From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Saison Deux Fois La Taille”. This was a very special bottle conditioned release. From my understanding it was their first bottle release as they typically use cans. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, wheat and some floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, more fruit, yeast, wheat, pepper, vanilla and a mild alcohol finish. The alcohol content came in at 8.6%. This was a really well crafted imperial sasion and I am glad I was able to get my hands on it.
Commercial Description: Very dry, clove and rose flower aromas. Lightly spiced with a light pear taste. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned. High alcohol content. When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully. Recommended serving temperature: 45°F/ 7°C.
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Milk Stout”. The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, chocolate and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, earthiness and an overall sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.3% with an IBU of 25. This is a pretty darn good example of a milk stout although not the best I have had.
Commercial Description: Darker doesn’t always mean stronger! A stout’s roasty signature quality comes from barley that is roasted and unmalted. This beer pours a dark black with the aroma of dark chocolate and dried fruit. The sweetness is balanced by the roasted malt, with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully.
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruits, orange, malts, sweetness and a floral finish. The flavour is of earthy, caramel, orange, tropical fruit, resin and a low hops bitterness in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 62. With an IBU as high as 62 I would have expected this to be a bitter beer but it really came off more like an English IPA to me. But I do enjoy and English IPA from time to time and I would recommend giving this beer a try if you are located in Saskatchewan or you have good connections.
Commercial Description: An objectionable IPA, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. An oily mouthfeel and powerful aroma come from large additions of both late and dry hops. Inspired by the over-the-top IPAs that flow like water throughout the American West Coast. When possible please enjoy our beer from a glass to experience it fully. Recommended serving temperature: 45°F/ 7°C.
From Regina Saskatchewan’s Bushwakker Brewing Company comes their “Dungarvon Irish Red Ale”. The Red Ale pours a dark copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of sweet malts, fruits, bread, biscuit and caramel. The flavour is of sweet biscuit malts, earthy hops, fruit and caramel. The alcohol content of this brew comes in at 5% and the IBU is 19. This beer was pretty high on sweetness but also high on flavour. I quite enjoyed every sip of this brew!
Commercial Description: An Irish Red or an American Amber Ale, rich, buttery, with low hop aftertaste. Very red.
From Saskatoon Saskatchewan’s Paddock Wood Brewing comes the “Black Cat Lager” a black lager. The beer pours a dark brown almost black with little to no head present. The beer has the scent of malts but not to much else. When you taste the beer you will start with a sweet pilsner malt and be quickly greeted by a light hops bitterness. You will even get a slight coffee taste hidden in there as well. The beer has an alcohol content of 5.4% and an IBu of 20. This is a very nice flavored black lager and I hope I am able to get ahold of more of this in the future. Hint hint O’hare’s if you are listening.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Pulled Pork, BBQ, Roast Chicken and Buffalo Wings