From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18. While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.
Commercial Description: This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Hiatus Summer Farmhouse Ale” a beer with Cucumber and Lemon. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of cucumber, lime, coriander and some grassy hops. The flavour is of cucumber water, lime, lemon zest, earth, mild funk and a hint of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16. If you enjoy a good cucumber water on a hot day this beer should definitely be up your alley.
Commercial Description: A welcome break from the tedium of both work and weather, this beer evokes memories of Scandinavian farmhouse ales past with its dry, rustic, and earthy character. Balanced by the refreshing brightness of fresh cucumber and lemon zest, you’ll find Hiatus is best enjoyed on a sunny day as you leave your obligations behind.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Red Fife Hefeweizen”. The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat. The flavour is of banana, wheat, citrus, yeast and bubblegum. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 20. I am not sure what the Red Fife Wheat adds to this beer but it is an enjoyable one.
Commercial Description: Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolizes brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities.
From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.
From Panhead Custom Ales in Wellington, New Zealand comes their “Blacktop Oat Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, anise, chocolate, ash and sweetness. The flavour is of anise, roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, mild chocolate, bitterness and some burnt coffee. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. If you enjoy a beer that is high and the roast you will really like this one. I know that I did.
Commercial Description: As self-confessed bogans we have a natural attraction to black, preferably matte, so Blacktop Oatmeal is close to our hearts. The key to creating a silky death metal monster like this is the caramelised Golden Naked Oats we’ve built it around. Sophisticates will detect the chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu. The rest of us will note that it matches our jeans.