From Dogwood Brewing in collaboration with Callister Brewing comes their “Mating Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of rye spice, rye, grainy malts, fruity, yeast and floral hops. The flavour is of rye, rye spice, grain, resin, grapefruit rind, earth, yeast, herbal and some bitterness. This is a fairly dry beer. The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 20. I am always a fan of a good collaboration beer and this one is no different. If you like a good saison you should take a look for this one.
Commercial Description: The perfect marriage between two breweries saw the birth of this refreshing Rye Saison. Brewed with organic Azacca hops, all organic malt and lots of tender love… this subtly spicy saison ends with a tropical fruit finish that’s patio perfect and sure to please. ’Tis the season stags and stagettes, so go get your rut on.
From Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company in Parksville on Vancouver Island comes their “Comfortably Chum” a Hefeweizen. The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of wheat, yeast, orange, orange peel, banana and some perfumey floral notes. The flavour is of orange, orange peel, banana, clove, wheat and yeast. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5%. This was an interesting Hefeweizen with the mix of banana and citrus flavours but I enjoyed it.
Commercial Description: A traditional German style Hefeweizen with Canadian pilsner & brewed with malted wheat. A special German wheat beer strain adds a fantastic bouquet aroma & flavours of banana & clove. Lightly hopped with German Hallertau & finished with sweet orange peel. A complex recipe for simple pleasure. Best enjoyed in a glass.
From Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria BC comes the “Red Fife Hefeweizen”. The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of banana, bubblegum, clove, yeast and wheat. The flavour is of banana, wheat, citrus, yeast and bubblegum. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 20. I am not sure what the Red Fife Wheat adds to this beer but it is an enjoyable one.
Commercial Description: Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolizes brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities.
From Microbrasserie Le Castor in Rigaud Quebec comes their “Brett Zeste Saison”. The beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, citrus zest, mild brett funk and some sweetness. The flavour is of citrus zest, lemon, yeast, wheat, rye spice, pepper, herbs, resin, mild Brettanomyces and some bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 5%. This was a very interesting Saison and I would recommend picking up a bottle if you can find it.
Commercial Description: As spring breezes refresh our spirits and make us think of warmer months ahead, so too will this tribute to traditional Belgian farmhouse ales. Brewed with authentic saison & wild Brettanomyces yeasts, we have added a lot of citrus zest & juice to the mix. Throw in some cracked pepper, and classic rustic yeast character, and you’ve got a refreshingly dry companion to your summer thirst.
From Hathi Brewing currently brewing out of Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Mango Bango Hefeweizen”. The beer pours a cloudy mango juice colour with an orange head. The aroma consists of mango, banana, bubble gum, yeast and sweetness. The flavour is of mango, banana, bubblegum, yeast, wheat and a hint of some spices. The alcohol content comes in at 6.1%. I don’t usually go out of my way for a Hefeweizen but this one has a ton to offer with the addition of the mangos. I will be looking for more of this in the future.
Commercial Description: Our mango Bango Hefeweizen is a Traditional Wheat Beer producing flavours of Banana and Clove with an Indian twist of Alphonso mangos, native to Western India. This particular type of mango is known for being rich, sweet and sensuous to the palate. Grab a few bottles and share them with friends and family.