From Four Winds Brewing in Delta comes their “Blackberry Jam” an IPA with wild Blackberries, Mosaic Lupulin powder and lactose. The beer pours a reddish orange colour with a light reddish head. The aroma consists of blackberries, lactose sweetness and some herbal notes. The flavour is of blackberries, strawberries, lactose with a low bitterness to finish it all off. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 45. This stuff is really good and I hope that Four Winds Brewing makes more of this stuff.
Commercial Description: Blackberry Jam is an IPA brewed with handpicked wild blackberries from B.C., Mosaic lupulin powder, lactose sugar, Saccharomyces Trois yeast and a touch of vanilla.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Gillian” a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from the 2016 Release. The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold colour with a white head much like a champagne. The aroma consists of strawberries, honey, spices, pepper, sweetness and some tartness. The flavour is of strawberry, honey, spices, pepper, wheat, honey, mild earth, tartness and a mild brett funk. The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 20. I was really excited to give this beer a try! It is a very good beer with an amazing mix of flavours and there might still be a chance to find it on tap in Vancouver. Hawskworth had a keg at one time.
Commercial Description: Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.
From Funkwerks in Fort Collins Colorado comes their “Ten Quadruple Ale”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a small tan head. The aroma consists of brown sugar, dark fruits but not much else to speak of. The flavour is of brown sugar, treacle, nuts, dark fruits, strawberries and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10%. While it may not hold up to the best of the style from Belgium this is a really tasty beer and I will be purchasing more now that it is available in Canada.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the Dark Strong beers of Belgium, this full-bodied Quadruple Belgian-style ale pours with a deep burgundy hue and a frothy tan head. The malt-forward aromas of toffee and chocolate compliment the dark fruity aromas of raisins and plums. The aromatic qualities follow through in the flavor and combine with refreshing effervescent carbonation. A dry and balanced finish makes this strong but quaffable beer the perfect way to end a long day! Notes of toffee, chocolate, raisins and plums.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes “The Last Strawberry Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma is of strawberries, lactose, sweetness, wheat and some yeast. The flavour is of strawberries, wheat, yeast, lactose and some mild citrus but is not overly sweet. The alcohol content comes in at 4.9%. Fuggles & Warlock know what they are doing when they create a weird beer and this is no different. It tastes great and smells just as good.
From Portland Oregon’s Cascade Brewing comes their “Strawberry (2012 Project)” an American wild ale or sour ale. The base beer for Strawberry is a Wheat Ale. The beer pours a very cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of mild strawberries, wheat and mild tartness. The flavour is of tart strawberries, sour, wheat, oak and yeasty notes. The alcohol content comes in at 7.1%. This is not anywhere as powerfully sour as most Cascade beers. This is an amazing sour to be consumed on a patio in the summer!
Commercial Description: This NW style sour is a crisp, refreshing wheat beer that was barrel-aged for seven months then additionaly aged with strawberries for another eight months. Bright, sweet strawberries and light candy notes greet you in the nose. A light tartness and berry sweetness intermingle on the palate, giving way to a light, sparkling fresh berry tartness in the finish. It is better as a breakfast beer or a dessert? You decide.