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Jon is a Professional Hockey Player and Entrepreneur- Follow Jon on Twitter @JonnyLa27.

Thirsty Thursdays: A Beer Review.

Bet I can guess what you are thinking- these guys are going to start writing beer reviews so that they can drink them. You know what? You’re right!

With the recent surge of craft beer and microbreweries across North America we want to share with you our passion and personal opinion on the many beers out there. The weekly review will encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Hopefully you’ll be more adventurous when it comes to making beer choices. The “winos” can’t have all the fun.

Last night Sean and I hit up a local restaurant walking distance from his apartment. The resto of choice was made thanks to Sean’s Entertainment book which gave us $16 off the bill (highly recommend grabbing one of these booklets if you don’t have it already).

Before sitting down we were scoping out what beers they had on tap. As the waitress guided us through the list of the usual Canadian suspects she finished with the special of the night- “Keith’s Ambrosia Blonde”. It was a very reasonable $4.50 for a pint of beer. A steal of a deal in terms of Vancouver’s inflated beer prices. We had to give it a try.

Keith’s Ambrosia Blonde is brewed by Alexander Keith’s. The brewery was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820. It has been producing beer in Canada for over two centuries and only recently made the jump across the border into the United States. Operated by Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser Busch-Inbev, Keith’s brand is produced throughout Canada. It is best known for it’s India Pale Ale but also has dark, light, amber and premium white varieties.

The Keith’s Ambrosia Blonde is one of the their seasonal brews. The brew-master refers to the beer as a deep gold and medium body brew which delivers captivating aroma, a distinct flavorful taste, slightly hoppy and hint of caramel, aged longer for a crisp finish that is perfect for warmer days. The Ambrosia Blonde taps out at 5.2% alcohol by vol.

Our initial reaction of this all malt brew was that it was much darker than your typical blonde. The beer had a full head which tried to hang around for a little while but eventually ran out of steam and faded away. There was no visible carbonation, but as Sean postulated, it might have been because they were serving us the bottom of the keg and the very reason behind the beer being on special. As I stared at Sean’s ugly mug through the pint I noted the clarity and golden color with a slight reddish tinge, which can most likely be attributed to the hint of caramel.

The verdict:

The Ambrosia attempted to keep a microbrew feel and taste. I was reminded of the Scottish beer Tennant’s I used to drink while playing hockey over there, which wouldn’t be too far off as the company’s roots come from Scotland. Keeping with the Keith’s novelty the Ambrosia Blonde offered a hint of hops without any bitterness. It was a crisp and dry finish.

As a rookie beer connoisseur this beer was tasty but easily forgotten.

If you have access to this brew-masters special in your home town, don’t just take my word for it- give it a try and see for yourself.

Stay thirsty,

Jon

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August 9, 2011 Posted by Jon in Workouts

How to improve your drive by 10 yards

The family is in town this week for my cousins wedding. Even with all the running around, family barbecues and get-togethers the boys and I managed to squeeze in 18 holes early Sunday morning.

The setting was beautiful Nicklaus North Golf Course 2 minutes north of Whistler Village and the weather was perfect.

Between the black bears and brew-skis we got to talking about how fit the guys on the PGA tour were these days.

With the exception of a few the game of golf is being played more and more by athletes. It’s becoming a sport where the mental game melds into the physical. To be able to compete on tour these days you need to have both- distance and control.

Unfortunately for all of us weekend warriors we don’t have the skill to hone our short game to PGA standards. What we can do is invest a little time in our conditioning and in doing so impress the lads with drives into the 3-hundreds.

Before you dust off the irons this weekend check out the Golf Specific 20 Minute Exercise Circuit below.

The circuit utilizes elements of strength, power, balance and flexibility that when combined can improve your distance off the tee by at least ten yards or more.

Who couldn’t use a little extra length?

Here’s the best part- with the extra distance, your mates will be buying the beer on the 19th hole!

Cheers,

Jonny

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