From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Dry-Hopped Wild Ale”. The beer pours a red colour with a reddish head. The aroma consists of fruit, grape must and sweetness. The flavour is of grape must, citrus, tropical fruit, brettanomyces funk, some sweetness but little bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 25. This was an interesting take on a Wild ale and I enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: An experiment with hops & grapes, this aromatic ale was dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo and then conditioned on Brett and a blend of grape must.
From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in Vancouver in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing comes their “Funtimes Northern German Pilsner”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus with some floral hops in the finish. The flavour is of grain, citrus, sweetness, with some mild resin, herbal notes and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 32. While I do not get excited for lagers this is an exceptionally produced lager and will be very refreshing to anyone that is looking for a good clean lager!
From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “You Gonna Eat That?” a Black Forest Cake stout. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, mild roast, cherry and some sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, chocolate, mild roast, earth, creamy with a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. I personally really like the pastry stout and this one was defiantly enjoyable.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Holliewood Oyster Stout”. If you have a shellfish allergy you will want to skip this beer as it used Ocean Wise Oysters in the brewing process. The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate, salty and some sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, earth, mild bitter, ash and some salt. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6% with and IBU of 20. I don’t know if this would pair well with Oysters as I do not like them but I sure as hell liked this brew.
Commercial Description: Oysters and stout have a rich history as food for the masses. With a creamy rich texture and briny finish from the oysters and a roast bitterness from the malt, this heavyweight stout was brewed with three additions of prime fresh oysters from our friends at Hollie Wood Oysters in Fanny Bay BC. The world is yours. And yes, there really are oysters in this beer!
From Wren House Brewing in Phoenix Arizona comes their “Swirl Imperial Stout”. The beer pours a deep black colour with a big brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, sweetness maybe from lactose. The flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, some roasted malts, caramel, toffee, hint of coffee and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 13% but you would never guess it. This beer is definitely best after dinner to be enjoyed for desert. This is a great imperial stout with so much flavour.
Commercial Description: SWIRL is a brand new imperial stout from us; 13% with a suuuper thick body and jam packed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, and sugar cone. We think it tastes exactly like a swirl cone!