From Love Shack Libations in Qualicum Beach comes their “Crafty Cream Ale”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of fruity notes, malts and some sweetness. The flavour is of stone fruit, peach, bready malts, spice, herbal hops and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 18. While this strayed from the standard cream ale flavours for sure I did enjoy it.
Commercial Description: This tricksy little number is constructed for easy drinking. A smooth, slightly sweeter ale with a rounded mouth feel. This is a gateway beer to the craft world.
From Victoria’s Category 12 Brewing comes their “Hiatus Summer Farmhouse Ale” a beer with Cucumber and Lemon. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of cucumber, lime, coriander and some grassy hops. The flavour is of cucumber water, lime, lemon zest, earth, mild funk and a hint of bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 16. If you enjoy a good cucumber water on a hot day this beer should definitely be up your alley.
Commercial Description: A welcome break from the tedium of both work and weather, this beer evokes memories of Scandinavian farmhouse ales past with its dry, rustic, and earthy character. Balanced by the refreshing brightness of fresh cucumber and lemon zest, you’ll find Hiatus is best enjoyed on a sunny day as you leave your obligations behind.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Red Fife Hefeweizen”. The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat. The flavour is of banana, wheat, citrus, yeast and bubblegum. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 20. I am not sure what the Red Fife Wheat adds to this beer but it is an enjoyable one.
Commercial Description: Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolizes brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “33rd Anniversary Vannilla Truffle Wheat Ale”. The beer pours a dark cloudy orange colour with lots of sediment and a white head. The aroma consists of vanilla, milk chocolate, wheat and sweetness. The flavour is of vanilla, milk chocolate, mango, bubble gum, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 15. While very different this is a very tasty beer. If you can find a bottle I recommend that you grab it. Happy 33rd Anniversary to Spinnakers!
From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Old Ale 2017″ a beer in the Ancient Ale Series. The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of spices, mild vinegar notes and semi sweet notes. The flavour is of mild sour notes, spices, herbal notes, tannins, earth, oak and some wine notes. Most reviews I have read spoke of smoke but I did not get that in my bottle. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9%. This is definitely a very different beer but I really enjoyed it none the less. I mean I am always hoping to try new and crazy beer and this one fits that mold.
Commercial Description: A long time ago. In a civilization far, far away… For 9,000 years our history has been shaped by the myriad of ingredients use to crate fermented beverages. This series pays homage to the variety of starches, spices, fruits and whatever else civilizations of the past have used to satisfy humanity’s love affair with alcohol.