From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Strong Patrick” an Irish-style Red Ale. The beer pours a deep copper colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate and sweetness. The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, earth, mild roasted malts, hint of oak and whiskey and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 24. Not all Irish-style Red Ales are made the same but this one is definitely a really enjoyable sipper.
Commercial Description: Strong Patrick is a bold rendition of an Irish-style red ale. Brewed stronger than most, it is luscious and malty, with toasty caramel and coffee. A portion of the ale has been aged in Jameson® Irish Whiskey casks, then reintroduced to add a rich accent of wood and warmth to this year’s blend.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Traditional style lamb stew, shepherd’s pie, firm goat cheese, warm corned beef with steamed root vegetables, gingerbread with applesauce, shortbread.
From the Dandy Brewing Company in Calgary Alberta comes their “In the Bleak Midwinter: Black IPA”. The beer pours a deep brown with a light brown head. The aroma consist of roasted malts, smoke, mild fruit and herbal hops. The flavour is of caramel, roasted malts, citrus, tropical, earth, burnt coffee and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. The Dandy Brewing Company makes really tasty beer and this black IPA is no different. It is both IPA and a bit stout and 100% tasty.
Commercial Description: A fruity Black IPA. With only a kiss of roast, this black IPA is fresh and juicy but dark as the coldest days of winter. Citra and Mosaic are late hop additions to avoid the biterness and focus on aroma.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their fourth of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Mélange à Trois” a barrel aged Brett Bruin. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of brett funk, mild fruit, berries, malt, oak, chocolate and caramel. The flavour is of brett funk, sour, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, oak, leather, earth, bitterness and citrus rind. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. Not the standard Bruin but it is a really good brew and I look forward to the 2018 Fellowship.
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their brand new New Westminster exclusive “Tin Soldier Pale Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, resin, earth, bready malts and a great hops bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 33 IBU. This has to be one of the most complex Pale Ale’s I have had in a while. Head out to New Westminster and pick some of this up soon.
From Main Street Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Barrel Aged American Style Barley Wine” a Winter 2017 Vintage. The beer pours a very murky brown colour with a white head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, resin, sweetness and a floral finish. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, resin, earth, oak and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 80. This Barely Wine seemed to be a bit of a hybrid style as the bitterness was to low to be an American Barley Wine. It was not really what I was expecting but I did quite enjoy it none the less.