From Little Kn?wn Brewing Co a collaborative project between 49th Parellel Group a beer distributor in Western Canada and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery out of Ontario comes their “Je Ne Sais Quoi” a Session IPA. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild fruit aroma backed up with some floral hops and maybe some pine but not much else. The flavour is of mild resin, pine, bitterness and some fruity citrus notes in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. As India Session Ale’s go this is a pretty good brew although one of the issues with the style is it has little to no body.
From Moody Ales out of Port Moody comes their “Vienna Amber Lager”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel malts, mild fruit and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, grainy malts, mild fruit, some resin and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 19. If you enjoy a good lager then you should pick this one up.
Commercial Description: Robyn, who created our Vienna lager recipe, likes to pair this beer with bratwurst. Sho, another Moody Ales brewer, prefers it with carnitas. Makes sense—this style, originally developed in Vienna in the 1840s, lost popularity in Europe over the nineteenth century but thrived in Mexico with Austrian emigrant brewers. So, as you enjoy our malt-forward yet clean amber lager, remember that from Austria to Mexico to Canada, pork and beer unite us all.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Red 5″ an American Red Ale. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of caramel, fruitiness and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, earth, some resin, mild fruit, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 78. This is a refreshing Red Ale seasonal.
Commercial Description: A full bodied red ale where the malt and hops battle it out creating a beautifully balanced brew. The force is strong with this one.
From Kenora Ontario’s Lake of the Woods Brewing Company comes their “Tippy Canoe Wild Rice Ale”. The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, wild rice and mild fruit. The flavour is of bready grain, wild rice, caramel, mild fruit, grassy hops but no bittering hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. This beer is no world beater but it is well executed and refreshing.
Commercial Description: This uniquely northern beer is brewed with malted barley & wild rice. Wild rice (harvested in our area) is added to the boil, giving this beer a distinctive nutty finish. Wild rice, also known as Manoomin, which translates into ‘the good berry’ in Ojibwe, has played a major role in the lives of Ojibwe people in our region for centuries.
From Hell’s Basement Brewery in Medicine Hat Alberta comes their “Boxcar Comforts Blonde Ale”. Thanks to Jeremy of Craft Beer Vancouver for this mixed 6 pack! The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of caramel, honey, fruit and a sweet finish. The flavour is of caramel, biscuit, grain, honey sweetness, mild fruit and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an BIU of 22. This beer is not going to blow you away but like I have said before that is not a bad thing. Not every beer is going to be complex and challenging.
Commercial Description: In the late 1800s Medicine Hat was just a town of tents where many workers toiled to construct the CPR rail line. At the end of a hard day’s labour, some lucky workers were permitted to sleep in the freight cars that sat awaiting the railroad’s completion. These fortunate few enjoyed a sound sleep off of the cold hard ground without having to worry about the unwanted company of cactus and rattlesnakes.
According to brewery this beer pairs well with Inside Jokes