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Pour a Barley Days Brew!

Posted by Katy

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Savvy Hip Hops

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club
Featuring Barley Day’s Brewery
–  March 2016 –


Prince Edward County is Ontario’s little secret. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on an area filled with abundance – wine, cider, cheese, beer and so much more. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of flavour available in one area and it’s hard to explore in just one trip. Since I was first introduced to the area, I’ve been back several times for weekends or day trips to explore new favourite spots. No matter how many places I visit, the one I always return to is Barley Day’s Brewery.

While Barley Day’s may be the only brewery among the wineries, it celebrates the region and the terroir like no other! Through the use of local apples, hops, cherries or wine barrels – Barley Day’s is proud to show off Prince Edward County. And if you’re ever in the region, be sure to stop by the brewery for a tour – it’ll make you excited about beer and The County.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops, you will find:

…in your Quick Pickshiphops_large-292x300

Cherry Porter
Scrimshaw Oyster Stout
County IPA
Sugar Shack Ale
Snakebite Apple Ale
Royal George Brown Ale

…in your Taste Case

Cherry Porter
Scrimshaw Oyster Stout
County IPA
Snakebite Ale
Royal George Brown Ale
Loyalist Lager
County Light
Harvest Gold Pale Ale
Wind & Sail Dark Ale
Ursa Minor Black Lager
Ursa Major Black IPA

Need more beer? 

If you would like additional bottles of any beer featured in Savvy Hip Hops, just call our Savvy Brew Crew & we’ll do our best to arrange a special shipment for you.  Put us on speed dial – Savvy Hip Hops Hotline: 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew


Barley Days Brewery

by Katy Watts, Cicerone & member of the Savvy Brew Crew

The Past…
Glenora Springs Brewery

Barley Day’s Brewery first opened their doors as Glenora Springs Brewery in 2000 (photo – right). Seven years later they picked up and moved to Picton and changed the name to reflect a time in Prince Edward County – when the region was renowned for the quality of barley and hops grown in the area.

Regardless of the brewery’s name change, the core beer line up stayed the same, with some tweaks to some of the name changes: Red Coat Pale Ale became ‘Harvest Gold’, Triple Chin Irish Ale became’ Wind & Sale Dark Ale’ and the beer previously named Black Scarf Cherry Porter became the new ‘Yuletide’.

To reinforce a heritage connection with their beer, Barley Days 341mL bottles also featured vintage artwork by local artists Peter Rindlisbacher and Manly MacDonald.

The Present…

Barley Days BrettWith their move to Prince Edward County, Barley Day’s has the benefit of being one of the few breweries surrounded by wine country. When I asked Head Brewer Brett French (photo left) how it felt to be in the middle of rapidly growing wine region, he said, “It’s exciting! I especially like seeing people’s reactions to having a beer during a weekend wine tour. A lot of the folks are pretty thirsty after tasting wine all day and having beer in the mix is a great addition to the wide variety of food and drink that The County offers.”

In addition to their core lineup, Barley Day’s has added several additional brews to their lineup to showcase the flavour of The County and satisfy the demand for craft beer. Beer’s like Snake Bite, Sugar Shack, Scrimshaw Oyster Stout showcase what beer is. As Brett says, “Every winemaker here will tell you that it takes a lot of beer to make good wine.”

Looking into the Future…

Barley Days BreweryBarley Day’s recently changed ownership and changes were made immediately to expand many facets of this brewery & the products too.  For the first time since the brewery opened in 2007, they recently changed their labels and packaging. What do you think? While the look has been updated, the core beers are still packaged in 341mL bottles while special seasonals are now packaged in a fancy 500mL with a cork & cage treatment.

There have been renos to the brewery as well as a new patio where a local food truck will park & serve up a menu full of beer & food pairings.

Brett also hinted that three additional summer seasonals are planned.  And if that were not enough, other collaborations with new County breweries are in the works. “We want to make PEC (Prince Edward County) a wine AND beer region. If our map can be filled with 40+ wineries, why not have as many breweries as we can fit?” says Brett. “Until then the Barley Day’s team will continue to do what we do – make easy drinking, sessionable, accessible beers using quality ingredients that we’re proud of.”

Here’s to Brett & the crew at Barley Day’s Brewery!

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Barley Days range of beers

Katy shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve … and some fun recipes too!

Cherry Porter

Previously known as Yuletide Cherry Porter, this 5.5% alcohol by volume porter (ABV) is brewed with Ontario cherries in the mash. How cool is that?

Tasting Notes: Resembling cherry cola when poured, this beer has some wonderful complexity to it. The flavour starts with a dark coffee roast that gives way to cocoa and notes of plum, raisin and cherry. However, you’ll notice the cherry most on the finish, adding a slight tartness to balance the bitter.

Suggested Food Pairing: This beer will pair alongside dessert like a good cup of coffee! Indulge in cherry cheesecake, a big slice of chocolate cake or a few pieces of quality chocolate.

Barley Days Brett with OystersScrimshaw Oyster Stout

This 4% ABV dry Irish stout is brewed with Green Gables Malpeque Oysters from Prince Edward ISLAND.  According to Brett (in selfie), “We have 1500 PEI malpeques ready to go into the boil… but to be truthful (ahem), I would say only about 1450 actually make it into the boil.”

Tasting Notes: Pouring with little head (possibly due to the addition of oysters), Scrimshaw starts like any other dry Irish stout – roast, cocoa, maybe a little char to round it out. It’s at the finish where the flavour of the Malpeque Oysters shines – a good amount of brininess and a slight minerality from the shell.

Suggested Food Pairing: Oysters of course!

County IPABarley Days pint

This 5.5% ABV India Pale Ale is brewed with a blend of hops, including some sourced from Prince Edward County!

Tasting Notes: Starts malty with sweet caramel, biscuit and grain flavours leading to orange and earthy hops. I’d call this more of an English-style IPA with more of a subdued hop profile and low bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: Go with a big spicy Indian curry like chicken madras or vindaloo. The malt profile of County IPA will help cool your pallet and cut through some of that spice.

Royal George Brown Ale

This 5.1% ABV ale is named after the H.M.S. Royal George, the largest warship on Lake Ontario and is a showcase of malt flavour.

Tasting Notes: Malt lovers rejoice! Royal George starts with a slight nutty malt flavour that slips into sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and a touch of roast. Hops take a backseat, offering a slight earthy bitterness at the end.

Suggested Food Pairing: Brown ales are a perfect pairing for a cheese plate. Fill your plate with aged Gouda, Comte, mild cheddar and blue cheese.

Barley Days tapsSnakebite Ale

Named after the combination of lager and cider, this 5.5% ABV beer is brewed with real Ontario apple juice pressed at the brewery.

I asked head brewer Brett how they make this beer, “We grow a ton of different apples from here in The County.  We spend a day pressing and collecting the juice, then, use that fresh apple juice as a portion of the brew water. The grain bill has a bit of caramel malts and only a slight hop addition to balance it all out. The thing I like about the beer is that it’s real apple juice. You can actually taste the tartness and slight sourness of the apples.”

Tasting Notes: Take a moment and smell this beer – does it remind you of a caramel apple from a country fair? While it may smell like caramel there is little caramel flavour in this beer. Instead, we’re treated to simple ale with flavours of grain and biscuit that’s spiked with tart apple.

Suggested Food Pairing: This would work perfectly with a home cooked pork chop or roasted chicken dinner with a side of butternut squash.

Loyalist Lager

No need to stay loyal to the Crown to enjoy this lager! Brewed in the Czech Pilsner style with Saaz hops, this 4.5% ABV beer is easy to drink no matter who your allegiance is to.

Tasting Notes: Starts slightly sweet with some caramel, grain and cereal notes, but with a slight earthy/spice hop flavour. There’s a nice balance between the hops and malt which makes this light bodied lager crisp and easy to drink.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve alongside grilled pork or chicken and light seafood.

County LightBarley Days equipment

This beer has an interesting label! Don’t be fooled though, while it is lighter than Barley Day’s typical offerings it still has more flavour.

Tasting Notes: Crisp with a slightly sweet grainy malt sweetness and faint earthy hop flavour. County Light is fairly light bodied and at 4% ABV it’s a good beer to take on a camping trip (perhaps Sandbanks?).

Suggested Food Pairing: This style offers a delicate flavour, but high carbonation. I would pair it with deep fried or fatty foods to help keep the palate refreshed. Go ahead, I’m giving you permission to order onion rings.

Harvest Gold Pale Ale

This 4.8% ABV Pale Ale is brewed with Fuggles and Golding hops and best enjoyed after a long day in the field.

Tasting Notes: Slightly sweet with a biscuit and grain note leading to an earthy, almost mineral, hop bitterness. The carbonation is crisp and the finish leans more towards a slight bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: The earthy hops and crisp carbonation will pair wonderfully with fish and chips or a sticky bread budding.

Wind & Sail Dark Ale

This 5% ABV Dark Ale is a nice balance of malt and hops. The deep colour and white head wisps makes me think of a boat weather a dark storm.

Tasting Notes: This ale has a wonderful nutty grain malt base with notes of dark chocolate, slight roast and dark fruits. The sweetness is restrained by an underlying earthy, almost spicy, hop.

Suggested Food Pairing: The malt in this would pair well with roasted meat, charred greens and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert!

Barley Days equipment2Ursa Minor Black Lager

Also known as a Schwarzbier, ‘Little Bear’ boasts big flavour and shrugs off that assumption that lagers are void of flavour.

Tasting Notes: Starts off with a good amount of roasted malt with a slight caramel sweetness. Earthy/pine hops are there in a supporting role, adding a slight balance without overwhelming the flavour. Finishes dry.

Suggested Food Pairing: The mild roast or burnt flavours go well with grilled meats like salmon or pork chops. Don’t be afraid to try some dark chocolate alongside it though!

Ursa Major Black IPA

Also known as a Cascadian Dark Ale, Black IPAs showcase a good amount of roast with a bitter addition of hops. With a nod to the ‘Great Bear’ constellation, Ursa Major, pouring 5.3% ABV, doesn’t disappoint.

Tasting Notes: Big amounts of roast jump out of the bottle when opened and it blasts onto your palate at first sip. Hidden in that roast is a caramel undertone that meets with a sharp citrus and somewhat resin-y hop. The finish is quite bitter with both the roast and hops leaping onto your palate at once with no trace of balance.

Suggested Food Pairing: Now is a good time to haul out the BBQ and grill a steak to perfection, maybe even add a skewer of shrimp to make it surf and turf.


• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •


With Harvest Gold Pale Ale

Ale Poached Shrimp

Barley Day’s Kitchen

IngredientsBarley Days Shrimp

2 12 oz bottles of Harvest Gold Pale Ale
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs parsley
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1lb large tiger shrimp


In a large pot, combine all the ingredients except shrimp.

Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes to combine the flavours.  Add shrimp and poach for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp is pink and firm.


With Royal George Brown Ale

Beer Braised Beef with Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese

Barley Day’s Kitchen

IngredientsBarley Days Shortrib with Blue Cheese

½ cup diced double smoked bacon
3 tbsp unsalted butter
3 medium onions, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
2 lbs beef stewing meat, cut in 1 ½ inch cubes
Vegetable oil for frying
1 12 oz bottle Royal George Brown Ale
2 whole sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh parsley
4 cups beef or chicken stock
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled


In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until slightly crisp and fat is rendered. Add the butter and onions to the pan and lower heat. Cook onions slowly, stirring occasionally until caramelized, about 20-30 minutes. Season onions with salt and pepper and set aside.

In another heavy bottomed pot, sear the beef in a little oil to a nice brown colour. Sprinkle beef with flour and stir. Add the beer and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the onions to the beef and be sure to scrape all the bits from the onion pan. Season the beef with salt and pepper to taste. Add the fresh herbs and stock and simmer for 1 ½ hours over low heat until the beef is tender, stirring occasionally. Add the vinegar and taste to see if you need more salt and pepper.

Serve with blue cheese sprinkled on top.


With Wind & Sail Dark Ale

Wind & Sail Dark Ale Ginger Christmas Truffles

Chef Lili Sullivan Claramount Inn & Spa


¾ cup ginger cookies, crushed
2 Tbsp finely chopped glace pineapple
2 Tbsp finely chopped hazelnuts
2 Tbsp ground almonds
2 Tbsp finely chopped citrus peel
2 Tbsp dried cherries
2 Tbsp finely chopped candied ginger
1 Tbsp Barley Days Wind & Sail Dark Ale
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup butter, cubed
6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp whipping cream (35%)
¾ cup finely chopped hazelnuts – for coating


In a medium bowl, mix cookies, nuts, dried fruit, ale, and vanilla.

Melt butter in a small bowl over simmering water with chocolate, stirring until almost melted, remove from heat and finish melting by stirring. Whisk in cream, stir into cookie and fruit mixture. Refrigerate until firm.

Roll mixture into 40 balls. To coat, roll balls in nuts. Refrigerate in a covered container with waxed paper between layers up to 2 weeks. To serve, place in small paper or foil cups.

Chocolate mixture can be frozen after rolling into balls and then coated when removed from freezer.


With Cherry Porter

Chocolate Cherry Porter Cheesecakes

Barley Day’s Kitchen

IngredientsBarley Days Cherry Porter recipe

1 ¼ cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter
½ cup sour cream
1 Tbsp corn starch
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ lbs softened cream cheese
½ cup Cherry Porter
2 eggs
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate, melted


Preheat oven to 350’F. Butter or spray a 10-inch spring form pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. In a small bowl toss the crumbs with melted butter and press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Set aside.

To make the filling, stir together sour cream, cornstarch and sugar in a bowl.  Set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, whisk together cream cheese, porter and eggs until very well combined.  Gently mix the sour cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture.  Fold in melted chocolate and stir through to streak the mixture and make it look marbled.Pour the batter into the prepared pan and tap on counter to release any air.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until the middle has set and the sides are slightly puffy. Chill completely before slicing.

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!


Barley Days Brewery: Yet another reason to visit Prince Edward County!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Barley Days Brewery

– March 2014 –


So here we are, month #2 of Savvy Hip Hops, bringing you a new case of beers and hopefully introducing you to a new favourite. This month Barley Days Brewery was awesome enough to step in and take the reins, and send some unique items to our suds-cribers!

Before you tear open that fresh, new case of craft-brewed beauties, take a moment to flip through Savvy’s Beer Backstory Magazine and get to know the brewery and their beers… and then pour yourself a glass! It’s asking a lot, I know, but once you learn a bit more about Barley Days Brewery and all their wonderful beers, you’ll appreciate everything in that glass so much more.

Barley Days Brett at the tanksI met with Brett French – Barley Days Brewery’s sales representative, delivery guy, spokesman, (and everything in between!) – to discuss the brewery, the beers, and what it’s like being the only brewery in Prince Edward County. Brett is a guy who is truly passionate about Barley Days beer  – and craft beer in general –  and without a doubt he absolutely loves what he does. He got me really excited to try the beers, and visit the brewery as soon!

With so many new beers in the works and the brewery itself in a transition period, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming months from Barley Days. This is one brewery to look out for, and definitely should be a stop on your next trip to Prince Edward County. In photo at left is Barley Days brewer, Alex Nicols.

Open your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

Your Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case and find an assortment pack of signature beers as well as seasonals:

Yuletide Cherry Porter

Pumpkin Saison

Scrimshaw Oyster Stout

Royal George Brown Ale

Wind & Sail Dark Ale

Harvest Gold Pale Ale

Loyalist Lager 


There is always something going on in The County!

Spring & summer is a great time to explore all that is in The County.  Be sure to plan to go to this year’s Terroir: A County Wine Celebration at the Crystal Palace in Picton is not-to-be-missed. On Saturday May 3rd, all of The County – including Barley Days Brewery – will be under one roof.  We’ll see you there!



Barley Days Brewery

by Meaghan Baskin

Located in the heart of Ontario’s newest destination for everything gourmet, artisan and craft; Barley Days Brewery is definitely enjoying the sense of pride and community in Prince Edward County. From the ability to trade your neighbours’ used wine barrels for beer, or using local farm’s fresh produce as ingredients, to the labels, packaging and name of the brewery itself; are all signs of a close knit community and a pride of their craftsmanship.

Demand for new & exciting beers

Barley Days bottles of beerSince the brewery was founded in 2007 by owner Chris Rogers, Barley Days has developed a loyal following. Their fans are always pushing the envelope requesting something new, yet happy to find that their County favourites are always available. Recently, Brett tells me, there has been an increasing demand for new & novel beer creations, resulting in renovations and transitions at the brewery to keep up with production and demand. All the while, something that is guaranteed not to change is the history of Barley Days. Chris is a veterinarian, with a passion for beer.

Looking back in time

From 1750-1910 his family owned a brewery in Lancashire, England and Barley Days is his homage to his family’s past. Being a Canadian history buff, Chris celebrates Prince Edward County’s part in the exporting of bay barley, malting barley and hops to breweries in the United States during 1860-1890. This is history is depicted in the artist rendered labels and in the name Barley Days – a time when farming, shipbuilding, and shipping flourished and this period became known in local history as “The Barley Days”.

Barley Days’ Best Kept Secrets

Barley Days tanksA small handful of Barley Days beers are available at LCBOs (and always sell out quickly), so a trip to the brewery is definitely a reason to visit The County. Be sure to ask for Brett when you stop by as he would love to meet our Savvy Hip Hops subscribers & share stories behind how many of their ingredients are sourced, and brought to the brewery. Can you imagine this? During the autumn, Barley Days friends and family parade across the road to the neighbouring farmers market each person’s arms piled high with pumpkins – the essential ingredients needed for the Pumpkin Saison beer (one of the beers in your Taste Case). This glorious seasonal beer requires over 400lbs of County pumpkins in the recipe to create a batch of 4000L this specialty beer.  Imagine how many trips across the road it takes to make that beer! (sounds like a ‘how many times did the brewmaster cross the road’ joke is coming on!)

Brett explains, “The community in the County is very much like going to your next door neighbour’s home and asking to borrow a cup of sugar.” It is truly a bonus being located in The County with your next door neighbour on one side is a farmer’s market and on the others is a winery. There is inspiration everywhere and someone to lend a hand (or pumpkin!).

What’s Happening Next for Barley Days?

When you drop by the brewery, you’ll be in the midst of a large renovation that is underway to handle the growing demand for their beers coupled with the growth of The County’s popularity of a tourism destination. Soon, the tasting room will have a café feel with small plates of local restaurant’s dishes and boards with charcuterie and locally made cheeses.  “It will become a place that will be hard to leave!” laughs Brett.

Barley Days bottle & corksWith summer fast approaching, craft beer festivals will be popping up everywhere. Look for Barley Days & ask for Brett at The County’s annual Taste the County events, National Capital Craft Beer Week in Ottawa or The Brewery Market events in Toronto. If its craft beer related, “Barley Days Brewery will be a part of it”, assures Brett.

New brews are always in the works, so make sure to look for Barley Days next time you’re out at your favourite local restaurant or pub. Their Mason jar tap handles are hard to miss, and you may be excited to find a seasonal treasure on tap.  We raise a glass to the Barley Days’ team!


• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

With a large selection of beers available at the brewery, we are eager to introduce you to them. The beers are listed in order of lightest body to fullest – feel free to try them in any order you like!

Loyalist LagerLoyalist Lager (Czech Style Pilsner)

A light, easy drinking beer at 4.5% and 12 IBU, this beer is best paired with soon to come warm days of spring (and summer), fun…and everything in between!

Tasting Notes: Aromas consist of fresh cut grass, citrus, and cereal, with a sweet malty nose. It’s a very crisp and clean beer, with lemon and other citrus notes. Just the right amount of Czech style and 2 row malts make this an incredibly sessionable beer that you won’t mind having throughout the summer.

Suggested Food Pairing: Think lighter fare, such as cheese, fish or other white meats, though refreshing enough to pair well with anything off the BBQ.


Harvest Gold Pale AleHarvest Gold (Pale Ale)

A slight step up in body from the Loyalist, this beer comes in at 4.8% and 22 IBUs and is an excellent stepping stone into the world of pale ales.

Tasting Notes: The aromas from the Kent golding hops and the Canadian 2 row malt give this beer a light hoppy nose, as well as a nice biscuit/fresh cereal scent. This pale ale’s malt and hops is well balanced, and give it a crisp, sweet taste, with a slightly bitter finish.

 Suggested Food Pairing: Another beer for the patio, this beer will match well with pub fare like sandwiches, burgers and fries and other classic eats.


Royal George (English Style Brown Ale)

Royal George Brown AleThis unfiltered brown beer is 5% and shows how a darker beer can be flavourful and refreshing at the same time.

Tasting Notes: The aromas show an over-whelming scent of sweet nut, molasses, prune and other dried fruits, with a hint of biscuit. On the palate you’ll taste caramel, honey, brown sugar and some notes of minerals. Make sure not to drink this beer too cold, or you’ll numb all the wonderfully sweet tastes.

Suggested Food Pairings: This is one for the sweet meats – barbeque sauced meats like ribs or chicken wings, and would be insanely delicious with pulled pork.



wind&sailWind & Sail (English Style Dark Ale)

Probably the most well-known from Barley Days Brewery, this unfiltered beer has layers of complexity. At 5% and 28 IBUs, it’s a pleasure for the seasoned beer drinker, yet something you could share with an entry level craft beer drinker.

Tasting Notes: The sweet aromas of dark chocolate, raisin and molasses are lovely, and are definitely evident in the flavour of the beer as well. You may also notice coffee, baker’s chocolate, and a slight smokiness on the palate. This beer is best drank slightly warm, which allows all the flavours to really come forward.

