Prairie Baard Golden Ale – Bomber Brewing

From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver in Partnership with Graham DeLaet a PGA TOUR golfer comes the “Prairie Baard Golden Ale” a beer being made for the Blue Collar Prairie Drinkers of Alberta and Saskatchewan (To begin with).  The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, wheat, biscuit, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of bread, grain, wheat, biscuit, citrus, grassy hops and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This is a very sessionable beer and would be a great choice for a nice hot summer day.

Commercial Description: Our Golden Ale is brewed with 70% Saskatchewan Barley and 30% Saskatchewan wheat both of which are malted in Biggar, SK. Unlike most hazy, cloudy wheat beers, Prairie Baard is filtered to crystal clarity and generously hopped at the end of the brew to give it a distinct aroma without imparting a strong bitterness.  The wheat gives the beer a tart crisp finish, as well as adding some bright biscuit and cracker like aromas. The hops used are called Falconer’s Flight – Seven Seas.  Seven Seas refers to it being a blend of seven different “C” hops; Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Comet and Crystal. These hops bring strong and citrus aromas to this already refreshing and crushable ale.

Graham DeLaet (Wayburn, Saskatchewan) – “Growing up in the Prairies, not much is handed to you.  You only get what you’ve earned.  This is a beer for everyone who packs their lunches and goes to work everyday.  This is blue-collar craft.  A premium beer for those who’ve earned it”.


Barrel Aged Apricot Ale – Mission Springs Brewing

Mission Springs Brewing out of Mission BC have been quietly building up a brand new series of beers.  This series of beer is called the Stave Lake – Lost Barrel Series and this is one of the first beers in the series. The beer is aa called  “Barrel Aged Apricot Ale” but sadly with this beer they did not bother to number the bottles on this release like the last Barrel Aged Scotch Ale.  This golden ale was aged in a blend of white and red French Oak wine barrels.  The beer poured a deep orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of apricots, sweetness and some wine.  The flavour is of apricots, sweetness, red and white wine, wood, lots of fruit and some oak and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8%.  Not as complex as their last barrel aged beer but this is really enjoyable and I would recommend you pick up a bottle if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  This golden ale has been aged to perfection for one full year in a blend of red & white French Oak wine barrels.  After careful selection the beer was moved on to farm fresh apricots for a month of infusion.  This bold ale has a beautiful balance of alcohol warming notes, oak and fruit leaving a pleasurable unique lasting impression of barrel aged intensity.  Open now or later, but always enjoy with friends and family.


Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale 2015 – Dead Frog Brewery

Limited Release

From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale” 2015 edition.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruits, citrus, resin and maybe a hint of spruce.  The flavour is of tropical fruits in the front with citrus, citrus ring, earth, hops bitterness and spruce.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 26.  This beer is a bit on the sweeter side but it has a great depth of flavour and does really show off the spruce flavour.

Commercial Description:  A uniquely balanced golden ale brewed to celebrate summer on the West Coast. Fresh-picked spruce tips and Simcoe hops provide a tropical pine aroma that’s perfectly balanced with a golden and crisp malt profile. **No stumps were used or harmed in the making of this beer. We used fresh-picked spruce tips grown 10 minutes from our brewery here in the Fraser Valley**

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, yeast, spruce tips
Malts: Prairie 2 Row, Maris Otter, Cara 30, White Wheat
Hops: Simcoe, Northern Brewer, Cascade


Golden Ale – Ravens Brewing Company

From the newest brewery in Abbotsford Ravens Brewing Company comes their “Golden Ale” one of three standard beers in their lineup.  The beer pours a golden colour with some mild cloudiness and a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, mild fruity notes and some grassy notes.  The flavour is of grainy/bready malts, citrus with grassy hops and very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 18.  This is a very nice refreshing beer and if you can find it in stores or at the brewery pick it up.


Anno 2014 – Dageraad Brewing

Winter Release

From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2014″ a strong golden ale.  This ale has been brewed with pears grown at the Sanderson Farm in Keremeos BC.  The beer pours a cloudy colour that resembles a pear with some orange notes and a very generous head.  The aroma consists of semi sweet fruits such as pears, coriander, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of pears and a hint of citrus, yeast, brown sugar, wheat, coriander, resin and hops bitterness.  The beer has a bit of a dry finish and is not sweet even with all the fruit flavours.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.3%.  Not sure if I have had an ale quite like this before but it is quite tasty and I might just have to grab a few bottles to cellar.

Commercial Description:  Brewed with Indian coriander and pears harvested at their peak of ripeness from Sanderson Farm in Keremeos, BC, Anno 2014’s blend of spice and fruit note make it an excellent companion for holiday eating. Its warming alcohol strength helps the drinker fend off the chill of winter and makes the beer a good candidate for cellar-aging.