Honey Hefe

Just yesterday I was raving about the proliferation of wheat beers that are just in time for the summer. And then what happens? My favorite brewery puts out a seasonal wheat and we show up at the brewery just in time for its release. It’s true. Months back, I was able to speak to the good people at Hoyne about their products and was invited to come by and get some growlers. When my wife and I finally got around to popping in (today), we were told that a new beer was being released and it just happened to be on tap. Sampling ensued…

The friendly staff were on hand to guide us about. And of course, a few samples loosened my tongue and I began yammering to our lovely host about their beers and all the nice things I had to say about them. And wouldn’t you know it, the man himself was there to say hello! I wish I could have chatted with him some more but unfortunately he was busy with a number of things so I didn’t try to keep him. Just as well, I probably would’ve fawned and yammered some more. In any case, we also filled some growlers and brought them home. Drinking ensued…

But allow me to tell you what I thought of their Honey Hefe, as I feel I am in the unique position to speak about it before most other people will get a chance. Combining local honey from the Empress Hotel’s own beehives with a German-style hefewiezen, Hoyne has produced yet another winner which also happens to be a very refreshing take on the summer wheat.

Appearance: Light straw gold, translucent and very cloudy
Nose: light clove scent complimented by slight notes of honey and blossoms
light wheat malts, slight taste of cloves, mild honey sweetness
Aftertaste: mild clove bitterness and malts giving way to a very clean finish
Overall: 8.5/10 (perfect for hot summer weather!)

Yeah, somehow these guys just keep making great beer. Perhaps that’s why they’ve become my favorite brewery, at least locally (musn’t let the Ontario beers of my youth feel left out!). My wife and I have agreed that they shall be our near-exclusive supplier of beer this summer since the growler sales are such a deal! I recommend people drop by, sale hours are posted on their website: http://hoynebrewing.ca/

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