“Keep Summer Safe” – Thai Gose

“Be right back Summer. Stay put, don’t touch any buttons, and ignore all random thoughts that feel….spidery.” – Rick
“Wait you can’t leave me here” – Summer
“Ship, keep Summer safe.” – Rick
“Keep. Summer. Safe.”- Ship
“Ah wonderful.” – Summer
Man walks up to ship “Excuse me, hello?”
Summer turns away in fear
“What? You think you’re better than me? Nobody’s better than me! …Hey!? Hey!” – Man
Ship lasers man into meat cubes
“Keep. Summer. Safe.” – Ship
– Rick and Morty

Available now at Daft Brewing – Keep Summer Safe, our Thai Gose

“There are a few beers that accurately showcase Ryan’s abilities as a brewer,” explained CEO Adam Rondeau, “And this is one of them. Say what you will about Ryan’s personality, but the guy knows how to balance flavours to create a truly special beer. Garbage personality though.”

Keep Summer Safe is the latest beer in our Umami series, following True Level and Slow Ramp. Each beer in this series is made using a gose as the base beer. A gose is a traditional sour German wheat beer that was historically brewed in a region where the water is slightly saline, giving it a mild saltiness while being light and easy drinking. This makes the gose a perfect starting point for our Umami series where the objective is to balance each of the five flavours that we can perceive (sour, salty, sweet, bitter, umami).

This edition of our Umami series has an asian fusion theme. It’s made with a healthy addition of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, a blend of thai chilies and other peppers, sea salt, and is aged on sake oak. 

“When brewing a beer with so many ingredients, I am worried about it being cloying or overwhelming in one element” Head Brewer Ryan Dhillon explained, “but I take special care with this beer. With every drink, your palette will transition from tart to salty to deep umami with subtle sweetness in the background and then finish with a hint of spice.”

Overall, Keep Summer Safe is a fairly unique beer. It is very light and refreshing yet complex and feels like a full bodied beer. As Ryan would like everyone to know, it can be difficult to make such a beer, so please be impressed by him.

“The first thing you will notice with this beer is the citrusy aroma with a hint of spice” explained Nathan, Head Protector of Summer. “The flavour is upfront with tart citrus and quickly transitions into mild spiciness. It has a pleasant mouthfeel and finishes dry and refreshing.”

Keep Summer Safe is available now on tap and to go bottles from Daft Brewing, and also available for home delivery. Let us keep you as safe as Summer in your home and bring the beer to you. Click here to place an order now.

“Sandy Claws” – Pumpkin Porter

Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Beat him with a stick
Lock him up for ninety years, see what
Makes him tick
Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Chop him into bits
Mr. Oogie Boogie
Is sure to get his kicks
Kidnap the Sandy Claws
See what we will see
Lock him in a cage
And then throw away the key
– The Nightmare Before Christmas

Available now at Daft Brewing – Sandy Claws, our Pumpkin Porter.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas is definitely on my list of ‘must watch movies’,” CEO Adam Rondeau explained in regards to the name of this latest release, “It is the perfect name for our new Pumpkin Porter, which I’d say, is definitely on my list of ‘must try beers. I’m usually pretty neutral on pumpkin beers, (and Ryan’s beers), but every once and awhile I’m surprised with a good one. Sandy Claws is hands down the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.”

Sandy Claws is an American style porter made with dark roasted barley, crates of pie pumpkins smoked in house, a healthy dose of roasted pumpkin seeds, fresh madagascar vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. The pie pumpkins add a creaminess to the beer and give a hint of smokiness that blends well with the roasted malt. The result is a bold roasty beer with balanced spice and a nice persistent creamy head.

When asked to describe his latest release, Ryan shrugged and said “If pumpkins and spice are basic then strap me into Uggs and sign me up for a “Live, Laugh, Love” tattoo.” Then he broke into chants of “Pump-Kin Porter!” to drown out any further questions.

