From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours a reddish pink colour with a small white head. The aroma is of Raspberry, sweetness but not to much else. The flavour is of raspberry, tartness with some undertones of sweetness with a mild malt note. The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00. You can not go wrong with a nice session sour ale and this one will not disappoint.
Commercial Description: We brew this the way they did back in the day, using a 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria to sour the beer, then we bring it back into the kettle and add 200lbs of real, whole local raspberries resulting in a pink, tart and refreshing summer beer.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with West Coast Canning comes their “Cool Hand Cuke” a cucumber sour ale originally made for CanCity canned beer festival in Vancouver and now a full seasonal. The beer pours a golden colour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of cucumber and a mild tartness. The flavour is of cucumber with a small tartness level and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 00. This cucumber sour is very well balanced with a mild sourness and is an amazing choice for warm weather that keeps threatening. Pick up your six pack asap.
Commercial Description: Brewed in collaboration with the beauties over at West Coast Canning to celebrate the inaugural CANcity Beer Festival on July 30, 2016. This is a golden sour ale with a refreshing hint of cucumber. Crack a can and get your cuke on.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Tiny Little Tart Golden Sour”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of mild tartness, tropical fruits and lychee. The flavour is of tartness, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, passion fruit, sweetness and a mild malt backbone. The alcohol content comes in at 4% with an IBU of 0. This is definitely a tasty session sour ale. hope you can find some before its all gone.
Commercial Description: Kettle soured, then fermented with our hose ale yeast. Next we dry hop the hell out of this beer with Equanot and Idaho 7 hops, both accentuating the beautiful bouquet of passion fruit and citrus.
From Driftwood Brewing out of Victoria BC comes their “Mad Bruin Sour Brown Ale” the second release in their Birds of Pray series. I have cellared this bottle for just over 4 years. This beer was aged in oak barrels for 16 months. This beer pours a deep redish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherry, oak yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of cherries, dark fruits, huge oak notes, tartness, vinegar notes, earth and some alcohol. The tartness seems to have really picked up over the 4 years this beer has been in my cellar. While I liked this beer when it was first released back in 2012 it has aged very well and has upped its game. I am sad this is the last bottle I had of this beer.
Commercial description: This Belgian style, Oud Bruin (Old Brown), was aged in oak barrels for 16 months and then blended with a young ale for a unique profile of delicate malt, acidity and oak ageing. Mad Bruin will continue to develop more complexity with cellaring.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their second beer in their fellowship club the “Fellowship Little Red One”. These beers are only available to people that bought into the club and was the second of 4 releases. The beer pours a deep red colour with a lighter red head. The aroma consists of black currents, wood and a sour finish. The flavour is of black currents, cherries, sweetness, jam, red wine, oak, tannins and lots of sour notes. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6%. This second release was exactly what I was hoping for. A great sour beer coming from a brewer that knows his stuff!
Commercial Description: This West Coast Sour with black currants from the Fraser Valley, has been barrel-aged for over a year and is partially bottle conditioned. The currants lend berry character but with a dry herbal note (rather than sweetness) – kind of like walking on ground cover herbs on a very hot, dry summer day. There are aromas and flavours of oak, black tea, and tobacco. This complex beer should be drunk above fridge temperature, and since it’s partially bottle-conditioned, it is best to decant off the sediment that sits at the bottom of the bottle.