A simple and powerful brewing tradition lives along the shores of the Nottawasaga Bay on Lake Huron. Collingwood Brewery shares a lineage reaching back to the mid-19th century, when famed brewer Richard Whitney took simple ingredients and fresh water from the Georgian Bay to create his first Ales. Head Brewer Chris Freeman crafts the same Ale from the same clear waters. Using only Canadian ingredients, Freeman produced the wet-hopped, unfiltered Whitney’s Vintage Ale. You will be hard-pressed to find this brew outside of the local, Collingwood area. Crafted along the style of the American Pale Ale, made with a balanced profile of malt and hop. The Vintage tends toward a semi-sweet character, with a complex mingling of flavours that produce an unique taste. It is unfiltered and there will be sediment at the bottom of the can. Serve at 6-10°C and enjoy soon.
Pours a light honey colour with a very stable cody. A finger of white head with prominent lacing floats on top.
The Vintage Ale combines an interesting mix of sweet and malty aromas. The sweeter scent hits the nose like fresh flowers, without being overpowering. Than a strong, bitter note is partnered with a streak of richer caramel hiding in the background.
Like the nose, the Vintage Ale has a lot of malt in front which can cover up some more delicate flavours. Give it time and you will be rewarded by complex notes that will come out with a savoury and sweet character. A spice that the nose didn’t give away is revealed, forming a more complex narrative. The finish is quite bitter, but relaxes quickly and allows the taste character to continue developing. Take your time with this beer and enjoy the different stories each sip will tell you.
Sweeter Ales pair up well with spicier Asian cuisine, get yourself some deadly serious pad thai or make up a stir fry at home and don’t be afraid to melt the roof of your mouth.