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Tasting 3 different Iron Spike Ales from Railway City. Naturally brewed, enjoyable flavours, distinct personalities #craft beer #ale

I have the distinct pleasure to taste and explore the differences in flavour and personality between the 3 Railway City Iron Spike Ales. They’re available in 500 mL bottles from the brewery. You can also get the Blonde Ale version in a can at LCBO. And of course, do ask your favourite pub to carry any of the three on tap. They’re worth it, and here’s to fresh, natural, and LOCAL.

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Iron Spike Blonde Ale, 4.3% [light colour; malty nose; LIGHT TO MEDIUM BITTERNESS, peach and citrus]

LEFT IN PHOTOS. This is the one that’s also in the LCBO in cans. It comes across with a light to medium hoppy bitterness. Very nice complex and balanced flavours for the enthusiast who appreciates flavour and a bit of hop.

Iron Spike Amber Ale, 4.6%

MIDDLE IN PHOTOS. Do you want intense and pleasant flavours with a bit less hoppy bitterness? Then this one is for you. It comes across less bitter than the blonde ale yet with seriously enjoyable personality.

Iron Spike Copper Ale, 4.4% [darker than the Amber in colour, copper red; citrus & malty nose; LIGHT TO MEDIUM BITTERNESS; vanilla biscuit & spiced fruit]

RIGHT IN PHOTOS. This is your choice if you want a RED ale from Railway City. Very nice, balanced, and loaded with flavour.

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About Railway City

Founded upon passion to hand-craft wonderfully enjoyable beers, this brewery also has a great story. St. Thomas was once the railway capital of Canada with a rich heritage.

Ales and lagers are brewed with fresh local ingredients, no artificial adjuncts or preservatives. Straight from the grain. Simple ingredients like water, malted grains, hops, yeast and careful temperature control. In my opinion, these are outstanding beers and beat many of the other craft ales in quality, taste and personality.

Cheers! … TWB


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Railway City Iron Spike & Dead Elephant are two cool beers

I had occasion to visit Railway City Brewing in St. Thomas a couple of days ago. The brewhouse is state-of-the-art and the brewmaster really knows his stuff. Following are two of my favourites. Both available in LCBO.

St. Thomas was once the railway capital of Canada, having six railway lines (compared to four in Toronto). The city was the transfer point for Chicago to New York travel and quite the hub in its day. Thus the moniker “Railway City.” This brewery honours that tradition with gorgeous beers…

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Railway City Iron Spike Blonde Ale

Pours from the 473 ml can with a light golden amber colour and a frothy cap. Enjoyable and balanced notes of mild hops, citrus, blackcurrants, flower petals, sweet grains and pine. A crisp brew with a long, slightly bitter and refreshing finish. Light carbonation. 4.3 %. $2.60. An excellent beer for those who aren’t afraid of a bit of flavour!


Railway City Dead Elephant IPA

A tribute to Jumbo the Elephant, who was tragically killed in a railroad accident in the late 1800’s in St.Thomas, at the time Canada’s railway capital.

Jumbo is featured throughout St.Thomas from the life size statue at the city’s west entrance, to the large wall murals on downtown buildings.

Jumbo was the prize attraction of the P.T. Barnum Circus that performed throughout North America. What a lot of people don’t realize is that during the early days, many circuses travelled by train, and thus many travelled to St.Thomas as part of their route.

Pours out of the 473 ml can with a rich golden colour and good froth. Apricot, candy and grassy notes combine with grapefruit briskness in a full bodied ale. Very nice lingering hop finish. Light carbonation. 6.8 % alcohol. $2.85. A super cool concept beer whose flavours live up to the hype.