From Duncan BC’s Red Arrow Brewing comes their “Threesome Ale” a beer combining Hemp, hibiscus and honey. The beer pours a reddish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, hibiscus, herbal notes and a sweetness. The flavour is of herbal from hops or hemp, hibiscus tea, honey some mild bitterness and a mild sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%. Maybe not amazing but it was an enjoyable mix of flavours to be sure. I wouldn’t hesitate to try it again for sure.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Slackline Summer Ale”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pienapple and mango with juniper and some sweetness. The flavour is of pineapple, mango, juniper, citrus rind, some bitterness and a mild funk finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 20. This new release is quite enjoyable. This should be your beer you say goodbye to summer with. Luckily for everyone there is a bunch of Summer left to enjoy this beer!
Commercial Description: A moderately hopped light refreshing summer ale with delicate juniper spice notes, fermented with Sach Trois yeast providing a gentle yet complex bouquet.
From Dogwood Brewing in collaboration with Callister Brewing comes their “Mating Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, rye, grainy malts, fruity, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of rye, rye spice, grain, resin, grapefruit rind, earth, yeast, herbal and some bitterness. This is a fairly dry beer. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 20. I am always a fan of a good collaboration beer and this one is no different. If you like a good saison you should take a look for this one.
Commercial Description: The perfect marriage between two breweries saw the birth of this refreshing Rye Saison. Brewed with organic Azacca hops, all organic malt and lots of tender love… this subtly spicy saison ends with a tropical fruit finish that’s patio perfect and sure to please. ’Tis the season stags and stagettes, so go get your rut on.
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.
From East Vancouver’s Coal Harbour Brewing comes their “Market Saturation IPA” a North East style IPA. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, tangarine, tropical fruit and some sweetness. The flavour is of oranges, tangerines, pineapple, melon, oat, wheat, some resin and citrus rind and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.2%. This is definitely a North East IPA with a little bit of West Coast flair. They used similar water profile, hops and malts to try and mimic the NE Style and they definitely made a tasty beer with this one.
Commercial Description: New beer alert! This one has been a long time in the making but oh so worth it. Market Saturation IPA brings a tropical bouquet of tangerine, pineapple and melon to a full bodied base of barley, wheat & oats. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Cheers!