I’ve been on an IPA kick recently.  Yeah, it’s summer, but IPAs go down nicely in the heat and it is a core beer any craft brewery has in their line up.

My big weak spot is for malts and I discovered a really nice malty beer from Second Wedge Brewing Company out of Uxbridge, Ontario, which perked my taste buds when I tried the beer in their taproom.

The recipe is inspired by Scotland’s 80/- (80 shilling) beer style, and is priced according to its strength. Speaking of which, this is a very manageable 4.8% ABV.

Tasting this I get caramel, chocolate and toffee notes with no bitterness – instead, the hops play a supporting act in this beer. You can thank the pale malt from England and the caramel and chocolate malts from Germany.

Second Wedge suggests you pair the Monday Night Piper with roast duck and lamb pie, along with dried fruit and nuts. I think this can also go with a variety of hearty dishes.

What I love about Monday Night Piper is the drinkability – year round in the backyard, up at the cottage in the summer, or by the fireplace in the dead of winter. The chocolate, toffee, and caramel taste on the palate won’t knock you out, either.

The Monday Night Piper is available at Second Wedge Brewery and on tap at local bars in restaurants from the east end of the GTA to Peterborough, Ontario.

I hope this beer gets wider distribution at some point – until then, I’ll just have to go up and get some more.


  • ABV: 4.8%
  • IBU: 27
  • Style: Scottish-Style Ale
  • Taste: Caramel, Chocolate, Toffee
  • Rating: 4.8/5
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Bill Smith
Bill Smith is a storyteller, writer, blogger, photography geek, ski bum, explorer and outdoors enthusiast. He has been seen in Toronto, Oakville and off the beaten path. Favourite beers include well-brewed IPAs, brown ales, porters and pale ales.
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