From Dogwood Brewing in collaboration with Callister Brewing comes their “Mating Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, rye, grainy malts, fruity, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of rye, rye spice, grain, resin, grapefruit rind, earth, yeast, herbal and some bitterness. This is a fairly dry beer. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 20. I am always a fan of a good collaboration beer and this one is no different. If you like a good saison you should take a look for this one.
Commercial Description: The perfect marriage between two breweries saw the birth of this refreshing Rye Saison. Brewed with organic Azacca hops, all organic malt and lots of tender love… this subtly spicy saison ends with a tropical fruit finish that’s patio perfect and sure to please. ’Tis the season stags and stagettes, so go get your rut on.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with West Coast Canning comes their “Cool Hand Cuke” a cucumber sour ale originally made for CanCity canned beer festival in Vancouver and now a full seasonal. The beer pours a golden colour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of cucumber and a mild tartness. The flavour is of cucumber with a small tartness level and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 00. This cucumber sour is very well balanced with a mild sourness and is an amazing choice for warm weather that keeps threatening. Pick up your six pack asap.
Commercial Description: Brewed in collaboration with the beauties over at West Coast Canning to celebrate the inaugural CANcity Beer Festival on July 30, 2016. This is a golden sour ale with a refreshing hint of cucumber. Crack a can and get your cuke on.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario co-operatively brewed with Crannóg Ales of Sorrento BC comes their “Black Strap Boot Strapper Porter”. The beer pours a deep chestnut colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of molasses, coffee, chocolate and a sweet finish. The flavour is of molasses, chocolate, ash, roasted malts, plum, burnt coffee resin and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 30. The body was a bit on the thin side but the flavour was right on point!
Commercial Description: Blackstrap Bootstrapper is a classic British-style porter brewed with an addition of fairtrade organic blackstrap molasses. The recipe uses Challenger hops harvested from Left Fields, the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands, located in the sunny Shuswap region of BC.
Food pairing as per brewery: Beef, oyster and porter pie (British traditional pie), bacon-wrapped scallops on the BBQ, dark chocolate pudding.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”. This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30. I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.
Commercial Description: Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver in collaboration with Sons Of Vancouver Distillery in North Vancouver. This beer is a blend of Doan’s Altbier and Sons of Vancouver’s No 82 Amaretto and called “No 82 Amaretto Altbier”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of honey, vanilla, caramel and apricots. The flavour is of vanilla, honey, caramel, brown sugar and apricots. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. While Doan’s Craft Brewing makes a tasty Altbier adding the Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver takes it to the next level. This is a crazy good dessert beer without being really sweet.
Commercial Description: The story goes that Evan met James Lester from SOV back when the two were homebrewing funky beers. Evan, then working at Dan’s Homebrewing on Hastings, struck up a conversation with James. A few years later the two now small business owners were cheersing one day and thought it might be nice to collaborate on something. The idea was to fortify one of the Doan’s darker beers with the No.82 Amaretto. And so the Altaretto was born. Releasing a subtle nuttiness from the Amaretto, the new beer is surprisingly well balanced with a great base provided by the German style pale that finishes with a light honey sweetness. Buy a pint at either the Brewery or at the Distillery in North Van.