From Boundary Brewing in Kelowna comes their “2016 Vintage Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Baltic Porter” a very small batch of 250 bottles. The beer pours an almost opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, pinot noir, grapes, sweetness and some barrel. The flavour is of roasted malts, ash, anise, chocolate, caramel, oak, tannin’s, pinot noir and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 22. The Bourbon Barrel version of this beer is tasty but this version is next level and I am stoked I got the chance to try it out.
From Powell Brewery in East Vancouver comes their “5th Anniversary Ale” a Hazy IPA aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Brettanomyces for 6 Months. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of brett funk, floral hops, pinot noir and oak from the barrel aging. The flavour is of brett funk, citrus rind, tropical fruit, melon, pinot noir, oak, resin, yeast and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.6%. This is a definite winner of a beer and very worthy of being the 5th Anniversary beer!
Commercial Description: Our 5th Anniversary beer features new and old world techniques. Starting with a Hazy IPA, agin it for 6 months in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces, and finally dry-hopping it with Ekuanot Cyro hops just before bottle conditioning. Barnyard brett meets hazy IPA.
From Dogwood Brewing in South Vancouver comes their brand new “Barrel Aged Sparkling Wit” a beer aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, lemon, wine, vanilla and some mild oak. The flavour is of Wine but more of a white wine than a Pinot Noir, vanilla, lemon, citrus, yeast, bubblegum, mild oak flavour and a sweet although dry finish with some tannins. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one of the most complex beers that I have enjoyed from Dogwood Brewing. Head over to the brewery to give it a try as this will only be available at the tasting room and select taprooms around town.
Commercial Description: This Organic Belgian Wit was brewed with Coriander and Black pepper, then aged for 3 months in Organic French White Oak Pinot Noir Barrels. Delicate spicy esters create the perfect base for layer after layer of Flavour that Evolves as your glass warms, creating a thoughtfully refreshing drinking experience. Bright Lemon plays counterpoint to the deeper flavour of vanilla and oak imparted by the young barrels which; like a good pinot noir, pairs well with all types of food. Made with all Organic Local B.C ingredients, this creamy Wit is beautifully rounded in its complexity and finishes Dry with a hint of tannin. We’re very proud of this limited release and sincerely hope you enjoy.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Barrel Aged Maple Porter”. This beer was aged for 12 months in Pinot Noir Barrels. The beer pours a very deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of red wine, chocolate, earth, roasted malts, caramel and maple. The flavour is of red wine, chocolate, caramel, toffee, maple, roasted malts and ash. The alcohol content comes in at 6.4% with an IBU of 35. I was really happy to find this beer at a local liquor store in Vancouver as it is really complex and tasty.
Commercial Description: Our Award-Winning Maple flavored Porter. Aged for one year in oak barrels which previously held Pinot Noir from Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery. Expect strong notes of berries and dried fruit, combined with our dark, robust Porter.
From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Pinot Noir Raspberry Blonde” a beer barrel aged in Pinot Noir barrels. The beer pours an orange colour with a very small head. The aroma consists of raspberries, fruit, wine and a hint of oak from barrels. The flavour is of raspberries, cherry, mild tart, pinot noir, oak, mild grains and tannins. This beer actually reminds me a little of a Kriek although its not a cherry beer. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a quite tasty take on their Blonde ale and makes sense it won a Gold for fruit beers in the BC Beer Awards in 2016.