Brews Brothers (Vol 3) – Parallel 49 Brewing


Brews Brothers was born two years ago as a 12 case collaboration mixed pack.  The first two packs were collaborations within the province of British Columbia.  Volume One was a Blues inspired pack and year two was a Rock and Roll theme. This year things have changed as it is now a 4 bomber pack in Collaboration with American breweries.

 

This year the theme is Old School Rap and the entire West Coast of Canada and the USA has been involved.  It is almost like an Extended Cascadia colab.

This years Brews include from North to South:

49th State Brewing (Anchorage, AK) – Gettin’ It, a Northern Farmhouse Style Beer
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company (Everett, WA) – Baby Got Back, a Hoppy Hefeweizen
Gigantic Brewing Company (Portland, OR) – Blazing Arrow, a Tawny IPA
Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA) – What’s Golden, an “East Meets West” IPA

 

What’s Golden, an “East Meets West” IPA

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and Green Flash Brewing out of San Diego California pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, citrus, very fruity, caramel and a floral finish.  The flavour is of caramel, resin, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This is a really juicy beer and has everything you like from East Coast and West Coast Beers.

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Blazing Arrow, a Tawny IPA

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and Gigantic Brewing out of Portland Oregon pours a cloudy copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, juicy fruits, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, juicy, caramel, mild dank hops and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6%.  I really enjoyed this beer and I would drink it again if I found it!

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Baby Got Back, a Hoppy Hefeweizen

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and Scuttlebutt Brewing from Everett Washington pours a golden colour with a slightly white head.  The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, citrus, wheat and floral hops.  The flavour is of banana, citrus, bubblegum, earth, herbal hops and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  This was a tasty beer but my least favourite beer of the 4 but mostly as I am not a fan of Hefeweizen’s as a rule.

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Gettin’ It, a Northern Farmhouse Style Beer

This creation of Parallel 49 Brewing and 49th State Brewing from Anchorage Alaska pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, lemon, candied pears and grain.  The flavour is of bready malts, grain, yeast, lemon, pear and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 7%.  This is more of a sweet saison than a farmhouse ale but that does not change the fact that it is a well made ale.

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I have tried all three Brews Brothers collaboration boxes and reviewed two now.  This one was just as good as the others and well worth picking up in the liquor stores now!

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Love Buzz Saison – Anchorage Brewing Company


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From Anchorage Alaska’s Anchorage Brewing Company comes their “Love Buzz Saison”.  This brew is both aged in French oak wine tanks and bottle fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces giving it a very distinct character.  This saison is brewed with Hobbs Family rose hips.  This beer pours a very cloudy light amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma is fruity, sweet with hints of funk from the Brettanomyces yeast and some oak.  The flavour is huge with a sweet wine hint up front from the wine barrel aging followed by lots of fruity notes including orange peel and pineapple.  This is followed by a nice tart funk brought on by the Brett as well as a nice pepperiness and a mild hops bitterness to round everything out.  The alcohol content of this saison is 8% with and IBU of 40.  I am in love with this beer and only wish that it was available in Canada so I could save all the hassle of ordering in the states and having to pick it up from a parcel place down there.

Commercial Description:  A feeling overcomes, deriving of a most curious perplexity. A rich desire awakens to explore the contents of such delicate loveliness. Upon a deep connection with rounded lips, a bitter sweet complexity enters the soul…and so begins an amorous affair.  Heightened awareness envelopes the senses as the grandeur of such bold character develops. Caramel beauty exhibits itself, sprawling its full body widely upward, bubbling with excitement. Tantalizing effects of peppery bitterness grasps the tongue. Enchantment takes hold as a blanket of citrus slowly unfolds. As in any noteworthy love story, a subtle fruity sweetness of a rose emerges to the finish. A warm contentment grazes over, signifying a united marriage of balance and pleasure.  Fortitude has revealed itself to those who have encountered such an enriching experience. An experience so delectable, so defining, so unequivocal. An experience that is Love’s Buzz.

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Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Company


From Anchorage Alaska’s Anchorage Brewing Company comes their “Galaxy White IPA”.  This brew is both aged in French oak wine tanks and bottle fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces giving it a very distinct character.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma is of sweet citrus, orange, coriander, wheat, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour consists of sweet citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, wheat, oak, floral hops Brettanomyces (sour) and a pine aftertaste.  The alcohol content of this beer is 7% and the IBU is 50.  I really like this beer!  I did not expect a beer this refined to come from Alaska!  I am so happy to be wrong with my preconceived notions.

Ingredients as per bottle: Ale brewed with Galaxy Hops, coriander, kumquats and peppercorns.  Fermented and aged in french oak louders with a wit yeast.  Dry hopped with Galaxy hops.  Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink now or age to bring out the funk.

Commercial Description: Exploration and innovation have always been hallmarks of mankind. The same spirit that sent pathfinders, like Captain Cook, sailing from Britain to the shores of Australia and the rocky coastlines of Alaska animates today’s trailblazers.  Wherever you find a frontier, be it the Final Frontier of our Milky Way, the Last Frontier of the Great Land, or the frontiers of scientific knowledge, there you will also find dedicated men and women, taking risks to break trail for the rest of us.

One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail.  With its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew.  Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come.

So take a step from the known into the unknown.  Cross the frontier from the commonplace into the extraordinary.  Be the first to gaze upon an undiscovered country and return to tell the tale to those timid souls you left behind.  After all, there’s an entire Galaxy waiting to be explored…

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Oak wine tank photo from Anchorage Brewing Company website.