The Blue Canoe BreweryWINE & BEER — By Milli Thornton on May 30, 2011 at 01:21
By Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams & Milli Thornton.
Titusville, Pennsylvania is known for the discovery of petroleum in the 1850s, resulting in the birth of the modern oil industry. Tourists also flock there to ride the OC&T (Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad) to nearby Oil City, Pa.
Our visit to the Drake Well Museum to see the first-ever oil derrick happened on a Sunday in mid-May. Not yet scenic train season, Titusville was like any other small town on the slowest day of the week: dead.
We were hoping for some liquid refreshment and a light snack. Brian grabbed his Blackberry and Google-Mapped Titusville. He said, “Two blocks from here is a brewery.” I took in the downtown vibes as we passed—vacant lots, empty shops, a closed-on-Sundays realty with a tattered awning—and doubted his information. But there it was! The Blue Canoe Brewery & Restaurant. An oasis of promise.
Smooth in texture and made with the best German Pilsner malt. No corn or rice are used in making this lager. We use American Saaz hops and a Southern German yeast from Munich.
Being a dark brew kinda guy, Brian went for the Heavy Kevy Scotch Ale.
Made with only the best and most expensive Scottish pale malt. A nice blend of Belgian Biscuit and English roasted barley to add color and softness to a malty sweet nectar of brewing experience.
We were impressed with the tray of frost in which to keep our beers cold.
We didn’t get to see the brewers in action, but part of the brewery was visible on the main floor near the front door. (The rest of the brewery is in the basement.)
We also enjoyed the boisterous names for some of the other beers:
Joe’s Electric Bill Amber Ale
Five stars for small town surprises. The Blue Canoe was delicious and fun.
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at the Fear of Writing Blog and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse Coaching Service.