But, is it Art?

I smashed my finger in the back door leading to the deck while protecting something more important, a fresh glass of red wine.

The pain was intense. The blood was gushing madly. A serviette was handy but the blood-letting would not cease, regardless of how many times I daubed it on the reddening napkin.

The wine stopper was a later addition as I struggled to stop the bleeding. And I was now idling, waiting for the cessation of the blood flow.


I’m okay.

blood 3

Not too bad.

blood 2

Oh, shit!





Collective Arts IPA No. 10 ?


I usually quite like the beers coming from Collective Arts  in Hamilton, Ontario, but IPA No. 10 bends my palate and mind into a space I don’t want to go!


While it is only 3.2 percent abv, and unfiltered, it is muddy, top to bottom, and therefore unrecognizable as beer.

Sorry, perhaps juicy is the new vernacular.
No, it is actually, really turbid.

This beer is hopped with Simcoe and mosaic hops, as if you would notice among the mango-mashed mud flavour.


It is undrinkable. I dumped it
Damn. It is okay. I paid for it!
Please, all breweries, stop brewing this murky stuff.

I might swear if this becomes the new norm.
Oh shit, it has!

Little Beasts Brewing Company

I managed to nab a few brews from the Little Beasts Brewing Company of Whitby, Ontario, CA. Some interesting naming of the beers and very sharp graphics give them an edge at shelf level.

pinionHere is my take on them. First up is, Pinion, a 5.5 percent abv American pale ale. It pours a pale golden colour, releasing notes of fresh malt, wet grains and wheat malt. It is a very pleasantly hopped ale with staying power through to a fine, crisp finish.

This was followed by Mountain Devil, a 6.5 percent abv West Coast style IPA. This pale golden coloured ale has notes of spice and pine, as in deep conifer woods. The malty, biscuity, backbone ably supports a thrust of hop flavours. There are further luscious hop notes in its extended, bitter finish.

New Radio is an American stout riding in at 6 percent abv. The black tarmac coloured beer is topped with a mocha accented head of fine beaded foam. On the nose, roast, toast and dark chocolate all vie for attention. On the palate, expect dark chocolate and roast to meet with balancing hop bitterness. The finish has malt, chocolate, hop bitterness and a light chalkiness intertwined in a fine flavour bundle.

Little Beasts also has The Constant, a 4.5 percent American blonde ale. It pours a veiled golden colour, while releasing notes of tropical fruit and fresh malt underneath. On the palate, it is hop forward and crisp in nature. The finish is sprightly with a flexible malt core that carries the hop bitterness happily along its route.

Nihilist is an imperial stout rolling in at a hefty 9.5 percent abv. It pours a pitch black colour with a mocha accented foam. The nose is of a dark roast that is slightly charred. On the palate, roast and dark chocolate descend into a background hop bitterness, with all vying for attention. The finish is bitter at first as the beer warms slightly, then roast playfully encases the chocolate element.

La Saison d’automme sails in at 7 percent abv. It is a bright rosé in colour. Effervescent on first pour, it releases fruity aromas, think boysenberry if you can, and spicy notes. Next, tart fruit sharply attacks the palate. It has a bit of raspberry taste but in fact it is the boysenberry that is front and centre here. The finish is drying and tart.

run-santa-webAnd finally, Run Santa Run from Little Beasts harkens toward a winter warmer. It pours black with reddish hues. The nose is of fresh toast, with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, warming alcohol flows forward on a robust malt base. The finish is full in the mouth, rich, vigorous and highly drinkable!