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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day - Innis and Gunn Canadian Cask

Today is Canada's 142nd birthday and I'm having a quiet celebration in my apartment with my lovely fiancee. After a lengthy lakeshore rollerblade this afternoon it was back to the apartment and time for a beer and a Canadian movie.

I choose to celebrate our nation's birthday with a glass of the new Innis and Gunn Canadian Cask version that I received from Nic Rennie, an Innis and Gunn representative who recently made the move from Scotland to Canada. He mentioned that because Canada is one of the biggest purchasers of the regular Innis and Gunn beer, the brewery decided to brew a beer specifically for us thirsty canucks, and they did so by oak aging their beer using select Canadian whisky barrels. Which whisky? He would not say.

Pours a dull penny amber that looks incredibly appetizing in the Innis and Gunn chalice I obtained off Rennie. The nose is terrific. A beautiful aroma of a water soaked wooden plank, vanilla icing sugar, maple syrup, and warm candied fruits with some soft alcohol notes. The first sip produces notes of vanilla and mild smoke from the oak aging, subtle touches of dried fruits - raisins, and in the middle a slight tangy sharpness before ending with a dry boozy finish. A very nice touch and perfect for us here in Canada.

Innis and Gunn Canadian Cask
7.1% alcohol
LCBO #130534 - $4.95

Happy Canada Day!

**The movie we chose to watch was the newly released 'One Week' featuring Joshua Jackson. It was a terrific movie and one of the best, if not thee best, Canadian produced movie I've come across.

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