Not every week can be packed full of 8 to10 new beers, right? Not to worry, weâ€™ve got some amazing examples of some prime summery styles of a caliber that will enforce the â€œquality over quantityâ€ frame of mind.
Summer styles ahoy! Session ales are on the map for the next few months and I for one welcome our new seasonal beer style overlords. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I love me a hearty barley wine or a rich IIPA, but beer was always brewed in a seasonal appropriate way with climate very much in mind, and how can you go wrong with a crisp, balanced and refreshing ale on a hot day? If the alcohol is low, that just means I can have a few more of them!
On a funny note, did you know that porters were originally considered optimal for hot weather (maybe they still are to some)? It was the staple style for India before the pale ale (and later IPA) came around, plus itâ€™s still brewed as a staple in hot places like Trinidad! Anyway, Â you wonâ€™t find any of those here this week, but hereâ€™s what you WILL find.
Pinner Throwback IPA from Oskar Blues brewing.
One of my favorite sessional ales so far! Just crammed full of tropical, citrusy and spicy hops that beautifully balance the light, but tasty, biscuity malt. We opened this for a meal of BBQ meats for our staff meeting and it was a hit! ($18.49 for a 6-pack of cans)
Genius of Suburbia by Flying Monkeys brewing.
Will you ever get tired of hearing the terms â€œsession alesâ€ or â€œISAâ€? I really donâ€™t think I will, and Iâ€™ll be trying each and every one of them to boot! Donâ€™t forget to give this funky Ontario brewed example a try! Light and bitter, with its fair share of citrusy resinous hops, just how you want it. A very clean drinking and refreshing session ale! ($16.99 for a 6-pack of cans)
Detective Saison by Central City Brewing.
One of our favorite BC brewers try their hand at a classic French Saison. Barley and wheat are brought together with traditional European hops and spicy yeast to produce this crisp, funky farmhouse ale with grass and straw notes and carbonation thatâ€™s practically alive! Truly perfect for cooling off after a day of hard work! Â ($6.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Brooding Soldier Barrel Aged Dubbel by Brewsters Brewing.
One of Calgaryâ€™s oldest craft brewers have been breaking into modern day brewing for a little while now. This latest seasonal of theirs shows their dedication and creativity. A Belgian Dubbel that has been aged in wine casks. Not a ton of feedback has been given on this beer as of yet, but expect plenty of dried fruit along with those Belgian esters, oaky spice and a hint of wine tannin. ($5.09 for a 350mL bottle)
Although it has been a light week for sheer number of new beers, there are a couple of returning champions that deserve honorable mentions. First of all, Herb a Detourne from Montrealâ€™s own Dieu du Ciel is a Citra hopped Belgian tripel that will knock your socks off at $15.29/4-pack of bottles. The other is the Grapefruit Radler from Stiegl, one of our top sellers at $3.59/500mL can.
Now Iâ€™m not sure everyone has heard, but next weekend (the weekend of May 22nd) is our 23rd Birthday Weekend Sale! The sale will include wine at 15% off, whisky at 10% off, and beer at 5% off, with select items discounted further! Iâ€™ll be there Friday and Sunday, so come on down and say hi! If you canâ€™t make it but want to take advantage of the deals, feel free to do some shopping on our website during that time and you can pick it up at your leisure!
If you feel like starting the Canada day celebration a day early this year (and who wouldnâ€™t?), there are still tickets left for our beer tasting â€œLa bier au Quebecâ€, which will feature the best beers available from Canadaâ€™s most lively and innovative beer scene! Plus itâ€™s only $35!
Well thatâ€™s it for this week; stay tuned for some neat releases from Smuttynose next week. Cheers! Shawn Young