Santa’s Sac Golden Strong Ale – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Santa’s Sac Golden Strong Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consist of bubblegum, Belgian yeast, citrus and some spices.  The flavour is of bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar, sweetness, fruit with some peppery spice.  The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 30.  This brew drinks much like a Belgian Tripel with a strong sweetness.  If you are big on that style then make some to pick this bottle up.

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Red Fife Hefeweizen – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Red Fife Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat.  The flavour is of banana, wheat, citrus, yeast and bubblegum.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 20.  I am not sure what the Red Fife Wheat adds to this beer but it is an enjoyable one.

Commercial Description:  Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolizes brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities.

 

Mango Bango Hefeweizen – Hathi Brewing


From Hathi Brewing currently brewing out of Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Mango Bango Hefeweizen”.  The beer pours a cloudy mango juice colour with an orange head.  The aroma consists of mango, banana, bubble gum, yeast and sweetness.  The flavour is of mango, banana, bubblegum, yeast, wheat and a hint of some spices.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1%.  I don’t usually go out of my way for a Hefeweizen but this one has a ton to offer with the addition of the mangos.  I will be looking for more of this in the future.

Commercial Description:  Our mango Bango Hefeweizen is a Traditional Wheat Beer producing flavours of Banana and Clove with an Indian twist of Alphonso mangos, native to Western India.  This particular type of mango is known for being rich, sweet and sensuous to the palate.  Grab a few bottles and share them with friends and family.

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.

Old Barn Saison – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Old Barn Saison”.  The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of yeast, bubblegum, spices and sweetness.  The flavour is of yeast, pepper, rye spice, grainy malts, citrus rind, bubblegum and banana.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30 – 35.  This is an interesting take on a saison and I quite enjoyed it.

Commercial Description: A very aromatic flavourful, golden brew, with spicy, peppery and fruity notes. The classic Strisselspelt and New Zealand Pacific Jade hops make for a very engaging hop profile for this beer. This is our take on the classic, refreshing and unassuming, yet delicious Belgian beer. Surprisingly light, but packs a punch of flavour to enjoy.  Variety of malts, including Munich, Cara Vienna, Rye and Pilsner malts. Hops include Warrior, Strisselspalt and Pacific Jade. Peppercorns and orange peel are also added.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  This farmhouse brew, goes well with farmhouse foods. Think French provincial cuisine, strong cheese and flavoursome salads.