It took several self-pep talks, but I'm finally doing it. I've stared down the cans (the old cans from my trip down to Guelph last month, and more recently some of the new ones that our buddy Andy picked up for us last week.) I've put this stout up on a silver platter for some time, and I've been afraid that it wouldn't hold up. My tastebuds have evolved in the recent past, and while I fell in love with this beer only a year ago, I couldn't quite define why. Back then, either I liked something or I didn't - I never really stopped to ask why.
Today I stop and ask why.
Do I need to talk about the company before I get into this? Honestly, I wouldn't know what to say. During my last trip down to the G-town, they blew me away. Their tour was awesome: both extremely informative and enjoyable (it's the best five bucks you'll spend in Guelph.) We got to chatting with Bryan, one of their brewers and self-proclaimed resident beer geek (seriously, he evens claims it on his Twitter account. Follow him, he's an awesome guy.) Do yourself a favour and have a serious beer chat with him if you can - he's both down-to-earth and enthusiastic about his craft. Anyway, about the company itself? Bah, you're not here for a history lesson, you'd go to their website if you wanted that - or even better, you'd stop in for a tour. So, what are you here for? If not for a history lesson, or my stunning good looks (seriously ladies, check out the mug in that profile picture, you know you love it) it must be for a review of the beer I have gone on record as claiming to be the best beer brewed by a man (or a woman.)
Here we go!