Mating Saison – Dogwood Brewing (Callister Brewing)


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.

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Brett Zeste Saison – Microbrasserie Le Castor


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.

Old Barn Saison – Fernie Brewing


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.

Ryegar Rye IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


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.

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Rye & Ginger Amber Ale – Bridge Brewing Company


From Bridge Brewing Company in North Vancouver comes their “Rye & Ginger Amber Ale” a tap exclusive with Tap & Barrel.  The beer pours a deep amber red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rye malts and rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger and leafy, grassy hops.  The flavour is of rye malts, rye spice, bready and caramel malts, ginger, candied ginger, earth, fruity notes and grassy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 21.  This is a nice mix of flavours and is really refreshing.  If you find yourself near a Tap & Barrel or the brewery make sure to check this one out.

Commercial Description:  With smooth spice from rye malt and the ginger, this amber ale is lightly hopped and very refreshing.  Pouring a pale amber, this beer is a take on the classic rye and ginger without the ginger kick.

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