Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 6 – What The Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale-Fernie Brewing


From Fernie, BC’s Fernie Brewing I received their What The Huck Huckleberry Wheat Ale.

The pour is a dark honey red-brown, crystal clear with no visible carbonation. The head is snowy white with coarse bubbles.

The nose is very light, some berries or fruit and mild spice.

Where this beer shines is on the tongue. The carbonation I could not see is present and pleasant, mild but nice. Several flavours come at once on the first sip, an astringent clove, huckleberry, calcium mineral it’s and a little bit of bubblegum.

Commercial description:

Native to the Rocky Mountain region, the Huckleberry is prized for its sweetness and deep colour. Blended with wheat to create a smooth and creamy beer with a touch of huckleberries.

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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.

The Eldorado Single Hop IPA – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “The Eldorado Single Hop IPA” a beer part of their IPA series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, lemongrass, floral hops and caramel.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, lemongrass, herbal notes, caramel, leafy, grassy and medium bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 75 – 80.  I like a good single hop IPA and this one has enough flavour to not be one dimensional and be quite refreshing!

Commercial Description:  Eldorado Hop is the focus of this single hop IPA. In addition to the stone fruit flavours of the Eldorado Hop, we have added distinctive Lemongrass, to provide a little extra citrus zing.

Lone Wolf IPA – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Lone Wolf IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops, fruity notes of citrus, sweetness and caramel.  The flavour is of caramel, resin, fruity citrus, sweetness, bitterness and lots of pine.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is definitely an enjoyable IPA and I would recommend picking up a bottle for yourself.

Commercial Description: This IPA has four select malts in combination with four classic hop varieties & time honored traditional brewing methods including dry hopping, resulting in a golden ale with exceptional flavour & complexity. A true IPA in every sense.  A well balanced N.W. IPA with Cascade/Centennial Final and Dry Hopping for that citral finish.

Barrel Aged Maple Porter – Fernie Brewing


From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Barrel Aged Maple Porter”.  This beer was aged for 12 months in Pinot Noir Barrels.  The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of red wine, chocolate, earth, roasted malts, caramel and maple.  The flavour is of red wine, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, roasted malts and ash.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 35.  I was really happy to find this beer at a local liquor store in Vancouver as it is really complex and tasty.

Commercial Description:  Our Award-Winning Maple flavored Porter. Aged for one year in oak barrels which previously held Pinot Noir from Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery. Expect strong notes of berries and dried fruit, combined with our dark, robust Porter.