From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish. The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.
Commercial Description: Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.
From Cerveza De Lost Muertos part of Cerveceria Mexicana in Tecate Mexico comes their “Death Rides A Pale Horse Amber Ale”. The beer pours a deep blonde colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of grain, some citrus and sweetness. The flavour is of bready grains, citrus, grassy hops, mild bitterness and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 18. This was a pretty good Amber Ale and I thank my friend that picked it up for me in Mexico. There seems to be some confusion on the ownership of this brewery.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Rizzla Rice Lager”. This beer is certified Gluten Friendly by both White Labs and Siebel Institute by having both labs test every batch of the beer to a threshold of 10 parts per million of gluten. The beer pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild bready malts, almost caramel, rice, citrus and a crisp finish. The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, rice, mild caramel, citrus, sweetness, mild grassy hops and a crisp low bitterness finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 18. If you are looking for a nice crisp clean lager this could be a good choice for sure. If you are looking for a gluten friendly beer this is definitely a good choice for you!
Commercial Description: Rizla Rice Lager is an easy drinking Asian style lager. A great session beer for watching sports, weather, and people. Brewed using rice properly, for flavour rather than filler, bittered with classic northern brewer hops to balance the rice sweetness. Makes a great house lager. Gluten reduced to less than 10 parts per million & it tastes great! Every batch is tested twice by two labs. All the flavour not the gluten!
From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18. While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.
Commercial Description: This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Lions Summer Ale”. This latest release was created by Kevin Emms the small batch brewer at Granville Island but brewed by the parent company Molson. The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of passion fruit, pineapple, grainy malts and some floral hops. The flavour is of passion fruit, pineapple, grain, bready malts, very mild tartness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 19. While I find the Lions Winter Ale a bit to sweet for my taste I can definitely get behind this fruity flavourful ale.
Commercial Description: Like the twin peaks that shine above Vancouver’s coastline, Lions Summer Ale beams with the bright, refreshing tastes of summer. Lively tropical fruit notes balanced with an easy-going personality are perfect after a paddle on the water, a hike up to your favourite lookout or wherever your next sunshine adventure takes you.