Shiva White IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks

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.

Sour 1 (Sour Brown Barrel Aged Sour Ale) – Central City Brewers & Distillers

From Central City Brewers & Distillers (Red Racer Brewing) in Surrey comes their first ever sour beer “Sour 1 (Sour Brown Barrel Aged Sour Ale)”.  This beer has been aged for two years in both French Oak Foeders and Cabernet barrels.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of tartness, apple cider vinegar, oak, red wine, cherries and some other fruit.  The flavour is of tartness, apple cider vinegar, red wine, cherry with some sweetness and dryness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.2% with an IBU of 13.  For a first ever sour release they have set the bar very high with this beer.  It may not be as good as some of the better Belgian ones but it is very good none the less and worth the price of the bottle.

Commercial Description:  Belgian style sour brown ale aged for two years in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and Central City Brewers + Distillers is ringing in 2016 with a big splash with the unveiling of their highly anticipated sour beer – Sour Brown I Barrel Aged Sour Ale.  A hot, burgeoning style of craft beer, Central City’s Sour Brown I (9.2% ABV) is a traditional Belgian style sour brown ale aged for two years in a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels and French oak foeders. Its flavour is malty sweet with a balanced acidic finish with barnyard hay notes.



Granville Island Brewing – Hey Day Hefeweizen


Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewing has, in it’s Under the Bridge Series, the Hey Day Hefeweizen.

Not super cloudy, I can see shapes on the otherside but it is cloudy enough that I feel like it is a Hefeweizen.  It is a pleasant orange-gold colour with a startlingly white head.

There is a nice grassy aroma from the beer, a little bit of hay and a hint of banana.  A little bit of spice comes out if you swirl the beer.

Banana is at the forefront of the flavours up against a dryness that makes the banana nice rather than cloying.  There are some nice clove and allspice notes underneath the main flavour.  The carbonation is a bit prickly, you can feel it going down in a satisfying way.