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Amsterdam Brewing Co. and Cheese (Part 2) No Comments »

In partnership with the Dairy Farmers of Canada.

In this second Ontario Brewer Podcast feature on the barrel aged beers of Amsterdam Brewery, Mirella Amato of BeerologyTM is once again joined by brewer Cody Nolan, who has brought along the Amsterdam De Wallen Barrel Aged Sour Framboise and Barrel Aged Rye Peppercorn Saison.

Also in the studio is cheese educator Debbie Levy, representing Mountainoak Cheese. Debbie has participated in a number of Ontario Brewer beer and cheese pairing podcasts throughout the year and reflects on her experience with the podcasts and how it has sparked an interest in beer.

The trio then embark on a beer and cheese pairing exploration, sampling the two feature Amsterdam beers with three Goudas produced by Mountainoak Cheese: Fiery, Wild Nettle and Fresian. When the group finds itself struggling to find a perfect pairing, Mirella finds a novel solution!


Exploring Barrel Aging with Amsterdam Brewery (Part 1) No Comments »

In this episode of Ontario Brewer, BeerologyTM’s Mirella Amato explores the topic of barrel aging beer with head brewer Iain McOustra and brewer Cody Nolan from Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Cody and Iain both talk about the new brewing facilities that they’re working in. They then turn their attention to barrel-aged beers, explaining how they use barrels and the learning curve involved in working with new barrels instead of attaining barrel-aged notes using wood chips. They provide details on how they choose which beers to barrel age, how they decide the amount of time a beer will spend in a barrel as well as the various yeasts and bacteria that are involved in barrel-aging and souring beer.

The two brewers then talk more specifically about the feature Amsterdam Beers for this month’s podcasts: Barrel Aged Rye Peppercorn Saison & De Wallen Barrel Aged Sour Framboise.


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