From Situation Brewing in Edmonton comes their “Extrovert Red Ale”. The beer pours a dark reddish amber with an off white head. The aroma is grainy bready malts, with caramel notes also and leafy hops and fruits. The flavour is of some earth, bready and grainy and toasted malts, caramel, fruit with a herbal and mildly bitter finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 22. Its not a perfect red ale but it is tasty and I would not hesitate to have it again.
Commercial Description: A new school revival of an old school favorite. Outgoing and approachable, this brew finishes with bready, caramel malts and subtle fruit. 2-row barley and Munich malt meld with Cascade and Chinook hops to bring you an oddly well-balanced Extrovert.
From Situation Brewing in Edmonton comes their “Afternoon Tea Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma transitions between mango and tea flavours while being fairly sweet on the nose. The flavour is of lots of mango, with tea behind it, wheat and spices in the finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 25. Not being a tea fan I always wonder if I will like a tea based beer. Luckily for me this beer is well made and easy for even me to enjoy especially on a hot summer day.
Commercial Description: Not your grandmother’s saison! Unless she likes tea, in which case she’s gonna dig it. This beer was brewed with heaps of Oolong mango tea. Spicy phenolics on the nose give way to biscuity malts. The tea addition adds fun, dynamic layers of flavour to the saison. Mild tannins close out the finish.
From the newest brewery in Edmonton Alberta Situation Brewing comes their “Page Turner IPA” their self proclaimed flagship beer. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of citrus rind, resin, floral hops and caramel. The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, citrus rind, caramel, resin, pine and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 80. I am a big fan of IPA’s as it is well known and although I did not find this super bitter I did find it super tasty.
Commercial Description: Our flagship beer – born to standout of the croud. We showcased Mosaic and Citra and stood it toe-to-tow with a balancing malt backbone. An aroma of sticky citrus rind, evergreen and tropical fruit serve as a tribute to the style.
The situation in the city of Edmonton Alberta is that there is not a lot of craft beer currently. Luckily that situation is changing right now!
Hopefully in the near future there will be a sign on the brewery so that it is obvious that this is Situation Brewing. Situation Brewing is a great little brewpub located fairly close to the University of Alberta.
The brewpub has a great restaurant area with lots of windows that open up wide to bring in lots of fresh air. They serve 7 different beer that are brewed on site currently with up to 5 extra guest taps. The bar has a small selection of hard liquor as well if you are in the hunt for that. Not only do they make some tasty beer they also have really good food. I can personally recommend the Sandwich Cubano just get a side of hot sauce to make it even better. I could not have better things to say about the staff either as they were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
I was lucky enough to have my lunch at the bar beside the brewing crew and was able to set up a little tour of the brewery. The brewhouse is not huge but it is big enough to pump out enough beer to keep the taps flowing. When I checked out the brewery they had only been open for around 3 weeks and they had already made a kettle sour so you can see that they are looking to make a name for themselves. You will not find they beer at many locations outside of the brewpub because they fell in love with what Brassneck Brewing in Vancouver was doing more or less only selling been on site.
I am just happy that my work has been bringing me to Edmonton as I look forward to having a few more beers at this brewpub in the near future. They make good food and good beer. Make sure you head there if you ever make it to Edmonton or if you are lucky enough to live near to the brewery.