Wit – Stanley Park Brewery

From Stanley Park Brewery (Turning Point Brewery) in Delta BC comes their summer seasonal the “Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a quickly dissipating white head.  The aroma consists of wheat, citrus, orange peel and yeast.  The flavour is of wheat, yeast, orange peel, citrus and coriander.  The flavour is mild but is pretty tasty.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 14.

Commercial Description:  Our authentic Belgian brewing process begins with a distinctive blend of malted and unmalted wheat resulting in a characteristic cloudy, straw colour. Our signature strain of Belgian yeast yields a citrus aroma and complex fruitiness with a hint of clove. Passionately crafted as a traditional unfiltered and unpasteurized Belgian Style “Wit” Beer, we have spared no effort to bring you this world class, Belgian style, locally brewed fresh Wit.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Delicious with seafood such as “drunken” mussels and frites, juicy prawn dishes and contrasting white fish entrees.


Kili Wit – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

From Hood River Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales comes their “Kili Wit” a traditionally brewed white beer.  The Wit pours a cloudy orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma is of malts, wheat, spices, orange peel and yeast.  The flavour was of wheat, malts, spices, citrus, orange peel, coriander and yeast.  The alcohol content of the brew is 5.5%.  

Commercial Description:  Our Kili Wit is a traditionally brewed white beer with refreshing flavors and creamy smoothness. This is a 100% certified organic beer brewed with local organic barley malt, wheat and oats along with whole cone Oregon hops and African spice. This beer is made with a portion of the proceeds going to the K2 Adventures Foundation that provides community service, medical and educational enrichment for African children.


Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Company

From Anchorage Alaska’s Anchorage Brewing Company comes their “Galaxy White IPA”.  This brew is both aged in French oak wine tanks and bottle fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces giving it a very distinct character.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma is of sweet citrus, orange, coriander, wheat, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour consists of sweet citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, wheat, oak, floral hops Brettanomyces (sour) and a pine aftertaste.  The alcohol content of this beer is 7% and the IBU is 50.  I really like this beer!  I did not expect a beer this refined to come from Alaska!  I am so happy to be wrong with my preconceived notions.

Ingredients as per bottle: Ale brewed with Galaxy Hops, coriander, kumquats and peppercorns.  Fermented and aged in french oak louders with a wit yeast.  Dry hopped with Galaxy hops.  Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink now or age to bring out the funk.

Commercial Description: Exploration and innovation have always been hallmarks of mankind. The same spirit that sent pathfinders, like Captain Cook, sailing from Britain to the shores of Australia and the rocky coastlines of Alaska animates today’s trailblazers.  Wherever you find a frontier, be it the Final Frontier of our Milky Way, the Last Frontier of the Great Land, or the frontiers of scientific knowledge, there you will also find dedicated men and women, taking risks to break trail for the rest of us.

One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail.  With its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew.  Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come.

So take a step from the known into the unknown.  Cross the frontier from the commonplace into the extraordinary.  Be the first to gaze upon an undiscovered country and return to tell the tale to those timid souls you left behind.  After all, there’s an entire Galaxy waiting to be explored…

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Oak wine tank photo from Anchorage Brewing Company website.