As winter approaches, it comes a time when the lagers and summer weiss beers get retired and it's time to hunker down and drink something hearty and filling, something to properly warm you up during our cold Canadian winters, something dark and heavy and flavourful and tankhouse is a very good choice when you come in from the cold.
Tankhouse is a traditional English style pale ale, which can be a bit confusing as there isn't a whole lot pale about it, it actually pours a dark amber colour. I guess the definition of pale is different in England than it is over here. When you have a sip it is quite bitter and malty, Mill St. really do a good job at bringing out the flavour of the roasted malt. It is quite thick so people who are used to blonde beer might be in for a bit of a surprise, however once you get past the initial thickness it settles in to being a really well balanced and something that warms the insides. It is really best served on draught, by the fire, in a small local pub, but if you can't find one of those it is also great out of a bottle and at any other establishment. I find that it is a great choice as it gets colder and the fact that it is only 5.2% means that it won't make you all wobbly after one pint the way other thick beers tend to.
It's available at bars and restaurants throughout Ontario as well as in bottles at the LCBO and Beer store. They also have 4 brew pubs, 3 in the GTA and one up here in Ottawa so you really don't have any excused not to give it a try! The fact that their Toronto brew pub is on Tank House lane give you a good indication of how well they rate this beer!
Rating: 4 steins
What you need to know
Brewery & Brew Pub
21 Tank House Lane
Other Brew Pubs
555 Wellington St
Toronto Pearson Airport Terminal 1