Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They
have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go
head-to-head tasting Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale.
Pouring a beautiful chestnut red (in the sunlight) with a creamy cap that recedes into a thick ring, you can tell from the thick aroma of caramel and toffee that this brown ale is on the sweeter side. Rich thick molasses and burnt caramel are the most prominent flavours with a little hop bitterness kicking in at the end after a few sips.
This isn’t a beer I’d typically enjoy – I’m not fond of big sweetness – but thanks to a light body, fair amount of carbonation and low ABV (5.1%) it went down quite easy.
The first thing I noticed before I even opened this beer was the label.
Barley Days Brewery is deep rooted in the history of Prince Edward
County and the scenes that adorn the labels of their beer, painted by
Canadian artist Manly MacDonald, show their originality.
beer itself pours a dark brown colour and you get a slight maple aroma
from the pour. It’s very smooth on the palate with just the right amount
of sweetness from the maple. Overall a great beer for someone just starting to experiment with brown ale as the flavours are nice and light.
Barley Days Brewery is one of the featured breweries at Prince Edward County’s TASTE Community Grown, a weekend-long festival that gathers the finest foods and flavours of the County under one roof. The brewery will also be open for tours if you want to learn more about the only brewery in a county full of wineries.