Citrana Southwestern Style Gose – Borderlands Brewing Compnay

From Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson Arizona comes their “Citrana Southwestern Style Gose”.  The beer pours a straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, lime, salt, coriander and cardamom.  The flavour is of lemon, salt, very mild tarness with some malts, coriander and cardamom.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3%.  This is a nice mild gose that is extremely drinkable and well worth trying if you can find it.

Pear Milkshake IPA – Bridge Brewing Company

Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver has jumped back on the bandwagon of the Milkshake IPA with “Pear Milkshake IPA”.  The beer pours an amber orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of pear, cardamom, ginger, some mild malts and floral hops.  The flavour is of pear, citrus, ginger, cardamom, lactose, vanilla, herbal hops with a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45.  While pear is not my favourite flavour this one does a good job of accenting the Milkshake IPA with the Pear flavours.

Commercial Description:   This milkshake IPA is bursting with pear and spice aromas, along with hints of vanilla.  Cardamom and vanilla compliment the earthy fruit tones of the pear, while the lactose  and oats add a touch of sweetness along with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.  Sweet and aromatic, this juicy IPA is unfiltered and without clarifying agents, pouring a hazy pale yellow.

Village Monk Chai Winter Porter – Village Brewery

From Calgary Alberta’s Village Brewery comes their “Village Monk Chai Winter Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma is of roasted malts, chai and sweetness.   The flavour is of roasted malts, chai, chocolate, caramel, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, mint and peppercorn.  The alcohol content of this beer is 6.2% with an IBU of 18-20.  This beer is fairly sweet but tasty to be sure.

Commercial Description:  A complex combination of specialty malts and spices provides a full-bodied style porter with a mild hop and subtle spice flavours. Spices include cinnamon, fennel, peppercorn, ginger, cardamom and clove.


Belgian Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom – Powell Street Craft Brewery

Spring/Summer Seasonal

The latest release from Powell Street Craft Brewery is their Spring/Summer Seasonal the “Belgian Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a good sized white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, citrus, ginger and what I can only guess is cardamom.  The flavour is of wheat, citrus, orange rind, ginger, coriander and again what I would guess is cardamom finished of with a very mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5% and the IBU comes in at a low 16.   David has done a great job at brewing a very different witbier that has a great flavour and easy drinkability.

Commercial Description:  The Belgian Witbier combines traditional bitter orange peel and coriander with aromatics of cardamom and the slight spiciness of ginger.  A perfect beer for patio season.

Interesting fact I found on Cardamom

Cardamom is an herb. The seeds are used to make medicine.
Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection. Some people use cardamom as a stimulant and for urinary problems.

In foods, cardamom is used as a spice in many parts of the world.

How does it work?

Cardamom contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and gas, and increase the movement of food through the intestine.

Why not drink your medicine?