From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Bird Of Prey” a Flanders Red Ale. I was lucky enough to try this beer recently at the Alibi Room on August 20th 2013. I am not sure if this was a new batch of this beer or a keg coming from the 2011 batch but the original batch spent a full year in oak barrels. The beer pours a copper orange with basically no head. The aroma is of vinegar and fruits. The flavour consists of vinegar, fruits, malts and a good funkiness. The alcohol content may be 7.5% but there is nothing coming through at all.
Commercial Description: The first in Driftwood’s Bird of Prey Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by the Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for a full 24 hours. Brewed in its honour, this wild ale spent a year in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels. Tart and funky, this beer can be aged a very long time, but is equally enjoyable now.