Halloween is over, but the celebrations don’t need to end. November 1st is the Day of the Dead, which means we have to drink a little extra tequila for those who no longer can. We’re not talking about the ‘tequila’ you drank in college that gave you a 2-day hangover. We’re talking about the good stuff: genuine Jalisco tequila. Not sure what to get? Let us help you out.
Tequila can be split up into three basic categories: Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo.
Blanco is the purest form of tequila. With a maximum aging of 2 months it gives you the most agave taste of the three. This is your best choice for margaritas and mixed drinks.
Reposado is aged anywhere from 2-11 months in wooden barrels. It’ll have a golden coloring and go down nicely before a slice of lime. If you’re looking for a shot, order a Reposado.
Anejo is aged for at least 1 year. With a darker, amber color it has a smooth and complex taste. These are best to sip on over some ice.
So go forth with your newfound tequila knowledge and make your ancestors proud.
November is no longer just about turkey, electing a president and debating about whether or not to turn your heat on; November is Movember. Movember has been gaining popularity in the past few years, so you may already be familiar with it. The basic idea is that guys start off the month with clean shaven faces and then proceed to grow and groom some truly impressive moustaches. They do it for the love of facial hair, but more importantly, they do it to raise awareness and money for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
To support the cause, Molson Coors’ “craft brand,” Rickards, has decided to grow moustaches…on their beers. They have assigned specific moustaches to each of their beers and explain their choices:
Rickard’s Red: Imperial
• The Beer: This full-flavoured Irish-style ale holds a distinctive ruby-red colour. The fusion of three roasted malts combined with the sweetness of brewer’s caramel balances out the bitterness, giving it an incredibly smooth finish. These sweet malty flavours make it an ideal pairing with grilled meats, bean-based dishes and comfort foods.
• The ‘Stache: The imperial tends to be a large moustache growing from both the upper lip and the cheeks. Sometimes the whiskers from the cheeks are style pointing upward. The imperial was made popular in 18th century England, but famously worn by singer Frank Zappa.
Rickard’s White: Walrus
• The Beer: This unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale holds mild hints of ground coriander and dried orange peel, which mingle to create a light spiciness that ends with a refreshing finish. The zesty spice and citrus notes are best enjoyed with light flavourful foods like seafood dishes and salads of any style. Try it with an orange slice to really bring out the citrus flavour.
• The ‘Stache: One of the most recognizable styles, the walrus moustache is very bushy and can hang down over the lips and sometimes will cover the entire mouth. The walrus was famously worn by actor Wilford Brimley and Albert Einstein.
Rickard’s Dark: Chevron
• The Beer: This English-style porter is rich and creamy with a smooth finish that holds just a hint of pure Québec maple syrup. It has an elegant roasted character that pairs well with braised dishes, cheese, and a wide range of desserts.
• The ‘Stache: The chevron is usually worn quite thick and wide and tends to be worn long to cover the top of the upper lip. The chevron was famously worn by Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds, just to name a couple.
Rickard’s Blonde: Handlebar
• The Beer: This German-style pilsner is specially crafted with a unique blend of four hops for a refreshingly flavourful taste and a clean finish. Its lively hop character provides the perfect complement to white meats and sausages, and pairs well with dishes with a spicy kick.
• The ‘Stache: A handlebar moustache tends to be quite bushy and must be worn long enough to curl the ends upward or the ends grow downwards toward the chin. The downward turned handlebar was made popular in the late 19th century by Wild West figures like Wyatt Earp, but recognized in modern day for wrestler Hulk Hogan and baseball great Rollie Fingers.
Us? We love any moustache that’s drinking a beer.