I've often been told that 'it takes a lot of beer to make great wine', usually after a wine event and I catch a few of the reps sneaking bottles of beer instead of glasses of white or red. If that's true then it's funny that in an area like Prince Edward County, home to 50 vineyards and 30 wineries, there's only one local brewery to serve the wine industry - Barley Days Brewery.
It seems only fitting that the brewery surrounded by wineries would take an oak wine barrel from one of their neighbours and fill it with their Wind & Sail Dark Ale. The result is a low carbonated brew with big flavours of dried fruit, caramel cake and chocolate malt. Thanks to the barrel being filled with beer within just an hour of if being emptied of Black Prince pinot noir there's a lot of wine-y characteristics imparted from the barrel to the beer. Sure, it's just 5% ABV, but you'll be surprised at the full bodied flavour.
My suggested? Pour this into a wide red wine glass and enjoy the spicy dark fruit aroma. Bonus - cut yourself a good sized chunk of chocolate cake to match.