Turning to Addie, the Assistant to the Regional Brewer, for help did not produce better results as all she yelled was “It’s roasty toasty!”

Head of In House Pumpkin Carving, Nathan, stepped up with useful notes, saying “In the aroma, you will get chocolate, coffee, and a splash of spice that will make you think of Grandma’s fresh pumpkin pie. The flavour starts with chocolatey roastiness that blends nicely with the well-balanced spices. It’s the first time I’ve had a pumpkin beer that was so dark and I can easily say it’s the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.”

Sandy Claws is available now flowing from the taps of Daft Brewing and in to go bottles from our bottleshop. Grab it now, because just like Sandy Claws in the movie, once it is gone, the recipe will be locked up for ninety years (or just till next year).

“The Beast” – Scotch Old Ale

   “My grandpa, Squidman Palledorous, was police chief back then. He ordered Mr. Mertle to turn his backyard into a fortress and chain up The Beast and put him under the house  where he could never get out to eat children and stuff. That’s where he’s been for years. And that’s where he’ll be for the rest of his life. Because Mr. Mertle asked the cops how long he had to keep The Beast chained up like a slave, they said until forever. Forever. Forever. Forever. Forever. Forever. And so, The Beast sits there under that lean-to, dreaming of the time when he can break the chain and get out, dreaming of the time he can chase and kill again.”
– The Sandlot

Available now at Daft Brewing, The Beast, our Scotch Old Ale.

“The Beast was the perfect name for our latest release” explained CEO Adam Rondeau, “because much like the Beast in the film Sandlot, our brewer Ryan needs to be chained up in a backyard somewhere and never let out to protect the world from his terrible beer.”

The Beast, made in collaboration with the Kingston Single Malt Society, is a British-style Old Ale aged on Islay scotch oak.

Old Ales are a style of strong beer that used to be aged in casks. They are strong and malty and have been referred to as “winter warmers” or “keeping ales.” Historically Old Ales are cellared in barrels or casks for a year or more.

“The Beast is a complex beer leaning on the malty side with notes of a caramel and a lot of oak character. The beer has picked up tannins from the oak, while also picking up some peatiness and a hint of iodine from the scotch. You will notice a warming in the back of your mouth, and the beer finishes with notes of tobacco that linger gently. This is not a beer for the faint of heart.” explained Master Scotch Taster, Nathan.

This full bodied beer is perfect for aging as explained by Head Brewer, Ryan. “You can drink it today, it’s going to be pretty good. But if you buy six, drink one today and then one on the anniversary of today for the next five years. The beer will smooth out and develop complex notes of dried fruits and vanilla. Time adds a lot of character to a beer like this.” 

“Letting time age out Ryan’s mistakes is probably the only way to drink any of his swill.” Adam added after hearing Ryan’s recommendation.

The Beast is available now in the Daft taproom and in to-go bottles. Buy it before it’s gone forever. Forever. Forever. Forever.

COVID19 – Hand Sanitizer Production Summary

Daft Brewing used its resources, expertise and a tremendous amount of help from the community to provide hand sanitizer to people and businesses in need during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This work has been highlighted by the Whig, Queens School of Graduate Studies  and featured in Queens Alumni. In total, Daft was able to produce 2163.97 L of hand sanitizer. Through 13 different batches, from March through July, we were able to produce all of our sanitizer on-site, using our own still and fermenting equipment.

At the onset of this project we decided to prioritize donations to the medical field and front line personnel. In total, over 250 individuals, groups and businesses received hand sanitizer from Daft. The response was overwhelming. We also received over 280 requests simply through our website and over 400 formal requests in total.

This project wasn’t cheap. Daft Brewing initially invested over $5,000 in the first three months of the pandemic, along with supplying the labor and equipment for getting the project off the ground. Following this, a successful GoFundMe campaign was launched which raised $2,483 from 38 generous donors! This money was used to ensure that we could continue manufacturing through the summer months.

