Mill Street Original Organic Lager: I Can’t Believe it’s Light Organic Beer

Mill Street Original Organic Lager pours a very clear, bright golden colour with a large, but fleeting head that settles as a moldy-looking film and leaves moderate lace. Freshwater, grains, honey-sweetened roasted malts and a faint fruitiness make up the aroma of this light, American-style pale lager from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario, with the smell of alcohol coming through as it warms.

Mill Street Original Organic Lager
Great Taste, Less Pesticides

Mill Street Original Organic Lager has a crisp and mild taste with a well-balanced, but slightly sweet malt flavour. A sort of white wine grape taste provides a dryness and slight sourness and a toasty flavour comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a light-medium carbonation. The long-lasting collar provides a smooth creaminess. There is a slight syrupy feeling on the back of the tongue and just a bit of lingering sourness.

Northumberland Ale: Classic Taste is Key

Northumberland Ale from the Church-Key Brewing Company in Campbellford, Ontario pours a nice deep golden-amber colour. A moderate frothy head settles as a thick film and there is a fair amount of visible carbonation. It has a sweet, toasted malt aroma with a honey-like tone, a sort of earthy character and a freshwater note to it. Slightly faint overall, but it smells quite fresh.

Northumberland Ale
This Ale is Light-bodied and Well-Balanced

Northumberland Ale is rather light in the taste department. This stock-style ale modeled after those popular in Eastern Ontario and Southwestern Quebec in the 1940-50s is quite dry at first before sweetened toasted malt comes through on the tongue. It could definitely use a bit more character, but there’s nothing offensive in there. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but very crisp and extremely easy-drinking. There’s a slightly malty, resin-like taste and feeling on the finish.

Mill Street Traditional Ginger Beer: Great Taste is in its Roots

This spiced beer from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a deep golden colour with the slightest of amber hues to it and has a very frothy, but small head that stays around as a sudsy collar. Mill Street Traditional Ginger Beer smells of ginger, honey and freshwater with ripened wheat and a slight pine tone. This beer really opens up after warming, creating a bready malt backing in the aroma.

Mill Street Traditional Ginger Beer
This One is Crisp with a Spicy Kick

The taste of Mill Street Traditional Ginger Beer has a peppery bitterness that is dominated by a natural ginger overtone. The taste is strong without being overwhelming and a mild wheat-toned malty sweetness helps take the edge of the spiciness. The beer is light-bodied with a medium carbonation, crisp and clean and noticeably dry on the finish.

Festivale Altbier: A Celebration of Summer

Festivale Altbier from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a deep and bright rusty amber colour with a large, frothy tan-coloured head that leaves some moderate lacing. This “old” beer smells like freshwater and thick, bready toasted malts. It takes on a canned green pea smell and a sweet, buttery caramel tone as well. A grainy hop note and a fruitiness come through after warming.

Festivale Altbier
This Beer has a Thick yet Refreshing Taste

Festivale Altbier has a very thick malt taste that is heavy and bready. A nice, crisp hoppy tang on the tongue helps to balance the taste. There are a strong earthiness and slight sourness in the finish. This seldom-brewed style has a thick and creamy mouthfeel at first, aided by a long-lasting collar of head. A strong bitterness that comes through on the back of the tongue and the beer is surprisingly crisp and clean given the its overall thickness.