IN THE DARK THIS WINTER
With winter upon us and daylight hours diminished, our eating habits tend more to heartier fare, yes, “comfort food.” And drinking habits move in the direction of a little heavier and darker – fuller bodied red wines, spirits and beers. A favourite with Ontario beer lovers is the Doppelbock from the Hoess Brewery located in Immenstadt in the foothills of Germany’s Bavarian Alps. It’s back again for a seasonal winter release. Brewed with 75 % dark malts, its distinct maltiness leads out of the gate, followed with a mellow full body in the middle and then enters the home stretch with a light hop bitterness in the end spurt. It clocks in at a respectable 7.3 % alc./vol. but it is beautifully balanced with no impression of a slightly elevated level of alcohol. That it received the top award, the Gold Medal from the World Beer Cup championships for the dark beer category, is a further testament to the quality and brewing tradition of the Hoess family that goes back to 1657. The brand name is Doppel-Hirsch, which means Double Buck, as it shows two bucks duking it out with their antlers locked in combat. Could they be fighting over that cute little doe on the rainbow, licking her lips and swagging her white puff tail while prancing around on a pile of logs.