From Oceanside California’s Belching Beaver Brewery in Collaboration with the rock group Deftones comes there “Phantom Bride IPA”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, sweetness, pine, resin and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruits, citrus, melon, basically juicy hops, pine, resin, mild malts and a bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 70. I was a big fan of the Deftones in my past and I have heard great things of Belching Beaver Brewery and this beer delivered.
Commercial Description: Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones/ Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters. Sit back, put on your headphones and drink away.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Dark Cherry Sour Saison”. This beer comes from the lot BR4. The beer pours a very cloudy reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, tartness, oak and some tannins. The flavour is of oak, red wine tannins, cherry, malts, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This is not a perfect Sour Saison but I would not hesitate to purchase more bottles if I was back in Kelowna. It was definitely a tasty one.
From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Fortunello Farmhouse Ale” a beer aged in a Foeder for 6 months. The beer pours a orange brown colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of orange peel, anise, herbal, sweetness wood and a floral finish. the flavour is of orange peel, kumquats, herbal, anise, candi sugar, generic fruit, wood, spices, mild bitterness, mild brett and some malts. The alcohol content comes in at 8.3% with an IBU of 15. This beer is one of the more unusual releases from Four Winds Brewing and may be challenging to some but is quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: This herbaceous farmhouse ale was brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and bay laurel, then aged over kumquats and bitter orange peel in an oak foeder for six months. Delicate aromas of citrus and annise precede notes of dark pit fruit, settling into a mild Brett funk.
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 “Farm Table: Patersbier”. The beer pours a mildly cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, yeast, earth and citrus. The flavour is of bready and grainy malts, yeast, citrusy lemon, herbal and leafy hops and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% and an IBU of 22. This session ale has quite a bit of flavour and is nice to see as so many really don’t.
Commercial Description: Beau’s Farm Table Series are sessionable beers inspired by tradition and brewed true to a classic style. Patersbier is a refreshing Belgian-style ale, both bright and cloudy at once. This subtly sweet and floral beer makes a great companion to a spring afternoon in the backyard; or for a summer evening as the sun sets and the ninth inning wraps up.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Hot & sour soup with chicken and tofu; chicken braised with Patersbier, grain mustard & herbs with spaetzle; Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice); bloomy rind brie-style cheeses.