King Dark Lager, above, and a 325-ml bottle of Negra Modelo, right.

While many of you have been mourning the death of summer since school started, I’ve only started today — summer really is over, and I find myself in a dark place.

Alone. Sad.

With no beer to keep me company.

Wait a moment — what’s this! Golden foil (right) and a golden lion (see bottle neck below) have lit up this cavern of sadness, and I see a stein ahead that needs to be filled.

Ahhhh! Two bottles of dark goodness, and I’m back at it: Negra Modelo and King Dark Lager, beverages from two of the hottest vacation spots in the world — thank you, Mexico and Nobleton, Ont.

The LCBO prices a six-pack of Negra Modelo (5.3 per cent alcohol per volume) at $12.50. With a little more alcohol than it’s King counterpart, it has a lighter body, and is a very easy transitional beer for those who are hesitant to leave their comfortable golden nectar territory.

(Come to the dark side, Luke ...)

If you are adventurous, then the King Dark Lager could be your favourite new beer. It has chocolate and toffee notes, and an ovaltine/chocolatey nose strengthens as you drink it (4.8 per cent alcohol per volume; $11.95 for a six-pack).

These are the perfect transitional beers just before you settle into autumn ales.


Guinness & Gorgonzola Dip


8 oz. (250 g) cream cheese, room temp.

1/4 cup (50 ml) sour cream

2/3 cup (150 ml) Guinness Draught, room temperature

1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard

8 oz. (250 g) Gorgonzola, crumbled

3 tbsp (45 ml) chopped chives


In a food processor, blend cream cheese with sour cream. Add beer and blend until smooth. Add Dijon and Gorgonzola and pulse until smooth. Stir in 2 tbsp (25 ml) of the chives and pour into a serving dish. Let sit for 30 minutes to blend flavours. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve. Makes about 2 cups (500 ml).

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