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 Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster comes their “Wild Dark Currant Sour”. This is the third of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a dark red colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of currants, milk funk with sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of currants, mild funk, with little sweetness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 30. I think this beer will get better with age as the Brett kicks the funk up a notch but it is still enjoyable now.
Commercial Description: Edition 03/04 is a dark sour, fermented with brett yeast. Pre-fermentation we transferred this malty brew into our Copper Coolship, where we steeped 30lbs of dried organic currants, releasing the sweet and tart characteristics of this intense black fruit.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “REI Boysenberry Sour”. The beer pours a deep very cloudy red colour with a light read head. The aroma consists of boysenberry, more fruits and mild tartness. The flavour is of tartness up front but not overpoweringly sour with boysenberries, raspberries, wheat and some sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 7. This is anouther tasty sour from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks but this should be no surprise as they are doing great things.
Commercial Description: REI Boysenberry Sour a delicately tart wheat kettle sour brewed with fresh boysenberries.
From Old Abbey Ales in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Pale Ale” part of their Innovation Series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of barnyard funk, tropical fruits, spices and floral hops. The flavour is of barnyard funk, tropical fruits, citrus rind, blood orange, cinnamon, vanilla, earth, mild bitterness with a mild sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 33. While the first thing you would expect from a Belgian Pale Ale is not Brettanomyces this beer does a great job of surprising you with tasty flavours.
Commercial Description: Cinnamon spice combines with blood orange, papaya and a hint of vanilla. The use of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis as a secondary yeast means the beer has a note of barnyard funk.
Brewed in Richmond at Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in collaboration with Powell Street Craft Brewery comes their “Hikari Imperial Dry-Hopped Sourweisse”. The beer pours a golden yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, floral hops and sweetness. The flavour is of tropical fruits, passion fruit, tangerine, citrus, tartness and some mild sweetness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.2% with an IBU of 15. This is a great collaboration beer and is something you should pick up if you find a bottle or three.
Commercial Description: A kettle sour with aromas of lemon and pineapple and a floral bouquet from intense dry-hopping of Citra, Topaz, Dr. Rudi, and Ella hops.