From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2017 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grain, peppery, fruit, sweetness and some floral hops. The flavour is of grainy, wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, peppery, yeast, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. Once again this one was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.
From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Adrift Hop Blonde Ale”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of floral hops, sweetness and fruit. The flavour is of grainy and bready malts, citrus, tropical fruit, grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25. This is a good sessionable and aprochable beer. It wont knock your socks off but you should enjoy it.
Commercial Description: Inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale. “Set yourself Adrift”
From Red Bird Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Antipsipation IPA”. Packaged products like this can are brewed at Factory Brewing in Vancouver due to the fact Red Bird Brewing is a very small Nano Brewery. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus with some malts and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grain, resin and a good bitterness hit. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 65. This is a nice West Coast style IPA and a nice change of pace with so many IPA’s being of the Juicy variety now.
Commercial Description: Ever celebrated a journey that’s gone off the rails? It was 1925 in Kelowna, BC. Anticipation was high for the city’s first train, and a civic holiday was declared! Alas, the festivities were cancelled when the train tipped near Brandt’s Creek and couldn’t make it to the party. Undeterred, a crew got it back on track… and when it pulled into the station the next day, citizens enjoyed ANOTHER holiday. When things derail, make sure you “cheers!” – preferably twice.
From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Roggenbier” a German style Red Rye Ale. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, bready malts, grain, fruity esters with some pronounced citrus. The flavour is of rye spice, bread, grain, citrus, citrus rind, fruity esters, yeast, herbal hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol contnet comes in at 5% with an IBU of 28. I have not had a ton of beers in this style but I can say that I quite enjoyed this one.
Commercial Description: A medium bodied German Rye Red Ale. This beer puts the rye malt forward, showcasing the delicate spicyness of the grain, with hints of caramel and roasted barley and perfectly balanced with a delicate herbal hops finish.
From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Totuma Kolsch”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of gain, lemon, sweetness, grassy and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 22. While I do not usually pick up Kolsch brews this one is very well made and enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Pours a very clear straw yellow. Aromatics of light stone fruit with a complimenting malt biscuitiness and a clean crisp taste with just a hint of noble hops. This style’s fermentation process yields a light, vinous character which is accompanied by a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Totuma is a bright, flavourful, and approachable beer. “Totuma” (Toh-Too-Mah) is a container made from the Calabash plant. The tree, also known as gourd, was cultivated by the Andean natives to use as bowls to serve water or chicha—the corn brew of our ancestors.
Food pairing as per brewery: Plantain Chips, Salty Food, Ceviche, Nachos