Belgian Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom – Powell Street Craft Brewery

Spring/Summer Seasonal

The latest release from Powell Street Craft Brewery is their Spring/Summer Seasonal the “Belgian Witbier with Ginger & Cardamom”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange/yellow colour with a good sized white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, citrus, ginger and what I can only guess is cardamom.  The flavour is of wheat, citrus, orange rind, ginger, coriander and again what I would guess is cardamom finished of with a very mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5% and the IBU comes in at a low 16.   David has done a great job at brewing a very different witbier that has a great flavour and easy drinkability.

Commercial Description:  The Belgian Witbier combines traditional bitter orange peel and coriander with aromatics of cardamom and the slight spiciness of ginger.  A perfect beer for patio season.

Interesting fact I found on Cardamom

Cardamom is an herb. The seeds are used to make medicine.
Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite. It is also used for common cold, cough, bronchitis, sore mouth and throat, and tendency toward infection. Some people use cardamom as a stimulant and for urinary problems.

In foods, cardamom is used as a spice in many parts of the world.

How does it work?

Cardamom contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and gas, and increase the movement of food through the intestine.

Why not drink your medicine?


Seedspitter Watermelon Witbier – Parallel 49 Brewing

From the fairly new parallel 49 brewery in Vancouver BC comes the “Seedspitter watermelon Witbier”. The beer pours a cloudy light amber with a small white head. The brew smells of both watermelon and citrus with a wheat smell in the background. The beer tastes like an average wheat beer with citrus and watermelon as background flavors.  There is a mildly strong aftertaste to this beer.   This is a nice refreshing summer beer.  This beer is very popular around Vancouver currently!

This beer was part of Mikes Craft Beer’s first ever tasting and was reviewed as follows:  Tom 5/10, Stu 5/10 and Me at 9/10.  I think it is safe to say I am a Wheat Beer fan and they are not.  The beer was purchased in a growler for this tasting.

Read about the tasting here

Check out Parallel 49’s tasting room!


Beer appears different do to different lighting and flash.