Grätzer: Smoke & Sour – Steel & Oak Brewing and Four Winds Brewing


Recently two very well respected breweries in Metro Vancouver partnered up to make a collaboration beer.  Steel & Oak Brewing in New Westminster and Four Winds Brewing in Delta brought their differing expertise to the table to make a beer that bends the styles that both breweries make.  Steel & Oak are well known for their Smoked Hefeweizen as well as other smoked beers and really don’t move outside of the German purity laws.  On the other hand Four Winds Brewing has enjoyed huge success with brewing beers infected with wild yeasts and bacteria to make sour beers.  Together they have created the “Grätzer: Smoke & Sour” a Polish style smoked wheat beer with sour notes.  The beer pours a very dark copper colour with a thick tan head.  The aroma is dominated by smoke with hints of some citrus lying below the surface.  The flavour is dominated by smoke even though the smoke is not strong with notes of mild sour from lactobacillus, citrus, wheat and an almost salty aftertaste that can be found in Oyster Stouts (which would lead me to believe that is part of the oysters flavour although I don’t eat them).  The alcohol content comes in at 4% with a very low IBU of 8.  This beer is a very interesting creation to be sure and if you enjoy smoked beers you will probably quite enjoy this beer.  I am not usually a smoked beer fan but the smoke on this isn’t overpowering but the oyster like finish at the end was not to my taste.  I am called crazy all the time though as I only enjoy one type of seafood in fish.  I am quite sure most people are going to really enjoy this one!

Commercial Description:  This Lacto fermented, Oak Smoked Wheat beer is not for the faint of heart.  Smoke, spice, and a slight sourness give this bold Polish style beer a surprisingly balanced aroma and flavour.

Brewed by Peter Schulz (S&O) & Brent Mills (FW) in New Westminster.  Bottled on January 1st, 2015

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Gose Sour Salty Wheat Ale – Parallel 49 Brewing


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From Parallel 49 brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Gose Sour Salty Wheat Ale” a very limited beer only available at the brewery.  This beer came about as they had lactic acid bacteria from the Lil Red Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse and the Yeast from the Banana Hammock Hefeweizen which will probably never happen again.  The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of fruity, tartness from Lactic Acid, salt, coriander and wheat.  The flavour is of Tartness from lactic acid, salt, coriander, wheat and a small bite of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content is approximately 4.5%.  This beer has been bottle conditioned to bring on the proper flavours that the style requires.  If you are lucky there may still be a bottle of two left at the brewery to sample!

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Oyster Stout – Porterhouse Brewing Co


O’hare’s Beer Club February 2013 Box

From Dublin, Ireland’s  Porterhouse Brewing Co comes their “Oyster Stout”.  This stout pours a deep black with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, sweetness, coffee and caramel.  The flavour was of roasted malts, sweetness, coffee, caramel, salty and some metallic notes.  The alcohol content of this brew is 5.2%.  There was something about this beer that just did not work for me.  I am not a fan of seafood such as Oysters but there is not a real oyster taste per say but just something did not work for me.  This is a highly rated beer though and the top selling beer of a great brewery!

Commercial Description:  Rapidly becoming our best selling stout. A superbly balanced brew, smooth and rounded without being bland. More sweetness derived from fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank, what a way to go!
But of course not suitable for vegetarians.

Grain:  Pale Malt, Roast Barley, Black Malt, Flaked Barley.
Hops:  Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Oysters on the half shell, or on its own as an appy.

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