From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes their new beer in the Sea To Sky Series of beers a “Honey Wheat Wine”. This one is release number 13 in the series. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of honey, wheat, vanilla, caramel and fruity esters. The flavour is of honey, wheat, candy sugar, fruit, caramel, wheat, vanilla, low bitterness and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 11.3% with an IBU of 25. At first sip I thought this may end up being a bit to sweet but the flavour is great and never gets cloying.
From Winnipeg Manitoba’s half Pints Brewing Company comes their seasonal “Demeter’s Harvest Wheatwine 2012″ aged for a full year in my cellar. The beer pours a cloudy deep copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consisted of malts, dark fruits, honey, wheat and hops bitterness. The flavour is of honey, dark fruits, wheat, sweetness, pine, hops bitterness and an overall alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at 11% and the IBU is 75. This beer has aged well and is tasting awesome a year after release.
Commercial Description: Demeter, goddess of the harvest is the inspiration for this Wheatwine from Half Pints Brewing Company. A base of malted wheat, barley, and wildflower honey celebrate the fruit of the land, while Centennial and Columbus hops lend their firmly citrus undertones to the finish of this beer. As we all know, the gods can be vengeful at times, so share this extra strong ale amongst friends served in brandy glasses at 10 C. Try it with Vietnamese Fresh Rolls with a spicy peanut sauce, aged French Goat’s Cheese or Duck a L’orange.
From The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery out of Victoria comes their “Year One Red Wheat Wine”. This is The Moon Under Water’s first anniversary since being taken over by the new owners and this beer was brewed in celebration. This brew pours a cloudy Orangey/Brown colour with a white head. The aroma consists wheat, red wine, sweet grapes and lots of birch. The flavour is of hops up front with red wine, wheat, yeast, birch, huge malts and maybe a hint of something like licorice. This is a very complex beer with an alcohol warming without showing up in the flavour. The alcohol content comes in at 11.5%. My bottle is number 327 but it does not specify how many were made. Although not the best wheat wine that I have ever had it was still a very tasty brew and well worth the purchase! I am still fairly new to this style of beer but I have not been let down yet. Keep up the great work Moon Under Water and happy Anniversary!
Commercial Description: Brewmaster Clay has created this special brew to be shared, this strong red wheat wine was hopped throughout with Citra and then fermented dry with 3 yeast strains on yellow birch.
The Cascade Room In Vancouver BC has started a fairly new dining series called “Mates of the Long Table”. On the third Wednesday of every month the put on a long table dinner which features a 3 course meal with 3 full pints of craft beer. The dinner on March 20th, 2013 was the first Long Table dinner my Girlfriend and I have attended at the Cascade room. The cost was $35 (around $38 with fees) for the dinner. This nights dinner was a fairly small affair with only 12 participants. From what I hear there are usually closer to 20 people for these events (could be because of spring break). I was lucky enough to sit across the table from Jack the head brewer out at Russell Brewing in Surrey BC.
The night started with a quick introduction by one of the staff members at the Cascade Room (Sorry I cant remember his name) about how the night would go. Jack from Russell Brewing then introduced all three beer that we would be drinking during the dinner including a beer from Russell Brewing, Phillips Brewing and Elysian Brewing. Food was served to the table on platters for the table to share. Every course served was cooked with the beer it was being paired with like most long table and brewmaster dinners.
Hot smoked duck breast, st paulin cheese, huckleberry jam, crusty baguette
(Paired with Russell Brewing “Truth Serum” Wheat Wine Ale 10% ABV)
Up until this night I had only had duck once and did not like it. You always have to be open to trying things again though so I dug in. The duck was amazinly tasty as well as the cheese. It may sound weird but putting a piece of duck, cheese and some huckleberry jam on top of a baguette was amazingly tasty. The sweet jam paired well with the savory flavours. Having the slight sweetness and of the jam went really well with the Truth Serum Wheat Wine quite well as it has a sweetness and fruitiness on top of a good body and hops bitterness.
Fraser Valley porchetta, black mission fig sauce, blue cheese & potato gratin, geen beans amandine
(Paired with Phillips Brewing “Trainwreck” Barrel Aged Barley Wine 10% ABV)
Until this dinner I had never heard of a Porchetta but man was it tasty! Some times you just need a really savory fatty cut of meat! The porchetta went very well with the fig on top of it. The green beans had lots of flavour as well. Not being a fan of blue cheese I was a little worried about the potato gratin but man was I impressed with these potatos! They were a more refined scalloped potato and tasted amazing. The Trainwreck went well with this dish as the food had lots of flavour to pair well with a strong flavorful brew. This beer has also started to age really well and has lost some of its edge.
Green Apple & sour cherry strudel, churros
(Paired with Elysian Brewing “Mortis” Sour Persimmon Ale 7.25% ABV)
The brew on the left is the Mortis. This dessert was a great surprise as it seems most dinners like to fall into safe things like stout cakes. The churros was full of flavour and the strudel was slightly sour just like the Mortis beer that uses Brettanomyces (wild yeast). Neither had a huge sourness but just a nice hint. I would love to east this dessert every night with a glass of Mortis!
This was an amazing dinner and I am pretty sure that everyone involved was stuffed when we were done eating. One thing with these dinners I love is that my girlfriend does not drink so I get her beer. This was a bit much at this dinner with all imperial drinks but I managed most of the brews haha. It was a treat to eat with Jack and the others at our table this night and I hope to run into them at the next dinner as I plan on being there!
If you are interested in checking out one of these dinners make sure to check out the Cascade Room’s website and follow them on twitter at
2616 Main Street, Vancouver BC
From Russell Brewing out of Surrey BC comes their limited edition “Truth Serum Wheat Wine Ale”. This beer pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat, fruits, brown sugar and some floral hops. The flavour consists of wheat, sweet dark fruits, some mild alcohol and a good hops bitterness. The alcohol content of this brew is 10% and the IBU is 70. This is one of the most smooth wheat wines that I have tried and I was amazed to see that the alcohol content was so high! This brew is highly recommended by Me!
Commercial Description: At 10% alc./vol, this beer is ridiculously smooth and easy to drink. Brewed with 50% Canadian Wheat Malt and a blend of imported Pilsner and Munich Malts. Aggressively hopped with French Strisselspalt and US Columbus hops. The wheat malt imparts a slight tang that ties in beautifully with the blackcurrant notes from the abundant use of the Strisselspalt hops. Savour the dry, clean finish.