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Hockley Valley Brewery

Beer Name Rating
Dark 7.43
Georgian Bay 6.75


The origins of Hockley Valley Brewing Company date to the end of 2002 with its foundation in the back of a small general store in Hockley Village, Ontario. Brewmaster Andrew Kohnen subsequently joined the company, and in 2007 the brewery relocated to its current facility in Orangeville, Ontario. Hockley Valley Brewing currently produces three beers; Hockley Dark, Hockley Black & Tan and Hockley Stout. We tried the Dark, which was 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.

Hockley Valley Dark ("HVD") poured with a big cascade in the glass, and was a dark ruby/brown colour with a fluffy beige head. Great visuals! The head was a good 3 cm after pouring and dissipated slowly with a bit of lacing down the glass. The aroma is predominantly of toasted malt with subtle hops. The body was a bit lighter than you would normally expect for a dark ale, but I understand that this was done deliberately to appeal more to the North American market. There was an appropriate amount of carbonation and smooth mouth feel. In terms of taste, the Brewmaster has found a pretty good balance between the sweetness of the roasted malts and a subtle hoppy presence. The taste lingers for a few seconds on the tongue, but finishes clean and dry. All in all, a respectable dark ale that was good enough that I would want to try the brewery's other offerings at some point in the not too distant future.

According to the brewery's web site, HVD won gold medals at both the 2008 Canadian, and 2008 Ontario Brewing Awards.

Rating 7.43/10.0


Looking for a new Ontario brew to sample, Bucky spied a 473 ml can of Georgian Bay Beer (“GBB”) in his local liquor store. GBB was 5.0% alcohol by volume with no visible ‘best before' or production date.

A beautiful golden colour, and very clear with plenty of large carbonation bubbles visible, pouring produced about 1.5” of white head with some respectable staying power. As the head slowly retreated, it resolved itself into a collar and thin cap of foam, leaving some modest lacing down the glass. Full marks for appearance! Its aroma was quite subdued, with green apples and light malts detectable, and as the beer warmed it gave off just a hint of mixed vegetables…first time I've encountered this aroma from a beer. Its taste was equally tame; sweet light malts up front with no discernible hop bitterness. As with the aroma, toward the end of the sampling that mixed vegetable presence made itself felt….but nothing unpleasant. Light bodied with a typical carbonation level despite the large quantity of visible carbonation bubbles, this isn't a bad beer, but there's really not enough here to bring me back for seconds. Selling for $2.65 at the time of writing.

Rating: 6.75





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