Pinot Noir Barrel Baltic Porter 2016 – Boundary Brewing


From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles.  The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel.  The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22.  The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.

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Threesome Ale – Red Arrow Brewing


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.

Raw Ale – Category 12 Brewing


From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Raw Ale” a beer brewed without boiling the wort.  The beer is a Westcoast Farmhouse Ale with Brettanomyces & Red Cedar.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and lacing that sticks around in the glass.  The aroma consists of brett funk, tropical fruit, citrus and some sweetness in the finish.  The flavour is of citrus rind, cedar, brett funk, tropical fruit, lemon, spices, resin, earth and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 13.  I don’t know if I have had a beer quite like this one before.  I hope that Category 12 Brewing makes more like this as it is a great beer and very unorthodox.

Commercial Description: Reaching back across the millennia, we’ve recreated our version of an ancient ale that is fermented without ever being boiled. This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse raw ale combines the heritage of our brewing “family” by infusing West Coast red cedar from the workshop of local Coast Salish artist, Chris Paul, who also contributed art to our label.  Primary Brettanomyces fermentation, merged w ith the benefits of refermentation in the bottle, results in a deliciously light, crisp, and complex beer that encapsulates our Elemental Series’ commitment to experimentation and innovation.

New Wave Milkshake IPA – Bieres Jukebox


From Bieres Jukebox subcontracted at Oshlag Brasserie & Distillerie in Montreal comes their “New Wave Milkshake IPA”.  Thanks to Cee of Beer & Other Shhh Podcast for this beer!  The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange juice, tropical fruits like mango and pineapple and some mild lactose.  The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, mango, vanilla with some grain, resin, pine, lactose and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.1% with an IBU of 50.  This Milkshake IPA is not as sweet as some but it is quite on point with tones of fruit flavours and a lower than average bitterness.  I really enjoyed this beer and am stoked I had the opportunity to try it out!

Commercial Description:  No time for the flat iron! Take out your hairspray, adorn your prettiest magenta glitter vest and vibrate in tune with the hippest synthesizer in town!  Jukebox New Wave Milkshake IPA is in the house!  With its opaque orange juice-ish hue, its decadent tropical hoppiness and its luscious lactose and vanilla sweetness, it will knock the white socks off of even the most seasoned IPA enthusiast.

Original lager – Brewsters Brewing Company


From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Original lager”.  The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a fluffy white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, citrus, grassy and floral hops.  The flavour is of biscuit, honey, citrus, sweetness and very mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 19.  For a no nonsense lager this one has lots of flavour.