Legend Extra Old Ale – Bench Creek Brewing

From Bench Creek Brewing out of very rural Alberta (Yellowhead Country) near Edson comes their “Legend Extra Old Ale”.  The beer stated to Enjoy after Dec 24, 2017.  The beer pours a reddish orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of The aroma consists of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, floral hops and sweetness.  The flavour is of dark fruits, tropical fruits, vanilla, candy sugar, toffee, caramel, sweetness, bitterness with some minor alcohol notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.8% with an IBU of 45.  This is a tasty Old Ale and well made.  If you can find a bottle of this in Alberta make sure to pick it up!

Commercial Description:  It was believed a town like Legend, AB, would be around forever — until its sudden yet inevitable demise early last century. The last grain elevators came down decades later, nearly wiping out any and all remnants of the place. Visitors to the ghost town only rarely ask about the townspeople. Did they die with the town? The truth is lost to time but most choose to believe they packed up and left, attempting to preserve the best traits of the place, to savour the legacy, and moved on to bigger, and dare we say, better things.


Dry-Hopped Wild Ale – Field House Brewing

From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Dry-Hopped Wild Ale”.  The beer pours a red colour with a reddish head.  The aroma consists of fruit, grape must and sweetness.  The flavour is of grape must, citrus, tropical fruit, brettanomyces funk, some sweetness but little bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 25.  This was an interesting take on a Wild ale and I enjoyed it.

Commercial Description:  An experiment with hops & grapes, this aromatic ale was dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo and then conditioned on Brett and a blend of grape must.


Funtimes Northern German Pilsner – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company (Gladstone Brewing)

From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in Vancouver in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing comes their “Funtimes Northern German Pilsner”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of grain, citrus with some floral hops in the finish.  The flavour is of grain, citrus, sweetness, with some mild resin, herbal notes and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.7% with an IBU of 32.  While I do not get excited for lagers this is an exceptionally produced lager and will be very refreshing to anyone that is looking for a good clean lager!

Peanut Brittle Ale – Arizona Wilderness Brewing

From Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert Arizona comes their “Peanut Brittle Ale”.  The beer pours an orange brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of peanut, lots of nuts, caramel and some mild roast.  The flavour is of peanut butter, creamy nuts, caramel, toffee, vanilla and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.4% with an IBU of 20.  There is no doubt in my mind that this beer tastes like peanut brittle.  I am really happy I got a can of this from the Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast in trade.

Commercial Description:  So yeah, we’ll admit it, we are some momma’s boys around this brewery. Not long ago, Patrick’s mother (“Momma Ware”) brought in some homemade peanut brittle. We went on a backpack trip and the crunchy, caramely, peanut butter goodness was the “best thing we’ve had in our lives” – or so it seemed with the cold and fatigue. It was a challenge to ourselves to recreate the delightful brittle. We used a combo of malts, lactose sugar, and dried peanut butter to nail down that color and flavor.

Xocoveza – Stone Brewing

From Stone Brewing in Escondido California comes their “Xocoveza” an Imperial Stout inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, spices and some sweetness.  The flavour is of milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malts, spices and some sweetness.   The alcohol content comes in at 8.1% with an IBU of 50.  This is my first every chance to try this beer and I really liked it.  I had once smelled it as a bottle jumped out of my car and smashed on the ground.   That was a sad day indeed!

Commercial Description:  There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season!

For food and cigar pairings head to Stone Brewing’s site.