are better than others and mine on Wednesday was a beauty.
It started with a stunning sunrise. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than watching a big red globe sit on the horizon does it?
I decided today was the day to replenish my supplies and that brought me on a trip to Niagara College where one of the nice guys, Brew Master Jon Downing offered to provide with a quick tour of the addition to the brewery as well as checking out a wide variety of malt samples.
Next was a visit to Silver Smith Brewery in the lovely town of Virgil. This is one stunning building - an old church with vines growing on the outside and a beautiful brew house visible from outside. Inside, the pub and hall are no less impressive. To go one step further, Silver Smith makes a dynamite Black Lager - a style that is inching ever closer to my heart.
Just down the road, I found Oast House Brewery and met Cian, one of the founders of the well designed brewery. The outside is bright red and the inside is old wood, warm and inviting. The brew house is sparkling and there is also a wooden, open fermenter for ‘wild yeast’ fermentations. I was promptly invited to sample the wares and the Saison was wonderful but I fell in love with the Biere de Garde. Nicely done Cian and Kevin.
My fourth stop was to pick up a bunch of hops from another ‘nice guy’, Bob Latimer. (I’m not kidding, this industry is just littered with downright nice people). I got a ton of great information from Bob and some nice hops to boot.
My final visit was to Pizzeria Defina on Roncesvalles. This very cool pizzeria is owned by one of my Level 1 students and is definitely a place to visit. Not only do they have some of the best pizza ever, but they have a nice selection of Krombacher beers and I thoroughly enjoyed the Krombacher Dark.
Overall, just a great reminder that I love this industry and the people in the world of beer.
Long live beer!