Wild Brett Wasp Sour – Field House Brewing (Brassneck)

From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford in collaboration with Brassneck in Vancouver comes their “Wild Brett Wasp Sour”.  This beer has one of the weirder ingredients in it as the yeast used comes from the stomach of a wasp (Yes those stinging jerks).  This is the second of 4 coolship collaborations that Field House will be doing.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of brett, tartness, herbal notes and citrus.  The flavour is of tartness, brett, lemon, elder flower almost honey sweetness and a herbal finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 18.  This was really tasty and I think either Field House or Brassneck should do more beer with this messed up Wasp stomach yeast.

Commercial Description:  Edition 02/04 is a sour and floral wild ale, fermented with yeast harvested from a wasps gut, and finished with Brett. This beer was left overnight in our Copper Coolship with elder flower and hops, allowing the beer to collect micro flora and fauna from the cool pacific night air, while naturally bringing it down to fermentation temperatures.

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.

Tortuga (Wild Ale Aged in Rum Barrels) – Steel & Oak Brewing

From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “Tortuga” a Wild Ale Aged in Rum Barrels. The beer pours a cloudy brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of tartness, dark fruits, rum and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of tartness, rum, dark fruits, cherries, malts, woody and a sweetness from sugar. The alcohol content comes in at 7.3%. While this is not my favourite barrel aged beer I like the direction Steel & Oak is going and I look forward to their next release.

Commercial Description:  Named after a Caribbean Island famous for piracy and aged one year in Caribbean Rum barrels, this caramelized wild ale delivers notes of fruit cake, plum, raisin and sugar cane. A secondary wild fermentation contributes a hint of sour cherry for a refreshing tart finish.  Tortuga is the second release in our Oak Aged Series.


Cantus Fermus – Main Street Brewing

From Main Street Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Cantus Fermus” a beer that uses the dregs from the bottle of a Cantillon.  The beer pours a orangy colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of a nice funk, tartness, fruit and a good yeast backbone.  The flavour is of lemon, tangy citrus, funk, yeast, candies, sweetness with some similar Cantillon notes in the finish.    The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 3.  The bottle was number 138 and bottled on October 0, 2015.  I think this bottle with do some good with some aging but the beer is quite interesting as it is!

Commercial Description:  Our award-winning Cantus Fermus is now available, while stocks last, in 750ml bottles on the retail side. Limit two per person.  Hand labeled and numbered by our brewmaster Jack Bensley, this beautiful sour was brewed using Cantillon bottle dregs and a turbid mash. It has a soft mouth feel with a noticeable wheat character, citrus and lacto in the nose, and a nice malt backdrop.



Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival – Vancouver (UBC)

On June 27th 2015 the inaugural  Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival was held at the UBC Farm.


This festival was a nice change from your average beer festival in this province.  Many of the beer were either one off saisons / sours or rare and hard to get beers.  Nothing for sample was a standard lineup beer.  The ticket cost $50 plus taxes and got you a fancy taster glass and 4 tokens.

Breweries at the Festival
Beerthirst – Elysian, Logsdon, North Coast
Brassneck Brewery
Bravo Beer Co – Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Dupont
Category 12 Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Copper & Theory – Breakside, Cantillon, pFriem
Craft Beer Imports – De Molen, Omnipollo
Dageraad Brewing
Driftwood Brewing
Four Winds Brewing
Goose Island Brewery
Lighthouse Brewing
Main Street Brewing
Moon Brewpub
Parallel 49 Brewing
Persephone Brewing
Powell Street Craft Brewery
Steel & Oak Brewing
Strange Fellows Brewing
Storm Brewing
Untapped Craft Imports – Double Mountain, Dieu Du Ciel, Les Trois Mousquetaires
Westbier – St Louis, Bockor, St Feuillien, ToØl
Yellow Dog Brewing

Full list found here.

The festival had a small amount of tickets sold which showed as there were very rarely lineups and those lineups were only for timed limited beers.  The weather was very hot as has been the case for the Month of June and this shows with brown grass!

As always I took many photos of the different beers that I was able to sample.  There were so many good sours that I did not stray form this style very often.

Full sized photos here.

This was probably one of the best festivals that I have ever attended.  The heat was brutal for me but being in June you would never have guessed it was going to be 30C in Vancouver (It probably should have rained).  If you are looking for just one festival to attend next year then this should be the festival you go to!