The $2,483 was used to ensure continued production and the majority of the funds went toward materials such as glycol and isopropyl alcohol. The chart below shows approximately how the funds were used.

Lastly, we want to directly thank everyone – business and individuals, who helped make this possible. The truth is that none of this would have been possible without the constant support of the community at-large. Below is a list of some of the people/groups that jumped on-board immediately and ensured the success of this program.

  • AFCO
  • Anonymous donors
  • Bread and Butter
  • Brewculture
  • Collinson Custom Building and Carpentry
  • Don Brooks of Cooper Equipment
  • Fielding Tire
  • G.S. Manufacturing
  • Herc Rentals
  • KIMCO Steel
  • KinsBrae Packaging
  • Levac
  • Noble
  • Novelis
  • Parade of Paints
  • Silicrest Storage
  • Tim Rows
  • Top Shelf Distillers
  • Tri-Art Manufacturing
  • WESCO

We would also like to take a moment to specially thank Lindsay Waffle, who took on the responsibility of organizing the distribution and communications with all the groups that received hand sanitizer.

Thank-you for working with us to help the community!
– the gang

“Don’t Hassle the Hoff” – Oktoberfest

I don’t even have a quote for you this time. Just watch this video

Now on tap and available in to go bottles from Daft, Don’t Hassle the Hoff, our Oktoberfest.

“Naming a beer after a legend such as David Hasslehoff was an easy call for us,” CEO Adam Rondeau explained, “because he’s everything I wish our brewer Ryan could be, and I like to find ways to remind him of that everyday.”

We like to think the history of Oktoberfest mirrors the history of Daft in a way. All the way back in 1810, Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and invited the town to party with them. The party lasted for days with food and beer flowing through the city, and ended with a horse race. The party was so legendary they decided to repeat it every year. Our brewery started with an epic brewery crawl where we wanted to keep the party going by starting our own brewery. When you start a business with others, you are essentially marrying them, so like we said, pretty much started the same way. We even ended our crawl with our own horse race…. Well, more of a piggy-back race.

Don’t Hassle the Hoff is the Daft version of an Oktoberfest beer – a hybrid between a traditional German Marzen and a Festbier. 

“A Marzen is a more traditional German Oktoberfest beer. It’s amber-copper in appearance, very bready in flavour, and sometimes has a malty-sweetness to it,” explained Head Brewer Ryan Dhillon, “while a Festbier is what you see being drunk out of the giant boot-shaped glass steins at Oktoberfest festivals. It’s super light, crisp, has a big fluffy head, and it’s easy to drink litres and litres of it. And what we did was BAM” Ryan clapped his hands aggressively (editors note: he yelled BAM along with the clap), “mushed them together.”

The resulting beer was made using German Munich and Pilsner malt and traditional Saaz hops. It is golden in colour and has fluffy clouds of white head that lingers on top of your beer. This beer is highly drinkable with mild malty and bready flavours and a nice crisp finish.

“There is something alluring to this beer. You think it’s going to be quite bold when you take that first sip, but then it quickly dries out to create a crisp and very drinkable beer.” Our very own Prince of Oktoberfest, Nathan, explained.

Don’t Hassle the Hoff is available now at Daft pouring from our taps and available in to go bottles. Now if only we could advertise this with a picture of the Hoff pouring beer over his bare chest…

“Ninja Loan” – New England IPA

“Well, you guys seem like a great family. We have to be realistic. I’m in the real estate business. It’s 2006. That’s all good enough for me. We’re gonna put you in a NINJA loan. No income, no job, no assets. And you don’t have to pay a penny for two years.” – James
“Oh NINJA please! So we’ll take something cozy and intimate. A one bedroom.” – Tobias
“Or bigger.” – Lindsay
“Yeah, how about something nice? A three bedroom?” – James
“Oh, it definitely is.” – Tobias
“You have to remember that this was a time when banks were eager to create as much debt as possible.” – Narrator
Arrested Development

Now available at Daft Brewing – Ninja Loan, our latest New England IPA

“We decided to call this beer Ninja Loan, because much like the banks in the early 2000s that offered subprime mortgages,” CEO Adam Rondeau said reflecting on the name choice, “our head brewer, Ryan, continues to provide us with subprime beer.”

