From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Hummingbird Hop Saison”. The beer pours a golden colour with a good amount of haze and a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, citrus and grassy hops. The flavour is of wheat, yeast, citrus rind, citrus, pepper, maybe a little astringent, bitterness with a very dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 39. This is definitely more bitter than your average saison but it is pretty darn tasty.
Commercial Description: A West Coast take on a classic style. Brewed with Pilsner malt and oats this medium bodied beer balances the spicy characteristics of a saison with a pleasant bitterness an citrus note thanks to a blended, new world dry hop addition. The refreshingly dry finish will have you humming for more!
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 Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Coup de Foudre (New World Wild Ale)”. This was the first bottle release from their Foudre. The beer poured a cloudy orange brown colour with an off white head. The aroma was of oak, cherry, malt vinegar and tartness. The flavour was of malt vinegar, oak, cherries, dark fruits, toffee, tartness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% and they list the IBU as low. This is an excellent execution of a sour ale!
Commercial Description: Heaven-sent by arrow or lightning bolt, “Love at First Sight” is thought to be a madness inflicted upon unsuspecting beings by the Gods for sport. Others believe it’s that moment of recognition when one first looks upon their other half. Either way, the poor soul didn’t know what hit them. Aged for over a year in our 6000 litre oak Foudre this fruity, complex ale is our tribute to the love struck
Food pairing as per brewery: Seafood (muscles), Fruit deserts, Fresh cheese, Charcuterie. Quiche
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes the latest in their “Shiva White IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, wheat and floral hops. The flavour is of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pineapple, wheat, resin and lots of hops bitterness. This beer has a very dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 64. If you enjoy a good wheat beer crossed with an IPA this White IPA will be right up your ally. I know that I quite enjoy this beer!
Commercial Description: Shiva: A light and refreshing White IPA that features grapefruit notes and hefty bittering to sastify your hop fix. Featuring Citra, Amarillo, & Ekuanot Hops and a American-Belgo Yeast Blend.
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Blue Monk Barley Wine” a bottle from the 2016 vintage. The beer pours a deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and sweetness. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, candied sugar, earth, bitterness, resin and alcohol with a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 65. I am a massive fan of Barley Wine beers and this one hits all the notes. I would recommend this one to anyone.
Commercial Description: The monk represents discipline, respect and morality but that doesn’t mean he can’t indulge in a holy brew now and then. Blue Monk Barley Wine is an English style strong ale characterized by an intense, fruity flavour with notes of bread and toffee. Malt varietals include 2-Row, Carastan, Special B and Munich. Hop Varietals include Chinook, Magnum and Cascade.