First off, a clarification - in Saturday's column on sake/rice wine
I said:"Here are some of the things you wouldn't have found in Winnipeg 10 years ago: an National Hockey League team, a street without potholes, an IKEA and sake."What I meant to say/should have said was:"Here are some of the things that would have been hard to find in Winnipeg 10 years ago: an National Hockey League team, a street without potholes, an IKEA and sake.
"There was sake available in Manitoba ten years ago (and long before, as well) - I was just trying to convey the difficulty one might have in finding any decent selection a decade ago. Apologies for the misunderstanding.On a somewhat-related note: I had some great sushi for lunch today from Asoyama on Academy. See their website here
or a recent review here
.Yet another blunder on my part was brazenly proclaiming that the Habs would beat the Leafs on Saturday. This prediction only serves to remind me why I'm near the bottom of my hockey pool.So, of course, I had no reason to celebrate/crack the Half Pints Weizenbock on Saturday night, so I saved it for last night, when I toasted Team Canada's win at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship. Congrats to Team Jennifer Jones
for their deserved win! It's a good thing I decided to not jinx them by predicting their victory.And now, my tasting notes...Half Pints Weizenbock
(Winnipeg, Canada - $2.59/341ml, available at Liquor Marts... although it's a seasonal brew, so move it or lose it!)
Dark copper in colour, the Weizenbock has a great nose of pistachios, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. It's quite smooth, with the nut and toffee components shining through on the palate. There's some good weight to the Weizenbock; the colour and flavours make me glad I took it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before drinking it. My impression is that chilling it down too much might kill/mask some of the more nuanced flavours. It's a strong beer (6.2 per cent alcohol), but nothing is overpowering - flavours, alcohol, or otherwise.