Midway ISA – Goose Island Beer Company


From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Midway India Session Ale”.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mild tropical fruit, melon and some sweetness.  The flavour is of mild tropical fruits, melon, herbal and low bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 30.  Much like many ISA’s I wish this beer had some malt presence but it was pretty tasty.

Commercial Description:  Paying tribute to the city we call home, Midway IPA is sessionable and refreshing, or as we like to refer to it – easy drinking. With a lower ABV, balanced IBU’s, and a tropical fruit aroma, make Midway your new go-to, have more than one, easy drinking IPA.

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Funtimes Northern German Pilsner – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (Gladstone Brewing)


From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in Vancouver in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing comes their “Funtimes Northern German Pilsner”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, citrus with some floral hops in the finish.  The flavour is of grain, citrus, sweetness, with some mild resin, herbal notes and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 32.  While I do not get excited for lagers this is an exceptionally produced lager and will be very refreshing to anyone that is looking for a good clean lager!

Adrift Hop Blonde Ale – Britannia Brewing Company


From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Adrift Hop Blonde Ale”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of floral hops, sweetness and fruit. The flavour is of grainy and bready malts, citrus, tropical fruit, grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 25. This is a good sessionable and aprochable beer. It wont knock your socks off but you should enjoy it. 

Commercial Description: Inspired by our home surrounded by the ocean and mountains this natural ale is brewed with generous late additions of local hops, creating aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is balanced and dry with subtle bitterness to complete this refreshing ale. “Set yourself Adrift”

Brrr! Winter Radler – Strathcona Beer Company


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.

 

Berliner Geist (Fellowship 2017) – Strange Fellows Brewing


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. 

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