Summertime Coconut Hopfenweisse – Tin Whistle Brewing


From Penticton BC’s Tin Whistle Brewing comes their “Summertime Coconut Hopfenweisse”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of coconut, wheat, tropical fruit, citrus, banana and some sweetness.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, citrus, coconut, banana, wheat, bitterness, rind and pith.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 20.  This summer release reminds me of a cocktail almost and I feel that it will be really good for the hot summer months in the Okanagan or anywhere in BC.

Commercial Description:  This delight has a foundation of the classic Weizen in all its wheat glory but is partnered with tropical, bright, hoppy flavours – courtesy of Citra and Mozaic hops.  Coconut and banana flavours are the finishing touch.

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Subaquatic Domicile IPA – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Subaquatic Domicile IPA”.  The latest IPA from Hearthstone pours an orange colour with a white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.  The aroma consists of pineapple, tropical fruit, sweetness and maybe a hint of malts.  The flavour is of and maybe a hint of earth.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an unspecified IBU.  This beer is a nice blend of North East IPA and North West IPA.  It still has the bitterness of the west coast but still has the juicy side of the hops.  I recommend finding some of this for yourself.

Commercial Description:  This Pineapple infused New England Style IPA is hazy, thick, creamy and magical.  Tropical fruit notes from Equanot, Idaho 7 & El Dorado hops are amplified by a healthy dose of Pineapple.  Join the haze craze and get it in ya!

Blood Simple – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus.  The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%.  Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.

Commercial Description:  Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse

Matilda 2015 – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Matilda” 2015 a Belgian Style Pale Ale barrel aged with Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of big fruit notes like lemon, yeast, caramel and some floral hops. The flavour is of very juicy fruit notes of lemon and oranges, yeast, coriander, spices, grassy, citrus rind, mild bitterness with a hint of funk in the finish. The beer has an alcohol content of 7% and an IBU Of 26. This is a really good beer!

Commercial Description:  Inspired by great Trappist ales, our complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish.
According to legend, a grateful Countess Matilda founded a monastery where, over centuries, monks have been brewing ale unique in character. While in Belgium, we were inspired by the story and the monks’ beer. We returned to Chicago and brewed our homage – a Belgian Style Pale Ale named Matilda.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors complement fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.
 Camembert, Washed Rind Cheeses.

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Saison Deux Fois La Taille – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Saison Deux Fois La Taille”.  This was a very special bottle conditioned release.  From my understanding it was their first bottle release as they typically use cans.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, wheat and some floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, more fruit, yeast, wheat, pepper, vanilla and a mild alcohol finish.  The alcohol content came in at 8.6%.  This was a really well crafted imperial sasion and I am glad I was able to get my hands on it.

Commercial Description: Very dry, clove and rose flower aromas. Lightly spiced with a light pear taste.  Unfiltered, bottle conditioned. High alcohol content.  When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully.  Recommended serving temperature: 45°F/ 7°C.

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