Less than a week away from St. Patrick’s day, and we had little choice but to keep bringing in great Irish craft beers to prepare for the festivities. Hunter and I have some amazing things lined up for our upcoming tasting “The Irish are Coming!” on Tuesday March 17th, and we’re excited to see you there. In case you missed it before, there are 11 tickets left as of this posting. The tasting is stand up format and we’ll sample both beer and whisky. Enough of that though, there is a lot more than Irish beers to peruse through in shop. Some new fair from Scotland, Japan, America, and BC also made its way into the store. You may want to grab a bucket to catch the drool as you read through these delicious offerings.
Black IPA from Stewart Brewing
This north American style hails from Edinburgh Scotland, and was originally brewed in 2012 for a competition. Filled with coffee and roasted grain notes, this is an easy drinking dark ale with great balance and floral/herbal hop notes. ($8.19 for a 500mL bottle)
Dai-Dai IPA from Hitachino Brewing
Japan’s largest craft brewery sends us this IPA brewed with a rare type of orange called “Fukure Mikan”. It provides lovely mandarin orange characteristics and compliments the bitterness with an essence of orange pith. A very unique take on an IPA! ($4.59 for a 350mL bottle)
Roundhouse Kick from Crew Republic Brewing
One of the more modern breweries to come out of Germany, Crew Republic gives us one of the few German Imperial Stouts we’ve seen in the province. Ripe with notes of red berries and cocoa along with light roasted coffee and a hefty roasted quality. Â The medium carbonation makes it silky, and almost oily on the palate.($4.49 for a 350mL bottle)
Devil Went Down to Oregon by Ninkasi Brewing
Yet another seasonal to come up from the champions of Eugene Oregon, this rye dark ale shows just how spicy rye can get. Poured cold, it gives warming spice along with hints of cocoa, caramel and earth. As it warms up, an almost Belgian characteristic comes out as an estery yeastiness takes over. Pretty ideal for a burger I’d say!($9.39 for a 650mL bottle)
Oyster Stout by Porterhouse Brewing
This Irish beer is not appropriate for vegetarians, as fresh oysters are shucked right into the conditioning tank. The result is a sweet stout that is superbly smooth with a well rounded character that is balanced with classic European hops. Don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like oysters! Â ($13.69 for a 4 pack of bottles)
Brainblasta! by Porterhouse Brewing
A classic strong ale must be deep and complex in order to be exciting. This Irish ale certainly fits the bill with generous helpings of black malts and flaked barley. The rich malt base is complimented with lovely floral hop notes and a smooth bitterness that could only come with the longer fermentation times. Â ($12.19 for a 4 pack of bottles)
Elsinore by Phillips Brewing
Lightly hopped and lovingly lagered, this beer could easily sway those away from their precious macro-brews. Crisp and light with plenty of citrus notes and some grassiness to accentuate. Spring is coming, and this is one of its harbingers. ($13.69 for a 6 pack of bottles)
So that’s it for this week, as always you can tune in around the same time next week to see what amazing things we’ve unpacked. Although don’t be shy, and come down to the shop and say hi! This (and every) Friday evening I’ll be opening something tasty to sample, and that product will also be on sale for 7% off! Follow me on twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY to see what’s being poured.