Norwegian Wood Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale – Four Winds Brewing

From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Norwegian Wood Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head and a ton of bubbles.  The aroma consists of oranges, orange peel, oak, pepper, spices and pineapple.  The flavour is of lots of oak, tannins, resin, pepper, citrus rind, mild citrus, pineapple, mango and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 35.  This was a really tasty beer and well worth being a 4th Anniversary release.  Keep up the great work Four Winds Brewing.

Commercial Description:  4th Anniversary Ale.  Norwegian Wood was fermented warm with Kveik (traditional Norwegian farmhouse yeast) in French oak barrels and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces claussenii.  They say that this ale sings brightly with notes of pineapple and citrus, balanced by a pleasing mineral dryness. It was hopped exclusively with Enigma and rounded out by naked golden oats.


Dry Hopped Saison – Old Abbey Ales

From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Dry Hopped Saison”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, pepper, citrus and citrus zest.  The flavour is of orange, orange zest, spices, wheat, toffee, mild bitterness and a grassy finish.  the alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 35.  The mixing of the dry hopping with this saison has made for a great tasting beer.  Make sure to pick up a bottle and give it a try.

Commercial Description: Smells like a sunny day in a spring hayfield. Spicy black pepper notes and orange zest are present on the palate with subtle use of noble hops to provide refined bitterness and structure.  Saisons are traditionally brewed in cooler months to provide a refreshing beer to be enjoyed over the summer by seasonal workers “Les saisonniers”. The notoriously open-ended style has changed over time making true definition difficult with both alcohol content and flavor profile evolving.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  If you can’t get hold of a slice of traditional flamische, try this with quiche or pizza and a garden salad. Similarly you can substitute sole meuniere for BC trout or salmon!

Cheese Pairing as per brewery: Salty Goats Cheeses – Soft or Hard –balance the freshness of the Beer. Hard Cheeses like Comte or Appenzeller.



Hopping Mad Cider – Central City Brewers & Distillers

From Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey BC comes their first foray into Ciders with their “Hopping Mad Cider” a cider that has been dry hopped.  The cider pours a light yellow colour with a very small white head.  The aroma consists of mild apples and maybe a hint of floral hops.  The flavour is of tart and sweet notes from the apples with a hint of hops and almost a champagne finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.  I am not a cider fan but I would not turn this down if offered.  I would almost have to admit that this is quite tasty.  I think this will probably be popular with the craft beer fans out there.

Commercial Description:  Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider is a dry-sweet cider blending Yakima valley hops with fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest. Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Cider is cold fermented from scratch, using Northwest Apples, Yakima Hops and a special yeast. The dry hopping process used adds a nice hop aroma onto the dry sweet, cider, complementing the cider’s natural tart flavour.


Stumbling Goat Dry-Hopped Maibock – Cannery Brewing

From Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton BC comes their new “Stumbling Goat Dry-Hopped Maibock” part of their Artisan Creations line of beer.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, sweetness, fruit and some grassy floral notes.  The flavour is of fruit, grainy malts, toffee, sweetness and a grassy hop bitterness finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 40.  The evil looking goat may scare you away but it shouldn’t!  This is a well balanced beer with lots of flavour without it being unapproachable like many beer geek beers.

Commercial Description:  This strong, dry-hopped maibock is a full-bodied German-style lager. Created with classic German malts and noble hops, it is a malt forward beer, with a surprising hop complexity.  The male mountain goat, or “bock” is a symbol of strength and balance. We created this beer to reflect these same qualities. But please take warning, this beer has the drinkability and strength to make even the sturdiest goat stumble. Design and illustration by Myron Campbell


Dry Hopped ESB – Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

From the brand new brewery located in New Westminster Steel & Oak Brewing Co. comes their “Dry Hopped ESB”.  The beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a tan head that leave a nice lacing on the glass.  The aroma consists of caramel, malts, citrus, floral hops and an overall sweetness.  The flavour was of earthy hops bitterness, pine, resin, caramel and some citrus.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 40.  This may be an Extra Special Bitter but the dry hopping sure shines through.  A fan of an IPA will probably really like this beer just like I did.