Ninja Loan is made with a combination of three big, juicy, new world hops: Lemondrop, Belma, and Idaho #7. These create a super juicy beer full of tropical and citrus flavors. At 6% ABV there is a nice smooth body (oOoo! mouthfeel :P) to balance out the hop bitterness. A huge addition of oats and wheat create a persistent haze that is essential for this style, since the delicate hop compounds attach themselves to the haze and deliver those tasty tropical fruit notes to your dome. This is why Ryan is a self-proclaimed “hazy-boi.”

“Ninja Loan has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with lots of citrus flavour,” explained Head of Describing Things, Nathan, “You will notice heavy apricot and grapefruit flavors. These flavors come straight from the hops, as there are no fruit additions to this beer.”

Ninja Loan is now pouring on draft and available to-go in the bottleshop at Daft Brewing. 

Live Art at Daft

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our first live painting at Daft! The event was a ton of fun and gave us the chance to collaborate with some local artists.

So what was this ‘Live Painting’ you speak of?

We assembled a ragtag team of local artists to head over to Daft for the afternoon to do some live painting in front and centre of everyone who came out to watch. We gave them a primed canvas and 2 hours to do whatever they wanted and we weren’t left disappointed.

Each artist came up with something quite unique and then collaborated together to create a 4th piece that might just be our favourite. 

The paintings are 2.5’ x 3.5’ on a ½” pressure treated plywood canvas (safe for outdoors) and are available for sale. 

So how can I buy one of these beautiful pieces?

Please submit an offer via email to adam.rondeau@daftbrewing.com

We’ll update the blog post with the status of the current bid. Highest bid received by 11:59pm on September 30, 2020 gets the piece!

The Art!

We can’t speak for the individual artists about their methods or inspiration, but we can and will offer our interpretation of each piece for shits and giggles.

2020

This piece was created by Eric Williams, the artist who completed the mural on the outside of our building. To us, this piece loosely represents an optimists perspective of 2020. With potential stress factors operating at a maximum and the world up in metaphorical flames, all you can do is keep a smile glued to your face as everything melts to sh*t. It is reminiscent of the popular ‘This is Fine’ meme featured on our inside mural. 

Eric Williams
@estr.ester
Asking Price: $200
Current Bid: $200
Half of proceeds to BLM Canada

unBearable

This piece was created by Erons, the artist who completed the mural on the inside of our building. To us, this piece accurately demonstrates Erons’ technical abilities and style. There is a crispness to his patterns/linework that brings a depth to this painting and delicately balances the chaos of the multiple aspects of this piece with a dialed in precision. In other words, we dig it.

Erons
@eronone
Asking Price: $200
Current Bid: $350
Half of proceeds to BLM TO

‘La Tasse de Shit’
Or
“Engage Intellect”
(a.k.a. “Ryan’s Beer”)

This piece was created by Francisco Corbett, an artist that recently found his way onto our radar who does some pretty rad stuff around town. Watching Francisco work away reminded us of a quote from “Ex Machina” where Oscar Isaac’s character Nathan describes a Jackson Pollock painting. “He let his mind go blank and let his hand go where it wanted. Not deliberate, not random. Some place in between. They called it automatic art.” The team at Daft likes to think that while Francisco was working on this piece, his conscious mind went blank… We imagine that the inspiration for the final design occurred while sipping on one of Ryan’s beers. The information that populated his subconscious mind made its way onto the canvas presented in the form of a cup of shit. 

Francisco Corbett
@franciscocorbn
Asking Price: $500
Current Bid:
Half of proceeds to Street Health Centre – Kingston

Ice Cream Mans

This piece was created in a collaborative effort by all 3 artists. We’ll leave the interpreting to you! We’re very familiar with all 3 artists, and we saw the painting develop as it was being created, but if you pay attention to the work you’ll likely be able to pick out each artist’s contribution towards the final piece.

