Lights Out with Mill Street Preview

On Saturday, March 28, 2015 more than 100 venues throughout Ontario will go dark as part of Mill Street Brewery’s fifth annual “Lights Out with Mill Street” fundraising event is support of and conjunction with Earth Day Canada. Along with some of my contemporaries like Ottawa Beer Events, Ottawa Beer Club and Ottawa Beer Calendar, I was invited to attend a preview event on Thursday, March 19 that literally gave us a taste of what to expect from the ones taking place during Earth Hour.

Lights Out with Mill Street

I arrived at Mill Street’s Ottawa Brewpub before sundown and was warmly greeted as I checked in and was given a couple of beer tokens – hey, this was a media event after all. Industrious local musician Amanda Rheaume was already mid set as I opted for a glass of the brewery’s classic German-style Pilsner, sat with some friends and was quickly reminded that my voice is not well-suited towards an intimate acoustic show.

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.

Mill Street Belgian Wit: Sweet Wheat

This unfiltered wheat beer pours a cloudy, pale pineapple juice-like yellow with a decent head that lasts but a few seconds. Mill Street Belgian Wit from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario has a very sweet, malty aroma with lots of orange tone and a peppery spiciness to it.

Mill Street Belgian Wit
This is a Sweet and Flavourful Take on Wheat Beer

The aroma is appetizing, if not a bit heavy; kind of like the syrup from a fruit cup or canned pears. The taste of Mill Street Belgian Wit is also quite sweet in taste after an initial citrus bite. Its malt forward with a banana and a sort of trading card bubble gum or lychee flavour to it. The finish has a fruity tartness that comes off as crisp and refreshing.

Mill Street Brewery Coffee Porter: One Special Blend

This rich, dark beer from the Mill Street Brewery in downtown Toronto, Ontario has real brewed Balzac’s Coffee added during the brewing process. Coffee Porter pours a deep, almost black, ruby-brown colour with a sizable, but fleeting sandy brown head. I find the beer has a surprisingly bubbly mouthfeel, imparting an unexpected, crisp freshness.

Mill Street Coffee Porter
This is the Most Refreshing Porter I've Tried

Mill Street Brewery Coffee Porter carries a typical deep malt aroma with strong chocolate syrup notes and a hint of smoky wood. The rich, malty and syrupy taste common to porters is very well-balanced by the bitterness of the coffee and a smoke-tinged, slightly fruity aftertaste.

Tankhouse Ale: Anything but Pale

This American Pale Ale from the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a deep, rusty garnet colour with a sizable soapy white head that leaves a generous lacing and sticks around as a collar. Tankhouse Ale produces a relatively mild toasted malt aroma, with hints of pepper and lime-like citrus.

Tankhouse Ale
Tankhouse Ale has a Rich Aroma and Taste

The taste is mild at first, but quickly bursts through with a malty, biscuit-like flavour before an understated bitterness sets in along with a slightly spicy aftertaste. Tankhouse Ale has a very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to create a tangy bite on my tongue.