From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Gin & Lime Pilsner” a tasting room favorite that is now in cans. This Pilsner is infused with Unruly Gin from Wayward Distillation House in Courtenay BC. The beer pours a mildly hazy straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tons of lime, some grain and a mild gin finish. The flavour is of lime, grain, mild juniper berries from the gin and basically no bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25. Not being a Pilsner or lager fan in general let me say this beer is very smooth and refreshing and I could crush a ton of them.
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.
From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their newest “Lemon Gin Saison”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, spices and a hint of gin. The flavour is of yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon peel, gin, peppery, spices, earth and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 24. This is a really interesting take on a saison with interesting flavours combining with the lemon and gin flavours to make a new experience. Make sure to pick up a bottle and see what you think.
Central City Brewers and Distillers are well known for their lineup of beer “Red Racer” (or Red Betty in the USA). On October 22, 2014 their new lineup of products launched.
Seraph is their lineup of Spirits and has launched with a Gin and Vodka. Whiskey will arrive in a few more years as in Canada it must be aged for a minimum of 5 years. The launch of this product has been held up due to issues with the Liquor board though. According to the Government this is not Craft Spirits due to the fact with their Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea product they have to large a volume to qualify. Luckily the Government may be confused but consumers like you will be able to tell this is a high end craft product. The Launch event was held at Guilt & Co in Gastown which is below street level. The launch felt a little underground due to its small size (Excuse the pun) but that made it very intimate. Samples of two different cocktails were being served one using their Vodka and one using their Gin. The one using Vodka was known as a Lavender Lemonade while the Gin cocktail was known as a Starfish and was almost like a grapefruit creamsicle. There was also a judged cocktail competition with 4 contestants and 3 judges (Gary Lohin being one of the Gudges). The winning cocktail was available for samples at the end of the event.
Both these products should be in store soon if it has not already been placed on shelves. Ask your favourite liquor store to bring it in! Central City is well known for crafting very exciting beer so it only makes sense that when they stepped into spirits it would be top notch.