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Beer review: Lake of Bays River Walker Summer Ale, Ontario

Food Pairing
Grilled seafood, grilled chicken
$9.95/750 ml

"Lake," "river," "summer" – the name sure sounds refreshing. And the ale delivers on the promise. Brewed with toasted wheat flakes as well as barley, it's flavoured with lemon peel and ginger root, evoking a river lumberjack from Brazil or Thailand rather than its Northern Ontario namesake. It pours clear pale-golden, with moderate carbonation. Compared with a typical Belgian-style wheat beer, it's on the dry side, with pronounced ginger and lemon (of course) but also hints of spicy clove, toast, apricot and a whisper of banana. Refreshing is the word (though the 6-per-cent alcohol would demand respect in the hot outdoors). Suitable for grilled seafood or grilled chicken.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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