From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Cabalier Blue” Blueberry IPA. The beer pours very red with some floaties and a light reddish head. The aroma consists of Blueberries, herbal and grassy hops and some grain. The flavour is of blueberries, mild tropical fruits, some bready malts, herbal and grassy hops with some hops bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 50. Leave it to Beau’s All Natural Brewing to come up with a really interesting blend of flavours!
Commercial Description: Built on the foundation of a generously hopped I.P.A., Cavalier Bleu blends the citrusy aromas of organic New Zealand hop varieties with the fruity flavours found in American Azacca and German Mandarina Bavaria hops. Topping it off is an infusion of organic blueberry juice made from wild Québec blueberries.
Food pairing as per brewery: Venison steak with a blueberry reduction, blueberry cheesecake, beemster cheese.
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Blueberry Garden Ale”. The beer pours a reddish colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mostly blueberries with a slight sweetness. The flavour is of gain, blueberries, some yeast and mild sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 2. This is a good although light flavoured beer and would be a really nice summer ale.
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.
From Newport Rhode Island’s Newport Storm Beers (A brand under the Rhode Island’s Microbrewery label which is actually brewed at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) comes their “Rhode Island Blueberry Beer” a Kolsh style beer. Blueberries used in this beer are from Rhode Island. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of huge blueberries that you can smell from a distance and maybe a hint of apples. The flavour is of blueberries, malts, and a very minor hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 11. This is a pretty decent ale although I am not really big on this type of flavoured fruit ale.
Commercial Description: Our “other” year round brew is a Kolsh style beer made with real Rhode Island Blueberries. Fermented at colder temperatures, but using our American Ale yeast strain eliminates conflicting fruity esters other fruit beers might posses. We feel that the addition of juice from real, hand pressed Rhode Island Blueberries shouldn’t have to compete with the natural fruit background of the yeast. Pale Malt makes up the base of the grist bill, but this brew also calls for a large amount of malted wheat, an ingredient that lends a soft mouthfeel to the beer. Further there is enough caramalt to ensure a sweetness everyone will enjoy. Hops are chosen to compliment and balance the brew as it is bittered with a small amount of Magnum and flavored with English Pilgrim to lightly accent this truly unique ale.