Sanctuary – Steamworks Brewing (Blasted Church Vineyards)

From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC in collaboration with Blasted Church Vineyards in Okanagan Falls comes their “Sanctuary” a Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, spices, Gewurztraminer Grape and wheat.  The flavour is of lemony citrus, spices, wheat, yeast funk, mild Gewurztraminer Grape and pith.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%.  This is an absolutely delicious blend of both beer and wine.  Make sure to rush out and buy your bottles before it sells out.

Commercial Description:  Trying to decide between a glass of wine or pint of beer? Now you can have both, with the release of “SANCTUARY”; the heavenly new collaboration beer from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Blasted Church Vineyards. Sanctuary is a bottle conditioned Saison featuring Gewürztraminer grape must and is a departure from the ordinary for both producers.  The making of the beer has been a true labour of love for the brewers and vintners involved. The process started with Blasted Church pressing fresh Gewürztraminer grape must from their Okanagan Valley fall 2017 harvest. The must was then rushed to Steamworks brewery and added during fermentation within 24 hours. The beer was then bottle conditioned for over 2 months in a special facility kept at an optimal temperature.  All of this effort has led to a truly unique and spectacular flavour profile. Subtle grape and fruit notes give way to an effervescent mouthfeel and dry finish with a floral yet mildly spicy saison character.




Citrana Southwestern Style Gose – Borderlands Brewing Compnay

From Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson Arizona comes their “Citrana Southwestern Style Gose”.  The beer pours a straw yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, lime, salt, coriander and cardamom.  The flavour is of lemon, salt, very mild tarness with some malts, coriander and cardamom.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3%.  This is a nice mild gose that is extremely drinkable and well worth trying if you can find it.

Sofie 2017 – Goose Island Beer Company

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.

Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB InBev

Totuma Kolsch – Andina Brewing Company

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

Snow White IPA – Bomber Brewing

From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in partnership with Cultch for Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves comes the “Snow White IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head.  The aroma consist of floral hops, wheat, yeast, coriander, grapefruit and some other citrusy notes.  The flavour is of coriander, citrus rind, grapefruit, pith, orange, lemon, yeast, wheat, with some dankness and pretty big hit of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 50.  This is a really well crafted White IPA and a nice change up for what I have been finding on the market!

Commercial Description:  This year’s brew features an international cast: Canadian barley and wheat, Belgian yeast, and hops from both Germany and the United States. Late additions of grains of paradise and hand-toasted coriander balance perfectly with the citrus aromas of Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria hops making this White IPA the fairest of them all. *A portion of all Snow White IPA sales will go to support more outstanding East Van productions. A promotional code on every bottle allows theatre goers to receive a discount on panto tickets.