Slow Drift Witbier – Fernie Brewing

From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Slow Drift Witbier”.  The beer pours a cloudy gold colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrusy lemon, yeast, wheat and spices.  The flavour is of citrus, ornage, spices, coriander, bready and wheat.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is definitely a well made witbier and will be very popular in the warm summer months.

Commercial Description:  A Belgian White Ale with light & spicy citrus flavours. This unfiltered beer is brewed with a touch of coriander & orange peel and is slightly cloudy. We think it’s downright delicious! Best when garnished with a slice of orange, to bring out the natural spices & subtle fruit flavour.  Kettle addition during boil – Seville orange & coriander. Use of Belgian yeast provides a slight phenolic, clove and bubblegum flavour. 50% Wheat Malt.

Collective Project Gose – Collective Arts Brewing

From Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario comes their “Collective Project Gose”.  The beer pours a light orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of orange, lemon and other citrus fruits, coriander and salt.  The flavour is of salt, lemon, orange, coriander with mild wheat malts and a mild tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 27.  I am happy that the Gose style has come back as it is a great summer beer with lots of flavour.

Commercial Description:  Our Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer made with malted wheat. This creates a unique cloudy yellow colour and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. Our Gose has a low hop bitterness and features coriander and Himalayan sea salt, adding hints of complementary dryness, spice and a touch of sharpness to the beer.


Belgian Wit – Red Collar Brewing

From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Thompson Okanagan comes their “Belgian Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of spices, citrus and wheat and Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of wheat, citrus, lemon, coriander, spices and Belgian yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 14.  While I do not run out of my way to drink a Belgian Wit this one is doing all the right things and would be a great one to pick up this summer.

Commercial Description:  A cloudy wheat beer brewed with Seville oranges and coriander. A light mouthfeel paired with citrus and spice aromas makes for a very refreshing beer.


Honey Mussel Saison – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub

From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Honey Mussel Saison” a beer with Mussel’s from BC Mussel Company.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, spices, grapefruit and coriander.  The flavour is of wheat, lemon, grapefruit, spices, coriander, honey and something I can not place that would most likely come from the Mussels.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 20.  I am not a fan of shellfish so I had some trepidation when it came to this beer.  My trepidation was unfounded though as the beer was very tasty.

Commercial Description:  Brewed with Canadian Pilsen and BC grown hops, this is a Belgian style saison made truly unique by the addition of BC Mussel Company Quadra Island grown Honey Mussels.

spinnakers saison

Photo from Spinnakers website as I lost the photo

Tripel Abbey Style Ale – Torchlight Brewing

From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Tripel Abbey Style Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, melon, peaches, grapefruit candied sugar and sweetness.  The flavour is of toffee, candied sugar, fruit, mango, melon, peaches, grapefruit, coriander, mild earth, vanilla and mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 38.  Some Tripels are really overly sweet but this one is not.  The flavour is great and I wish I could get more bottles.

Commercial Description:  This Abbey style ale was made with Belgian Candy Sugar made right here at Torchlight Brewing. The result? A smooth, malty beer that hides its big ABV. Perfect celebration beer!