After the disappointing Stella Artois Cidre, Ian and I shared a special bottle of cider that had been given to me as a gift by Gavin. It was far more impressive!
I have once again received word from Khiran in the Balkans, and this time the transmission seems to be much more favourable…
So Stella Artois decided to release a cider. Although I suspect that it was AB InBev who decided to release a cider, and they chose the Stella Artois brand as the route they would take for marketing. Unfortunately this cider—which by virtue of being a cider brewed in New York has nothing to do with the famous Belgian pilsner—is a rather dull tasting affair.
This wraps up my series of reviews on Newfoundland beers, brought to me by James in June 2015. He brought over a couple bottles of the British IPA, one of which my Dad and I drank when it was fresh, and one of which I foolishly “cellared” until November 2016. They tasted about the same though. If anything, the aged version tasted slightly better.
In honour of the annual September Rifflandia music festival, Phillips released a Rifflandabrau Lemon Hefeweizen. I meant to publish this post a couple of months ago, but the photos I took became inaccessible when my phone died. So I had to take new photos with my one remaining bottle when I got back to Victoria!
Despite being an ardent traditionalist, I actually rather like the unorthodox looking Six Grapes logo on the bottle. It says on the back of the bottle that the ‘Grape’ symbol classifies their port wines on a scale of one to six, “six denoting the lots with Vintage Port potential.” Like many other ports, it also claims to pair well with chocolate and blue cheese! That I don’t doubt, since most ports share many things in common.
Khiran has sent me some tasting notes for one of the aforementioned 2L bottles of beer. He drank this one in Belgrade, Serbia.