QL Beer Tasting Event Draughts a Fine Finish
Eight p.m. at the Brooklyn on a slightly chilly November weeknight. A crowd of Queen’s Law students eagerly waited outside for a unique beer tasting event – undoubtedly enthused by a clear view of the bar, which showed flights of beer of all colours serenely waiting to be claimed.
This was the inaugural event of the Beyond a Reasonable Stout Club – a new innovation for law students who savour the small notes, the delectable hints, and the smooth finishes of artisanal beers.
Erika Hodge, the founder of the club, wanted to create a space where people – beer lovers, casual drinkers, and everyone else – could come together and enjoy quality beers from Canada’s burgeoning craft beer industry.
On this particular night, four beers were on offer from Ontario’s Muskoka Brewery: Twice as Mad Tom IPA, Harvest Ale, Kirby’s Kolsch, and the Winter Weiss.
The selection on offer provided an eclectic mix of tastes, from light, refreshing beers to sturdier creamy beers.
“Beer is like cake”, Hodge noted. “There are endless flavours. Just because you don’t like the coconut raisin fruit cake doesn’t mean you won’t like chocolate fudge birthday cake”.
On hand to guide the patrons through their beer tour was a representative from the Brewery. As students sipped their beers, they were told of the stories behind the beer’s making and names.
Mad Tom, for example, referred to a particularly angry customer who was unhappy with a new offering from the Brewery. His complaint garnered him a beer of his own – much to his chagrin.
As students made their way through the large selection of beers, considered judgements were slowly formed – presumably on a modified objective standard. Third-year Erin Crochetiere found Kirby’s Kolsch to be the most pleasing. Winter Weiss on the other hand, left bitter feelings.
Overall, the response to the event was overwhelmingly positive. Students were particularly happy with the incredibly generous sample sizes of four half-pint servings, and they were even more enthused by the free giveaways.
When asked about the future plans for Beyond a Reasonable Stout, Hodge said that many more events were in the pipeline:
“We are currently working with The Alibi to organize something soon, as well as Sir John’s Public House. We are [also] looking at events like trivia, board games, and drink and food pairings.”
For the beer-lovers of Queen’s Law, the taps are far from dry. Here’s hopping for more!
Adnan Subzwari (3L) is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Juris Diction.