Let’s Taste the Summer Beer of Mill St.


This past Friday I was able to get some really fascinating insight from a Mill St. Brewmaster himself — Joel Manning! What a guy, I’d like to make a point to say this man is extremely knowledgeable and was able to convey the stories of each beer in not only a humorous way, but in a way that us, non-brewmaster could understand.


This summer the LCBO has brought in a Mill St. sampling pack, which contains six different types of beers — all of which are awesome!


I’ve been a fan of Mill St.’s Organic beer and the 100th Meridian. However, this past Friday I was exposed to a beautiful new selection of Mill St.’s Ginger Cat, Stargazer Summer Ale and the seasonal Lemon Tea.

The Ginger Cat is a ginger beer that ranks a 5 percent alcohol content. The hints of ginger are subtle and delicious. For those who don’t like ginger, might still consider giving this a taste-test before dismissing it! It’s a Belgian-style witbier or “white beer” made with raw and malted wheat along with orange peel and candied stem ginger added in the brewing process.  

The Stargazer Summer Ale is a 4.1 percent alcohol content brew that came with an adorable story about Manning and his (late) father stargazing one night. This was before the beer had a name, and this story is the reason why it’s called what it is. It’s a session bitter and it’s a very drinkable hoppy ale.

The Lemon Tea is the ultimate summer brew. It was created so simply and easily by combining lemonade and beer. The sweet taste of lemonade is such a traditional summer drink that combining it with a cold brew makes so much sense. It’s pleasing to the adult who is really just a kid at heart.

Some major takeaways from the beer tasting:

Always, always, always try new brews. Like Manning said, if you don’t like it now, try something else expand your palette and try it again in a few months, or even next year

Your palette is always expanding.

The first beer always tastes the best.

My favourite part of this entire presentation had to be the down-to-earth tone, the anecdotes and when Manning said talked about beer it wasn’t on a pretentious level, this quote makes me heart smile and it also makes me want more beer…. “you’re supposed to have a couple of beers and laugh your guts out with your friends”


Mr. Manning Gazing at the Stargazer Bottle – Perfection! PS!! Check out the book on the left hand side of the image. We are so sneaky!

Poster with love,



It’s Back! Amsterdam Framboise is now available


It may have snowed in Toronto last night, but I was in a summer state of mind sipping on a Framboise. It was my first time trying this “strong beer” and it wasn’t what I expected. I find Amsterdam brews beer with a distinctly and obvious taste of ale, hops, IPA – or the like. This beer was different: tart, but sweet and less of a beer-experience, more of a spritzer sensation met my taste buds.

Even those who aren’t drawn to beers as their usual drink of choice, Framboise can appeal to a massive audience of beer enthusiasts, dabblers in coolers, and those searching for a summer refreshment above all others. The bright, welcoming packaging is marketing win for the seasonal approach, and it is, after all, brewed only once a year – for the past 23 years, so…. You get it. Get it.


When poured, you see the real ruby red colour, white foamy head and a slight pink hue. It has a light-medium body with carbonation of almost champagne-like fizz.


Brewed in small batches by Amsterdam brewery, with real Canadian raspberries this 6.5% strong beer is the one to try. Without infusing too much sweetness, but rather surging a tartness into the beer, it brings a burst of raspberry and a hint of ale.

“Using an old world recipe, our brewmaster handcrafted this wondrous beer by blending Belgian wheat malt with real Canadian raspberries. In fact six pounds of raspberries go into making every case, resulting in an abundantly obvious ruby red beer with a crisp fruit flavour.”

With relation to my last post of the Shock Top Raspberry White, they’re are some definitely differences, it seems that raspberry beer will be the summer blend to watch out for this year!