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Brews News: Storm Stayed celebrates its fourth with a birthday box

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Ready for just a moment, ready to enter a time warp or seek the elixir of youth?

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A popular London craft brewery has you covered.

Storm Remained, 169 Wharncliffe Rd. S., has been prevented from hosting its fourth birthday party due to the pandemic, so it’s marking the milestone with a collection of eight new beers packaged in a special 24-year anniversary box. cans.

“We had a few beer styles and ideas that we wanted to brew for the first time,” Storm Stayed’s Michael Naish said in an email. “Others were decided upon after brainstorming and discussions with our staff. We narrowed down the selection to a longer list, after considering the best combination of styles.

The box includes a booklet reminiscent of the liner notes we used to get with vinyl records. It includes notes on each beer and recommends drinking them in this order:

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  1. Time Warp IPA

  2. Infinite Expansion Triple IPA

  3. A Simple Sweet Moment With Tea

  4. Gose Elixir of Youth

  5. Deja Vu Festbeir

  6. Then and Now Can-Conditioned Season

  7. Evening pastry stout

  8. The Grand Equalizer Imperial Stout.

“This order helps showcase each beer’s intended flavor profile,” Naish said. “Hoppy IPA and Triple IPA are most important to drink fresh, as the hops will fade quite quickly, upsetting the hops/malt (bitter/sweet) balance of the beer. Mild and Gose will last longer, but the added tea and fruit will lose its vibrancy over time. We expect other styles can age (kept cold of course) for several months and still taste great. Stouts, in particular, can be stored (in cold to cool temperatures) for a year or more and…still taste great.

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It’s a great assortment of styles showcasing Storm Stayed’s creativity and patch chops. Everyone will have a favorite and Naish is no different.

“Infinite Expansion, the Triple IPA in the box, was great fun to brew,” he said. “It brings a hint of aroma and flavor and deceptively hides its alcohol. After a long day, (A Simple Moment) Mild with Tea is a great drink to unwind and relax.

For those who pick up their crate at the brewery or have it delivered locally – out-of-town delivery customers are out of luck – there’s a bonus: a birthday drink that’s a step up from your typical shaker pint.

“(It’s) a Pasabahce 14.5 oz Allegra stemless glass,” Naish said. “We really enjoyed using it. It tapers at the top to concentrate flavors and has enough volume to fit a full 12 ounce (355ml) can with enough room for a sturdy head.

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For those who can’t commit to buying the $100 355ml can of 24 cans, an option is on the horizon. Some beers in the case will be marketed in individual cans. Storm Stayed does not growl full of any of its beers.

While pandemic pressures have hurt many craft breweries, it’s been halfway through the life of Storm Stayed. COVID-19 and necessary public health restrictions hit just as the brewery was hitting its stride and its stellar reputation was gaining momentum.

Last year, Storm Stayed responded by investing in an upgraded outdoor patio, which Naish and co-founder Justin Belanger say will be filled again in 2022.

They are also optimistic that next year’s fifth anniversary will see a return to the celebrations that marked the brewery’s first and second years.

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“We hope the closures we have experienced over the past two years will be behind us and we can celebrate in person,” Naish said. “If so, we will return to the multi-session, fixed-price, all-you-can-eat celebrations we hosted for our first and second anniversary celebrations.”

Now that’s something to look forward to.

NEW AND RATED

• Storm Stayed’s first employee, brewer Nate Medeiros, has left the brewery and London. Among his creations: Dashboard Lights Helles-style, Cove Pils and Spice Up Your Life Pumpkin Spice Latte Milk Stout. What about the Shook series of kettle sour milkshakes? Nate’s passion for brewing was all over the place, according to an Instagram tribute posted by Storm Stayed.

• Great Lakes in Etobicoke has some great themed beer displays. The $72 Porters and Stouts Mix Pack includes six tallboys each of Shinny Pants Session Stout, Fest(ive) Porter with Cherries, Meet the Porters Vanilla, and Hanlan’s Point Coconut Coffee Porter. The $60 mixed case for wheelchair travelers contains 355ml cans of Vienna Lager, Old Dusseldorf Altbier, Absacker Helles, Let’s Go to Belgium for Lunch Saison, Belgian Wit and Morgenmuffel Hefeweizen.

• Ready to clean up and get out? Shakespeare Brewing and Purple Martin Naturals have combined their talents for a range of beer soaps. They include frothy versions of the Grump Goat IPA, Classy Cow Milk Stout and Reckless Rooster Ontario Pale Ale.

Wayne Newton is a London-based freelance journalist.

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Twitter.com/WayneWriteOn

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