Haiku reviews: Sleeman’s Railside Session Ale

Haiku reviews is a new feature wherein I invoke the brief and impressionistic style of poetry to devote exactly 17 syllables to reviewing a beer.

Sleeman’s Railside Session Ale
in dust-blown ditch weeds
in the damp sulphur of Guelph
the racoon goes pee


What they have to say: “As the legend goes, back in the late 19th century, a railway route through Guelph was used to deliver hops to the original Sleeman Silver Creek Brewery. While riding on the rickety rails, loose hops fell overboard onto fields lining the track. Over time the fallen hops began to grow naturally along the rail line. These hops still grow wild there today and are the inspiration behind Sleeman Railside Session Ale.”

Where you can get it: Available in 341mL bottles and 473 mL cans and 30L Kegs at The Beer Store.

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Scotland’s Brew Dog is coming to Ontario


Innovative Scottish brewery, Brew Dog, who have become famous across the pond as much for their beer as for their antics–having participated in the race to make the world’s strongest beer, winning that race by brewing a 55% beer that they packaged in road kill, made a beer at the bottom of the ocean, projected themselves naked onto the British Houses of parliament, sold shares of their company online to over 14,000 “shareholders” and, in just a few short years have become Scotland’s largest independent brewery–have announced their next adventure: they’re coming to Ontario.

I spoke to Stefan Milo Cornish of Premier Brands, the agency representing Brew Dog, who confirmed the rumours about which Ontario beer nerds have been speculating. Draught offerings of a handful of Brew Dog beers will be available here as early as next week. Continue reading “Scotland’s Brew Dog is coming to Ontario”