Asking Price: $300
Current Bid:
Half of the proceeds to a charity TBD

Rum Tum Tugger – Dark and Stormy Sour

 

Jake (in a helicopter): THIS. IS. AWESOME. Just so we’re clear from this point forward by call sign will be Deathblade
Charles: And I’ll be Rum Tum Tugger
Jake: No Boyle. No characters from Cats. Dig deep. Think of something scary
Charles: Adolf Hitler
Jake: NO! You’ll be Sidewinder
Charles: I’m more scared of Hitler

– Brooklyn 99

Now available at Daft Brewing and the Kingston Brewing Company – Rum Tum Tugger, our Dark and Stormy Sour.

When asked to comment on this beer, CEO Adam Rondeau stated inappropriately that, “If Ryan was a crewman on Captain Rum Tum’s ship, I can guess what his job description would be.” (Editors note: This is the cleanest quote we could get out of Adam)

Some of our fans may remember that Rum Tum Tugger was one of the first beers made by Daft in collaboration with KBC for the final Kingston Craft Beer festival held at the Brooklyn in 2019. As has been a common occurrence that people who frequent Daft’s bottleshop are familiar with, we struggled to keep up with the demand and promptly sold out.

Rum Tum Tugger is inspired by one of our favorite cocktails – the Dark and Stormy. The beer is made with a hearty addition of fresh hand peeled ginger (which was definitely done with great enthusiasm by staff who definitely volunteered for this task without any threats or coercion) and Limu Omani, a middle eastern dried lime, in a sour beer base that is aged on dark rum oak. 

When you first set your eyes on a glass of Rum Tum Tugger, the first thing you will notice is that it has a darker appearance than most sours. We used darker malts to give it a deep copper color that is topped with a white head that laces the glass. 

“Rum Tum Tugger actually has a higher ABV than what you would traditionally find in sours,” Star of the Brewery Nathan explained, “This will give you a slight warming feeling when you take a sip. On the front end of the beer you will find a mild tartness and ginger flavour up front with a hint of lime that gradually transitions into subtle oak and rum on the back end. The finish is very crisp, which makes this an easy drinker, which can be deceiving because of the higher ABV.”

Rum Tum Tugger can be found on tap and in the bottle shop at Daft Brewing and on tap at Kingston Brewing Company. Make sure to stop by and try this latest release before it tugs its way out of here.

“Coolcoolcool” – Dry Hopped Pilsner

“Just stopping in the middle of nowhere and getting out of the car? Cool. Coolcoolcool.”

Jake Peralata, Brooklyn 99

Releasing today at Daft Brewing – Coolcoolcool, our Dry Hopped Pilsner

“Coolcoolcool is the perfect name for this beer,” CEO Adam Rondeau explains. “The discomfort Jake feels when he rattles off this catch phrase reminds me of the same feeling I get whenever I ‘get to’ taste another one of Ryan’s new beers.”

Coolcoolcool, also known as Crispi Hoppi Boiiii in official company documents (ie scrawled on the walls of the brewery), is a traditional German style pilsner made with 100% pilsner malt with saaz hops added to the boil. This creates a traditional pilsner base before Head Brewer Ryan adds his Daft magic: Coolcoolcool is dry hopped with Styrian Dragon hops, a brand new hop out of Slovenia. These hops are the first to come out of the region that are tropical and fruity like a hop from the pacific northwest, but also add the earthiness of a noble hop.

“Coolcoolcool is very light and crisp, making it the perfect summer sipper” Head of Packaging, Nathan, explained about this latest release, “There is a herbal and grassiness taste at the forefront of the beer that smoothly transitions into a subtle citrus and tropical flavour making it very refreshing on a hot summer’s day.”

