From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC in collaboration with Blasted Church Vineyards in Okanagan Falls comes their “Sanctuary” a Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, spices, Gewurztraminer Grape and wheat. The flavour is of lemony citrus, spices, wheat, yeast funk, mild Gewurztraminer Grape and pith. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. This is an absolutely delicious blend of both beer and wine. Make sure to rush out and buy your bottles before it sells out.
Commercial Description: Trying to decide between a glass of wine or pint of beer? Now you can have both, with the release of “SANCTUARY”; the heavenly new collaboration beer from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Blasted Church Vineyards. Sanctuary is a bottle conditioned Saison featuring Gewürztraminer grape must and is a departure from the ordinary for both producers. The making of the beer has been a true labour of love for the brewers and vintners involved. The process started with Blasted Church pressing fresh Gewürztraminer grape must from their Okanagan Valley fall 2017 harvest. The must was then rushed to Steamworks brewery and added during fermentation within 24 hours. The beer was then bottle conditioned for over 2 months in a special facility kept at an optimal temperature. All of this effort has led to a truly unique and spectacular flavour profile. Subtle grape and fruit notes give way to an effervescent mouthfeel and dry finish with a floral yet mildly spicy saison character.
From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″ a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time. This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.
Commercial Description: Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Slackline Summer Ale”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pienapple and mango with juniper and some sweetness. The flavour is of pineapple, mango, juniper, citrus rind, some bitterness and a mild funk finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 20. This new release is quite enjoyable. This should be your beer you say goodbye to summer with. Luckily for everyone there is a bunch of Summer left to enjoy this beer!
Commercial Description: A moderately hopped light refreshing summer ale with delicate juniper spice notes, fermented with Sach Trois yeast providing a gentle yet complex bouquet.
From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Brett & Barley Cab-Sav Barrel Aged Strong Ale”. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of big brettanomyces funky notes, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon and oak. The flavour is of tartness, brettanomyces funk, dark fruits, Cabernet Sauvignon, toffee, chocolate, licorice, oak, tannins and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 11%. This beer started out as a bit of an accident and turned into an amazing wild barleywine and it is well worth stopping by the brewery asap to try it out yourself.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Gillian” a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from the 2016 Release. The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold colour with a white head much like a champagne. The aroma consists of strawberries, honey, spices, pepper, sweetness and some tartness. The flavour is of strawberry, honey, spices, pepper, wheat, honey, mild earth, tartness and a mild brett funk. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 20. I was really excited to give this beer a try! It is a very good beer with an amazing mix of flavours and there might still be a chance to find it on tap in Vancouver. Hawskworth had a keg at one time.
Commercial Description: Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.