Japanese Biere De Garde – Granville Island Brewing


From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Japanese Biere De Garde” a new release in their 2017 Cellar Series.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, clove, Belgian yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of lemon, citrus rind, pith, clove, pepper, mild pickles, earth, Belgian yeast and a hint of bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 54.  Kevin Emms has come up with a really interesting beer here and I look forward to seeing what my second bottle does over time.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson Coors.

Commercial Description:  East meets West in this rare farmhouse ale. Rice, Japanese Sorachi Ace, hops and Belgian saison yeasts create a heady mix of dill pickle, pepper and clove notes atop a strong, light ale body . Pair with chicken fettuccine pasta.

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Berliner Geist (Fellowship 2017) – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first of four beer of 2017 in their fellowship club the “Berliner Geist Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of tartness, sweetness, citrus, orange, vanilla and oak.  The flavour is of tartness, lemon, vanilla, oak, sweetness, citrus rind with a good acidic finish.   Especially for a 4.5% alcohol this one is huge on flavour while not packing a huge punch on the alcohol side.  I am really happy to be part of the Fellowship again this year.

Commercial Description:  BERLINER GEIST: This barrel-aged and bottle conditioned Berliner Weisse is distinctly sour and complex (refreshing), with a delicate woody vanilla character and an oaky aroma.  At 5% ABV this is a slightly lighter but deeply flavourful release perfect for laying down or enjoying on a summer evening. 

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Brett Zeste Saison – Microbrasserie Le Castor


From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.

Commercial Description:  As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.

Raw Ale – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Raw Ale” a beer brewed without boiling the wort.  The beer is a Westcoast Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces & Red Cedar.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and lacing that sticks around in the glass.  The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, citrus and some sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of citrus rind, cedar, brett funk, tropical fruit, lemon, spices, resin, earth and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 13.  I don’t know if I have had a beer quite like this one before.  I hope that Category 12 Brewing makes more like this as it is a great beer and very unorthodox.

Commercial Description: Reaching back across the millennia, we’ve recreated our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines the heritage of our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label.  Primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged w ith the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elemental Series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.

Core Sample Northwest IPA – Ridge Brewing Company


From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Core Sample Northwest IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head.  The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, dankness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, lemon, melon, some resin, dankness and medium bitterness that lingers.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 62.  I have to say this is a really refreshing NW IPA and I look forward to finishing my growler.