From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “INSEPT1ON Saison” a beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of saison yeast, spices, oak, citrus and some wine in the finish. The flavour is of wine, oak, yeast, pepper, bready malt, lemon and generic citrus with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. I really enjoyed this wine barrel aged saison and I hope they do more beers like this in the future.
Commercial Description: Aged 6 months in French oak red wine barrels, this bottle conditioned Saison is both refreshing and light with hints of oak and vanilla.
From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “So-Cal Style IPA” the latest in their Small batch brews. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, fruity, syrupy and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, fruit candies, sweetness, lemon, pine, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.8% with an IBU of 80. While I don’t think I would consider this a So-Cal style IPA it was enjoyable. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
Commercial Description: Like the state of California, our So-Cal Style IPA is big, bold and beautiful. Bright citrus and grapefruit notes dominate this audacious brew thanks to an epic dose of West Coast hops. Pairs well with fish tacos with a citrus salsa.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal out of Baltimore Maryland comes their “That New Trapp” a Funky Brett IPA labeled as a Hazy New England-Style Trappist Ale. The beer pours a lightly cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of brett funk, stone fruit, tropical fruit and maybe a hint of floral hops. The flavour is of brett funk, tropical fruit, stone fruit, lemon, some biscuit and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 35. Been a fan of Stillwater for some time and have been a big fan of Hearthstone Brewery since they opened and this beer is an amazing marriage of both breweries. Great flavours really do combine with this brew to make a North East IPA even if it is not as murky as it should be for the style.
Commercial Description: A funky brett IPA with an irresponsible amount of Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo hops fermented with a blend of reckless yeast strains, Brett B and Conan. A collaboration beer from Hearthstone and Stillwater Artisanal.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Wag the Wolf Hopfenweisse”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, citrus rind, tropical fruit, wheat, yeast and a floral hops. The flavour is of banana, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, yeast, malt, pine and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8%. I enjoyed this wheat beer with a good bitterness bite.
Commercial Description: Wag the Wolf is a weissbier (wheat beer) that has been generously “late-addition” hopped with organic New Zealand varieties to provide abundant aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Fermented with a traditional Hefeweizen yeast, expect pleasant fruit and spice flavours with a restrained bitterness on the finish.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Lug-Tread Lagered Ale” a Kolsch. The beer pours a yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, bread, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of biscuit, grain, lemon, herbal hops and a grassy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 21. I do not hut these kinds of ales out personally but this one is definitely right on point for a lagered ale. If you are looking for a good easy drinking beer you would be doing yourself a good deed to pick this beer up.
Commercial Description: Lug-Tread is our tribute to the classic Kölsch beers of Cologne, Germany. It is versatile and well suited to any season or occasion, with satisfying, chewy malts to warm in the colder months, and a refreshing, crisp finish to quench a summer’s thirst. The tracks left in the mud from a small tractor’s Lug Tread tell the tale of honest hard work and close family ties.
Food pairing as per brewery: Pizza marinara, salad Niçoise, brined & slow roasted pork shoulder,picnic fare such as cold roast chicken, Abbey-style cheeses.