From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.
From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Blondes In Stereo”. The beer pours a cloudy blonde colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy, citrus, citrus zest and some floral hops. The flavour is of grain, bready, citrusy, orange, citrus zest, mild spices and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19. This gives you exactly what you would expect a tasty low hopped ale that drinks a bit like a lager.
Commercial Description: Did you grab this bottle because it was the brightest one on the shelf? Well, you’ve definitely made the right call by picking this crisp, refreshing, blonde ale to quench your craft beer thirst. Made with Wakatu hops from New Zealand, this is the perfect beer to pair with all our sunshine shenanigans.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Bike Route Best Bitter” a beer named for the two bike routes that lead to the brewery Adanac and Mosaic. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits up front with malts, toffee and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus zest, malts, earth, bitterness and a residual sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 3.9% with an IBU of 35. I enjoy a good best biter and this one hits the spot especially as the alcohol content is nice and low like the style calls for.
Commercial Description: A cyclist travels north on the mosaic bike route while another heads east on the adanac bike route. They plan to meet where the bike routes cross. It may sound like a word problem, but it’s a typical trip to the bomber brewery, which is situated at just that intersection: the inspiration for our bike route best bitter. Brewed to bring people together, this award-winning session ale is bursting with the complexity of flavour only mosaic hops can provide. Ride on down or try one at home, but definitely share with a friend.