lets talk about beer, and suggest beer for other people. I don't really know much about beer. But I know that I really love the following:
Erdinger Edelweis Innis and Gunn Waterloo Dark
What other beers would you suggest. I like full dark/creamy flavors with a foggy smooth aftertaste. What I really hate is that bitter sharp bite aftertaste that a lot of crap beers have, especially near the bottom.
Since you live in Ontario I'm just going to name things available at the local LCBO...
Erdinger is a very mediocre beer IMO...at least mediocre for Germany. Try Schneider Weisse, Schneider Weisse Organic (with a green label), Hacker Pschorr or Weihenstephaner...all excellent wheat beers. Actually if you like a darker beer go with the Schneider Weisse...it's quite dark for a wheat.
Innis and Gunn.....not a bad beer, unfortunately nothing you'll find at the LCBO tastes anything like it. As far as I know its the only oak-barrel aged beer available (the oak gives it that vanilla/toffee flavour)
Some recommendations...(all at the LCBO)
Marston's Chimay Red (only comes in 750ml bottle) Trois Pistoles (made in Quebec, only available at the beer store) Fuller's Porter (or ESB....their "Champion Ale" tastes funny to me) Creemore Kellerbier (only in 500ml cans) Mill St. Sampler Pack (6 pack of mixed beers, all pretty good!)
These should get you started. Whatever you do, don't buy ANYTHING made by Trafalgar brewing. Its a crap company out of Oakville who spends more effort on making pretty bottles than making good beer.
Nice! Sometimes I wish I lived in the States just to get access to some of your amazing micros. In Japan you're limited to a few good exports, and Ontario is improving but still pretty sub-par. I can't read the labels...what do you have in there?
Long Trail Brewing Co. "Harvest Ale" (Vermont micro)
Smuttynose Brewing Co. "Old Brown Dog Ale" and "Shoal's Pale Ale" (New Hampshire micro)
Shipyard "Old Thumper", "Lighthouse Light" and "Export Ale" (Maine former micro)
Also in rotation: Geary's Pale Ale and Stout (Maine micro), Stella Artois, Yeungling (family from NJ/PA/MD are required to bring when they come up to visit), and a host of "Flying Dog Brewery" beers (like "Old Scratch").
Oh the sinks that have had to be cleaned because drunks find it much more convenient than the toilet...until they have to clean it.
Also I showed up to the tail end of a party once and found 1 guy I barely know lying alone on the kitchen floor with two steel reserves left in a six pack. He just held the pack up from the floor at me and said "Take these, I never want to see them again"
Sam Adams Boston Lager is a solid beer, at least compared to the majority of what you find in most stores. It also serves as a "gateway beer" from the world of Coors et al. into the better beers.
I'm a huge fan of Jim Koch, the man who runs Sam Adams. He loves beer, brews some pretty good seasonals, and holds contests every year for homebrewers (the winners of which Sam Adams puts into production for a few months).
Koch and Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Beer) are two of the best spokesmen "good beer" has IMO...