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.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “33rd Anniversary Vannilla Truffle Wheat Ale”. The beer pours a dark cloudy orange colour with lots of sediment and a white head. The aroma consists of vanilla, milk chocolate, wheat and sweetness. The flavour is of vanilla, milk chocolate, mango, bubble gum, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 15. While very different this is a very tasty beer. If you can find a bottle I recommend that you grab it. Happy 33rd Anniversary to Spinnakers!
From Dead Frog Brewery in Aldergrove comes their “TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA”. The beer pours a golden orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruits, citrus rind, toffee, wheat, spruce, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 55. This is an interesting new beer from Dead Frog Brewery and I recommend it if you like either a spuce beer or a white IPA.
Commercial Description: A JUICY WHITE IPA BREWED WITH FRESH PICKED SPRUCE TIPS AND SIMCOE HOPS TO PROVIDE A TROPICAL PINE AROMA THAT’S FOLLOWED BY A CRISP, GOLDEN MALT PROFILE.
Food pairing as per brewery: CEDAR PLANK SALMON, ASIAGO CHEESE, SPRING SALAD
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Slow Drift Witbier”. The beer pours a cloudy gold colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrusy lemon, yeast, wheat and spices. The flavour is of citrus, ornage, spices, coriander, bready and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10. This is definitely a well made witbier and will be very popular in the warm summer months.
Commercial Description: A Belgian White Ale with light & spicy citrus flavours. This unfiltered beer is brewed with a touch of coriander & orange peel and is slightly cloudy. We think it’s downright delicious! Best when garnished with a slice of orange, to bring out the natural spices & subtle fruit flavour. Kettle addition during boil – Seville orange & coriander. Use of Belgian yeast provides a slight phenolic, clove and bubblegum flavour. 50% Wheat Malt.
From Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver comes their brand new “Barrel Aged Sparkling Wit” a beer aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, lemon, wine, vanilla and some mild oak. The flavour is of Wine but more of a white wine than a Pinot Noir, vanilla, lemon, citrus, yeast, bubblegum, mild oak flavour and a sweet although dry finish with some tannins. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one of the most complex beers that I have enjoyed from Dogwood Brewing. Head over to the brewery to give it a try as this will only be available at the tasting room and select taprooms around town.
Commercial Description: This Organic Belgian Wit was brewed with Coriander and Black pepper, then aged for 3 months in Organic French White Oak Pinot Noir Barrels. Delicate spicy esters create the perfect base for layer after layer of Flavour that Evolves as your glass warms, creating a thoughtfully refreshing drinking experience. Bright Lemon plays counterpoint to the deeper flavour of vanilla and oak imparted by the young barrels which; like a good pinot noir, pairs well with all types of food. Made with all Organic Local B.C ingredients, this creamy Wit is beautifully rounded in its complexity and finishes Dry with a hint of tannin. We’re very proud of this limited release and sincerely hope you enjoy.