Yukon Holiday met a couple of firsts for me. It was my first ever beer made in the Yukon, and it was my first ever Kölsch style beer.
Hell, I didn't even know what Kölsch style beer was until I looked it up. All I know is I've never had a beer from the Yukon before. It ends up that Kölsch style beers have a moderate bitterness, but fairly prominent hop flavour with a high effervescence but a rounded, stylish character derived from lagering. I felt better after reading this definition because to me, this beer had a very lager like taste.
Not much of a head formed when it was poured and it had a pale gold colour like many lagers. I liked it from the initial taste and the more of it I drank, the better it tasted. Could a drink a bunch of Yukon Holidays? Sure, it was alright. And that my friends is the crux of this beer. It's just alright. I will never turn one down, but I won't actively search it out again.
If you're looking for a Yukon beer to round out a list, try Yukon Holiday. Chances are you'll like but I doubt you'll love it. I give this beer three burps.
Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised that this beer was terrible. It was tossed to me by a teenager in a boat while I was paddle boarding. When I was his age, I was worried about cost per can instead of good flavour, and after drinking the Brewhouse Pilsner, clearly he was too.
Although I had never heard of this beer, I assumed it was cheap. After all, it was freely given to me by a drunk teenage boater. I figured, if he felt he could afford to give one away, it had to be cheap. I've never found the cost of this beer, but it tasted as cheap as I imagined it would. I thought, maybe it was just me, but when Carolyn tried it, she almost spit it out. She may not be much of a beer drinker, but that was an adverse reaction even for her.
Luckily, we were frying halibut that night and we needed a beer for the batter. Brewhouse Pilsner did the trick. It made a great beer batter! That's probably the best thing I can say about this Pilsner. It makes a great fish batter
Brewhouse Pilsner barely deserves one weak burp. Fish batter - yes, drinking - no.
With a name like Old Engine Oil, you knew the beer had to be dark, and this one was as black as night. What surprised me was how good it tasted.
When I poured the beer, a small fine head the color of coffee foam formed. You know, the fine light brown foam that develops and quickly disappears when an espresso is first poured? That colour! It was unlike any head I've seen before. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that my first taste was coffee. As I drank it down, I started to taste chocolate. It reminded me of eating very bittersweet chocolate.
I loved this Porter from the first swallow. I immediately thought this could be a five burper, and as I continued through the glass, it didn't change my mind. I'm not the world's biggest porter fan, but this was one fine beer.
When I held the full glass up to a window, I couldn't see any daylight through it. Despite this black colour, it wasn't heavy at all. Carolyn even went back for a couple of more swallows (and she is normally scared to try really dark beers).
Made by Harviestoun Brewery in Hillfoots, Scotland, I figured this beer has been made for hundreds of years. I was shocked to learn that the brewery has only been in existence since 1983 and Old Motor Oil since 2000. These guys are newbies when it comes to U.K. brew masters, but they sure know what they're doing.
It was very easy to give Old Motor Oil 5 burps. I can't wait to try this breweries other products!
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