New beers April 15th, 2015

Here we go again! Yet another week with a generous beer delivery, this one with some very special treats! This week we brought in the rest of the Boulevard beers along with restocking the Tank 7 (which was a favorite last week). On top of that some old favorites from Lagunitas and the long anticipated Driftwood beers! Now, without further ado:

Bourbon Barrel Quad by Boulevard Brewing.
This sought after release is a massive abbey-style quad that is put in several bourbon barrels to age for up to 3 years (some barrels don’t age quite as long), and cherries are then added to make up for lost volume.  Huge vanilla and toffee notes come through the crazy bourbon characteristics with just a hint of cherry coming through. Treat yourself before it’s gone.  Try it or age it for longer!) $20.69 for a 750mL bottle.

Harvest Dance by Boulevard Brewing.
This 9.2%abv wheat heavy ale is aged on both French and American oak. The addition of North American hops help give this beer tropical and citrusy notes on top of the mild oaky spice. The partial oxidation imparts a mild wine-like note that help round it all out. $16.29 for a 750mL bottle

Gnarly Wine by Lagunitas Brewing.
It takes about a month of brewing and conditioning for this beautiful American barley wine to finally be bottled, but boy is it worth the wait! This is the first time we’ve seen this release in about 5 years, and I couldn’t be happier to see it again! The first sip was like hugging an old friend. The huge amount of piney and resinous hops on the nose remind you of where this comes from and nearly fools you into thinking it’s an IPA. On the palate, however, you’ll find that intense toffee and caramel with rich dried fruit sugars that you’d expect with a barley wine, though even all this is decorated heavily with candied citrus peel and all sorts of hoppy oils. $7.79 for a 650mL bottle.

Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale by Lagunitas Brewing.
This American strong ale is brewed in remembrance of some particular (the Feds were looking for contraband!) events that occurred in 2005.  Heavy aromas of citrus and tropical fruits give way to toffee and softer fruit notes. The sweet malts hide the 9.3%abv very well, and give off more toffee, along with deeply caramelized sugars and a pronounced bitterness that lingers with an oily resinous feel. $22.99 for a 6-pack of bottles.

Allegro Coffee Porter by Rogue Brewing.
A full (but not heavy) bodied porter made with a local coffee that was brewed for Whole Foods, but recently released in Calgary. The mild chocolaty and roasted malt is met in full force with sharp, slightly acidic coffee notes that help balance out the sweetness and make for a very smooth beer. $9.59 for a 650mL bottle.

Smoke Boss by Dandy Brewing.
This is a local take on a classic German style. The malts are smoked over Beech wood and the result here is a beautifully rich smoky and caramel flavor with a hint of sweetness from an added infusion of Tonka bean. Don’t miss out on this one! $9.39 for a 650mL bottle.

New Growth Pale by Driftwood Brewing.
A light, crisp and refreshing session style pale ale if there ever was one! Sappy, citrusy and lightly bready on the nose. The palate is very crisp, with a light malt, but very pronounced bitterness along with plenty of citrus pith and a dry finish. $6.29 for a 650mL bottle.

Fat Tug IPA by Driftwood Brewing.
This has been a long time coming! Many of us have already experienced this based on reputation alone. The ease with which it’s available within days of bottling in BC was cause for mass jealousy here in Alberta, but NO MORE! The nose is just riddled with fresh hop notes, dank grapefruit oils and pine crispness. A rather robust (but not overwhelming) malt compliments the perfectly satisfying hoppy flavors with a touch of sweetness, making this beer oh-so comforting. We received a lot of this one, and it’s still very fresh! $6.79 for a 650mL bottle.

These Driftwood beers are really a steal of a deal, and in case you didn’t notice the price, look again. They have already been flying off the shelf, and it’s easy to see why! Well that’s enough drooling over all the new items, you might just have to come see them/taste them all for yourself!

Is everyone getting excited for Beerfest this year? It’s been a couple years since I’ve been able to attend, but I’ll be there on May 2nd if anyone else happens to be there and would like to say hi/have a drink. Hunter and I will be perusing around looking for any beers that we may have overlooked, but still deserve a spot on our shelves. Feel free to message me on my twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY if are around!

That’s it for this week; we’ll see you in the shop for some sweet, sweet Fat Tug!


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