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Bambay is cooler than a lot of ’em

<p>Bambay is a delicious beer ... if you have a sweet tooth, mon. Traditionalists, forget this beer.</p>

Brick Brewing president Jim Brickman holds up his new Brickman Founder’s Pilsner and citrusy summer release Bambay at the Waterloo brewery.

Bambay is a delicious beer ... if you have a sweet tooth, mon.

Traditionalists, forget this beer.

It’s made with sour oranges and Caribbean grapefruit native to the Bahamas where Jim Brickman is a frequent visitor. He’s known to many as the pioneer of the Ontario Craft Brewers.

Bambay has a grapefruit nose, a shandy-like foam collar for a head, and it’s carbonation combines remarkably well with its citrus contents when served at colder temperatures. Only a slight aftertaste, and the easiest beer you may ever drink at only 2.5 per cent alcohol.

I tried it for the first time during a recent visit to his fine brewery, Brick Brewing, in Waterloo.

“Jim, this is an outstanding beer,” I marvelled, making him take a step back away from my tidal wave of drool. He was still smiling at this point.

“It’s so citrusy ... man, this is a lot like a cooler.”

(Oops. Wrong word.)

Two crickets and a tumbleweed later, the wrinkles in Brickman’s forehead relaxed, and he reopened his eyes to gaze upon the naive bearded fool in front of him.

“It’s not a cooler,” Brickman said. “It’s a refresher.”

Sorry, Jim. It costs $8.95 for a six at the LCBO.

You’ll find it among the coolers.

(But don’t tell Jim it’s there.)

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Beer and Cheese Dip

• Serves 4 cups


1 cup butter

1 cup water

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp onions, finely minced

1/2 cup milk

1 tbsp chicken soup base

2 cups Brick Amber Lager

1 tsp dry mustard powder

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce

1 cup grated old cheddar cheese


Sauté onions in butter until soft. Add flour and mix in roux. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add milk and stir until the milk is completely incorporated and very thick. Dissolve chicken soup base in water and add to milk mixture. Bring to a rapid boil. Add beer, Worcestershire, Tabasco and mustard powder. Mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cheese gradually, making sure each addition is completely melted before adding more. When all the cheese has melted, transfer the mixture into a clean container and let it cool. Serve with toasted pita wedges and enjoy!

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