From the outset of doing this piece (both "Matt's Beer We Go!" and "Matt's Wine Not!"), I wanted to expose you, dear reader, to things foreign and familiar, old and new. To Canadian readers, this beer is definitely familiar. If you live outside the Great White North, then allow me to introduce to you Alexander Keith's Amber Ale.

Keith's is a very old brewery, claiming heritage back to 1820 in the now-Canadian-province of Nova Scotia (i.e. "New Scotland" - and no, I didn't have to look that one up! Yay!). Although now owned by Labatt's (another Canadian legend, which in turn is now owned by beer multinational conglomerate InBev), Keith's is, largely due to a pretty succesful marketing campaign, a firm favourite in this country. Although known chiefly for its India Pale Ale, this amber beer is a refreshing and delicious alternative.

Strangely enough, I still needed a bottle opener! And if you believed that, I have some magic beans I could sell you! *nyuk nyuk!* Anyway! When poured, a dark rich amber red (naturally) is presented, but to truly appreciate the beauty, hold it up to the light to catch its true colours.

This beer has a sweet, fruity nose, almost with hints of berry floating around. How nice!

It is medium and slightly grainy in taste, and not too dry nor bitter, and is very easy to drink and enjoy, although it does have its dark, rich side, which is very satisfying. One also gets a pleasantly grainy and sweet aftertaste.

What can I say really but, "Mmmm!" As I noted previously, Keith's is a favourite of many Canadians, and I am certainly no exception. The India Pale Ale is good, but this one might be even better, although not as famous as its golden brother.

Keith's slogan is simple, but to the point: "Those who like it, like it a lot." ...I like it a lot! And you likely will too.

***1/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$2.30 (US$2.15).


LCBO #53694
Beer, Ale
5.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 3
Made in: Nova Scotia, Canada
By: Labatt Breweries Ontario

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