From Victoria BC’s The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery comes their brand new seasonal Session Lager named “Light Side of the Moon”. With the play on the name I thought it fitting to suggest a Pink Floyd song from their album Dark Side of the Moon. This session lager pours a cloudy light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of melons, orange, rice malts and floral hops. The flavour is of oranges, orange peels, melons, malts, some rice and some very mild hops. Usually I am down on the use of rice in beer as the beer is filtered to remove the flavour it brings on. It is usually used as a cheaper malt but with this beer it is used well to add flavour to this low alcohol unfiltered lager. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. The flavour is light as to be expected with a session ale or lager but it is still very tasty.
Commercial Description: Unfiltered craft lager brewed with rice malts and sweet orange peel for a dry, refreshing finish. Welcome to the Light side of craft beer.
Near the Village of Lakewood in the state of New York is where you will find the Southern Tier Brewing Company. One of their Year Round Imperial brews is their “Un*Earthly India Pale Ale”. The double IPA pours a light copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, sweet orange and floral hops. The flavour is of caramel, oranges, pepper, pine and a big hops bitterness. This is a big IPA with an alcohol content that comes in at 9.5%. To say I am happy that this beer has made it to my Province now is an understatement. This is a great double IPA and is worthy of being consumed on this hops crazy West Coast.
Commercial Description: At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Curries, smoked brisket, sharp artisanal cheeses.
Steve’s Tenth Beer of Christmas is Whistler Brewing Company’s Winter Dunkel.
This Dunkel is very different. I tried it in two glasses and in both I get a massive nose of cream soda as well as taste of cream soda. I used the glass pictured below as well as a standard pint glass. I get very little nose from the bottle.
Surprisingly drinking from the bottle I get a more flavour. A stout-like chocolate flavour mixed with candy orange comes from the bottle. It tastes a bit like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
This is not my thing but I could see this being really good for some people. Give it a try and see what you think, it could become a favorite.
From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Brooklyn Blast” a double IPA. The beer pours a cloudy deep orange with very little head. The aroma consists a very mild floral hops and an orangy citrus. The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange, citrus, caramel malts and a good hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 53. This is a wonderfully crafted double IPA with lots of great fruit flavour.
Commercial Description: We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.
Food pairing as per brewery: Very spicy foods, especially Thai dishes, fiery Indian vindaloos, Mexican dishes featuring habañero chilies, and Jamaican jerk chicken.
From East Vancouver’s Storm Brewing comes the “Orange IPA” one of their Brainstorm one off Brews. This IPA pours an orangy/copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of lots of oranges, malts and floral hops. The flavour is of oranges, mild pine, malts, and a hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% alcohol. James knows how to make a great IPA and the addition of oranges really makes for a wonderfully balanced brew.