TIP HOP SPRUCE WHITE IPA – Dead Frog Brewery


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

 

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Slow Drift Witbier – Fernie Brewing


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.

Barrel Aged Sparkling Wit – Dogwood Brewing


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.

Blueberry Yum Yum – Twin Sails Brewing


From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “Blueberry Yum Yum” is a wheat ale brewed with 800lbs or blueberry purée.  The beer pours a deep cloudy purple with a purple head.  The aroma consists of blueberries, sweetness and some tartness.  The flavour is of blueberry, wheat, yeast and mild tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This is a tasty beer although a little more one dimensional than most of the beers that they release.

Commercial Description:  Blueberry Yum Yum is a Tart Wheat Ale that gets its colour from conditioning on 800lbs of blueberry purée, which equates to roughly 2lbs per gallon. We brewed it with a heavy amount of wheat and acidulated malts to add a slight tartness. As far as flavour and aroma go, this one is all about the blueberry and at 5% ABV, this beer will go down way too easy on a patio.

 

Blood Simple – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus.  The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%.  Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.

Commercial Description:  Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse