Parsons

Parsons Brewery  |   Picton, Prince Edward County, ON  | Reviewed May 2017

 
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 Amanda Parsons

Amanda Parsons

“If anyone in your party needs rousing, suggest they try Grandpa Miguel’s Coffee Stout. Brewed with beans flown in from co-owner Samantha’s father’s coffee farm on the volcanic coastline of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and roasted locally at County Roasters, it has the right balance of roasted malt and roasted beans to satisfy stout lovers and caffeine addicts alike.” 

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Everyone at Parsons wears the mission statement on their sleeve. Committed to local production and sustainability, the brewery and pub are housed in a charming building cobbled together from half of an old parsonage-turned-blacksmith’s shop (hence the name) and an old county homestead. With an impressive number of beers for such a new outfit (including three stouts, each with its own barrel-aged counterpart), and a blend of Mexican and Southern Comfort foods, Parsons is the fashionable place for late lunch, and a necessary punctuation for any overworked wine tour.

Farmer’s Tan Harvest Ale is Parsons’ flagship. Pouring a dark amber and with a heavy malt backbone, Farmer’s Tan has just enough hop bitterness (thanks to fresh whole cone hops) to quench the thirst brought on by gargling one too many pinot noirs.

Westy Pale Ale – lovingly named after the brewery’s Volkswagen Westfalia delivery van – is generously hopped, and perfectly refreshing; a solid choice for lunch outside on Parsons’ expansive property, soon to be covered in grape vines and hop fields.

If anyone in your party needs rousing, suggest they try Grandpa Miguel’s Coffee Stout. Brewed with beans flown in from co-owner Samantha’s father’s coffee farm on the volcanic coastline of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and roasted locally at County Roasters, it has the right balance of roasted malt and roasted beans to satisfy stout lovers and caffeine addicts alike. Delicately hopped, like so many of the craft beers in the County, at the end of the rigorous day you’ll be grateful for the bottle or two you added to the growing collection in the trunk of your taxi.

Nick Blagrave

 
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