Et Tu IBU?

A contentious topic of conversation in the beer world is whether IBU ratings need to be accessible to the beer consumer. Many beer drinkers use the IBU scale as a reference tool, so they can judge the relative bitterness of a beer. On the other hand, most brewers argue against publishing IBUs, as they are often based on rough calculations and tell little about how bitter a beer will actually taste.

An IBU or International Bitterness Unit is a gauge of a beer’s bitterness and is measured in parts per million of isohumulone (bitter alpha acids). The scale starts at 0 and is open-ended in theory, but because bittering compounds are only somewhat soluble in water, there is an upper limit to how many IBUs you can pack into a beer. 

Properly testing IBU levels involves a spectrometer that measures the amount of isohumulones that can be extracted from a beer. The process of measuring a beer’s bitterness is relatively simple, but the equipment is very expensive.  Most craft brewers don’t own equipment to accurately measure bitterness and will instead calculate approximate values based on a formula.

Measuring IBUs is primarily used as a quality control tool for brewing, not a descriptive one for consumers. Most brewers aren’t trying to achieve a specific IBU rating to fulfill any particular style requirements. Instead, they are using IBUs as a gauge for consistency in hopping, especially when brewing multiple batches of a beer, as hops are constantly changing and will degrade over time. 

While some drinkers refer to IBUs to determine bitterness, measuring IBUs does not take a beer’s perceived bitterness into consideration. Perceived bitterness includes all other factors that affect our perception of bitterness including malt sweetness, yeast characteristics and body of a beer. 

As many brewers will argue, and most of us can agree, our perception of bitterness is more relevant to how we taste beer than the parts per million of isohumulones found in it. As beer consumers, we need to stop limiting our choices based on IBUs and instead identify the qualities that we are looking for in a brew. When it come to new flavours we just have to "give brews a chance."


Featured Show

Women In Music Vol. 10: Nicole Rayy, Katherine J. Ross, Jessie Alexandra, Rebecca Hope, and featuring The Command Sisters

Sunday July 7, 6 PM, Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

The Command Sisters have been performing together for over 10 years.  Born and raised in small town Alberta, the sisters honed their craft in country surroundings, leading to their first publishing/production deal, at ages 12 and 15, in Nashville, Tennessee.

This opportunity took them on a wild ride with showcases at the famed Bluebird Cafe, a tour in China, a John Lennon Songwriting Contest award and a performance for Yoko Ono during John Lennon’s 75th birthday celebration.

True songwriters and musicians at heart, Charlotte and Sarah have formulated their harmony and guitar-driven alternative pop music with musical influences ranging from The 1975 to Hall & Oates. 

Now in Toronto, the Command Sisters recently signed with Universal Music Canada / 21 Entertainment and are preparing to release their debut album.  



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