Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale – Funky Buddha Brewery

From Oakland Park Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery comes their “Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale” a beer with apple, cinnamon and vanilla.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of apple, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, coffee, chocolate and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, coffee, apple, mild roasted malts with some bitterness and alcohol in the finish.  The beer came in at 8.5% with an IBU of 35.  This beer is desert in a bottle and well worth picking up if you find yourself in Florida or anywhere their beer is sold.  Funky Buddha Brewery is now owned by Constellation Brands.

Commercial Description:  The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.


Tom Green Summer Stout – Beau’s All Natural Brewing

From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Tom Green Summer Stout”.  This golden stout pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, semi sweet with a floral finish.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, mild coffee, chocolate, nuts, lactose creaminess and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 27.  This is a great golden stout and I recommend picking up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  The Tom Green Beer milk stout is going blonde for the summer! Tom Green Summer Stout is made with organic fairtrade coffee and cacao nibs for roasty and rich accents in a sun-kissed blonde edition of our award-winning milk stout.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Strawberry, arugula and fennel salad with white balsamic & poppy seed dressing; grilled venison sausage on crusty bun with red pepper marmalade; Mascarpone cheese tiramisu.

Double Secret Probation Doppelsticke Altbier – Bomber Brewing (Coast Mountain Brewing)

For the third anniversary of Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Coast Mountain Brewing out of whistler comes the “Double Secret Probation Doppelsticke Altbier”.  The beer pours a deep copper brown with a tan head.  The aroma consists of roasty malts, caramel, sweetness and a floral and grassy finish.  The flavour is of mild roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, sweetness, earth and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.6% with an IBU of 39.  This is a tasty collaboration from both of these breweries and well worth checking out!  I know I look forward to having more.

Commercial Description:  When head brewers Blair Calibaba (Bomber) and Kevin Winter (Coast Mountain) first met, they immediately became fast friends and began plans for a collaboration brew. The result of that planning is this special version of a Düsseldorf Altbier that is higher in alcohol than the traditional German style with a much hoppier aroma due to the use of dry-hopping. ‘Doppelsticke’ means ‘double secret’ in German, hence the nod to the Delta House brothers and Dean Wormer’s infamous crackdown. In the words of John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky, “My advice to you is to start drinking  heavily.”


Woodnutt Brown Ale – Coast Mountain Brewing

From the new brewery on the block in Whistler BC Coast Mountain Brewing comes their “Woodnutt Brown Ale” a beer named after a friend and investor in the brewery (And a great name for a nut brown).  The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head.  The aroma consists of caramel, nuts, roasted malts and some earth.  The flavour is of nuts, mild roasted malts, caramel, earth and some bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.25%.  There are not enough brown ales in BC and I am glad that the market has a new one to be enjoyed now and I did enjoy it.

Commercial Description:  The perfect fall sipper, the Woodnutt Brown Ale is beer full of flavours like caramels, biscuits, chocolate and a slight hint of coffee bean. Enjoy the Woodnutt with the best of friends right here at home in Whistler, BC.


Killer Bee Porter (Barrel Aged) – Tin Whistle Brewing

From Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton comes their “Killer Bee Porter” aged in a  Pinot Noir Barrel for 7 months.  This Pinot Noir Barrel came from the  wine cellar of Joseph Nagy the father of Michael Nagy (of Tin Whistle).  When he was moved out of his house due to health reasons the barrel was emptied of wine and filled with the beer.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinge and a brown head.  The aroma consists of honey, wine, oak, caramel and chocolate.  The flavour is of honey, oak, red wine, tannins, chocolate, mild roasted malts, some acidity, and coffee notes.  I like this beer in its normal state but the barrel aging has added a nice complexity and acidity that it does not have normally.

This beer was a very small production and a tribute to Joseph Nagy.  Only 24 bottles were made as well as 5 kegs.  There is currently at the time of writing only 20L left at the brewery.  I feel very privileged to be one of only 24 people with bottles of this beer.  The barrel is made of Hungarian Oak and Joseph Nagy is of Hungarian Decent.  The heart breaking part of this beer is that Joseph Nagy is unable to even take a sip of this beer due to the medication that he is on.

“What began as an experiment turned out to be a  great beer to honor a great father.” Michael Nagy

Commercial Description:  Dark and rich.  Tastes of chocolate and coffee.  The flavour and aroma of dark honey creates a silky smooth finish.  Silver medal winner at Calgary International Beer Fest.