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33. Ides of January 2019: O-Pee-Chee

Lager 5%

Hockey cards are woven into the fabric of Canadian childhood. If you were an Ontario schoolkid, expressions such as “shootsies,” “flipsies,” and “got’em-got’em-need’em” were a common part of your vernacular, at least until the dollar value of the cards outweighed their playground value.

It all started in 1934 with the O-Pee-Chee Gum Company making their first set of hockey cards just down the road in London, Ontario. O-Pee-Chee – derived from the Ojibwe word meaning “the robin” – was named after the Grand Bend cottage of the brothers who founded the company in 1911.They mostly made hockey and baseball cards, but The Beatles, Batman and Charlie’s Angels also got the O-Pee-Chee treatment. And who can forget that sweet, pink slab of gum that came in every pack!

If you happened to keep your Wayne Gretzky rookie card out of your trading pile in 1980, that card could net you $50,000 today. Or maybe you didn’t hold on to your Gretzky card, and maybe this simple, delicious lager will help you forget about losing it to Miles Pumpernickle in grade four.

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Tasting Notes

  • OG: 25 Plato ABV: 10% IBU: 80 SRM: 57
  • Malt: Pale, Roasted Barley, Extra Special Roast, Double Roasted Crystal, Pale Chocolate
  • Hops: Warrior
  • Yeast: California Ale (house strain)
  • Extras: Rosen’s Cinnamon Bun Paste, Cinnamon, Vanilla
  • Aroma: Cinnamon, vanilla, baker’ chocolate, toffee, and a faint hint of espresso.
  • Appearance: Jet black with slight red tint. Opaque. Long-lasting mahogany coloured head that leaves significant lacing on the glass.
  • Taste: Sweetness up front followed by spice notes of cinnamon and roast. Hints of chocolate, coffee, Tootsie roll, and raisin. Slight bitterness balances on a long finish with a pleasant alcohol warmth.
  • Mouthfeel: Big bodied, velvet, creamy mouthfeel. Chewy. Medium-low carbonation. Finish is long and lingering yet smooth.
  • Overall Impression: A big, pastry flavoured Imperial Stout reminiscent of dessert
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  • Icon/Award-medal Created with Sketch. Canadian Brewing Awards 2019: North American Style Lager
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