“Make sure you write in there how crispy this beer is,” Assistant to the Regional Brewer, Addie, shouted across the brewery, “It’s the only detail that matters.” So just to be clear for everyone, this is a crispy boi.

Coolcoolcool is pouring from the Daft taps starting today and is available in the bottle shop for those looking to get crispy from the comfort of their own homes. Make sure to stop by soon because it is not coolcoolcool how quickly it will be gone.

“Biggie vs Tupac” – Battle of the IPAs

Releasing today at Daft Brewing, we have a classic east vs west coast rivalry brewing with our latest drops – Biggie, a New England IPA, and Tupac, a West Coast IPA.

The Cause

We have been learning, reading, and listening the past few weeks. To be honest, we weren’t sure how to respond. We want to use our platform in a meaningful way. In the end, we chose to tie our support to the release of two new beers (since that’s all we really do). The namesake of these beers, Christopher “Biggie” Wallace and Tupac Shakur, are two of the most influential artists in the last century. Their stories are representative of the injustices that many Black communities face today. 

Here is an excerpt from season 3 of the Slow Burn podcast, which digs into the lives and deaths of Biggie and Tupac:

“You have two guys, two of the brightest stars to emerge out of the hip-hop era in that time, and they’re gone, just like that,” Joel Anderson, the Slow Burn host, says. “And if those two guys can get killed and nothing can happen, then what does that say for the rest of us? As you see, it’s not like we’ve been able to solve that problem.”

We will be donating $2000 from the profits of Biggie and Tupac to the Ontario-based Black Legal Action Centre (link below).

We are trying to learn more about these issues every day. We hope that we can help foster a more equitable world. Until then, we will continue to try to be better. Below are a few resources that we found enlightening and, at times, uncomfortable, including the podcast mentioned above. We would love to hear from you if you have any other resources that you love!

Resources:

Slow Burn podcast about Biggie and Tupac – more info can be found here. https://www.npr.org/2019/11/07/776908450/slow-burn-season-3-turns-its-investigative-eye-to-the-murders-of-biggie-and-tupa

“13th” documentary on Black criminalization can be found on Netflix, here. https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80091741

“The Skin We’re In” documentary, here. https://www.cbc.ca/firsthand/m_episodes/the-skin-were-in

Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), more info can be found here. https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

The Beer

These two beers are the first styles that jump to mind when discussing IPAs. The difference between the two have long been a topic of discussion during our late night virtual beer and cheese pairings, and head brewer Ryan is finally delivering on his drunken claims that he would eventually release these two beers side by side.

When asked what inspired the East coast vs West Coast double release, CEO Adam Rondeau gave a little shrug before explaining “I was confident that if Ryan brewed two beers for a double release that at least one of the beers would be palatable..” Staring off into the distance as he trailed off Adam let out a sigh, “But it’s humbling to be able to admit my incorrect assumptions and errors in judgement.”

When you first set your eyes on Biggie you will notice you can’t even see through the beer thanks to its haziness. This was done using a combination of water chemistry and oats to add protein to the beer, giving it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The haze captures the flavour and aroma of our heavy dry hop addition of Mosaic, Citra, and Sabro. The result is a super juicy beer bursting with tropical flavours. 

Biggie is very similar in colour and mouthfeel to Bingpot, but because of the different hops used it has a completely different flavour.

Hailing from the west, Tupac is one of the first American beer styles which was a driving force behind the craft beer revolution when it launched in the late 80s and early 90s. Tupac is much more clear than its counterpart from the east. With a heavy hop addition during the boil, this beer is more on the bitterside, but a malty base helps to bring balance to the beer and prevent the bitterness from overwhelming the senses. Tupac has a heavy dose of traditional west coast hops to give it that classic dank citrus and piney notes. Specifically, this beer is hopped with Cascade, Simcoe, and El Dorado.

Biggie and Tupac are flowing on the taps and available in the Daft bottle shop now. Swing by to enjoy a pint on our patio or grab a few bottles to enjoy at home before they are gone.