Beers Mom will like for Mother's Day

Typically, when it comes to writing a beer column for Mother's Day, your options are somewhat...

Typically, when it comes to writing a beer column for Mother's Day, your options are somewhat constricted. I don't want to be blamed if you get disowned for showing up with a six pack instead of bouquet of posies.(eathisny.com)

Jordan St. John, Special to QMI Agency
 

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Typically, when it comes to writing a beer column for Mother’s Day, your options are somewhat constricted. I don’t want to be blamed if you get disowned for showing up with a six pack instead of bouquet of posies. I also don’t want to recommend something that your mother wouldn’t like, and since I have never met the lady, I’d be almost guaranteed to miss the mark. For all I know, the strongest beverage in your parents’ house is Red Rose tea.

For this reason I have decided to consult an expert: My mom.

My mom is a beer nerd from way back. In the mid 1990’s, she bought in to the U-Brew craze and managed to produce a very creditable Czech Pilsner. Every third Saturday at around noon, I’ll get a phone call from the beer section of the LCBO in Kingston asking whether there’s anything good. I suspect that she’s feigning ignorance, since she always seems to be able to locate rare and interesting beers while on vacation which she then emails pictures of with captions like “You would have really liked this.”

 

When I asked her this week what she’d recommend, I was a little surprised that she thinks about beer situationally. She broke it down into what she likes based on where she is at the time.

When she’s at home, she’s mostly drinking craft beer from Ontario. Two beers that immediately sprang to mind were Great Lakes Crazy Canuck and Black Oak’s Ten Bitter Years. Crazy Canuck is a full-bodied American pale ale with a dry finish and quite citrusy hops aromas, which she thinks you could probably serve to anyone. Ten Bitter Years, she points out, is a once in a while thing because of its higher alcohol content.

When dining out, her choices seem to depend on the atmosphere of the pub. The Pilot House, for instance, does a good fish and chips and is really suited to Smithwicks, a slightly buttery Irish ale with a robust character. At Amadeus, her choice is Warsteiner Dark, a very representative German dunkel which complements the jaeger schnitzel.

On vacation, she tends to go with the local favourite. In Yorkshire, it was Black Sheep Emmerdale. In Cambridge, it was Hook Norton Flagship. She claims that the best beer she ever tasted was Long Island’s Blue Point White IPA on cask at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan. You better believe I got an emailed picture of that one.

What can we learn from these recommendations? The best thing you can do is find out what they excel at where you are and order that. Drink the thing they don’t have other places. That’s very sound advice. We’ve also learned that one of the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is to share an interest. Every day, she’s glad I don’t write about knitting.

Jordan St.John writes about beer at saintjohnswort.ca. He got his mom beer.


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