From Bomber Brewing in Vancouver in collaboration with Sawdust City Brewing Co out of Gravenhurst Ontario comes their “Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, rye, chocolate, anise and a hint of hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, smoke, ash, earth, chocolate, anise, big rye spice, chipotle pepper and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 70. While I usually don’t really enjoy spiced beer I saw some real potential in this one and all of that potential and more was realized and more! This beer is an awesome mixture of flavour.
Commercial Description: Forged in the fiery furnaces of a new-found friendship, Spicy Nuggs Imperial Rye Stout is a festival of flavours and one F’n good collaboration. Ridiculous measures of roasted and rye malts lay the base, while spicy nugget hop hash and smoky chipotle pepper bring the heat to this massive inter-provincial ale.
From Dogwood Brewing in collaboration with Callister Brewing comes their “Mating Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, rye, grainy malts, fruity, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of rye, rye spice, grain, resin, grapefruit rind, earth, yeast, herbal and some bitterness. This is a fairly dry beer. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 20. I am always a fan of a good collaboration beer and this one is no different. If you like a good saison you should take a look for this one.
Commercial Description: The perfect marriage between two breweries saw the birth of this refreshing Rye Saison. Brewed with organic Azacca hops, all organic malt and lots of tender love… this subtly spicy saison ends with a tropical fruit finish that’s patio perfect and sure to please. ’Tis the season stags and stagettes, so go get your rut on.
From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Old Barn Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of yeast, bubblegum, spices and sweetness. The flavour is of yeast, pepper, rye spice, grainy malts, citrus rind, bubblegum and banana. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 30 – 35. This is an interesting take on a saison and I quite enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: A very aromatic flavourful, golden brew, with spicy, peppery and fruity notes. The classic Strisselspelt and New Zealand Pacific Jade hops make for a very engaging hop profile for this beer. This is our take on the classic, refreshing and unassuming, yet delicious Belgian beer. Surprisingly light, but packs a punch of flavour to enjoy. Variety of malts, including Munich, Cara Vienna, Rye and Pilsner malts. Hops include Warrior, Strisselspalt and Pacific Jade. Peppercorns and orange peel are also added.
Food pairing as per the brewery: This farmhouse brew, goes well with farmhouse foods. Think French provincial cuisine, strong cheese and flavoursome salads.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Ryegar Rye IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, rye malts, mild spice and a floral hops. The flavour is of rye malt, rye spice, citrus, pineapple, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 68. I am a huge fan of the Rye IPA style and this one is a great version of it. I hope that this beer becomes one of their mainstay beers.
Commercial Description: Ryegar Rye IPA: A ligth malt body with a kick of spiceiness from rye, and a citric / floral explosion of hops! Featuring Mosaic, Colombus, Cascade, Nugget, Centennial and Citra hops.