From the Dandy Brewing Company in Calgary Alberta comes their “The Jungle Bird Tropical Dark Sour”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of big tropical fruits, tartness and some roasted malts. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, tartness, roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was not your typical sour ale and takes its inspiration from Tiki cocktails from my understanding. While I don’t drink cocktails I can say that this was really enjoyable.
Commercial Description: An homage to the classic Tiki cocktail. This beer has notes of demerara sugar, bitter lime, tropical pineapple coming together for a refreshing sour that is like no other.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Tart IPA”. The beer pours a very cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of juicy citrus and mild tropical fruits with floral hops. The flavour is of citrus, tropical fruits, some herbal hops, mild tartness and a low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3% with an IBU of 25. This is an enjoyable twist on a New England IPA and I look forward to having more.
Commercial Description: Worlds are colliding! Loads of juicy hops combine with a puckering tartness, resulting in a beautifully balanced Tart IPA bursting with flavour.
On January 20th I headed to Victoria with my wife for the Brewers Reserve Series launch event at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub. Spinnakers Brewpub is the original brewpub in Canada after prohibition and opened in 1984. There is no doubt that Spinnakers has some major history and they are looking to create even more history with their new barrel program.
Get to know the brewery better by checking out the podcast we did on Pacific Beer Chat. We sat down with Paul Hadfield the founder and Matt West-Patrick one of the brewers. You can also find this episode on your favorite Podcast app at Pacific Beer Chat.
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub is located on the waterfront just outside of Downtown Victoria and might win for best brewpub location ever. This place has an English Pub vibe through and through. The lower level is more of a restaurant with the top floor being more of a bar.
To top off the Brewpub they also have a lodging in their guesthouse. We stayed at the guesthouse while there and really enjoyed out stay. Staying with Spinnakers means you get a hot breakfast and Chocolate and beer tasting included with out stay.
Now lets get to the real reason we headed to Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in the first place. The latest beers to be released in the Brewers Reserve Series are Rubus a Blackberry Sour (Number 9) and Prunus Plum Sour (Number 10). If you can find bottles of these beers make sure to pick them up as they are very limited.
Rubus Blackberry Sour
The beer pours a deep red colour with a very low carbonation and very little head. The aroma consists of blackberries, mild cherry, semi sweet notes and tartness. The flavour is of blackberries, cherries, tartness, wheat, oak with an almost wine like finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.1%. This is quite the tasty Blackberry sour and I would highly recommend picking up a bottle of this.
Prunus Plum Sour
The beer pours a deep orange brown colour with almost no head and little carbonation. The aroma consists of plum, sweetness and tartness. The flavour is of plum, wheat, mild oak, wine, semi sweet with some good tartness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. Like the Rubus this beer is exceptionally tasty. I would recommend picking up at least one of these bottles if you can find it.
This new series of beer are really tasty and I can not wait to see what they have coming in the future.
From Kettle River Brewing in Kelowna comes their “Dark Cherry Sour Saison”. This beer comes from the lot BR4. The beer pours a very cloudy reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cherry, tartness, oak and some tannins. The flavour is of oak, red wine tannins, cherry, malts, earth and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This is not a perfect Sour Saison but I would not hesitate to purchase more bottles if I was back in Kelowna. It was definitely a tasty one.
From Britannia Brewing Company in collaboration with Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks and O’hare’s Gastropub all in Richmond comes their “Sea Lion Watermelon Sour”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma consists of some nondescript fruits with some mild tartness and a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of tartness, maybe a hint of watermelon but more like cucumber probably coming from the peel of the watermelon with some vegetal flavours. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5%. I did enjoy this beer but it was a bit odd for a watermelon beer. But watermelon must be a very tough ingredient to use.