A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged – Last Best Brewing & Distilling


From Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary Alberta comes their second ever bottled beer the “A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged” the second of their Lineage Series.  This is a 2016 Vintage and has been cellared by the brewery itself until 2018.  The beer pours a deep orange brown colour with an off white head.  For the second release they split the beer into two versions one unoaked and then this one that was barrel aged for 10 Months in Alberta Rye Whiskey Barrels.  The aroma consists of mild oak, dark fruits, stone fruit, brown sugar, caramel, toffee and rye.  The flavour is of oak, dark fruits, cherry, toffee, caramel, grapefruit rind, honey, resin, rye spice, rye whiskey, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 45.  This is a borderline American Barelywine and really enjoyable.  I hope they make more of this in the future.

Commercial Description:  With our 2nd lineage release, we pay homage to a prairie legend with our riff on a classic style. The Alfred Ernest Goss Barley Wine uses locally sourced barley wheat, and rye as a fitting tribute to the founder of Calgary Brewing & Malting and the embodiment of the Last Best West.  We split this release into two: one unoaked and one aged for 10 months in 100% Alberta rye whiskey barrels Layered with subtle, integrated oak and a developing rye spiciness, this beer is characterized by its sweet caramel and barley malt base alcohol warmth, hints of dark fruit and a touch of light malted wheat Serve it at cellar temperature and age for years to come.

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Weekend Warriors Double IPA – Old Yale Brewing


From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Weekend Warriors Double IPA” a taproom exclusive.  The pours a very cloudy orange with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tropical, citrus, juicy hops, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, bitterness and resin.  The beer comes in with a New England IPA aroma and a Pacific North West IPA.  You are doing yourself right to try this beer.  Make your way out to Chilliwack soon before it is gone.

 

FRESH HOP RED IPA – Stanley Park Brewing


From Stanley Park Brewing (Turning Point Brewing) in Delta comes their “FRESH HOP RED IPA” a part of their new Sampling Series in Bombers.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, rye, caramel, grapefruit and floral hops.  The flavour is of roasted malts, rye, caramel, toffee, chocolate, earth, grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, pepper, herbal and bitterness.  The alcohol content  comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 70.   This Red IPA has a similar roast malt characteristic of some Cascadian Dark Ale’s.  I quite enjoyed this one although it is definitely more roasty than most.  Stanley Park Brewing is now owned by Labbat.

Commercial Description:  A robust Fresh Hop Red IPA with Crystal Rye malts and heaps of fresh, locally-grown Cascade and Chinook hop cones direct from bines at B.C. Hop Co.’s picturesque hop fields in the heart of the Fraser Valley.

Mating Saison – Dogwood Brewing (Callister Brewing)


From Dogwood Brewing in collaboration with Callister Brewing comes their “Mating Saison”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, rye, grainy malts, fruity, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of rye, rye spice, grain, resin, grapefruit rind, earth, yeast, herbal and some bitterness.  This is a fairly dry beer.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 20.  I am always a fan of a good collaboration beer and this one is no different.  If you like a good saison you should take a look for this one.

Commercial Description:  The perfect marriage between two breweries saw the birth of this refreshing Rye Saison. Brewed with organic Azacca hops, all organic malt and lots of tender love… this subtly spicy saison ends with a tropical fruit finish that’s patio perfect and sure to please. ’Tis the season stags and stagettes, so go get your rut on.

Blood Orange Sour – Steel Toad Brewpub


From Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse.  The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head.  The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal.  The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10.  This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up.  This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.

Commercial Description:  This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation.  The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.