New Superior Beer!
By Jeannie Dubois, Certified Pommelier and Sommelier
What more could our beautiful mecca of the north need, with yard upon yard of comfy and cosy Buffalo plaid, endless acres of coniferous trees, gorgeous Great Lake water, and ream upon ream of colourfully frosted persians?
More fresh, locally brewed beer of course! Enter Lucas Goerzen and Angus Reid, who have just opened Lakehead Beer downtown to much anticipation. Entering the fold with Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., Dawson Trail Craft Brewery, and the recently opened One Time Brew Co., Lakehead easily fits into the local beer scene with a hip, newly renovated space and great brewing pedigree (think Niagara College brewmaster!).
The taproom features a sunken sub-floor level that hosts the new 10 hectolitre brewhouse, as well as their six stacked fermenters, while the main floor has an airy ambiance that lends itself to the cool behind-the-bar vibe, which features the eight brite tanks that your cool, frothy glass of beer is poured directly from.
Look forward to food being catered from our friends at Tomlin Restaurant coming sometime this month in the taproom, and until then enjoy the bar snacks and truly en pointe beer (in a glass or to-go in cans) that Lakehead is brewing up as the newest member of our northern beer community.
Light Lager: Full-bodied and flavourful, this subtle, clean, and crisp lager has mild notes of spice, floral German hops, peaches and pears, white bread, and nuts.
Light Ale: Brewed with a widely assorted malt bill and variety of hops to an easy drinking sessionable strength, this ale would commonly be classified as a pale British mild, although it is more about balance than temperance.
IPA (India Pale Ale): Formatted after the original forerunners of the American hop-centric movement, this classic IPA is dry hopped (all for aromatics not bitterness!) with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook.
Pilsner: Lakehead’s zag on the classic Pils zig. Utilizing a standard Pils recipe with a single, locally produced malt, the cheeky addition of low-key dry hops Spalt Select and American Nobel Simcoe add floral, pepper, and citrus to the aroma.
Deep Cuts: A rotating series of uncommon beer styles that are favoured by the brewers. Currently, an American brown (or Cascadian dark ale/black IPA, as you wish) is featured chock-full of nuttiness and creamy chocolate, bracketed by citrusy and resinous notes from the American hop additions.
In the Ground: A collaborative series of beers created in conjunction with St Paul Roastery. Although the base beer may change, an addition of special selected and locally roasted coffee is a guarantee. Currently, the strong porter features an infusion of Costa Rican light roast and Peruvian medium/dark roast to ensue in an ale rich in milk chocolate and cocoa nibs, raisins, and toast.
Pale Ale: Lakehead’s premier beer, available only in-house by the glass, is a meditative take on the original style, both balanced and harmonious, with a full malt profile and crisp, mild bitterness from the hop portfolio. Take away notes of herbal tea and orange.
Find Lakehead Beer Company at 206 Park Avenue, or lakeheadbeer.ca.