From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Haters Gonna Hate Imperial Kolsch”. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, lemon, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bread, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, grassy, resin and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 40. As an Imperial Kolsch goes this is probably one of the best versions I have been able to try.
Commercial Description: Haters Gonna Hate is an extra-strong interpretation of our flagship beer Lug Tread, which is a Kölsch-style lagered ale. Tropical aromas and a mildly “catty” character are contributed with the addition of some Nelson-Sauvin hops.
Food pairing as per brewery: Chili-lime + garlic prawns, feta vinaigrette, Korean BBQ beef short ribs (Galbi), kimchi, ripe surface-ripened cheeses like La Sauvagine or Madawaska.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Subaquatic Domicile IPA”. The latest IPA from Hearthstone pours an orange colour with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, sweetness and maybe a hint of malts. The flavour is of and maybe a hint of earth. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an unspecified IBU. This beer is a nice blend of North East IPA and North West IPA. It still has the bitterness of the west coast but still has the juicy side of the hops. I recommend finding some of this for yourself.
Commercial Description: This Pineapple infused New England Style IPA is hazy, thick, creamy and magical. Tropical fruit notes from Equanot, Idaho 7 & El Dorado hops are amplified by a healthy dose of Pineapple. Join the haze craze and get it in ya!
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.
From Luppolo Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Wild Saison with Pear”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, citrus, citrus rind, yeast, wheat and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, pear, wheat, yeast, spices with a mild funk in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This may not be a hugely complex beer like some wild ales but it was a very well executed while approachable saison.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby comes their “Wild Muscari Farmhouse Ale”. This is the first of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The wild Yeast was harvested from a Muscari Flower on Mt Seymour in North Vancouver. The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of leafy, floral hops, tropical fruit and citrus. The flavour was of tropical fruits, lemon, citrus rind, herbal, mild resin, some grain, maybe a hint of funk and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 20. This was an interesting brew I just wish it had some more wild yeast notes. You have to love the spirit of collaborating in a coolship though!
Commercial Description: Edition 01/04 is a light, fruity, farmhouse ale, fermented with wild yeast harvested off the Muscari Flower atop Mt. Seymour, and hopped in our Copper Coolship with Cashmere, Mosaic & Motueka Hops.