Lustrum Wild Sour Anniversary Ale – Driftwood Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Lustrum Wild Sour Anniversary Ale” the 4th release of the Bird of Prey Series and the 5th Anniversary ale.  The brew poured a blood red with a red head.  The aroma consisted of tartness, fruity black current and oak.  The flavour is of oak, black current, tartness, bitterness, some alcohol warmth and a bit of a bite in the finish.  The alcohol content of this brew comes in at a big 9.4%.  This beer is great but will do really well if aged for a bit longer.

Commercial Description:  Lustrum Wild Sour Ale pushes the perception of what beer can become!  Lustrum is our 4th release from our Bird of Prey series and commemorates our 5th Anniversary of crafting beer in Victoria! Aged for over a year in French Oak this blood red vinous beast holds depth of colour, flavour and aroma unparalleled in any beer we have brewed thus far. Fermented with locally sourced wild yeast and a copious load of black currants, Lustrum will be enjoyed on many levels!  In ancient Roman times the Lustrum represented a 5 year period. Driftwood Brewery has sacrificed the contents of 18 highly prized barrels of this sour beast for your enjoyment and to help us celebrate an amazing first five years!  Cheers!

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Bird Of Prey (Flanders Red) – Driftwood Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Bird Of Prey” a Flanders Red Ale.  I was lucky enough to try this beer recently at the Alibi Room on August 20th 2013.  I am not sure if this was a new batch of this beer or a keg coming from the 2011 batch but the original batch spent a full year in oak barrels.  The beer pours a copper orange with basically no head.  The aroma is of vinegar and fruits.  The flavour consists of vinegar, fruits, malts and a good funkiness.  The alcohol content may be 7.5% but there is nothing coming through at all.

Commercial Description:  The first in Driftwood’s Bird of Prey Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by the Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for a full 24 hours. Brewed in its honour, this wild ale spent a year in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels. Tart and funky, this beer can be aged a very long time, but is equally enjoyable now.

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