Sunday, 5 July 2009

Beer of the Week- July 5- Pump House Fire Chief's Red Ale


PUMP HOUSE FIRE CHIEF'S RED ALE LCBO
6x341 mL bottle
Price: $ 12.95
5.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : 3
Made in: Moncton New Brunswick, Canada
By: Pump House Brewery Ltd.

LCBO Tasting Note: Deep tawny reddish hued Irish-inspired ale with a lingering nut-like maltiness. Very lightly hopped with a pleasant estery fruitiness expiring to wonderfully smooth finish. Slainte!

This week for the BOTW, I wanted something Canadian. Problem is that there usually is a great variety of Ontario beers and ales to choose from but rarely, except for some Quebec breweries, is it possible to find something Canadian from out of the province.

So yesterday I was surprised and pleased to find 6-packs from Pump House Brewery, located in Moncton, New Brunswick. There were two different offerings from the company, a Blueberry Ale and Fire Chief's Red Ale. Not feeling adventurous enough to by six of the Blueberry, I choose the Fire Chief's Red Ale.

Originally opened as a brew pub by the local Fire Chief Shawn Fraser and his wife Lila, the brewery has been in operation since 1999. They are quite successful having opened a brewing/bottling facility outside of the downtown area. In 2005, they were named Canadian Brewery of the year.

They also have opened a gausthaus/restaurant on the brewery site called the Barn Yard BBQ, which, of course, serves their beer on tap. They call themselves the the only authentic Southern BBQ in Moncton and the menu looks very appetizing.

The Fire Chief's Red Ale pours a nice red colour, as the name indicates, and with a lasting head. The flavour of the malt comes through but does not overpower. It is a very well balanced ale with a pleasant finish that made me happy that I still had five more of them in the fridge to follow.

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