The Fraser Valley has its newest gypsy brewer. Hathi Brewing is currently leasing tank space at Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford. Their first commercial release is the “Hathi ISA”. The beer pours a fairly deep copper orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of some floral hops, and some fruity notes although the aroma is quite mild. The flavour is of some malts, fruit, resin, earth and some bitterness but all on a small scale which is not surprising from an India Session Ale. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 40. Especially for a first commercial batch of beer this is pretty tasty. With the brewers saying they hope to bring an Indian twist to their beer they have my attention. I wonder what twist they can bring from India. I look forward to seeing what they bring out in the future.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes their “Hopper Texas Brown” an American Brown Ale. The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a brown head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy notes and even some toasted malt finish. The flavour is of bready and toasted malts, molasses, mild sweetness, earth, pine, resin and a good hit of hops in the end. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. The hops presence in this beer almost bring it into the Black IPA category but not quite. If you are looking for a Brown Ale with a nice big kick of hops check this one out.
Commercial Description: What do you get when you supercharge an American Brown Ale with citric West Coast hops? Meet “Texas Brown Ale”, a rare style that unlike it’s name originated from the homebrewing circles of Northern California in the early ’80s. We’ve updated this style with some of our favorite hops: Galaxy, Columbus, Dr Rudi, Topaz, Amarillo, and Cascade for an aroma blast!
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is temporarily back to being a Gypsy brewery in Metro Vancouver but that is no matter as they are brewing up all kinds of exciting stuff right now. The latest beer they have released is the “Bean Me UP Espresso Milk Stout” brewed at Dead Frog Brewery. The beer pours a deep ruby brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of coffee, creamy lactose, sweet chocolate and some toasty malt finish. The flavour is of sweet lactose, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. This beer used Salt Spring Coffee in the secondary tank. The alcohol content comes in at 5.7%. I am a big fan of Lactose stouts witch is bad for me as I am Lactose intolerant but screw it they taste so good and this one is no different!
Commercial Description: A beer geek’s breakfast? Well this may be exactly that. This is the perfect marriage of espresso coffee and a delicate stout with a smooth creamy sweetness from lactose. Featuring organic Metta Espresso coffee from Salt Spring Coffee in Richmond BC.