Billed as a “Canadian Golden Pilsner”, Mythology by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario is a deep, golden honey colour with a slight chill haze and pours with a fluffy, spongy white head that settles into a rocky cap and leaves a cascade of lace as you drink your glass. My tasting notes said that Mythology smells like “Noble hops out the Wazoo” and I think that description is apt. Floral tones, lemony citrus and an earthy pepper note pop from the glass, set against a base of steely, fresh cut grains and light aromas of honey and caramel.
These Noble hop qualities are also showcased in the taste of Mythology. It’s flowery and slightly soapy with a very crisp and tart citrus pith tone up front. Pilsner malt brings a light, yet somewhat earthy caramel base that’s just sturdy enough to hold a bitterness that checks in at 24 IBU. I found the finish dry and almost clove-like, with a pronounced lemon tone and earthy mineral notes beyond that. Mythology is a fairly light-bodied and well-carbonated lager, though it does have a pleasant bit of slickness on the tongue as well.
Like all Flying Monkeys packaging, Mythology is easy to spot on a shelf. It evokes a graffitti wall, with the beer’s name tagged in chunky blue lettering and a prominent image of Zeus in the centre, as well as a few slogans and logos haphazardly scrawled about. You’ll find an angsty description of the beer on the side of the can and a production date stamped on the bottom. I haven’t had Mythology in bottles for a while, but recall date stamping on the shoulder.
Mythology drinks like an amped up Czechvar or Pilsner Urquell. It nails all the traditional notes you’d expect from a Czech-style pilsner, but with a bit grainier of a body and more pronounced hop characteristics. You could definitely file this offering under “gateway beer” and for me it’s a great sandwich companion. It also goes well with typical bar-style fare like nachos or wings. My personal favourite pairing is fish & chips drizzled with lemon juice and some garlic aioli.
You can find Mythology in bottles at The Beer Store and in cans at many LCBO locations. Flying Monkeys Craft brewery is open seven days a week for tours, tap room service and bottle shop sales. They also have a distribution footprint in other provinces and some states.
Type: Czech Pilsener
Region: Ontario, Barrie
Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%