NARAMATA NUT BROWN ALE (Cannery Brewing Company)

My Fellow Inebriates,

I find the news baffling, local news most of all. In my local rag: the story of a 42-year-old woman who, after driving four blocks from Boston Pizza to Montana’s Cookhouse without de-icing her windshield and as a result hit THREE pedestrians, dragging one woman behind her car. OMG.

I have several questions about this incident.

Rocket science

First of all: Was my mother the driver in question? She’s 42, she lives in Langley, she doesn’t possess an ice scraper OR a credit card, and she’s the type of woman who gets flustered by the garage door. Could it be…? I will have to ask her later.

Second, why was this woman driving from a pizza joint to a rib cookhouse? Again, this points to my mother.

Third, how did she make it four blocks with an opaque windshield? Does this deserve some credit for bravado? Or probably not, right? Just to be sure, I googled “driving blindfolded” and learned that in some circles it’s pretty cool. In fact, in the UK it is a team-building exercise. Wow! 

It’s really mild here so I don’t even know when my mum would have done this. Also, she’s still at home instead of in jail, but I read that they only fine you $109 for failing to de-ice your windshield, so maybe she just paid the fine.  None of the three (!) women she hit died; I think a couple of them just went to hospital.

But $109! Let’s break this down. The Cannery Collection I just acquired (two cans Anarchist Amber Ale, two cans Naramata Nut Brown Ale, and two cans IPA) cost $11.75 plus tax. For $109 we could have bought NINE of these six-packs. But apparently it’s more fun to plow your car into innocent pedestrians in some kind of middle-aged remote-viewing experiment.

But I have to be happy with what I’ve got. Last night I had the pleasure of sampling the NARAMATA NUT BROWN ALE. I was happy because the Cannery Brewing Company had advised starting with the AMBER ALE (check), then progressing to the NUT BROWN (check). The IPA awaits, but here are my impressions of the NUT BROWN ALE.

A darker pour than its amber counterpart, the NARAMATA NUT BROWN ALE exuded roasted nuts and chocolate, immediately demonstrating more complexity than the amber ale. Again I used a Reidel stemless glass, the better to catch its nutty characteristics. Immediately I sensed it was the more serious of Cannery’s offerings, which made my fur tingle.

The first sip was strong and hoppy, with a slight molasses accent, but not as much sweetness as I’ve encountered with other nut brown ales. As I drank, the ale continued to strike that same note—satisfying but somehow not developing  from top to bottom of the glass. The carbonation was moderate, crisp and punchy. This is a solid sipper—four-chord rather than symphonic, and just fine for uncomplicated enjoyment.

I would have enjoyed several more of these delicious beers, but unfortunately the money seems to have been earmarked for other things.

But at least not dumb-ass driving fines. My dad informed me that we have a Nissan, not a Kia like the one with the icy windshield. Yay, mum, I always believed in you.

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2 responses to “NARAMATA NUT BROWN ALE (Cannery Brewing Company)”

  1. Rachael Black says :

    Bear, that story killed. Mercifully not literally. My personal experience and advice here in Reno (summer AND winter) if drinking. Not implying that the jackass woman in theory had been drinking… but a trip from one restaurant to another suggests that. Or, too much weed in that spliff Mon.

    This is why I know so many cab drivers.,,via my cell phone address book.

    As you said: $11.75 plus tax for the beer collection. If I go out for an evening of sipping, or if flush serious drinking, I think of the monetary bottom line: Cash on cab and a full night out $75.00. Driving myself cuts that to $50.00
    Cost of a DUI? Appx $5000 which includes fines, insurance jump for the first month only (months and years afterwards not included), state mandated classes, walking to mandated AA meeting a few times a week, attorney -if he’s a cheap shyster, etc.etx.
    Oh, and of course losing your license: Priceless!

    Have a friend that went though this last year. $5000.00 figure posted as an approximation of average cost the Reno Rag aka Reno Gazette Journal.

    Now about that beer… sounds tasty and a nice snack or accompaniment to home-made chili or even cheese.
    What part of the country are you in? Have not seen this beer yet, but we do have two specialty liquor stores and several great beer pubs offering unusual selections, specialties seasonal specialties and -for we po’ folk- happy hour.

    Thank you for the recommendation… and the laugh. Poor mom.

  2. liquorstorebear says :

    Wow, $5000!! Think how many bottles that would buy. It’s just not worth it. I like the way you fleshed it all out, just in case anyone’s considering a drunken drive (which I wouldn’t endorse!).
    You’re in Reno? I’ve always wanted to go to Reno. Somehow the lifestyle appeals…
    I’m in Vancouver, Canada. That’s why liquor is so expensive, LOL. This particular beer is from Penticton, BC, crafted in small batches, so it might not have traveled as far as Reno. I don’t think it’s one to actually seek out. I generally find something to appreciate in every drink, but I’d rank (and maybe it would make sense to consider ranking these things I’m reviewing, haha) this beer as…competent.

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