But both Germans and the Irish are known for their beer, and their best beer, I find is dark and malted.
Also, there are a lot of Germans and Irish in Canada.
So, when a southern-Ontario brewer came out with a spring doppelbock in time for St. Paddy's Day, I was all over it.
Sham-Bock (6.9% ABV)Appearance: walnut-brown with red highlights; a creamy, beige head that pours to an ample foam and settles to a solid, thick cap.
Railway City Brewing Company
St. Thomas, ON
Beer O'Clock rating: 4
Nose: chocolate, corn syrup, lots of malt.
Palate: rich malts with a slightly sweet maple-syrup flavour and a touch of herbs. A full body that ends in a rich finish.
Overall impression: this is an excellent bock, with tons of flavour and a rich, full body that delivers from beginning to end. With our winter hanging on and no sign of spring in sight, this is an ale that warms you inside.
Because Sham-Bock is a seasonal, you're going to have to search the LCBO for it, but lots of outlets have plenty in stock, so grab some while you can. And, for St. Paddy's Day, go for a dark beer with a difference.