16 November 2012

WILK Friday BeerBuzz - 16 Nov 2012 Hop City Barking Squirrel Lager w/Deanna Kaminskyj

WILKFridayBerbuzz15I’m all over the map when I feature beers on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz.  Whether it’s a strong stout or a light Helles, we have no boundaries on the show…and today we not only went all over the map but also across the border.  Our neighbors to the north have always brewed some great beers, so it’s about time I feature a beer from a Canadian brewery…and so we did.

Today we crossed dover into Brampton Ontario to feature a brewery that started in 2009, and is just getting it’s beers into PA.  Hop City Brewery features a Lawnchair Classic Weisse, a Happy Hour Premium Ale, a Mr. Huff Persuasion Pilsner and their flagship beer whish is of course what we featured today.

Barking Squirrel Lager is a traditional Amber Lager that is not only easy drinking, but also has a satisfying medium body & mouth-feel.  This beer has a clean almost dry finish and a wonderful hop aroma from the Saaz and Hallertau noble hops on board.  As the website says, it’s like a angel (or squirrel) dancing on your tongue, but that’s a good thing.  This beer is infinitely drinkable and at 5% ABV and about 25 IBU you’ll be able to do so.
It was fun to talk to Deanna Kaminskyj from Hop City Brewing Co. today and it was exciting to hear everything going on at Hop City.  I was not surprised to hear that Barking Squirrel Lager took home the People’s Choice award as well as Gold and Silver at the 2010 Ontario Brewing Awards…I was however surprised to hear that Barking Squirrel Lager may be heading to 473ml cans in the future.  I think this is good news and Barking Squirrel is a perfect beer for cans so stay tuned for future details.

So where did the name Barking Squirrel come from?  Well this from Hop City, ”At Hop City, we brew beer because we love it. And in doing so we have created a really really really good recipe we dare you to try. Made with the only the best ingredients, THIS BEER WILL MAKE SQUIRRELS BARK AND GROWN MEN CRY.”

Thank you to Deanna Kaminskyj from Hop City Brewing Co, Nancy, John & Joe for yet another

fun Friday.

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together.

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE.

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