Barons Canadian Golden Maple Ale
Due to the fact we like Amber's Brewing Company's ( microbrewery in Edmonton ) Sap Vampire Maple Lager and Granville Island's Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, we decided to try our hand at our very own version! Our base was the Barons Canadian Golden Ale, and added maple syrup - simple as that! Use a good quality PURE Maple Syrup -- a lot of the cheaper varieties are too watery!
This is the best beer kit on the market for adding honey or maple syrup - the creamy maple notes are just delightful! We have found that some of the commercial maple beers are over the top, while some are well done.
If this interests you, you can find the Sap Vampire Maple Lager @ Moxie's restaurants - a part of their "Hello Spring" menu, and most Calgary Co-op Liquor stores carry the Granville Island microbrew beers. Be adventurous - try it - & see if this is something you would be interested in brewing! I think our Maple brew is more comparable to the Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale ( that's part of the reason why we chose the Barons Canadian Golden Ale ! )
Cheers to "a cold one"!
|Garry wrote on Mar 31, 2012 11:27 AM:|
|The Barons Canadian Golden Ale is one of my two favorites. The thought of adding honey sounds very interesting, so I will probably try it with my next run. I'm not that fond of maple syrup, so I'll stay clear of that change.
My other favorite, ( #1) is the Barons Canadian High Test. The crisp clear taste is what I like the most, especially when very cold. For that reason I prefer to use smaller glasses, so the beer stays the coldest it can be. Yes, refills are continuous, but on days when that becomes a problem, I take the keg out of the freezer and place it by my chair.
About three years ago I got my first taste of Barons homebrewed beer. I was quite surprised. My friend Kevin had been brewing a few different batches and the Barons Amber was the first I tasted. Done from a corny keg, not bottled, it was great. At Kevins I eventually tried all the different Baron kits. There wasn't one I wouldn't drink.
It had to happen. My friend Dan and I decided we had to make our own. It wasn't always convienient to travel to Kevins. We sourced our supllies and started brewing. We wanted to do the freezer kegorator setup so we sourced the materials for that. We have since had numerous batches, some stock, some modified, and have never had a bad batch. Dan made a Honey Brown that was very good. I have taken my beer with me to different places and have always had the same comments - You made that? Doesn't taste like it. We have even taken a small 2x2 freezer kegorator setup into the woods camping with us. Beer on tap in the middle of nowhere. Priceless. One time, (no, not at band camp) we took 8 kegs and 2 freezers with us to an event (nameless). We kept it pretty low key, but everyone who got a taste was surprised by the taste.
I'm just waiting now to get another freezer (my last one stopped working) since I have 2 batches waiting to be kegged. I might, and I stress might, go with Craigs (NE Calgary Home Vintner) suggestion of aging my Canadian High Test for at least 6 months.
I usually rack my beer at least twice in the secondarys, and chill it for at least 24 hours before force carbonation. With the experience I have gained from the Barons kits, I have made some drinkable beer from a different brand that I received for free at a garage sale. I am going to try some again, but this time with the yeast that comes from the Barons beer kit, as Dan tried some of the liquid yeast and had the dry left over. That was the main problem with my first go round - it seemed to take forever for the yeast to start reacting (with the free stuff). No, it's not as good as the Barons, but free is free. It just cost me the sugar, and I used brown sugar instead of the dextrose they recommended, since it didn't come with the kit.
Originally homebrewing was supposed to lower our beer cost. Hasn't really happened. The beer is so good we drink more of it! So there are now 3 of us brewing Barons beer (all kegging, only using bottles to transport a taste here and there) and spreading the word that home brew is very good, as long as everything is kept clean, and you start with Barons kits.
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