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68. Ides of December 2021: Earl Grey’s Cup

English Brown Ale 6%
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On December 4, 1909 at Rosedale Park, 3,800 lucky fans cheered on as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeated the Parkdale Canoe Club 26–6 in Canada’s first Grey Cup.

Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada and grandson of the 2nd Earl Grey (Prime Minister of the UK for whom the popular tea was named), had planned to donate a new trophy to Canada’s senior amateur hockey championships, but Sir Montague Allan beat him to it with the Allan Cup, so Grey offered his award to the fledlging Canadian amateur “rugby football” championships beginning in 1909. 

Grey forgot to actually order a trophy, though, so the winning Varsity Blues weren’t presented with the Cup until four months later, in March 1910.

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Tasting Notes

  • OG: 14.5 P
  • IBU: 25
  • SRM: 26
  • Carbonation: 2.30 Volumes (Medium Low)
  • Malts: Pale 2 Row, Munich, Brown Malt, Crystal 65, Crystal 85, Carafa Special III
  • Hops: Magnum, Godiva
  • Yeast: English Ale
  • Other: Pu Erh Tea, Bitter Orange Peel, Sweet Lime Peel
  • Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head
  • Aroma: Toasty malt, caramel, earthy black tea, floral notes, raisins, bright citrus notes poking through the rich malts and tea, chestnuts
  • Taste: Nutty caramel, toasty malts, earthy tea with a tannic kick, craisins, tart citrus
  • Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a round malt sweetness to start that leads into a drying, tannic finish
  • Overall: Double British hit of brown ale and a cup o' tea. Nutty, earthy, fruity.
  • This ale was inspired by Earl Grey tea. We took a standard English Brown Ale and decided to make our own twist on Earl Grey. We used 3 year aged Pu Erh tea and a blend of freshly zested sweet lime and bitter orange to replicate the bergamot oil.
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