Full disclosure: a few weeks back, Kensington Brewing Company sponsored an event of ours after we invited their participation. We invited them because we adore their product – and their people. The sponsorship amounted to the equivalent of two cases of beer in exchange for their name on the event and in our Newsletter. A post about their product was expressly not part of any sponsorship deal.
I met Brock at the former home of Kensington Brewing Company around this time last year. I was sitting at the bar of the Burger Bar (he’s since sold it), sipping beer and reading cookbooks. It had been a difficult week for my family and I was enjoying some quiet time and retreating into the tall stool that I perched on. We had a few casual conversations from this perch before Brock asked me about our dehydrated kimchi powder.
A few nights after his tweet I headed to the Burger Bar on a stormy night. I brought him a goody bag of samples and we enjoyed dinner together. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I genuinely enjoyed his company and his passion for brewing beer.
Augusta Ale is named after one of the main streets of Kensington Market in Toronto. Most seem to categorize it as an Ale or an American Pale Ale. It’s a full-flavored beer with a great bitter profile – but it’s not nearly as bitter as some of the heavy hitters (like Stone’s Arrogant Bastard or Green Flash’s West Coast IPA). It also has a slightly sweet hit to it which makes it entirely session-able by itself or mixed with others as it won’t destroy your palette.
This is an easy-drinking beer that doesn’t need a meal to go with it (though I plan to pair it with a few meals cooked over open fire this year). I also think it would be a great pour after cutting the grass on a scorching hot day (I just need to find a lawn to pair it with!).
Beyond the beer and the people, the brewery itself is fascinating. The beer has been an independent label without its own brewery. That’s about to change as it takes its next step; after two years of brewing with other people’s equipment, they’re launching their own brewery. As part of that adventure they’ve announced that they’re crowdsourcing part of the funding – and have launched…(drum roll please)…
Community Supported Beer (CSB)!
Similar to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), members invest in the project in advance of its completion (this is a small but considerable part of their funding) and are rewarded for their loyalty. There are 5 levels of support; check out the first two levels:
- Tier 1 – $60 gift certificate to their retail store and bar. Cost: $50.
- Tier 2 – $120 gift certificate to their retail store and bar. Cost: $100.
There are 3 more tiers – check out their site to learn more.