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.
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their first of four beer of 2017 in their fellowship club the “Berliner Geist Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tartness, sweetness, citrus, orange, vanilla and oak. The flavour is of tartness, lemon, vanilla, oak, sweetness, citrus rind with a good acidic finish. Especially for a 4.5% alcohol this one is huge on flavour while not packing a huge punch on the alcohol side. I am really happy to be part of the Fellowship again this year.
Commercial Description: BERLINER GEIST: This barrel-aged and bottle conditioned Berliner Weisse is distinctly sour and complex (refreshing), with a delicate woody vanilla character and an oaky aroma. At 5% ABV this is a slightly lighter but deeply flavourful release perfect for laying down or enjoying on a summer evening.
From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Wyld Raspberry Berliner Weisse”. The beer pours a reddish pink colour with a small white head. The aroma is of Raspberry, sweetness but not to much else. The flavour is of raspberry, tartness with some undertones of sweetness with a mild malt note. The alcohol content comes in at 3.2% with an IBU of 00. You can not go wrong with a nice session sour ale and this one will not disappoint.
Commercial Description: We brew this the way they did back in the day, using a 100% wild lactobacillus bacteria to sour the beer, then we bring it back into the kettle and add 200lbs of real, whole local raspberries resulting in a pink, tart and refreshing summer beer.
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Brewery in North Vancouver in collaboration with West Coast Canning comes their “Cool Hand Cuke” a cucumber sour ale originally made for CanCity canned beer festival in Vancouver and now a full seasonal.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 Steel Toad Brewpub in Vancouver comes their “Blood Orange Sour” a Berliner Weisse. The beer pours a cloudy dark pink with a whitish pink head. The aroma consists of bloody oranges, mild tartness and maybe a hint of something herbal. The flavour is of blood orange, stone fruit, grapefruit rind and tartness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10. This is really tasty and a nice sour for the summer coming up. This sour wont kick your taste buds in the teeth which is nice as so many kettle sours are extremely sour.
Commercial Description: This kettle soured wheat ale, (Berliner Weisse) has been blended with blood oranges after fermentation. The resulting beer is extremely easy drinking, refreshing, and delicious.