Blondes In Stereo – Torchlight Brewing


From Torchlight Brewing in Nelson BC comes their “Blondes In Stereo”.  The beer pours a cloudy blonde colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy, citrus, citrus zest and some floral hops.  The flavour is of grain, bready, citrusy, orange, citrus zest, mild spices and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19.  This gives you exactly what you would expect a tasty low hopped ale that drinks a bit like a lager.

Commercial Description:  Did you grab this bottle because it was the brightest one on the shelf?  Well, you’ve definitely made the right call by picking this crisp, refreshing, blonde ale to quench your craft beer thirst.  Made with Wakatu hops from New Zealand, this is the perfect beer to pair with all our sunshine shenanigans.

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Goose Four Star Pils – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Four Star Pils”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of grain, biscuit, citrus, fruit, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 38. This is exactly what a Craft pilsner should be. Grainy with a good little hops bite. Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB-Inbev and their standard lineup is brewed by Labatt in Canada.

Commercial Description:  Goose Island has taken the traditional Pilsner beer style and made it uncommon with a unique blend of German and American hops. The result is an immensely drinkable and refreshing beer with a crisp hop aroma that will have you reaching for another one in no time.

 

Haters Gonna Hate Imperial Kolsch – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Haters Gonna Hate Imperial Kolsch”.  The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, biscuit, lemon, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of grain, bread, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, grassy, resin and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 40.  As an Imperial Kolsch goes this is probably one of the best versions I have been able to try.

Commercial Description:  Haters Gonna Hate is an extra-strong interpretation of our flagship beer Lug Tread, which is a Kölsch-style lagered ale. Tropical aromas and a mildly “catty” character are contributed with the addition of some Nelson-Sauvin hops.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Chili-lime + garlic prawns, feta vinaigrette, Korean BBQ beef short ribs (Galbi), kimchi, ripe surface-ripened cheeses like La Sauvagine or Madawaska.

 

48 Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22.  This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.

Farm Table: Patersbier – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Farm Table: Patersbier”.  The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, yeast, earth and citrus.  The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, yeast, citrusy lemon, herbal and leafy hops and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% and an IBU of 22.  This session ale has quite a bit of flavour and is nice to see as so many really don’t.

Commercial Description:  Beau’s Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. Patersbier is a refreshing Belgian-style ale, both bright and cloudy at once. This subtly sweet and floral beer makes a great companion to a spring afternoon in the backyard; or for a summer evening as the sun sets and the ninth inning wraps up.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Hot & sour soup with chicken and tofu; chicken braised with Patersbier, grain mustard & herbs with spaetzle; Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice); bloomy rind brie-style cheeses.