Barleywine Barrel Aged – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Barleywine Barrel Aged”.  The beer pours a deep reddish copper with a tan head.  The aroma consists of candied sugar, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, red wine, oak and vanilla.  The flavour is of dark fruits, candied sugar, red wine, toffee, oak, fairly low bitterness and a mild alcohol burn to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 35.  I am a massive fan of Barleywine’s and this one is really enjoyable.  I am glad I was able to pick up a few cans while in Saskatchewan.

Commercial Description: Barrel aged for 10 months in recently emptied red wine barrels. Our Barleywine begins with a beautiful port and wet oak aroma, which translates into a luscious, warming mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated with a strong amount of bitterness to balance out the bold dark cherry, red wine, and brandy flavours.

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Double IPA – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Double IPA”.  The brew pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of floral hops as well as citrusy orange fruity notes, tropical fruit and some sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus, orange, tropical fruit, caramel, resin, pine, sweetness, hops bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  Now we are talking!  This is a really well crafted Double IPA and would fit in anywhere on the West Coast!

Commercial Description:  This Double IPA will knock your socks off at 8.5%. The addition of Mosaic hops gives a healthy dose of tropical fruit in the aroma and a juicy finish that lingers long on your tongue.

Backroads (Coffee Porter with 2 Sugars) – 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company


From 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company in Saskatoon Saskatchewan comes their “Backroads (Coffee Porter with 2 Sugars)” a beer made in collaboration with Road Coffee Co.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of coffee, lactose, mild roasted malts and a bit of sweetness.  The flavour is of coffee, lactose, earth, sweetness, toffee, mild dark fruit and very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 13.  If you are able to head to this brewery you need to pick up this beer.  Currently they only sell glasses of beer and growlers but it is well worth you time picking some up.

Commercial Description:  This collaboration with Road Coffee Co. is inspired by our Head Brewer’s love for lattes with 2 sugars. *contains lactose*.

Folklore Imperial Stout – Black Bridge Brewery


From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Folklore Imperial Stout” a beer that is only available at the brewery.  The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, anise, treacle, roasted malts and is overall sweet.  The flavour is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, anise, smoke, chocolate, treacle, toffee, earth, oak, vanilla, bitterness and alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at a big 11%.  If you have access to this beer buy more than one bottle and cellar it.  This was a very well executed Imperial Stout!

Commercial Description:  Aged in American white oak which gives the beer vanilla undertones pairing nicely with the roasted malt, bitter coca and black licorice flavours.

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Prairie Baard Golden Ale – Bomber Brewing


From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver in Partnership with Graham DeLaet a PGA TOUR golfer comes the “Prairie Baard Golden Ale” a beer being made for the Blue Collar Prairie Drinkers of Alberta and Saskatchewan (To begin with).  The beer pours a golden straw colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, wheat, biscuit, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of bread, grain, wheat, biscuit, citrus, grassy hops and some mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  This is a very sessionable beer and would be a great choice for a nice hot summer day.

Commercial Description: Our Golden Ale is brewed with 70% Saskatchewan Barley and 30% Saskatchewan wheat both of which are malted in Biggar, SK. Unlike most hazy, cloudy wheat beers, Prairie Baard is filtered to crystal clarity and generously hopped at the end of the brew to give it a distinct aroma without imparting a strong bitterness.  The wheat gives the beer a tart crisp finish, as well as adding some bright biscuit and cracker like aromas. The hops used are called Falconer’s Flight – Seven Seas.  Seven Seas refers to it being a blend of seven different “C” hops; Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Comet and Crystal. These hops bring strong and citrus aromas to this already refreshing and crushable ale.

Graham DeLaet (Wayburn, Saskatchewan) – “Growing up in the Prairies, not much is handed to you.  You only get what you’ve earned.  This is a beer for everyone who packs their lunches and goes to work everyday.  This is blue-collar craft.  A premium beer for those who’ve earned it”.

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