Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Wassailing We Go

Thursday night we decided to head down to Great Waters with Kat and Scott for Wassail Night. If you're not familiar with wassail, it's "a delicious blend of Brown ale, hard cider, baked apples, and spices served hot." Great Waters was serving this out on their beautiful ice bar. Created for the Winter Carnival by Liam, this year they've got more than just a big, cool throne. There's also an actual ice bar, where the wassail was being served as well as various seating and high top style tables.

Back to the wassail itself. I was surprised that it was not as sweet as I thought it would be but don't take that to mean it isn't sweet. Served in a coffee mug, one was more than enough and Liam correctly describe it as a dessert drink. After one I was happy to switch back to beer, including a cask of Winterye, a version of their RyePA, that debuted at Winterfest.

Although next week it'll be March, winter hasn't completely let go and Great Waters will be doing a second Wassail Night on the 4th. So go get some wassail, add your butt imprint to the ice throne and enjoy the fire. Just be sure to follow the rules.

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