Ortega Blonde 2017 – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Ortega Blonde” 2017 edition.  The beer is a blend of  wine and Ortega Blonde Ale.  The wine is of the final vintages of the Muse Winery that was the oldest winery on Vancouver Island.  The wine was a Bacchus wine.  The beer poured a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of white wine, citrus and some grassy hops.  The flavour is of white wine, citrus, grain, bread, mild bitterness and a mild spicy hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 24.  People that know me know that I do not like wine but this beer is well made and well blended and really refreshing.

Commercial Description:  Building on our 2014 Ortega Blonde, and taking the final vintages from Muse Winery, home of the oldest wines on Vancouver Island, this Ortega/Bacchus blend was introduced to a light bodied Canadian Pilsen based ale resulting in a delicate, complex, effervescent ale, a beer spritzer with citrus notes, and a dry white wine finish. As the saying goes “It takes lots of beer to make a good wine.” We believe in having them both and drinking them both too. Cheers!

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Juice Monkey Tropical IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Juice Monkey Tropical IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of tons of tropical fruits including pineapple, sweetness and floral hops.  The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple, caramel, sweetness, earth and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 45.  This is a pretty good representation of a juice bomb and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Commercial Description:  This juicy, double dry-hopped IPA has a restrained bitterness and a big citrus aroma.  Please juice responsibly.  This beer is brewed in small batches and is best consumed very young due to the volatility of the hop aromas.  Savor not cellar.


Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA – Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub


From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA” part of their Brewers Reserve series.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of cabernet, oak, mild tartness and funk with a floral finish.  The flavour is of cabernet, oak, brett funk, some mild tartness, tannin and a lower bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.1% with an IBU of 30.  This was a really interesting take on an IPA adding wine, wild yeast and a barrel.  Keep up the good work Spinnakers!

Commercial Description:   Cabernet Barrel-Aged IPA is the eight release in the Spinnakers “Brewers Reserve” series. This unique brew was aged in Cabernet barrels from the Napa valley and is said to be full-bodied with a touch of tartness and Brett funk.

This single batch beer is limited to only 90 cases.

Tempus Corvi 2017 – Moon Under Water Brewing


From Victoria BC’s Moon Under Water Brewing comes their “Tempus Corvi 2017″ a mixed fermentation saison.  The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and tons of sediment.  The aroma consists of tartness, citrusy fruit and sweetness.  The flavour is of orange, tropical fruit, mild citrus rind, sweetness, mild tartness and a dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.9%.  This was a really good approachable sour and perfect for both the new beer fan or a seasoned beer nerd.

Commercial Description:  A collaboration with local award winning homebrewer, Dave Janssen. Taking inspiration from traditional saison brewers of Belgium and revivalist brewers of North America, Tempus Corvi is a mixed-fermentation saison. We let this saison rest for 5 months in French oak wine barrels where the activity of a diverse collection of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces yeasts and lactic acid bacteria transformed the beer, adding sourness and additional complexity. With its bright acidity and light body, Tempus Corvi is a refreshing beer ready to drink now or be cellared for continued development along its own course.

Juniper Lime Ale – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juniper Lime Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juniper, lime with honey notes.  The flavour is of juniper, herbal, honey, lime, caramel malts, mild tartness with some very minor bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 13.  This beer was fashioned after the gin cocktail Gimlet.  I don’t know the cocktail but I did really like this beer.

Commercial Description:  Cheerful nights on warm patios. This Juniper Lime Ale has been brewed to imitate the refreshing zest of a Gimlet cocktail, an iconic gin-based summer sipper.