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82. Ides of February 2023: Onward and Upward

Belgian Dubbel 9%
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For Black History Month, we invited our friends, beer bloggers Edward Buhnai (aka @tdotdrinks) & Meoshi Nottage (aka @craftbeerphoenix), to curate our Ides release. They chose to pay tribute to Kathleen “Kay” Livingstone, a driving force behind the empowerment & advancement of Black women.

Born in London, Ontario in 1918, Kay studied music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto before going on to a successful career as a stage actor & radio host. But Kay left her greatest legacy through her tireless activism. In 1951, Kay founded the Canadian Negro Woman’s Association, which encouraged pride & awareness in the Black community, provided scholarships to Black students & helped launch the Caribana festival. Kay also organized the first National Congress of Black Women in 1973.

One of Kay’s favourite phrases: “Onward and upward, lifting as we climb” became the motto for the Canadian Negro Women’s Association.

In 2011, Kay was designated a Person of National Historic Significance & a plaque dedicated to her memory was installed at 475 Yonge Street in Toronto.

Ed & Meoshi asked us to brew this indulgent Belgian Dubbel, which is dark brown in colour with a dry finish & complex flavours of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, nuts & spice, to warm those who enjoy it during the winter months.

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Tasting Notes

  • OG: 17.6
  • IBU: 34
  • SRM: 24
  • Carbonation: 2.7 Volumes (High)
  • Malts: 2 Row Pale, Munich I, Aromatic Malt, Caramunich 1, Pale Chocolate, Carafa Special III
  • Hops: Magnum, Celeia
  • Yeast: Escarpment Ardennes
  • Other: Belgian Dark Candi Syrup, Demerara Sugar
  • Appearance: Dark Brown with orange highlights, long-lasting tan head
  • Aroma: Roasted malt, cocoa, fruity ester yeast character.
  • Taste: Sweet malt, spice, mild breadiness, esters, stone fruit
  • Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, warming alcohol, lingering sweetness
  • Overall impression: An indulgent Belgian Dubbel that warms those who enjoy it during the cold winter months.
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