Peach Cream Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Peach Cream Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with a white head. The aroma consists of peaches and grainy malts with some grassy hops. The flavour is of peaches, grainy and biscuit malts, herbal hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This beer sits on the sweeter side but from the peaches so it’s a balanced sweetness and an enjoyable beer.

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Hoser Lite – Firehall Brewery


From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Hoser Lite” a hybrid lager with a lager yeast and an ale yeast blended and fermented at a multi stage temperature scale to benefit from both yeasts.  The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, grass and a mild bite from hops.  The flavour is of grainy malts, grassy hops, citrus and a mild hop bitterness bite.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.3%.  For a low alcohol lager this beer has a lot of flavour.  This beer is aimed more at people aiming to try out craft beer without having a lot of bitterness.

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Naughty Amber Ale – Fat Unicorn Brewery


From Fat Unicorn Brewery in Plamondon Alberta comes their “Naughty Amber Ale”.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, floral hops, mild earth and mild fruit notes.  The flavour is of roasted malts and grainy malts, burnt coffee, orange, grapefruit, bitterness, earth and some caramel.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  This is a pretty good Amber Ale and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

Commercial Description:  Amber Ale, a beer with excellent flavoring and a crisp finish. Slightly higher in IBU for a nice balance of great taste and bitterness.

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Flint & Steel Session IPA – Bench Creek Brewing


From Bench Creek Brewing out of very rural Alberta (Yellowhead Country) near Edson comes their “Flint & Steel Session IPA”. The beer pours an amber colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of lots of tropical fruits, melon, some caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, lemon rind, grapefruit, grainy malts, caramel, mild earth and a decent hops bitterness. Like all session IPA’s the body is not as big as an IPA but it does have more body than most Session IPA’s. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7%. I don’t enjoy every Session IPA as I really like the body and malt backbone that comes with a true IPA but this one does enough in every category to be quite interesting and refreshing. If you can find this beer either at the brewery or like I did in Edmonton in a Crowler pick it up.

100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager – Mill Street Brewery


From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager”.  The beer pours a golden amber colour with a lightly off white head.  The aroma consists of grainy malts, mild citrus and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of citrus, fruits, grainy malts, caramel and very mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24.  For an amber lager this beer has a pretty good amount of things going on.  The flavour is big enough I could see myself grabbing anouther bottle.

Commercial Description:  Our organic barley comes from the Great Plains of Canada and I have had an opportunity to go and meet the farmers that grow this organic grain for us and they are amazing people. These fine folks have taken one step back and are doing things the right way. This is an American-style craft lager brewed with pale and amber malts and a whole lot of American west coast hops (all of the organic barley malt, hops and yeast come from west of the 100th Meridian–thus the name) to give it a wonderful character that’s 100% organic. It is a truly Canadian craft brew that combines the “best of the west” ingredients, a unique recipe and classic Mill Street smoothness.

Food pairing as per brewery:  With grilled light meat/poultry, corn tortillas and mild salsa, medium cow’s milk cheese

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