From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “Anno 2017″ a Strong Golden Ale brewed with Okanagan Pear and Coriander and conditioned with Brettanomyces. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pear, mild funk, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of pears, coriander, citrus rind, spice, yeast, mild funk and a bitterness that round it out. The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%. This is a great beer every year but this years addition of Brettanomyces Claussenii will ensure this beer ages amazingly well and changes over time. This bottle conditioned beer is already tasting amazing though.
Commercial Description: Our annual celebratory year-end beer is slightly different this year. As always, it is a strong, golden ale brewed with Okanagan pears and Indian coriander. But this year, we have added Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain of yeast that brings funky, fruity flavours to the beer and slowly develops over time in the bottle, preserving the freshness of the beer and adding layers of complexity as it ages. Anno 2017 is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing in Victoria comes their “Subversion Imperial IPA” newly available in 4 pack cans. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, citrus, floral hops, grains and some alcohol heat. The flavour is of tropical fruits, berries, citrus, citrus rind, bitterness with maybe a hint of caramel. There is alcohol present in the flavour but at 8.2% that I expected. The beer also has an IBU of 85. Category 12 Brewing is celebrated locally for good reason as they do not make bad beer. This beer is fantastic and a good example of what we can do on the Northern portion of the West Coast.
Commercial Description: This year’s batch of Subversion Imperial IPA is off the charts! A 355 mL 4-pack and an all new dry hop brings our Imperial IPA into reach as a weekday go-to. Subversion is a big, boldly flavourful IPA that balances a strong hop character with a medium-full body, making it the perfect, easy-drinking accompaniment to all sorts of scheming. Upend the established order and enjoy all the power and complexity of our Imperial IPA in a new format. Welcome to the lab.
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Stone Fruit Hibiscus Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of stone fruits like peach, overall fruity esters, hibiscus and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, hibiscus, citrus rind, yeast, mild spices, low bitterness and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is not your typical saison but it is really well crafted and full of flavour.
From Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster in collaboration with Delta’s Four Winds Brewing across the river comes “The Fraser” a pale ale fermented with Saccharomyces Trois. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of light tropical fruit, yeasty, mild funk and some floral hops. The flavour is of mango, stone fruit, tropical fruit, citrus rind, yeast, mild funk with a dry not sweet finish. There is very little bitterness in this brew. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 24. This beer is not going to punch you in the face with flavour but it is an excellently executed collaboration brew from two great breweries.
Commercial Description: Fermented with Saccharomyces Trois yeast this Pale Ale was brewed with Amchoor (Green Mango spice) and hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca, as well as some fresh Cashmere for good measure. The Fraser is fruity, tropical, and funk. Not as funky as the people who brewed it but still pretty funky.
From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of orange, citrus rind, toffee and floral hops. The flavour is of earth, citrus rind, orange, toffee, mild bitterness and some grain. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26. Once again this year the flavour of this beer has changed up a bit. I quite enjoyed this edition of the beer.
Commercial Description: A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.
Recommended glass as per brewery: HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES
Food Pairing as per brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE