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Enjoying a Brew Masters dinner at the Mill Street Brewpub…

A last minute invite came to me from a good friend of mine to join her downtown in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. The event was to take place at one of my favourite local breweries, Mill Street Brewery. It was to be a “Brew Masters Dinner”, featuring none other than the brew master himself, Joel Manning. Visiting the brewpub is enjoyable for many reasons. One is to take in the beautifully restored historic buildings of the old Gooderman and Worts Distillery District, the other is to enjoy the many different samplings of Mill Street’s beer. They have a wide array of beers available on tap that you don’t get to see in the LCBO or Beer Store, so it’s quite a treat. What was even more exciting, was that some of these not-so-available beers were going to be paired with some pretty incredible food.

We arrived a bit early, so we bellied up to the bar and I grabbed a Cobblestone Stout. I had only first tried it a week before at my friends pub, The Auld Spot, and loved it. The Auld Spot is a fantastic local pub along The Danforth that’s been open for about 15 years. Loved by the locals, filled with regulars, and always cheerful due in no small part from the owners friendly enthusiasm for craft beer and boutique style food. The beers on tap are specially picked by the owners, choosing beers that they would want to drink themselves. Among them are of course some of Mill Street’s offerings.

We met our rep Kim, who invited us to the dinner. She is the Toronto East sales rep for Mill Street, a very fun and lively person, full of conversation and laughs. After being seated, the dinner promptly started off with another one of my favourites, the Belgian Wit, accompanied by an appetizer of mussel fritter with a beer mustard aioli. The dinner continued with these delicious parings: Continue reading

Brewing a Tankhouse Ale clone…

Stop any random person on the street here in Toronto and ask them what their favourite beer is. Chances are more likely than not, they will mention something from Mill Street Brewery. In 10 short years, Mill Street has gone from a small craft Brewery to being a symbol of great Toronto brewing. From their flagship Organic Lager, to their award-winning coffee porter, they are sure to brew a style that will suit your tastes. Among the welcome diversity, one brew that stands out above the others is their Tankhouse Ale. Bold and complex, it challenges you to grasp the many different flavours at work in this celebrated brew. Each sip builds upon the last until your taste buds are fully satisfied. It’s generously hopped with the ever popular Cascade, but its the depth of the malts that take it to where other ales fall short. This beer isn’t so bitter as to scare away the under-initiated, yet it is bold enough to stand strong and proud.
I dug around to see if I could find any information on what goes into this one, but understandably, there’s not much. What I do know is:

  • 5 different malts
  • Cascade hops
  • a small amount of chocolate malt
  • 5.2% ABV

Armed with that information I’ve come up with the following recipe:

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