From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Winter Wit”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of coriander, spices, orange, wheat, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of orange, coriander, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus rind, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18. This is an interesting take on the Wit. It is a bit winter ale and a bit wit. If you like the sound of this you should really like this beer. Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.
From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Monita Blonde IPA”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of floral hops, citrus and tropical fruits with a sweet finish. The flavour is of citrus, pineapple, citrus rind and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 60. This is an enjoyable although basic IPA and well worth picking up.
Commercial Description: Pours bright yellow with a touch of honey. Prominent aromas of citrus and tropical fruit come forward from the dry hop additions. By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little sister, the pale ale, and has become the de facto flagship beer of modern craft brewing. Monita is relatively lighter. The taste is crisp with a solid malt body of honey and biscuit that carries the bitterness throughout but does not have an unpleasantly long aftertaste that you might expect from an American IPA.
Food pairing as per brewery: Ceviche, Lamb Curry, Grilled Fish
From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Totuma Kolsch”. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grain, citrus, sweetness and floral hops. The flavour is of gain, lemon, sweetness, grassy and low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 22. While I do not usually pick up Kolsch brews this one is very well made and enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Pours a very clear straw yellow. Aromatics of light stone fruit with a complimenting malt biscuitiness and a clean crisp taste with just a hint of noble hops. This style’s fermentation process yields a light, vinous character which is accompanied by a slightly dry, refreshing finish. Totuma is a bright, flavourful, and approachable beer. “Totuma” (Toh-Too-Mah) is a container made from the Calabash plant. The tree, also known as gourd, was cultivated by the Andean natives to use as bowls to serve water or chicha—the corn brew of our ancestors.
Food pairing as per brewery: Plantain Chips, Salty Food, Ceviche, Nachos
From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their third of four beer of 2017 in their Fellowship Club the “Kriek” a Lambic Style Ale. The beer pours a red colour with a white head. The aroma consists of cherries, berries, tart funk, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of with a dry finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6%. This is one great beer and possibly my favourite of the Fellowship so far.
Commercial Description: With the Holiday season just around the corner, we are excited to announce that today the third beer in this year’s Fellowship will be ready for pick up! The beer, a Kriek-inspired ale aged in oak barrels with Okanagan cherries is a style we have always adored and this is, we feel, an homage to a tradition that has inspired us for years. Kriek is the Flemish word for a Lambic beer made with cherries, and Lambic is a class of sour beer made using spontaneous fermentation. Just as Champagne comes from a particular region of France, Lambic comes from the Pajottenland, a valley that runs from Brussels to the South West. Because Clark Drive is not in the Pajottenland, we classify this beer “Lambic-style” in respect of a centuries-old tradition. In our opinion these are some of the coolest beers in there world. If you are familiar with the style, you will notice that our Kriek is a touch more sour than those examples from Belgian lambic producers Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen. When opening the bottle, you will be hit with aromas of vanilla, oak, and sweet cherries. The cherries we used impart a juicy fruit character, a touch of sweetness and cinnamon. Just as with the Little Red One, we recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperature rather than cold from the fridge.
From Andina Brewing Company in Vancouver comes their “Mapalé Milk Stout”. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, lactose, toffee and caramel. The flavour is of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, lactose, earth and some low bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5.6% with an IBU of 29. You have to love a well made Milk Stout and I would have to say this one fits the bill.