Ed our Brewer let me know that he has just finished brewing a batch of Dandelion Stout, which should be ready to drink by this weekend. Historically, people used added all kinds of things to their beer, sometimes to replace a missing ingredient or simply because they liked the taste. Dandelions were favourite ingredients in many medicinal brews as it was believed that the resulting tonic cleansed the liver and could prevent and cure kidney stones! Dandelion flowers were made into Dandelion Wine, and the roots could be dried, roasted and powdered to produce a coffee substitute. So, next time you survey your dandelion covered lawn, think of the Victorians and their pleasure at seeing you doing such a good job at raising a fine crop!
Interested in brewing and brewing history? Have a friend or family member who would love a unique brewing experience? Why not spend the day with our Brewmaster and learn how it’s done one-on-one! Learn how to brew as they did in the 1860s with this hands-on program and take home a 2L growler of beer as a reward for your hard work! All this for the amazingly low price of $75! This unique opportunity is available on Saturdays and Sundays and requires pre-registration. Give us a call at (416) 667-6284 to reserve a date. Participants must be over 19 years of age.