From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Winter Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of coriander, spices, orange, wheat, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, coriander, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus rind, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18. This is an interesting take on the Wit. It is a bit winter ale and a bit wit. If you like the sound of this you should really like this beer. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company in Parksville on Vancouver Island comes their “Comfortably Chum” a Hefeweizen. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, orange, orange peel, banana and some perfumey floral notes. The flavour is of orange, orange peel, banana, clove, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This was an interesting Hefeweizen with the mix of banana and citrus flavours but I enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: A traditional German style Hefeweizen with Canadian pilsner & brewed with malted wheat. A special German wheat beer strain adds a fantastic bouquet aroma & flavours of banana & clove. Lightly hopped with German Hallertau & finished with sweet orange peel. A complex recipe for simple pleasure. Best enjoyed in a glass.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Japanese Biere De Garde” a new release in their 2017 Cellar Series. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, clove, Belgian yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of lemon, citrus rind, pith, clove, pepper, mild pickles, earth, Belgian yeast and a hint of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 54. Kevin Emms has come up with a really interesting beer here and I look forward to seeing what my second bottle does over time. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.
Commercial Description: East meets West in this rare farmhouse ale. Rice, Japanese Sorachi Ace, hops and Belgian saison yeasts create a heady mix of dill pickle, pepper and clove notes atop a strong, light ale body . Pair with chicken fettuccine pasta.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Belgian Style Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white to tan head. The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, banana, clove, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of bubble gum, banana, fruity, sugary, clove and spices. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 16. I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this beer was a bit too sweet for me. This is a serious desert beer.
From Halifax Nova Scotia’s Garrison Brewing comes their “Winter Warmer” 2016 Vintage. The beer pours a ruby red colour colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, fruits, berry and some hops. The flavour is of strawberry, dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, caramel, earth, bitterness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 20. This one is not all that warming at 7% but I am quite enjoying the flavour anyways. Its been a while since I have had a beer from Garrison Brewing and I just don’t know why its been this long.
Commercial Description: This strong dark amber beer is brewed with spices evocative of the holiday season. It’s warming character makes it a great accompaniment on cold winter nights. Complex and inviting aromatics of strawberry jam, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and molasses. Rich caramel avors dominate and persist through a warming nish; starts sweet with a touch of dryness followed by a snooth aftertaste of caramel and clove.
Food pairings as per brewery: A great compliment to rich and meaty dishes.