So instead I picked up a few other things:
- A six-pack of Rogue Dead Guy Ale [Heller bock: 96.4; 83];
- two St. Peters Winter Ale [Old ale: 69.1; 81], the only good beer St Peters makes;
- three beers from Ottawa's Scotch Irish Brewing -- a John By Imperial Stout [67.2; 97], a Corporal's Bitter Brown [Brown Ale: 98.1; 93], aka Corporal Punishment, and a Black Irish Plain Porter [80.5; 86] -- none of which I tried while actually in Ottawa;
- a Harviestoun Old Engine Oil [Old Ale: 89.3; 93], which I'd never heard of and got me curious, and sounds like it might reward my curiosity;
- an Erdinger Dunkel [63; 66], which intrigued me but I'm not expecting much from; and finally
- this year's Fuller's Vintage Ale [English strong ale: 95.4; 92]. I should've bought two of these.
Mmm. That should be good practice for next weekend's Cask Ale Festival (with these ales on cask) at the Victory Cafe. (Anyone here going?)
The photo, incidentally, is taken on the steps of our "beer fridge", aka "unheated rear mudroom".
* Liquor Control Board of Ontario, the provincial agency in charge of distributing and retailing alcohol in the province. They also do beer, even though the major-brewery-owned Beer Store does so too; they stay out of each other's space so that the LCBO sells the interesting beer and the Beer Store sells the Ontario and Canadian beer and the international stuff you'd buy in a 12- or 24-pack. Interestingly, the LCBO used to be a prohibitionist organization designed to make buying liquor inconvenient; now they're a huge profitable marketing machine.