Farmer’s Daughter (A Blonde Ale) – Whitewater Brewing


From Whitewater Brewing in Ottawa comes their “Farmer’s Daughter” A Blonde Ale.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of bready grains, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of bready grain, lemony citrus, honey, grassy hops and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 22.  This is a good standard blonde ale that would be especially good on a hot summer day.

Commercial Description:  This blonde is proud of its roots. A selection of pale malted barley infuses with locally farmed hops to create a beer that is an eye-opener on a hot summer’s day. Light, yet defined flavours instil a sense of the hard work and drive for quality that has gone into this blonde.

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Kila Belgian Golden Ale – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Kila Belgian Golden Ale”.  This glass of beer was the first official growler fill of the brewery!  The beer poured a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, citrus and some grainy malts.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, citrus, mild apple, sugary, grassy hops, some caramel and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 20.

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Goose Rambler IPA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Goose Rambler IPA” a Red IPA.  The beer pours a deep reddish colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, citrus and pine.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, grassy hops and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 65.  The hops bitterness is not as high as many IPA’s and it is also a bit sweeter but it is quite refreshing regardless.

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Long Shadows India Pale Ale – Blindman Brewing


From Blindman Brewing out of Lacombe Alberta comes their “Long Shadows India Pale Ale” a self proclaimed Vermont-style IPA.  The beer pours a golden colour with a little cloudiness and a white head.  The aroma consists floral hops and citrus but it is overall pretty mild.  The flavour is of grassy and herbal hops, dank hops, pine, citrus, bitterness and caramel.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 68.  While I would not call this a Vermont-style IPA personally it is really tasty.

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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”.

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