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Reading: Meet Milkshake IPA, The Beer You Didn’t Know Your Fridge Was Missing

Meet Milkshake IPA, The Beer You Didn’t Know Your Fridge Was Missing

Amongst the idyllic landscape of Muskoka’s quiet cottage country, a storm has been brewing. Luckily for its residents, it’s Muskoka Brewery‘s second collaboration with Kawartha Dairy: Black Raspberry Thunder Milkshake IPA.

What’s the scoop on Milkshake IPA’s?

Under the creative supervision of Muskoka’s adventurous brewers, the team experimented with lactose, essentially an unfermentable sugar that adds sweetness and body to a beer and bringing an unexpected twist to a category overrun with hops.

The full, silky mouthfeel is that lactose hard at work.

Anything else?

Aside from lactose, another common addition in milkshake IPAs is fruit, which helps to balance the sweetness.

What does Raspberry Black Thunder taste like?

True to its name, Muskoka Brewery’s Raspberry Black Thunder Milkshake IPA brings to the forefront juicy raspberry and boysenberry flavours with softer vanilla notes. The full, silky mouthfeel is that lactose hard at work.

If you close your eyes, you’d swear it tastes like a raspberry ice cream float.

Seriously.

Better yet add a scoop of Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream and make it official.

How else can I enjoy it?

With cheese!

Black Raspeberry Thunder pairs perfectly with a soft goat cheese thanks to its creamy texture. If your palate craves a bolder combination, an aged Cheddar (like the Claddagh Bo 12-month) has an excellent sharpness that cuts through the beer’s sweetness. Stilton can also hold it’s own, and is a great choice for fans of blue cheese (myself included!). And finally for those that wish to highlight the beer’s vanilla notes an aged goat cheese or a sheep’s milk Manchego is a perfect option. Definitely more subtle than a Stilton, but still extremely delicious.

Not your traditional bitter brew, this creamy Milkshake IPA is guaranteed to bring all your neighbours to the yard, so better stock up now (it’s available at the LCBO for $3.65) while quantities last.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Muskoka Brewery. Love of Milkshake IPA is completely our own.