Well it is official I am East and that means it is time to begin exploring a whole new craft beer scene.
Since Ontario is controlled by the Big Brother of beer aka The Beer Store and the LCBO the choice is somewhat less diverse and less abundant than the options available to BC beer geeks (we are spoiled and don’t forget it).
Nonetheless I did manage to locate a mixed up six of various interesting looking local beers five of which came in cans -very throwback eh.
First up is Spark House Red Ale from Lake of the Bays Brewing Company based in Baysville, Ontario. Spark House pours a very clear reddish brown with lots of cream coloured head. The nose is very slight with overtones of chocolate and a slight funkiness. First few sips are very light bodied with lots of chocolate malt flavour. As you drink the malts continue to be the main feature giving this beer a sweetness that at times borders on cloying. It wraps up with a sweet malty finish. Not the typical red ale profile I was expecting but interesting nonetheless and quite session able at 5% ABV.