Suggested Food Pairings: You may want heartier foods with this one that can match all the flavours. Meatloaf and BBQ meats are favourites, but try with something unusual like Halloumi cheese (a cheese with a high melting point so it can be easily grilled or fried).


Pumpkin Saison of the Witch (Flavoured Saison)

This one is a beauty, and (unfortunately) only available during autumn. Pumpkin beers are quickly becoming a trend in craft beer, and something fans wait anxiously for each year. This beer is 6.7% and available in a 750 mL bottle, perfect for sharing with a special friend.

Tasting Notes: The aromas scream fall and pumpkin pie: baking spices, clove, and nutmeg. The palate is pleasing with the same overwhelming tastes, and make you think of the holiday season. The finish is long and leaves the taste of spice and banana lingering.

Suggested Food Pairings: This is one for a big family/holiday meal with all the fixings. It would pair lovely with roasted birds, sweet root vegetables, caramelized anything, and of course pumpkin pie itself.

Yuletide Cherry Porter (Flavoured Porter)

Yuletide-Cherry-PorterThis beer has become a celebrated holiday brew, and is a sign that Christmas is on its way! Made with sour cherries from Southern Ontario, it’s a wonderful winter treat at only 5.5%.

Tasting Notes: Although there is plenty of cherries in this beer, the aroma and flavours are not dominated by them. Lots of milk chocolate and coffee are noticeable in both the aroma and on the palate. The taste of black forest cake is very noticeable, and delicious.

Suggested Food Pairings: This sweet beer would pair nicely with a whipped cream topped dessert, a mousse, and most definitely black forest cake.


Scrimshaw Oyster Stout (Flavoured Stout)

This is a beer for anyone who loves unusual and full-bodied brews! Made with real Prince Edward Island Malpeque oysters, every part of the oyster is thrown into the batch to create a very unique brew. Surprisingly light at 4% and 25 IBUs.

Tasting Notes: The beer starts with aromas of black olive brine, followed by dark baker’s chocolate, coffee and smoke. The flavours of smoke, dark chocolate, toast, brine and cigar are quite intense, yet wonderful. This beer is definitely something you would want to pair with a meal and enjoy slightly warmed.

Suggested Food Pairings: Obvious pairings for this robust beer would be oysters, and any other sort of shelled seafood. To match the rich smokiness of the beer, something like smoked meat or duck would also be a nice choice.


• Recipes with a splash of the featured Savvy Hip Hops •


With Royal George Brown Ale…

Brown Ale Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Yield: 8 Servings


1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. freshly-cracked black pepper
4 lb. boneless pork butt or shoulder or loin
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
1 bottle of Royal George Brown Ale


In a small bowl, whisk together paprika, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper until combined. Rub the mixture all over the surface of the pork until covered.

Spread out the sliced onions over the bottom of the slow cooker. Then place the pork on top. And then pour the beer on top.
Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or until the pork literally falls apart on your pork. Serve on sliders, tacos, salads, or however you would like!

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, or freeze.


With Barley Days’ Pumpkin Saison

Pumpkin Vanilla Cocktail with Spiced Sugar Rim

Ingredients for one cocktail

For spiced sugar rim

3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

 For the cocktail

1 bottle of Barley Days Pumpkin Saison of the Witch
1 oz vanilla vodka


For spiced sugar rim

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl


For assembly of cocktail

Fill a small bowl or plate with water. Dip the rim of a glass in the water, then in the spiced sugar mixture.

Pour the beer into the glass. Top the beer with the vodka and enjoy!

Keep spiced sugar rim mixture in a sealed container at room temperature.


With Barley Days’ Yuletide Cherry Porter…

Turkey Brine
From the kitchen of Barley Day’s brewmaster Alex Nicols


7 liters of water
500 g salt
175 g white sugar
400mL maple syrup
3 bottles of Barley Days Yuletide Cherry Porter
3 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
2 tsp each – peppercorns, star anise, fennel seed, mustard seed & cloves


18 hours prior to roasting the turkey, mix ingredients in a container big enough for the turkey and bring to a boil.

Turn off stove & allow to cool (outdoors or in a cold room). Once cool, put the turkey in the bring, ensuring the cavity fills with fluid.  Let sit for 12 to 18 hours in the brine

Remove and dry the turkey.  Roast you as usually do. Enjoy!



Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!