From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Ortega Blonde” 2017 edition. The beer is a blend of wine and Ortega Blonde Ale. The wine is of the final vintages of the Muse Winery that was the oldest winery on Vancouver Island. The wine was a Bacchus wine. The beer poured a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of white wine, citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of white wine, citrus, grain, bread, mild bitterness and a mild spicy hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 24. People that know me know that I do not like wine but this beer is well made and well blended and really refreshing.
Commercial Description: Building on our 2014 Ortega Blonde, and taking the final vintages from Muse Winery, home of the oldest wines on Vancouver Island, this Ortega/Bacchus blend was introduced to a light bodied Canadian Pilsen based ale resulting in a delicate, complex, effervescent ale, a beer spritzer with citrus notes, and a dry white wine finish. As the saying goes “It takes lots of beer to make a good wine.” We believe in having them both and drinking them both too. Cheers!
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Blondes In Stereo”. The beer pours a cloudy blonde colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy, citrus, citrus zest and some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bready, citrusy, orange, citrus zest, mild spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19. This gives you exactly what you would expect a tasty low hopped ale that drinks a bit like a lager.
Commercial Description: Did you grab this bottle because it was the brightest one on the shelf? Well, you’ve definitely made the right call by picking this crisp, refreshing, blonde ale to quench your craft beer thirst. Made with Wakatu hops from New Zealand, this is the perfect beer to pair with all our sunshine shenanigans.
From Bowen Island Brewing now brewed in Kamloops by Kamloops Brewing Company comes their “Reef Break Hemp Blonde”. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consisist of caramel and floral hops aromas but not much else. The flavour is of caramel, sugary, fruit, herbal hops but very little hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14. I find this blonde a bit on the sweet side but that is just a personal preference.
Commercial Description: Light, refreshing and full of flavor. This hemp infused blonde ale is medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, light floral aromas and caramel notes with a subtle hemp finish.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white to tan head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of bubble gum, banana, fruity, sugary, clove and spices. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 16. I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this beer was a bit too sweet for me. This is a serious desert beer.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Barrel Aged Dry Hop Blonde”. This beer was bottled on March 11, 2016 from lot BR004. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wine, citrus, oak and fruit. The flavour is of wine, lots of citrus, biscuit, pine and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4%. I am not huge on wine dominated barrel aged beers but I do think that this one did work together well to make a good beer just not to my personal preference. Thanks for picking this up for me Chelsea of Brewtiful British Columbia.