Saul doesn’t drink beer. I didn’t pick up the habit until I was in my thirties, and it was travel-related curiosity that did me in. I clearly remember the first beer I ever really enjoyed and the reason I ordered it. It was on a skiing holiday in Canada and I ordered it because I couldn’t resist the beautifully evocative name: Sleeman’s Honey Brown Lager. So it seems appropriate to do a post on beer, now that we are back in Canada for the first time since that skiing holiday. Here’s what I’ve been drinking while Saul has been sipping a steady succession of bottomless soda-fountain Diet Cokes.
Made by an Akureyri-based microbrewery but widely available in Iceland
Not that exciting – the Icelandic equivalent of an SAB beer
Another mainstream Icelandic brand that didn’t delight
A very good porter with an unpronounceable name
A typical Icelandic soft drink
Got distracted by the northern lights, which started up before that sunset had even fully ended
The friends we stayed with in London didn’t just supply wine
The “Ideal Manhattan”, a.k.a. the “Perfect Manhattan” has gone through a revival and is fast becoming the most fashionable cocktail around
This came from my favourite beer-focused venue of the trip. We took this growler home to drink while playing Cards Against Humanity.
New England fall is cider season. I never really got ciders before. Now I do.
A Vermont APA accompanied my first taste of New England clam chowder
Widely available across New England, this was quite similar to the Einstok white that I loved in Iceland
This subtle, grown-up blueberry ale did not commit any of the fruit beer crimes (tasting like a muffin, an alco-pop or cough syrup)
Drank this delicious cloudy cider on our final night in New England
The French-looking dude in the background is a dead give-away that we’re finally in Canada
An apple-based pre-theatre cocktail in Montreal
Black cherry cola is the definitive choice with your smoked beef on rye at Schwartz’s Hebrew Deli in Montreal
Portland is a big beer city so I was keen to try a flight with one of our Portland lunches