Welly Bootique Mixer

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It’s available at the LCBO and, of course, at the brewery: the newest delicious release of Wellington Brewery beers. The Bootique includes a few special and interesting flavours.

Spice Odyssey (7% ABV) is a chai-latte stout that has all of those great fall spices; you know, the cardamoms, gingers and cloves? Really warming. It has a malty body and a nice creaminess.

Here’s the key with the SO: $0.25 from sales goes to the Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis organization.

Fine Italian Pilsner (5.5%) is, like pilsners are wont to be, crisp and clean. It’s dry-hopped with Hallertau Mittelfruh hops and was lagered for about five weeks.

Shubie — Sour Raspberry IPA (6.9%) is quite the pink colour from raspberries but still retains a tartness. That’s important for me.

Duck Dive Blackberry Chai IPA (6.9%) is from Welly’s “surfer series” of IPAs. It’s nicely hazy with blackberry and chai, but not too much of the latter. It gets some balance from the citrussy hops.

This is always a favourite of min3 (Image/Wellington Brewery).

I also want to note that Wellington is celebrating 36 years of brewing goodness: to that end, they’ve put out Wellington ’36 Triple IPA (10.2%). It’s big and bold (the Welly guys call it “massive”) with Mosaic and Simcoe hops, with a pleasant maltiness, some pine and nicely tart citrus elements.

Remember too that Wellington has a line of sparkling hop water, should you so desire: no calories, no carbs, no alcohol. With Cascade and Chinook hops, there’s refreshing taste and some bright citrussy and gentle grapefruit notes.

Here’s to Welly! And 36 more years!

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