From Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary Alberta comes their second ever bottled beer the “A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged” the second of their Lineage Series. This is a 2016 Vintage and has been cellared by the brewery itself until 2018. The beer pours a deep orange brown colour with an off white head. For the second release they split the beer into two versions one unoaked and then this one that was barrel aged for 10 Months in Alberta Rye Whiskey Barrels. The aroma consists of mild oak, dark fruits, stone fruit, brown sugar, caramel, toffee and rye. The flavour is of oak, dark fruits, cherry, toffee, caramel, grapefruit rind, honey, resin, rye spice, rye whiskey, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 45. This is a borderline American Barelywine and really enjoyable. I hope they make more of this in the future.
Commercial Description: With our 2nd lineage release, we pay homage to a prairie legend with our riff on a classic style. The Alfred Ernest Goss Barley Wine uses locally sourced barley wheat, and rye as a fitting tribute to the founder of Calgary Brewing & Malting and the embodiment of the Last Best West. We split this release into two: one unoaked and one aged for 10 months in 100% Alberta rye whiskey barrels Layered with subtle, integrated oak and a developing rye spiciness, this beer is characterized by its sweet caramel and barley malt base alcohol warmth, hints of dark fruit and a touch of light malted wheat Serve it at cellar temperature and age for years to come.
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “You Gonna Eat That?” a Black Forest Cake stout. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roast, cherry and some sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, chocolate, mild roast, earth, creamy with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. I personally really like the pastry stout and this one was defiantly enjoyable.
From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Kriek” a Lambic Style Ale. The beer pours a red colour with a white head. The aroma consists of cherries, berries, tart funk, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of with a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one great beer and possibly my favourite of the Fellowship so far.
Commercial Description: With the Holiday season just around the corner, we are excited to announce that today the third beer in this year’s Fellowship will be ready for pick up! The beer, a Kriek-inspired ale aged in oak barrels with Okanagan cherries is a style we have always adored and this is, we feel, an homage to a tradition that has inspired us for years. Kriek is the Flemish word for a Lambic beer made with cherries, and Lambic is a class of sour beer made using spontaneous fermentation. Just as Champagne comes from a particular region of France, Lambic comes from the Pajottenland, a valley that runs from Brussels to the South West. Because Clark Drive is not in the Pajottenland, we classify this beer “Lambic-style” in respect of a centuries-old tradition. In our opinion these are some of the coolest beers in there world. If you are familiar with the style, you will notice that our Kriek is a touch more sour than those examples from Belgian lambic producers Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. When opening the bottle, you will be hit with aromas of vanilla, oak, and sweet cherries. The cherries we used impart a juicy fruit character, a touch of sweetness and cinnamon. Just as with the Little Red One, we recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperature rather than cold from the fridge.
From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Cherry IPA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a deep black with a brown head. The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, cherry and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, earth, cherries, sweetness and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.3%. I was surprised this was a Black IPA as it didn’t say it on the can but I enjoyed this one for sure.