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Blue Canoe Brewing – Titusville PA

I spent last week doing some subcontracting up in Warren, Pennsylvania.  Warren is a pretty small town just south of New York, so I didn’t really have high expectations for beer in the area. I had one day where I didn’t have any work obligations, so I hopped on Beer Mapping and found that there was a brewpub about 30 miles away in Titusville.  It had a really good rating, and i hopped on their website. One thing jumped out at me: Chai. Milk. Stout.

I love Chai lattes. They are up there with bowls of thai curry and mac and cheese in terms of my ultimate comfort foods. Why it isn’t used more in brewing is crazy to me– the closest I’ve really found in Dogfish Head’s Sahtea. Well, it was interesting enough that I decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot.

As I arrived at the brewery, I was struck by how cute and well put together it was in an otherwise … Western Pennsylvania town.  It has a nice ambiance, with a long bar (painted to look like a stream), wood floors, and of course, lots of canoes. There weren’t a lot of people there at 3:30, so I got to chat a bit both with my barkeep, and Justin, the brewer, who happened to still be around waiting for a grain delivery.  Justin actually worked for Voodoo Brewing previously, and is becoming known at Blue Canoe partially for his line of strange/experimental milk stouts– a Snicker milk stout had kicked about a week previously, which is what lead to the chai.  We were kicking around ideas for the next (I threw out choco taco), when he told me one very unique approach he has to the milk stout series: he has to use the actual item in the brewing. Choco-taco therefore became kind of impractical as the thought of throwing 100 choco-tacos into the boil made us all rather stumped about the effect on the mouthfeel of the beer.

Flashlight Lager, Class 5 APA, Big Weezy’s Big Ass 15.5% Barleywine, Black Chai Affair, Sexiest Beer Ever Brewed, Titusville Gold Lager, Heavy Kevy, Shandwow!

One neat thing about Blue Canoe is that they brew things for a variety of palettes; they have an American light lager (Flashlight), a traditional German Helles (Titusville Gold), a raspberry-lemon shandy (Shandwow!) for those who want to stay in lagerland.

For the more adventurous, they have an American pale ale (Class 5), a Scottish ale (Heavy Kevy), a black saison aged with Grand Marnier (Sexiest Beer Ever Brewed), and Big Weezy’s Big Ass Barleywine. I got a sampler of seven 5oz samples for $7. I was driving, so the bartender also gave me a taster of the barleywine since I knew I wouldn’t be able to drink a full serving. The Flashlight and Shandwow weren’t my favorite, though the Shandwow was better than I was expecting for a raspberry lemon shandy. The barleywine was surprisingly smooth, and I think the Sexiest Beer Ever Brewed was safely the strangest beer I’ve drank. Unsurprisingly, my favorite was the Black Chai Affair. It is spicy and delicious, but not to the point where the chai became overwhelming. It has a nice mouthfeel; I’d love to taste it on nitro.  I’m sad it’s not a flavor profile we see more often in beer. If you’re near Titusville, I highly recommend you check them out!




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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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