From Hathi Brewing currently brewing out of Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Mango Bango Hefeweizen”. The beer pours a cloudy mango juice colour with an orange head. The aroma consists of mango, banana, bubble gum, yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of mango, banana, bubblegum, yeast, wheat and a hint of some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 6.1%. I don’t usually go out of my way for a Hefeweizen but this one has a ton to offer with the addition of the mangos. I will be looking for more of this in the future.
Commercial Description: Our mango Bango Hefeweizen is a Traditional Wheat Beer producing flavours of Banana and Clove with an Indian twist of Alphonso mangos, native to Western India. This particular type of mango is known for being rich, sweet and sensuous to the palate. Grab a few bottles and share them with friends and family.
From Trading Post Brewing in Langley comes their “Dark Tart Farmhouse Ale” a beer that is a blend of half a batch of and dark saison and a half batch of unhopped saison with brett and lacto. The beer poured a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of mild tartness and a sour cherry, plum, sweetness and some spice. The flavour is of mild tartness, dark cherries, plum, lots of dark fruits, some spice and some bitterness to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. This is an odd beer in some ways but it is a very refreshing take on a wild saison and I would drink this any time.
Commercial Description: Light tartness and rich cherry, plum, and spice flavours come together to create a complex and rustic take on the farmhouse ale. This ale is made by blending two separate beers together in order to establish a balance between the flavours of tart cherry and spiced plum. The final product is a rich mahogany farmhouse ale that provides warm and fruit for the approaching autumn.
From Olds College Brewery in Olds Alberta (Located between Calgary and Red Deer) comes their “Little Sure Shot” a saison brewed by the women in the Brewmaster program at the college. This beer was made in collaboration with the Olds College Office of Sustainability and 15% of the proceeds of the brew are being donated in honor of International Women’s Day. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grains, lemon and some spices. The flavour is of wheat, grain, lemon, lemon zest, yeast, mild spices as well as mild rye. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This is not a complex saison but it is a super tasty one. Good job ladies of the Brewmaster program you nailed this beer flavour wise!
Commercial Description: Brewed by the women brewers of our Brewmaster program, this Farmhouse Saison beer is sure to hit the mark. It is a medium bodied beer with complex spicy notes and fruity aromas. We are donating 15% of proceeds of this brew in honour of International Women’s Day!
From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Rye Pale Ale” part of their Tavern Series. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of rye, citrus, floral hops and some spice. The flavour is of rye, mild spice, citrus, citrus rind and a very mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1% with an IBU of 17. The addition to rye in more and beers these days is great as it adds a nice dimension to beers. This one is a good example of a rye pale ale.
Coming from Salt Spring Island’s Saltspring Island Ales (Gulf Island Brewery) comes the “Dandy Hobo” a light golden rye ale that was brewed with fennel, cumin and caraway. This limited release was only available for tastings and growler fills at the brewery. The beer poured a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consisted of sweet fruits, spices, mild malts, fennel, caraway and some rye. The flavour was of huge fruits up front with caraway, fennel, very mild spice from cumin, malts such as rye and a very mild tart finish. The alcohol content came in at 5%. This was a very refreshing ale and just as tasty as it was experimental! I hope that this beer some day sees the light of day in a bomber release.