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Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with West Coast Canning comes their “Cool Hand Cuke” a cucumber sour ale originally made for CanCity canned beer festival in Vancouver and now a full seasonal.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 Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Brassneck in Vancouver comes their “Wild Brett Wasp Sour”. This beer has one of the weirder ingredients in it as the yeast used comes from the stomach of a wasp (Yes those stinging jerks). This is the second of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of brett, tartness, herbal notes and citrus. The flavour is of tartness, brett, lemon, elder flower almost honey sweetness and a herbal finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 18. This was really tasty and I think either Field House or Brassneck should do more beer with this messed up Wasp stomach yeast.
Commercial Description: Edition 02/04 is a sour and floral wild ale, fermented with yeast harvested from a wasps gut, and finished with Brett. This beer was left overnight in our Copper Coolship with elder flower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures.
Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver is now open. My favourite of their launch lineup was their “Maraca Passionfruit Black IPA”. The beer poured a deep brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, Passionfruit and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, Passionfruit, almost some tartness, earth and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% and an IBU of 50. This is quite the mixture of flavours and well executed tasty brew.
From North Vancouver’s Green Leaf Brewing Co at Lonsdale Quay comes their “Lamb Of God Sour Stout” a barrel aged sour stout. I think this bottle was of the 2016 Vintage but I am not sure. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of tartness, mild roasted malts, cherry, sweetness and a hint of ash. The flavour is of cherry, tartness, roasted malts, burnt coffee chocolate, ash, hint of oak and earth. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 15. This newer vintage of Lamb of God has much more tartness than it did back in 2015 and was as such more enjoyable. Check it out if you get a chance.