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This months beer is a collaboration with The Drake commissary and the Daily Bread food bank (one dollar from each bottle sold goes to the Daily Bread)

Here is the story …

Back in 1983, Toronto was a city coming into its own; the CN Tower, Eaton Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Toronto International Film Festival were all new and exciting additions, with Skydome in the works.  Unfortunately, with big-city success came problematic big-city issues, and hungry folks were among them. And so arose the Daily Bread Food Bank, a non-religious organization founded by Sister Marie Tremblay. With over 10,000 volunteers and 135 member agencies across Greater Toronto, Daily Bread is the largest food bank in Canada, distributing over 9 million pounds of food (1/3 of which is fresh produce, protein and dairy) to 60,000 people and families (more than half of whom are children and seniors) each month, and helping lift them out of poverty. Every dollar donated to Daily Bread, results in the distribution of $5 worth of food, and Daily Bread’s recently-launched 20/20 vision program is increasing food delivery by 20% to 20 high priority neighbourhoods. We wanted to do our part to help out this incredible Toronto organization so, using leftover bread from our neighbours at the Drake Commissary, we brewed this unusual and remarkably refreshing dry-hopped pale ale; one dollar from the sale of each beer will go to Daily Bread.

Style: American Pale Ale w/stale sourdough bread

OG: 13.0 Plato
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 35
SRM: 7

Malts: Pale Ale, Munich II, Victory
Hops: Magnum (bittering), Simcoe and Amarillo (whirlpool and dry hop)
Yeast: California Ale (house strain)
Extras: 65 kg dried, stale sourdough bread from the Drake

Aroma: Pine, orange peel, resin, hard citrus candy, slight whiff of toast

Appearance: Deep gold, almost light copper with orange hues. Translucent, slight haze. Long-lasting, off-white head. Some lacing remaining on the glass.

Taste: Medium bitterness up front followed by hop flavours of citrus, pine, earthiness, and dank weed (sativa?). Mild notes of bread crust and toast peeking in toward the finish. Finishes fairly dry and palate refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slight astringency on an otherwise clean and quenching finish.

Overall: A hop-forward, North American style Pale Ale using reclaimed (otherwise wasted) bread.

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