Holy Smoke & Beer tasting, May 12 2015

Tuesday May 12, 2015
Marty Rozon

Tonight we get to work our way through six beer styles and see how they match up with some excellent barbeque from Calgary’s Holy Smoke.

Village Brewery Triplet
Triplet makes a grand entrance. Announced by the crisp fragrance of Belma hops, it swans in with pure pilsen malts gleaming like sun-bleached straw, parading a violet flourish of blueberries, blackberries and succulent saskatoons.  This Kölsch style beer has the lean crisp core of the style, but the addition of fruit rounds it out nicely. An excellent patio beer to warm up your palate before you dig into the barbeque. It placed fourth in tonight’s voting. $16.59 6-pack

Favourites

Burnside Spring Rye
Burnside’s spring seasonal is brewed with 45% Roggenmalz (German Rye), coriander and Ultra hops from the Willamette Valley. Slight nuttiness from the rye is balanced with undertones of fresh spice, berries, nuts and tropical fruit flavours created by the heavy additions of Ultra hops and coriander.  The rye malt really helps this beer dig through the barbeque meat and sauce flavours on the palate. A great match for what’s on the grill. It placed first. $6.49

Rogue Fresh Roast
Rogue Fresh Roast is made with Rogue Farms barley fresh roasted at the brewery. The barley is taken directly out of the roaster and rushed 273 feet over to the brew kettle. Fresh roast can’t get much fresher than that, and you’ll taste the difference it makes. The fresh roast coffee tones are clear. This is an almost-porter style brown ale. Great for the slightly charred portions of your barbeque meats. It placed third on the evening. $9.59

Black Market Aftermath
Black Market introduced “Aftermath” looking to produce a drinkable Pale Ale that wasn’t just a reproduction of everyone else’s Pale Ale. They succeeded by creating theirs with a unique blend of 5 hop varieties to produce a pale with HUGE hop aroma and flavour, without the bitterness of an IPA. The hops used are Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Mosaic. A really quaffable pale with a beautiful hop aroma. It placed second on the evening. $8.59

Maui Big Swell
Big Swell IPA is a fresh handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with huge amounts of American hops and malted barley dry hopped to perfection! Excellent hop nose and a strong bittering touch, but not apparently the best match for the food tonight. It placed fifth. $17.49

Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout

Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer is made from Huy Fong’s original hot chili sauce and sun ripened Rogue Farms ingredients. It’s ready to drink with soups, sauces, pasta, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, chow mein or anything you’d like to wash down with a spicy kick! This would go great with a spicy barbeque, but tonight’s choices were not very warm. It would also work great mixed in with the pulled pork or brisket to give it a kick. It placed sixth on the evening. $16.49

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