Blood Simple – Beau’s All Natural Brewing


From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Blood Simple” a Cacao Blood Orange Witbier.  The beer pours a cloudy light orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of blood orange, rind, sweetness, wheat, spices and citrus.  The flavour on the other hand had some good cacao notes that accentuated the blood orange, rind, wheat, bready malts and more citrus notes.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.3%.  Beau’s managed to make this a very enjoyable Witbier to drink and would be quite enjoyable on a patio.

Commercial Description:  Chase away the winter blahs with a sunshiny taste of California oranges and Peruvian cacao beans! Blood Simple is a chocolate-orange riff on the classic citrus-and-spice character of a Belgian-style witbier. It is brewed with organic blood orange juice, organic orange peel, and organic cacao.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Duck a l’orange, chocolate mousse

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Summer Ale – Steamworks Brewing


From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Summer Ale”. The beer pours a cloudy straw Yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange, orange peel, yeast, wheat and just an overall fruity finish. The flavour is of wheat, yeast, orange, orange peel and Mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 20.  This will be a tasty patio beer this summer!

Commercial Description:  Crisp and thirst quenching with a distinct citrus aroma, this wheat ale gets a refreshing kick from sweet orange peel, lemon peel and grains of paradise. The balance of bright citrus, fruity hops, and spice make this lively brew perfect for any summer day. Perfect for poolside chilling or more intrepid adventures.

Shiva White IPA – Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks


From Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks in Richmond comes the latest in their “Shiva White IPA”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head.  The aroma consists of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, wheat and floral hops.  The flavour is of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pineapple, wheat, resin and lots of hops bitterness.  This beer has a very dry finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 64.  If you enjoy a good wheat beer crossed with an IPA this White IPA will be right up your ally.  I know that I quite enjoy this beer!

Commercial Description:  Shiva:  A light and refreshing White IPA that features grapefruit notes and hefty bittering to sastify your hop fix.  Featuring Citra, Amarillo, & Ekuanot Hops and a American-Belgo Yeast Blend.

Wild Saison with Pear – Luppolo Brewing


From Luppolo Brewing in East Vancouver comes their “Wild Saison with Pear”.  The beer pours a cloudy yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of pear, citrus, citrus rind, yeast, wheat and some sweetness.  The flavour is of citrus, citrus rind, pear, wheat, yeast, spices with a mild funk in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%.  This may not be a hugely complex beer like some wild ales but it was a very well executed while approachable saison.

Magodes White IPA – Hearthstone Brewery


From Hearthstone Brewery in North Vancouver comes their “Magodes White IPA”.  The beer poured a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of lemon, wheat and floral hops.  The flavour is of resin, lemon, citrus rind, wheat, herbal notes and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 150.  This beer isn’t big on the wheat and is closer to an IPA than a White IPA but I prefer it that way anyways.  This beer wont disappoint!

Commercial Description:  The Magodes White IPA is a kick you in the teeth, take no prisoners, flavour filled hop bomb. Hearthstone pulled out all the stops, acquiring the legendary “Conan” yeast strain from Vermont which imparts light citrus and peachy goodness. Next they kick it up with a healthy dose of HOP HASH, imparting massive notes of juicy fruit, sliced mango and kittens! Enjoy friend!

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