Kyara India Pale Lager – Coedo Brewery

From Miyoshi in the Iruma District of Japan comes their “Kyara India Pale Lager”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a slightly off white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, tropical fruit, sweetness, floral and some mild caramel.  The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits including pineapple, sweetness, caramel with some mild earth.  The beer has almost no bitterness present but has lots of flavour.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  I wish this beer had more bitterness due to the style but it is a really enjoyable beer anyways and I am really happy it was brought back from Asia for me.

Commercial Description:  Kyara is the Japanese word for a deep golden brown colour tinged with red, and gives its name to this beer of the same hue.  Aromatic hops carry notes of white grapes and spicy citrus, while a fresh, clean bitterness unfolds on the palate.  Six different malts are combined with a slightly higher than average alcohol content, bringing a more expansive flavour to this well-rounded, medium-bodied brew.  Low-temperature lager yeasts make this a stand-up beer with a pleasant, crisp finish.



Project 9 Pils – Fernie Brewing

From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Project 9 Pils” part of a mixed 12 case I purchased for Camping.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a fluffy white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, grain, citrus, sweetness and grassy hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, grain, mild fruit, grassy hops with little bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 35 although the bitterness is not all that present.  This is not a style that I often buy as there just is not enough flavour for me but Fernie Brewing has done a great job brewing this.  This will be a favourite for many during the hot Summer months.

Commercial Description:  Brewed right in the Canadian Rockies, Project 9 is a true Bavarian Pilsner with exceptional continental hop flavour that can only be achieved by a selection of fine noble hops including the Saaz variety. The use of Munich, Pilsner and Pale western Canadian malts and time honoured brewing methods produces a clean, crisp Bavarian Pilsner that is truly transcendent.  People’s Choice Award for Best Beer at the Okanagan Fest of Ale 2014 & Silver Award at Calgary BeerFest!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Great with spicy foods, or a variety of cheeses.



Honkers Ale – Goose Island Beer Company

From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Honkers Ale”.  The Canadian batches are being contract brewed across Canada keeping the beer fresher.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of sweet fruits, bready and what malts, toffee and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of bread, wheat, biscuit, toffee, nuts, orange peel, fruit and a leafy hops with little bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.3% with an IBU of 30 making this a great beer to session.  Weirdly enough I prefer the bottled version of this beer over tap versions I have had.  I could see this being a great beer to sip on a patio for hours.

Commercial Description:  Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Burgers, Fish and Chips, Camembert, English Cheddar.


Once again my Goose Island beer arrived in an amazing package.  I removed all the straw filling before I left my work as it got everywhere last time so the photos show an altered packaging but you get the idea!