Beers of WFC 2012

Fri 9 Nov 2012 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Michael

newlogo03Fermented Adventures was well represented at World Fantasy Convention in Toronto this past weekend. As you can imagine, we went at it in earnest, like the semipro drinkers…er, writers…we are.

I bought and saved up beers over a couple months until I had 24 bottles of really good Michigan beer. I muled it (legally) over international lines. Then Scott, Raj and I and a crowd of other writers sampled and shared them all weekend alongside Toronto microbrews liberally provided by con staff, hotel bar and friends.

1_107309126_3It all went (gloriously) something like this:

  • Mill Street Organic, Toronto – a yellow lager, meh
  • Steam Whistle Pilsener, Canada – very nice, crisp and authentic-tasting
  • Frankenmuth Pilsener, Michigan – Not quite as authentically German-style but I like it
  • Arcadia Loch Down, Michigan – a very nice scotch ale, 7% alcohol, round, easy drinking
  • Bells Double Cream Stout, Michigan – reviewed earlier by Scott, decent but not mind-blowing.
  • Growler of IPA from some local Toronto brewpub – spicy, earthy, citrusy, medium bitter, a kitchen sink IPA
  • Smithwicks – Not nearly as good as the Arcadia scotch ale.
  • Rickard’s Red, Molson – Not bad. Middle o’ the road.
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  • Bells Cherry Stout – We love the sour/stout combo. This as far as I’m concerned is the exemplar.
  • Founders Breakfast Stout, Michigan – the gold standard
  • Pilgrim’s Dole Wheat Wine, New Holland, Michigan – a huge 12% alcohol wheat wine with currant, plum flavor notes. Amazing, but would have been 100x better if I’d aged it 3 years first.
  • Dark Horse Blueberry Imperial Stout, Michigan – The blueberry is almost all in the nose, so not quite a sour stout but still delicious.
  • Mill Street Coffee Porter, Toronto – A tiny bit too much coffee for me in a porter this light.
  • Atwater Block Bourbon Barrel Porter, Michigan
  • A different growler of IPA from some local Toronto brewpub – Super-citrusy, aggressively bitter, a bit much for me but nice to sample.
  • Motor City Brewing Works Hard Cider, Detroit – Best Detroit area cider I’ve had, dry, strongly effervescent, acidic, strong in tannin, with funky earthy notes from the yeast. Must buy more….
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  • 2012 Hot Pepper Chocolate Stout, my homebrew – This one had a pepper in the bottle, very fiery indeed
  • 2011 Sweet Fern Scotch Ale, my homebrew – A 70 shilling ale flavored with a pinch of wild-harvested sweet fern, a spicy, woody perennial
  • 2011 Cyser, my homebrew
  • 2011 Honey Porter, my homebrew

And that’s just the ones I can remember!


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