“Be it known that We, Henry Woodward of the city of Toronto in the County of York, in the Province of Ontario Medical Electrician, and Mathew Evans also of the city of Toronto, in the County of York, in the Province of Ontario Gentleman, have jointly invented: New and useful improvements in the art or process of obtaining Artificial light by means of Electricity.”
…otherwise known as The Light Bulb. Toiling at Morrison’s Brass Foundry on Adelaide Street, Woodward & Evans built the first electric light using a shaped rod of carbon held between electrodes in a glass bulb filled with nitrogen. They patented their invention in 1874, and attempted to form a company to raise money to refine and market their invention. For their efforts, Woodward & Evans were subjected to public ridicule (“Who needs a glowing piece of metal? Not a very bright idea”). Nonetheless, they obtained a U.S. patent in 1876. In 1879, some guy named Thomas Edison considered Woodward & Evans’ invention important enough in furthering his own research to completely buy the patents from them and all their Canadian partners. And the rest is history.
We brewed this light, refreshing lager in honour of these unsung Toronto pioneers who literally changed the world.
OG: 9 Plato
Carbonation: Medium-High (2.6 Volumes)
Recommended Glassware: Shaker Pint
Malts: Pale, Flaked RIce
Hops: Hallertau Mittlefruh
Yeast: Arset Kveik blend (Note: Kveik is a Norwegian farmhouse strain that is coming into vogue in Ontario now. Arset's claim to fame is that it can ferment rapidly without temperature control and produce clean lagers. This beer is a test of that claim)
Aroma: Faint aroma of bread dough, crackers
Appearance: Straw-coloured. Translucent and very slightly cloudy with a short-lived white head.
Taste: Clean upfront with a slight bread-y note paired with low level mild hop bitterness. Slightly fruity. Finish is immediate, dry, and refreshing. Tiny hint of rice in the background.
Mouthfeel: Low body with medium-high carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue, goes down smooth without being overly thin.
Overall Impression: A light, crisp, refreshing, and thirst-quenching lager designed to be served extra cold.