From Strathcona Beer Company in Vancouver comes their “Brrr! Winter Radler”. The beer pours a red colour with a white head that has a red tinge. The aroma is more of less one of cranberry cocktail. The flavour is of cranberries with a hint of mandarin orange, mild tartness and a hint of biscuit malts. The alcohol content comes in at 4%. I am a fan of a good raddler and I like when other flavours are used to mix with beer than just grapefruit. This is really enjoyable and a great one to sip on this winter.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first of four beer of 2017 in their fellowship club the “Berliner Geist Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness, sweetness, citrus, orange, vanilla and oak. The flavour is of tartness, lemon, vanilla, oak, sweetness, citrus rind with a good acidic finish. Especially for a 4.5% alcohol this one is huge on flavour while not packing a huge punch on the alcohol side. I am really happy to be part of the Fellowship again this year.
Commercial Description: BERLINER GEIST: This barrel-aged and bottle conditioned Berliner Weisse is distinctly sour and complex (refreshing), with a delicate woody vanilla character and an oaky aroma. At 5% ABV this is a slightly lighter but deeply flavourful release perfect for laying down or enjoying on a summer evening.
From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Hoser Lite” a hybrid lager with a lager yeast and an ale yeast blended and fermented at a multi stage temperature scale to benefit from both yeasts. The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, grass and a mild bite from hops. The flavour is of grainy malts, grassy hops, citrus and a mild hop bitterness bite. The alcohol content comes in at 4.3%. For a low alcohol lager this beer has a lot of flavour. This beer is aimed more at people aiming to try out craft beer without having a lot of bitterness.
From Strange Fellows Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Obnoxious Little Persona” a Strawberry Berliner Weisse. The beer pours a pink grapefruit juice pink with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness and strawberry but is not overly strong. The flavour is of sweetness up front from the strawberries but the tartness of the beer takes over and completely cuts the sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at a low 3% with an IBU of 15. If you do not know the Berliner Weisse style this beer has huge flavour even with a very low alcohol content.
Commercial Description: One of our favourite beers to come from our favourite Particularist – Iain Hill. He took a sessionable Berliner, aged it for 6 months then added about a hundred pounds of local strawberries to the mix. The result: A tart, sour, sessionable glass of goodness that won’t be around for too long. The obnoxious Little Persona (OLP) is a salute to our friend who tagged our wall in chalk a few months ago … thanks for the inspiration.
From Redhook Brewery in Seattle Washington comes their “Audible Ale” a sessionable pale ale that was made in collaboration with the Dan Patrick show. Although I cant stand the Dan Patrick show I do love our Local Sports talk station TSN 1040 so I can see the attraction of teaming up with a group like this that talks sports and only sports. I think this draw to partner with sports shows is a little off base though as Macro is king in the sports world and so is drinking Macro swill excessively. This beer had me worried from the get go though as it was dubbed as a “Crushable beer”. I have not looked to crush beer since I was 19 years old give or take a few years (Its been a few since then). Sadly Sports and crushing beer go hand in hand for to many people. Lets get to the beer. The beer pours a light copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of very light caramel and some fruity notes but they are hard to pick out. The flavour is of again very light caramel with some fruity citrus. The beer comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 22. There is nothing wrong with this beer as it is really easy drinking and would be a great beer to sit down to a sports game with. I more have an issue with its marketing as it is really marketing to the Macro beer crowd and I like to distance myself from them. The aim should always be to drink for flavour not to drink just to get drunk. But if you are looking for a 6 pack or three to over enjoy during a sports game this is a much better choice than macro.
Commercial Description: Redhook has teamed up with Dan Patrick to brew the ultimate craft beer for watching sports: plenty of flavor and aroma, and crushable enough to make you want another — without making you sloppy by halftime. So, whether you’re watching the Dan Patrick Show in your mancave, or tailgating in a parking lot, it’s time to fill your passion bucket with crushable craft. Listen to your thirst. It’s Audible.