From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat. The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25. While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest. Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.
Commercial Description: One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.
Four Winds Brewing in Delta recently did a collaboration brew with The Commons Brewery from Oregon. The beer was called “Common Winds Apricot Bret Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a mildly explosive white head. The aroma consists of Apricot, Bret funk, fruity and a sweet finish. The flavour is of Apricot, yeast, citrus rind, tropical fruits, floral hops, oak and lots of Bret funk. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 15. With these two great breweries it is no surprise that this beer turned out really great. Hopefully they can do more of these collaborations in the future.
After getting my hands on a tool called The Perfect Black and Tan I had to give it a shot. I picked up “Into the Black Stout” from Off The Rail Brewing in Vancouver and “Persephone Pale Ale” from Persephone Brewing in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. I have dubbed it “Into the Pale Ale Black and Tan”.
The beer poured a deep golden colour on top with an opaque black colour on the bottom and a very light brown head. The aroma was obviously dominated by the pale ale on top but consisted of floral hops, roasted malts, tropical fruits, coffee and some oats. The flavour started with tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and floral hops but transitions with every sip into toasted oats, roasted malts, coffee, earth and some mild chocolate. The alcohol content from the Stout was 4.8% and the Pale Ale was 5.5% so it was somewhere in the low 5% range. While the colours were not quite as apposing as I would have liked for this black and tan the flavours actually worked quite nice together. Maybe not the perfect black and tan but a pretty tasty one none the less.
From Machine Ales part of the brewery collaborative Callister Brewing comes their “Tucan Slam” what they call a Tropically Hoppy Freestyle Ale. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of a fruity, cereal, fruit loops and some floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, fruit loops, cereal and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. Some may not think that tasting and smelling much like fruit loops would be a good thing but this really works and should be a must try.
From Parallel 49 Brewing’s Brews Brothers Collaboration mixer pack comes the “The Thrill Is Gone” Post-Classic Pilsner. The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head. The aroma consist of biscuit malts, citrus, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of biscuit, bread, citrus, earth, resin and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. This beer actually has quite a bit of body and is actually quite high in flavour for the style. Good on both breweries for making a Pilsner that can be called exciting.