The Seaport Beerfest review

Sunny days, unshackled from the keyboard, we force our reporter to pay for his media pass by grinding out some crafty beer reviews.

You couldn’t pick a better day for sitting around and drinking beer with hundreds of your closest friends. A bright sun was broken only occasionally by a passing cloud and a light breeze, and the breeze was from some direction that somehow missed the millions of litres of raw sewage floating past.

Thirty beer and food booths were placed on the Boardwalk behind Garrison Brewing, and in the adjacent Pier 20. The set up worked nicely, at least for the afternoon session I attended---close enough for easy taste testing, but not so close as to present problems moving around.

Vendors were gracious, the crowd congenial. The beer was cold.

To the nitty-gritty. Here are my notes on the beers tasted, at least as best I can decipher them a day later:

Bruce-Ashley Group.

My rating: 5 of 10.
My review: Yea, whatever.

Greene King IPA.
My rating: 8 of 10
My review: Complicated, in a good way.

Bellhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
My rating: 4 of 10
My review: Too malty.


Warsteiner Premium Verum.
My rating: 6 of 10
My review: Yea, whatever. You could drink this beer all day long, but why would you?

Innus and Gunn Brewing Co., Edinburgh Scotland.

Innus and Gunn Original Oak Aged Beer
My rating: 8 of 10
My review: Surprisingly, this works. Complex with a smoky flavour. But don’t drink more than one.

Gahan House Pub and Brewery.

Sydney Street Stout
My rating: 7.5 of 10.
My review: Onion-y, like straight of the dirty onion-y. Mmmmmmm.

Windway Imports.

Stiegal Bavarian Lager.
My rating: 6.5 of 10.
My review: Steve says, “Nice beer for sitting around drinking all day.” I agree, but ya know, I wouldn’t write home about it or anything.

Windward Imports.

Erdinger Weissbier.
My rating: 4 of 10.
My review: I don’t like wheat beers for a reason: they suck.

Windward Imports.

Affligem Blond.
My rating: 4 of 10
My review: Too much shit going on there.

Great Lakes Brewing.

Devil’s Pale Ale, 666.
My rating: 9 of 10.
My review: This is a great beer, right up there with Propeller’s Bitter.


Korruptor.(16% alc.vol)
My rating: no rating
My review: What was I thinking, drinking a barley wine?

Critical Mass.(17% alc/vol)
My rating: no rating.
My review: Who are we kidding here?

Wellington County.

Wellington Special Pale Ale.
My rating: 8 of 10
My review: There ya go.

Grand River Brewing.

Galt Knife Old Style.
My rating: 5 of 10.
My review: Steve says, “tastes like all the fucking shit I drank in the 60s.”

McAuslan Brewing.

Cream Ale.
My rating: 7.5
My review: Ray says, “Yea, 7.5. But, best cream ale there is.”

Pump House Brewery.

My rating: 8 of 10
My review: Even more hoppy than the SOB, but it works because the underlying [unreadable, and unguessable--- I think I was just making shit up by here]

Pump House.

My rating: 7 of 10
My review: Bit more hoppy than I would have liked, which kinda surprises me.

Shipyard Brewery, Maine.

Shipyard IPA.
My rating: 7 of 10
My review: They didn’t fuck it up.

Sebago Brewing, Maine.

Frye’s Leap IPA
My rating: 8 of 10.
My review: Hoppy but not too hoppy.

Rudders, Yarmouth.

Rudders Red.
My rating: 8 of 10.
My review: I’m giving this props because it doesn’t totally suck like most red beers.

Sea Level, Port Williams.

Blue Heron Extra Special Bitter.
My rating: 9 of 10.
My review: They hit it with this. Hoppy beer done right. Watch these guys in the future.

Port is an Storm Porter.
My rating: 8 of 10.
My review: Wow. Where’d that come from? Is this really as good as I think, or have I simply been drinking for three and a half hours?

Planter’s Pale Ale.
My rating: 7 of 10.
My review: Light for a pale ale, kind of in that ridiculous American/Keith’s fashion.

In addition to being a first class news editor, Tim "Brewskay" Bousquet is a top notch home brewer.

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