Super 8-Bit IPA 2017 – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes their “Super 8-Bit IPA” 2017 edition the latest in their Experimental IPA Series.  This IPA uses 8 different hops including Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight.  The beer pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists tropical fruit, citrus, caramel, herbal and floral hops.  The flavour is of caramel, toffee, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, stone fruit, grape, herbal, resin and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 68.  Like every year this beer is a massive flavour bomb.  It is a great IPA with tons of flavour and a good hops bitterness.

Commercial Description:  It’s back!  Version 2017.  This year we are using all new hops for our Super 8-Bit!  This year’s 8 Legendary hops features Caliente, Ariana, Lemondrop, Azacca, Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere, Vic Secret and Falconer’s Flight Hops!

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FIG JAM IPA – Burleigh Brewing


From Burleigh Brewing in Burleigh Heads in Australia comes their “FIG JAM IPA”. In Australia FIG JAM is an acronym for Fuck I’m Good, Just Ask Me. Gotta love a cocky brewery!  The Beer pours a copper colour with a white head. The aroma consists of stone fruit, caramel and floral hops. The flavour is of brown sugar, caramel, sweetness, citrus, lemon, pineapple, stone fruit and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 70.  I quite enjoyed this and I am happy I got the chance to try it. I am glad my friends and family buy me Beer on their travels.

Commercial Description:  Traditionally, India Pale Ales (IPAs) were brewed extra strong and hoppy to last the long journey by boat from England to India. These days, we brew ours that way because we love it.  And, you know, for history and nostalia… The incredible balance of Burleigh Brewing FIGJAM India Pale Ale belies its 7.0% abv and 70IBU IPA statistics. The fine balance of malt, hops and alcohol is deftly managed through five separate hopping phases, delivering the classic IPA characters of floral hop aromas and a distinctive hop character on the finish. All the ‘punch’ of an IPA, carefully delivered with Burleigh Brewing’s trademark balance.

A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged – Last Best Brewing & Distilling


From Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary Alberta comes their second ever bottled beer the “A.E. Cross Barley Wine Barrel Aged” the second of their Lineage Series.  For the second release they split the beer into two versions one unoaked and then this one that was barrel aged for 10 Months in Alberta Rye Whiskey Barrels.  The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of brown sugar, dark fruits, stone fruits, toffee, honey, oak, rye whiskey, sweetness, mild bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 25.  Not having access to Last Best Brewing and having only tried their two barrel aged beers so far I have a very high opinion of this brewery so far.  This beer was very well crafted and amazingly full of flavour.

Commercial Description:  With our 2nd lineage release, we pay homage to a prairie legend with our riff on a classic style. The Alfred Ernest Goss Barley Wine uses locally sourced barley wheat, and rye as a fitting tribute to the founder of Calgary Brewing & Malting and the embodiment of the Last Best West.  We split this release into two: one unoaked and one aged for 10 months in 100% Alberta rye whiskey barrels Layered with subtle, integrated oak and a developing rye spiciness, this beer is characterized by its sweet caramel and barley malt base alcohol warmth, hints of dark fruit and a touch of light malted wheat Serve it at cellar temperature and age for years to come.

 

Krampus Belgian Dubbel – Strange Fellows Brewing


From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Krampus Belgian Dubbel”.  The beer pours a brownish orange with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, stone fruits, caramel and toffee.  The flavour is of dark fruit, stone fruit, candied sugar, toffee, caramel, resin, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 30.  The Dubbel style resonates with me and I personally think that Strange Fellows have a hit on their hands here.

Commercial Description: Krampus has a dark side and preys on the naughty, while you are making merry there may be something lurking in the streets. Contrary to his personality the Krampus Belgian Dubbel is double brewed with Belgian candy sugar and Belgian dark malts and rich with the flavour of dried stone fruits and subtle toffy notes. This deceptively alcoholic beer has a long warming affect on the constitution to help ignite the dark stranger inside each of us. Merry Krampusnacht!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Flavoured sausages, meat stews, gouda cheese and anything chocolate

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Strange Times for Modern Fellows – Strange Fellows Brewing (Modern Times Beer)


For the Launch of Modern Times Beer into British Columbia Canada they came up to Vancouver for Farmhouse Fest.  While here they partnered up with Strange Fellows Brewing in East Vancouver for a collaboration called “Strange Times for Modern Fellows” a saison using a blend of yeasts including Blaugies Saison & multiculture including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of mango, pineapple and citrus with grainy malts and grassy hops.  The flavour is of mango, pineapple, citrus, citrus rind, stone fruits, grain, mild sour notes, some hops and a brett finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25.  This is a wonderful beer made by two very good breweries!  I hope this beer pops up again in the future.

Commercial Description:  Brewed in June 2016 in collaboration with the folks from Modern Times Beer in San Diego, this is a complex, dry and refreshing beer. Fermented with a Iquique multiculture, flavours of pineapple, Lemon and Lychee dominate this bottle-conditioned beer.

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For the Launch of this beer Strange Fellows Brewing held a launch party in collaboration with Beerthirst the distributor for Modern Times Beer in Canada.   For the launch the brewery was serving glasses of the collaboration beer with a 4 oz pour of one of two Modern Times beers.  I was lucky enough to get a sample of the Looking Backwards from Modern Times usually a tasting room only beer in California.  It was a super tart beer and very tasty!  There was also a Modern Times Beer on tap also in their Fruitlands (Blood Orange & Hibiscus) a sour Gose.