I’m on the tasting panel at Bellwoods Brewery. (It’s a volunteer position–I love to give back to my community!) We had our first tasting Sunday, and yesterday was the soft opening. Bevin and I stopped by after work for a couple of delicious pints and a salad made of rye kernels and hen of the woods mushrooms with a dressing of stinging nettles (YUM).
When I applied for the position, I promised (tongue firmly in cheek) that I’d give them product placement in my internationally acclaimed fiction. I now have the perfect centerpiece for the story I’m going to write for them.
My favourite of their beers, so far, is called WitchShark. It’s a high gravity double IPA with all the floral bittersweetness you’d expect. The WitchShark is apparently some kind of totemic creature of the brewery–here you can see it making an appearance during renovations: