New beers March 18, 2015

So something quite new has happened at Kensington Wine Market this week. We didn’t get a whole plethora of new beers! Now don’t worry, keep calm and don’t flip the table just yet, we still received a few interesting things, including a new gluten free IPA and two ciders. However, the brief lull in new product is merely the calm before the storm. Over the next 2 months the province is going to be just pummeled with new and old beers from some very prolific breweries like Brewdog, Smuttynose and Boulevard, and then some more from Oude Beersel and Cantillon. We took this opportunity to bring back some favorites to beef up our shelves. The new products that made it through the doors are as follows.

I Wish gluten free IPA by Mikkeller.  Everyone’s favorite gypsy brewer tries his hand at a gluten free beer, and an IPA no less! Made as a traditional beer, the gluten is then destroyed/removed. Lightly tropical with citrus and pine notes, and a slightly rich body with a fairly bitter finish. This is definitely suitable for those who miss drinking a good IPA, but tasty enough for the gluten tolerant as well! $5.89 for a 350mL bottle.

The Muse by Angry Orchard. This is the first Angry Orchard product to grace our shelves, and we have to say, we love it! Made with influences of demi-sec wines and sparkling wines, this medium dry cider is aged in French oak which imparts some lovely spice notes. The cider has a wonderfully fruity with good acidity and a slightly drying finish. $17.99 for a 750mL bottle.

Perry by Sea Cider. A seasonal pear cider from their heirloom collection, this Perry is made from fruit of a secret orchard, and is quite a rarity.  Made in a dry style, it truly shows off the unique qualities of the French originating perry pears. Fantastic for food pairing or just sipping on the warm days we’ve been so lucky to have lately! ($22.99 for a 750mL bottle).

Along with these, a couple of notable restocked products are the Mikkeller/3Floyds Bla Spogelse blueberry lambic, and Nickelbrook’s Uber Berliner weisse.

See, it’s not so bad. Those three are still pretty exciting.

Now the orders for Cantillon have been flooding in and we’re getting more and more excited to see what we can get our hands on. It’s important to mention, however, that we still have one of the biggest sour selections around (regardless of the presence of Cantillon). As an example, I’ve put together this photo of all of our current sours. There really is something for everyone! On top of all of that, there are also a few more items coming in from Oude Beersel over the next few weeks including the Horal’s 2015 Megablend! Stop in and ask for some recommendations on these increasingly popular styles!

One last quick mention is that Parallel 49′s Jerkface 9000 is back in stock for anyone who missed it. Nearly all of the staff has been raving about it (myself included) which resulted in a night-long twitter pic show down! An incredibly well done American wheat beer with tons of mosaic hops, it’s also available at a  really great price ($14.39 for a 6-pack of bottles), I highly recommend any and all beer lovers to come try it before it’s gone for the year.

And finally, if you ever want to know the beer geeks are drinking, follow me on twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY. Thanks for reading!

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