Tuesday, June 21, 2011

father's day

Sounds cliche but this father's day was filled with grilled steaks and loads of beer! I'm not sure there has been a week where we've consumed so many choice cuts of beef consecutively. Not that I'm complaining and neither is the man of the day, "Dada" - Nuno!
We caught wind of an event at Niagara College's Teaching Brewery program had to celebrate both Father's Day and the kick off of Ontario Craft Beer Week.
This was our first visit to the college since they've implemented the program. The brewmaster program shares a tasting room right in the greenhouse area - two for one shopping for me since I've been buying my plants from the college for years now.
We've recently gotten to know Kevin, one of the guys who started the program, so it's really neat to see someone who is so talented get a chance to share his knowledge and passion.
At the tasting, dad's received free beer and a custom 'First Draft' bottle opener! First Draft is the college's brew and don't you just love the name?! They offer a lager and an ale and if you're lucky, they might have their specialty brew on draught. 
We bought 2 growlers, one of the ale and one of the lager and headed to our family barbeque. Since we are really into growlers these days we noticed that the college's tap might need a little calibration because our growler lost it's effervescence in just one day!
At our family Father's Day barbecue on Sunday we got to sample Nuno's brother Miguel's new batch of homebrew. Lately Nuno and I have been enjoying his many batches of craft beer made straight from scratch. At the party we got to try his lastest- a California Common (tasting very similar to San Fransico's Anchor Steam). Absolutely loved it!

Ah, beer, glorious beer!

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