BLYTHE: It’s a cold blustery day at Black Creek – the leaves have mostly fallen off the trees, and there is a definite nip in the air. Which is why Ana and I are sitting in front of a fire with our mugs of…tea? Yes, tea – that is what Ladies drink – right Ana?
ANA: Right Blythe – although it is tempting to drink all of our beer…but
ANA takes a sip of ‘tea’
we have to save some for the visitors!
BLYTHE: Yes! Gentle Readers, we beer maidens’ abstain from indulging our love of beer for the greater good.
ANA: I have something important to say – but first – we should have beer capes Blythe.
BLYTHE: Yes – and sashes and badges too!
ANA: Wow Blythe, we’re really serious about beer! Now back to my important question, what was your favourite part of the season?
BLYTHE: Let me think – Oh! I know! The first time our brew masters’ made pumpkin ale. The smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander and freshly baked pumpkin wafted through the Half Way House….
ANA: That’s punkalicious!
BLYTHE: Yes Ana – but do you remember how it tasted?
ANA: Mmmmm…..it was like alcoholic pumpkin pie. I remember a lot of snappy hop flavour and fruit to it too.
BLYTHE: Agreed. Ed, Lou, Ken and Brent did a great job brewing the pumpkin ale all October.
ANA: I can’t wait to taste what the guys come up with for Christmas – it’s bound to be a seasonal treat.
BLYTHE: Like Cranbeery?
BLYTHE: Or Fir Tree Ale? Mistletoe Guinness? Reindeer Stout?
BLYTHE: Silent Night Porter? Turtle Dove Brown Ale? Candy Cane Pale Ale?
ANA: You’re being ridiculous. You can make beer out of a lot of things – but those are just outlandish.
BLYTHE: I suppose so…But Ana, what was your favourite part of the season?
ANA: Well I particularly enjoyed receiving the new Character Cards we give out to our tours. The cards added a whole new dimension to our groups! Some people were shocked to learn that Bloor Street in Toronto was named after a brewer. So many streets are!
BLYTHE: Yeah – and some streets are named by Temperance Advocates. Jesse Ketchum named Temperance Street and then donated land to the city on the condition that a Temperance Hall be built.
ANA: It’s amazing to think what a big impact the brewing industry has had on the city landscapes of today.
BLYTHE: Maybe our own little brewery will some day have a street named after it! ‘Black Creek Pioneer Village Historic Brewery Street!’ Has a ring to it – several rings in fact!
ANA: Well, all we can do is dream, Blythe.
Both girls take a sip of tea.