From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Brrr! Winter Radler”. The beer pours a red colour with a white head that has a red tinge. The aroma is more of less one of cranberry cocktail. The flavour is of cranberries with a hint of mandarin orange, mild tartness and a hint of biscuit malts. The alcohol content comes in at 4%. I am a fan of a good raddler and I like when other flavours are used to mix with beer than just grapefruit. This is really enjoyable and a great one to sip on this winter.
From Red Truck Beer in Vancouver comes their “Wild Thing Blackberry Bourbon Ale”. The beer pours a deep red colour with a light redish white head. The aroma consists of blackberry with some slight woodiness. The flavour is of blackberry, wood, semi sweet with a very mild almost tart note and a really dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25. This is not a huge bourbon barrel aged beer but a nice fruit ale with a hint of wood. This is a tasty brew that will appeal to more than just the beer geek.
Commercial Description: A fun experiment gone horribly right. It started with a mild ale and a plan to load it full of bourbon and peaches. When we realized we had missed the harvest, we shifted gears and used fresh Fraser Valley blackberries. After adding in the second case of bourbon and the last of the blackberries, we knew we had brewed up something special. This limited release ale brings together the sweet-tart flavour of Blackberry and the mellow woody finish of Kentucky bourbon. An extremely refreshing and well balanced seasonal beer. Brewed with locally sourced Fraser Valley blackberries, Kentucky bourbon and Pekko hops.
From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Tempus Corvi 2017″ a mixed fermentation saison. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and tons of sediment. The aroma consists of tartness, citrusy fruit and sweetness. The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, mild citrus rind, sweetness, mild tartness and a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.9%. This was a really good approachable sour and perfect for both the new beer fan or a seasoned beer nerd.
Commercial Description: A collaboration with local award winning homebrewer, Dave Janssen. Taking inspiration from traditional saison brewers of Belgium and revivalist brewers of North America, Tempus Corvi is a mixed-fermentation saison. We let this saison rest for 5 months in French oak wine barrels where the activity of a diverse collection of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts and lactic acid bacteria transformed the beer, adding sourness and additional complexity. With its bright acidity and light body, Tempus Corvi is a refreshing beer ready to drink now or be cellared for continued development along its own course.
From Breakside Brewery in Portland Oregon comes their “Bellwether: Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of gin, floral hops, citrus and wheat. The flavour is of gin, citrus, floral hops, mild tart, botanicals, herbs, oak, vanilla, wheat and an almost candy finish. The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 25. While this was an odd beer I enjoyed it to the fullest. Some times weird mixes of flavours just work really well.
Commercial Description: One of our most peculiar and delicious barrel-aged concoctions. This beer harkens back to the days when our barrel-aging program had only a few barrels in it, and one of those beers was a blend of a sour wheat beer with a double wit in a single second-use gin barrel. The result was delicious: tropical, botanical, tart, malty and very refreshing for a barrel-aged beer. We’ve recreated this beer adding some kaffir lime leaves for additional complexity and fun herbal notes.
From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juniper Lime Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head. The aroma consists of juniper, lime with honey notes. The flavour is of juniper, herbal, honey, lime, caramel malts, mild tartness with some very minor bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 13. This beer was fashioned after the gin cocktail Gimlet. I don’t know the cocktail but I did really like this beer.
Commercial Description: Cheerful nights on warm patios. This Juniper Lime Ale has been brewed to imitate the refreshing zest of a Gimlet cocktail, an iconic gin-based summer sipper.