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.

Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale) – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario conceived collaboratively with Canadian Hip Hop artist K-OS comes their “Golden Vox (Rye Pale Lagered Ale)”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of rye spice, grainy, caramel, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of huge rye notes, caramel, peppery, citrus, some sweetness, herbal and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% and an IBU of 46.  I have a love for Rye in beer and this one delivered.  If you see this on the shelve it would be well worth your time to pick up a bottle.

Commercial Description:  Rye pale lagered ale is something of a hybrid creation, blending the noticeable citrusy hop character of an American Pale Ale with the spicy elements of rye malt, and adding in the signature crisp finish of a lagered ale. An aging on rye-whiskey-soaked oak adds subtle complexity to this balanced, approachable pale-golden beer.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Soft creamy blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola dolce, Cambozola, or medium cheddar & gouda cheeses; smoked herb-rubbed tofu; eggplant, ricotta & roasted pepper flan with chimichurri; cheese agnolotti with gorgonzola & rosemary cream.

Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA 2016 – Bomber Brewing (Stone Brewing)


Bomber Brewing in Vancouver has re-released their collaboration with Stone Brewing this year in tall cans called the “Blood From A Stone Red Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a deep reddish copper colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of rye and caramel, with mango fruits and floral hops.  The flavour is of rye and rye spice, caramel, earth, mild citrus, maybe mango, mild resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% and an IBU of 50.  Much like last time this was released in 2014 in Bombers this stuff is quite tasty.

Commercial Description:  By using American yeast and hops, along with Canadian rye and malted barley, we have created a smooth and spicy IPA with creamy body and clean, dry finish. Calypso and Ella hops add tropical notes to the rye and malt aromas in this rich Red Rye IPA.

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Rye IPA – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in Steveston Village in Richmond BC comes their “Rye IPA”.  The beer pours a copper colour with a slightly off white head.  The aroma consists of rye malts, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of Rye, earth, citrus, citrus rind, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 60.  I fully enjoyed this Rye IPA from the new brewery on the block in BC.  I look forward to trying more.

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