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Brew Crew: Whistler Chestnut Ale

Whistler Brewing Company Chestnut Ale

Price: $18.99 / 6 bottles 330 mL (Liquor Depot)

I really try to steer away from seasonal beers. You never know if they will actually be any good. And if one is, you will only get it for a limited time. 

Well, I decided to go out on a limb and try this chestnut ale out. Mostly because it was on sale. I was very pleasantly surprised. 

Whistler Brewing Company Chestnut Ale is now my favourite beer out there.

A dark amber-brown in colour, the ale pours out nicely with a minor off-white head. My only criticism of the beer is that the head lacks any real duration; it disappears very quickly. 

The ale has a strong flavour of roasted chestnut and coffee, with some slight toffee and spicy malt undertones. 

It is smooth to swallow and has a fantastic taste. I can definitely see why this beer is only a seasonal offering. Obviously, roasted chestnuts are only a Christmas thing. Plus, the beer is very hearty. It would be something you would want to drink after a hot summer day. 

The beer really pairs well with dessert. Having it with a slice of cheesecake or even some Häagen-Dazs ice cream is a real treat.

It is so unfortunate this beer is only a seasonal offering. It’s warm, hearty flavour has had me buy it a few times this fall season. I guess I’ll just have to stock up for the year, like a squirrel hoarding chestnuts.

Adam Lachacz

Adam Lachacz is a third-year student double majoring in history and political science. In his spare time, he likes to read, breathe, speed, and drink mead.

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