From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “Slow Drift Witbier”. The beer pours a cloudy gold colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrusy lemon, yeast, wheat and spices. The flavour is of citrus, ornage, spices, coriander, bready and wheat. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 10. This is definitely a well made witbier and will be very popular in the warm summer months.
Commercial Description: A Belgian White Ale with light & spicy citrus flavours. This unfiltered beer is brewed with a touch of coriander & orange peel and is slightly cloudy. We think it’s downright delicious! Best when garnished with a slice of orange, to bring out the natural spices & subtle fruit flavour. Kettle addition during boil – Seville orange & coriander. Use of Belgian yeast provides a slight phenolic, clove and bubblegum flavour. 50% Wheat Malt.
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
Maple Ridge is starting to join the craft beer revolution with their second brewery opening up this past weekend. Ridge Brewing Company is located really close to the first brewery in Maple Ridge only being one block away.
Walking in the door you find a tasting room. The tasting room has very nice wood accents with a nice eclectic style mixing in metal cladding and steel drums (Ladies they have purse hooks on the tables!). Swag is already in full force with an array of t-shirts already available as well as hats, growlers with at least 4 different sayings on them and some growler carrying cases. The brewery has launched with three beers including a Witbier (Gringa Loca), IPA (Green Eyes White) and Brown Ale (Cafe Morena). They also have some kind of Irish ale in the works and a Pilsner on the horizon.
It does not take much to find the brew house as it is fully visible from the tasting room. The brew house is 10HL and they currently have 3-20HL tanks but as you can see there is some room to expand out and up so the beer should keep flowing as demand builds.
Ridge Brewing Company is an exciting addition to the Fraser Valley brewing scene and both Carlos the owner and the brewmaster are very friendly people. Make sure you head out to the brewery soon to try their beer especially if you live in Maple Ridge!
From Chilliwack’s Old Yale Brewing comes their “Vanishing Monk Belgian Witbier” a part of their Tall Tale Series of beers. The beer pours a light straw yellow that is quite cloudy and has a billowing white head. The aroma consists of yeast, wheat, citrus, orange and coriander. The flavour is of Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, orange, coriander and other lite spice, mild tartness and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 20. Like all witbiers the flavour is not massive but it is really refreshing and I could picture myself sitting on a patio in the summer with a pint or two of this beer. Get it before it vanishes!
Commercial Description: An unfiltered Belgian style Witbier with hints of orange and coriander, a slightly tart finish, and a fluffy white head. Use it to steam mussels (delicious!), or pair with a fresh fruit salad.
Food Pairings as per brewery: Steamed mussels, Fruit Salad, Grilled chicken breast, Crab, Smoked Salmon
From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “De Witte” a sour fermented Belgian Witbier. The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus and orange peel up front with bready wheat malts, coriander and other spices and a mild sour funkiness. The flavour is of bready wheat, orange peel, citrus, coriander, spices and a mild sourness from lactobacillus. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2%. I do not remember having very many sour Wit’s but this is a really integrating beer. It takes a good summer style ale and gives it just that much more intriguing!
Commercial Description: De Witte is a flavourful summer beer brewed in the tradition of the while ales of the Flemish Brabant. Made with malted and unmalted wheat, seasoned with orange peel and coriander and fermented with Belgian yeast and lactobacillus. De Witte is complex on the palate, with a refreshing, tart finish.