From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Winter Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of coriander, spices, orange, wheat, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, coriander, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus rind, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18. This is an interesting take on the Wit. It is a bit winter ale and a bit wit. If you like the sound of this you should really like this beer. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Spruce Willis IPA” a White IPA with spruce tips. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of spruce, resin, citrus rind, citrus, light tropical fruit, wheat yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% and comes from the batch Lot 380. A well made White IPA is a treat and I consider this one in that category.
From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in partnership with Cultch for Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves comes the “Snow White IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consist of floral hops, wheat, yeast, coriander, grapefruit and some other citrusy notes. The flavour is of coriander, citrus rind, grapefruit, pith, orange, lemon, yeast, wheat, with some dankness and pretty big hit of hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 50. This is a really well crafted White IPA and a nice change up for what I have been finding on the market!
Commercial Description: This year’s brew features an international cast: Canadian barley and wheat, Belgian yeast, and hops from both Germany and the United States. Late additions of grains of paradise and hand-toasted coriander balance perfectly with the citrus aromas of Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria hops making this White IPA the fairest of them all. *A portion of all Snow White IPA sales will go to support more outstanding East Van productions. A promotional code on every bottle allows theatre goers to receive a discount on panto tickets.
From Fernie, BC’s Fernie Brewing I received their What The Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale.
The pour is a dark honey red-brown, crystal clear with no visible carbonation. The head is snowy white with coarse bubbles.
The nose is very light, some berries or fruit and mild spice.
Where this beer shines is on the tongue. The carbonation I could not see is present and pleasant, mild but nice. Several flavours come at once on the first sip, an astringent clove, huckleberry, calcium mineral it’s and a little bit of bubblegum.
Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the Huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. Blended with wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries.
From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat. The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25. While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest. Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.
Commercial Description: One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.