From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in collaboration with Britannia Brewing Company both from Richmond comes their “Kizuna Pineapple Sour”. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of pineapple, fruity sweetness and tartness. The flavour is of pineapple, tartness, hint of wheat and some sweetness in the finish. This is like an adult juice with a hint of sourness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 7. This is probably my favourite of their sour series so far!
Commercial Description: A delicately tart wheat kettle sour brewed with fresh pineapples.
From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Hazy White IPA”. The beer pours a hazy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consisted of orange and general citrus notes but juicy in general with wheat hints. The flavour is of orange, mild tropical fruits, citrus rind, spices, wheat, mild bitterness and some yeast but not super juicy overall. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with 30 IBU. While not super juicy this is a really enjoyable hazy IPA.
Commercial Description: This juicy wheat beer was infused with the freshly squeezed juice and zest of hundreds of lemons and oranges during multiple stages of the brewing process. Adding hops, juice and coriander during fermentation gives us the extra flavour and hazy appearance that makes this white IPA so luscious.
From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond in collaboration with Superflux Beer Company (formerly Machine Ales) comes their “Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2″. The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of mild tropical, pine, resin, citrus rind, wheat with a floral finish. The flavour is of with hints of pineapple and citrus. The alcohol content comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 61. This currently tastes like a massive West Coast IPA with the look of an North East IPA. This was bottled and consumed on Jan 24th, 2018. The original version of this from 2016 was far more fruity but I have a feeling as this one ages for a week or two the fruit notes will pick up. Its a really nice West Coast IPA none the less.
Commercial Description: Hot Trub Time Machine IPA Part 2: A juicy, dank, pineapple explosion of tropical hops! Featuring Denali & Vic Secret hops.
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 Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC in collaboration with Blasted Church Vineyards in Okanagan Falls comes their “Sanctuary” a Saison with Gewurztraminer Grape Must. The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, spices, Gewurztraminer Grape and wheat. The flavour is of lemony citrus, spices, wheat, yeast funk, mild Gewurztraminer Grape and pith. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5%. This is an absolutely delicious blend of both beer and wine. Make sure to rush out and buy your bottles before it sells out.
Commercial Description: Trying to decide between a glass of wine or pint of beer? Now you can have both, with the release of “SANCTUARY”; the heavenly new collaboration beer from Steamworks Brewing Co. and Blasted Church Vineyards. Sanctuary is a bottle conditioned Saison featuring Gewürztraminer grape must and is a departure from the ordinary for both producers. The making of the beer has been a true labour of love for the brewers and vintners involved. The process started with Blasted Church pressing fresh Gewürztraminer grape must from their Okanagan Valley fall 2017 harvest. The must was then rushed to Steamworks brewery and added during fermentation within 24 hours. The beer was then bottle conditioned for over 2 months in a special facility kept at an optimal temperature. All of this effort has led to a truly unique and spectacular flavour profile. Subtle grape and fruit notes give way to an effervescent mouthfeel and dry finish with a floral yet mildly spicy saison character.