From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Table Beer Series #1 Red Wine Barrel Brown 2016″. As the brewery puts it this is the Beer of Wine Country. The beer pours a very deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of a ton of red wine, roasted malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of red wine, roasted malts, nuts, earth, chocolate, cherry, berries and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I do not always know what to expect from Wine barrel aged beers but this was a fantastic, enjoyable brew!
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Barrel Aged Dry Hop Blonde”. This beer was bottled on March 11, 2016 from lot BR004. The beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wine, citrus, oak and fruit. The flavour is of wine, lots of citrus, biscuit, pine and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4%. I am not huge on wine dominated barrel aged beers but I do think that this one did work together well to make a good beer just not to my personal preference. Thanks for picking this up for me Chelsea of Brewtiful British Columbia.
From Cannery Brewing out of Penticton BC comes the “Kindling Breakfast Stout”. Thanks to Chelsea of Brewtiful BC for trading me this bottle. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, burnt coffee, chocolate, creamy notes and some ash. The flavour is of roasted coffee, burnt malts, ash, chocolate, caramel, toffee, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 60. I think I would personally recommend this beer for brunch not breakfast but other than that this stuff is very solid! This one will be on my shopping list for sure.
Commercial Description: Kindling is a Breakfast Stout and this is the latest beer in our Artisan Creations line. Small beginnings. An even smaller spark. Growing…. glowing, to light the soul, to warm the heart, to strengthen the hand. From small things, great things come. Kindling is brewed with Red Beard Coffee, bittersweet chocolate and oats. It is available in 650ml bottles and on tap at select restaurants, in our taproom and for Growler fills. Design and illustration by Skyler Luke Punnett.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Black Dog Quad”. This beer was released in December 2016 but labeled as 2015 a little confusing as last years was also labelled as 2015. This years edition is topped with black wax while last year was topped in red. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, toffee, treacle and sweetness. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherries, candied sugar, treacle, caramel, earth, chocolate, anise and cinnamon. The alcohol content comes in at 11.69% with an IBU of 35. Even at almost 12% this beer is not super boozy. Last years version was great but this one is probably even a bit better.
Commercial Description: Black Dog Quad is a bottle conditioned, lightly carbonated ale brewed in the Trappist style. Best served at 14c, decanted from height into your favourite tulip glass. This bottle will benefit from an extended stay in your cellar. Unfiltered, vegan friendly, and naturally carbonated. Please enjoy responsibly.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their first in their Endangered Series of aged beers “Quadruple X Mild” a beer aged in bottles for 6 months. This beer was bottled on May 25th, 2016 and from lot 19. The beer pours a deep cloudy amber colour with a small tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, melon and caramel. The flavour is of dark fruits and red wine (even though its not barrel aged) up front with lots of earth, resin, fruit rind, apple, caramel and bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% hence the name Quadruple X Mild. This beer almost reminds me of a sessionable barleywine with its mix of flavours. This is a great first aged release from a brewery and I look forward to future releases in this series!