Picking the right brew

(photo courtesy of creative commons).
(photo courtesy of creative commons).

Heineken? Mill Street? Budweiser?

When it comes to selecting the perfect beer for a night out, people often are stumped with the choices that they have to make. It all comes down to the price, the taste and overall mood that one is willing to invest when carefully selecting their beers for the night.

With the recent opening of Beertown in Uptown Waterloo, the art of selecting beers has become an explorative experiencee. Located in the Uptown Public Square, Beertown has about 30 unique beers on tap and over 100 different bottles that are sure to switch up your rudimentary beer drinking habits. Consulting the ‘Beer Bible’ and the selection of draught beers, these four different categories offered the best beer tips that can help channel towards going out and trying new beers.

‘Sweets and Wheats’
These beers have a lighter and sweeter finish but still pack a punch when it comes to flavour. One of Beertown’s best sellers is Fruli Premium Strawberry Beer. It has a very unique strawberry tang that is perfect for starting the evening or finishing with dessert. Another honourable mention was Erdinger Weissbeir. This German brew is pleasantly smooth with a neutral bouquet. It is flavourful enough for any meal and mellow enough for a round of flip cup.

‘Light and Crisp’
The perfect summer beers, offering refreshing taste and are easy to drink. Ontario craft brew Mill Street Organic stands out as the top beer for this category. Not only is it refreshing, but it offers a light taste for those who don’t like a strong aftertaste.

If gluten doesn’t work with your diet, Mongozo Premium Pilsner is another option. It’s the first lager in the world that is certified gluten free. Keep in mind it does have a slightly bitter aftertaste, but is still easy to drink.

Considered the most well rounded beer category ten different brews are considered ‘smooth’ at Beertown. Barking Squirrel Lager is one of the most full-bodied beers out there. It’s a distinct burnt orange in colour with a delicate hop aroma. Yet the Palm Ale stands out the most for those looking for a smooth drink. This Belgian beer has a honey-like tenderness and includes a bitingly refreshing finish. It is the best pick for any hearty meal or leisurely drinking evening.

This category includes the heaviest of beers that are made for extremely casual drinking and should be enjoyed at a moderate pace. Innis & Gunn’s Original Scotch Ale is considered the heaviest amongst them all. It’s aged in oak scotch casks, which gives this ale some vanilla and honey tones. At first taste it may seem like you are taking a shot of the darkest liquor known to man, but once you ease into it, it can be a very flavourful experience. Drink this one with caution.

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