Monday, July 27, 2015

Cartwright Springs Brewery

Cartwright Springs Brewery (  had their grand opening at the craft brewery just outside Pakenham Ontario and my only suggestion to improve their sales of craft beer is .... get a bigger parking lot because it looks like you're going to be busy.

  The turn out for the grand opening located at 239 Deer Run Road was huge and for good reason. Owner Andre Rieux and business partner Eduardo Guerro were pouring samples of great beers like their Northern IPA, Maple Porter, SMASH ale, Kolsch and a Bitter. The beer sample lineup in the tap room was 3 and 4 deep most of time and if you weren't sampling the ales inside, the BBQ outside was cooking up pork sandwiches to have with your beer. A picture perfect day to sample beer, snack, talk about beer and enjoy the weather. For those that like to explore, Andre offers a tour of the brewery, property and spring. 

  What makes this brewery so unique is the water used for making the beer is sourced from a artesian spring located on site.The spring water is so good that they have a tap for sampling the spring water. It's quite refreshing but I'll stick with the ales thanks. Cartwright Springs also makes a Maple Porter which uses local maple sap instead of water. This gives the porter a unique maple aroma but leaves the porter with it's strong (8.5% ABV) dark chocolate flavour and a bit of nuttiness at the end.

 So here a list of Cartwright Spring brews you might want to try.

Maple Porter a dark rich seasonal porter with significant kick to it. (8.5% ABV)

SMASH Ale which stands for "single malt and single hop" is a refreshingly crisp lighter ale. (5% ABV and 24 IBUs)

Norther IPA (my favourite) is a darker IPA with rich flavours and tropical notes. (5.6% ABV and 26 IBUs).

Kolsch ale is a lighter German style ale with a creamy finish (5% ABV and 20 IBUs).

Cartwright Springs offers a Bitter as well

Cheers !