Folks! I don’t want to waste too much time before getting to this week’s amazing new beers, but I have to mention quick that for those of you who pre-ordered Cantillon, they will be arriving next week! So expect to be contacted by Thursday or so to come grab this precious commodity and… well I guess we should all get together and drink these right? I mean it would be a shame to just let them sit there, not being open! As a heads up, since we are receiving so little of this, if you haven’t been contacted by the end of the weekend, then that likely (and sadly) means there was not enough product to give everyone what they wanted.
All that aside, check out these amazing beers that arrived this week!
Salvator Dopplebock by Paulaner
The Original Paulaner. Brewed as a food replacement during Lent for the Paulaner monks. Using practically the same recipe since before 1896, this beer offers fruity esters that compliment the toasty, biscuity malt, and combine with the dried fruit notes to give thoughts of Christmas cake and hearty bread. ($19.19 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Corn Hop IIPA by Parallel 49 brewing
Big beer has given adjunct grains a bad name, and it’s a shame really. Rice and corn can be legitimate ingredients without cheapening a beer! Parallel 49 takes one of these adjuncts into the craft world with this incredibly enjoyable IIPA. Malt and corn combine to make an off-dry base with a pleasant sweetness and a mild booziness, and is all balanced with lightly floral and big citrusy hops with a nicely toned bitterness. ($6.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Ruination by Stone brewing
There are some real mixed opinions regarding Stone’s attempt at changing with modern beer drinker tastes by discontinuing and completely changing their core lineup. The original Ruination has been retired, but in its wake, rises this slightly lighter malted and very tropical monster IPA they call Ruination 2.0. I must say I love this incarnation more than I do the first. We still have a couple left of the original Ruination so come grab them both and compare for yourself! ($12.29 for a 650mL bottle)
Points Unknown by Stone brewing, Ecliptic brewing, and Wicked Weed Brewing
Points Unknown is a triple collaboration between California, Oregon, and North Carolina brewers. This is a west coast IIPA that was blended with a Belgian Tripel that was aged in ex red wine and tequila barrels. Talk about a unique blend! Super fruity with notes of banana and fleshy fruits followed by oaky spices, and that typical Belgian yeast character, all finished by a very pleasant hoppy/tannic bitterness. ($12.39 for a 650mL bottle)
Galactic by Hopworks urban brewing
This is the second time we’ve seen this powerhouse of an Imperial Red hit our shelves, and each time it has floored us! Rich caramelized sugars and lightly toasty malts hold up a huge and wonderful load of resinous, floral and citrusy hops. It has to be tasted to be believed, and it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t yet had this! ($15.09 for a 650mL bottle)
Seizoen by Logsdon farmhouse ales
Malt, wheat and oats make up the light but robust body of this farmhouse ale. They ferment it with 4 different yeast strains that turn this into one interesting and complex beer! Fruity and spicy characters come though the bready, straw-like malt flavors. Yeast and estery notes fully reinforce this style, and the bottle conditioning ensures that it is both lively and refreshing. If this amazing beer sounds like something you might like, don’t hesitate to come grab one, as we only have 12, and that is all we’re going to see for the foreseeable future! ($9.59 for a 375mL bottle)
Well that covered all the beer bases right? New, old, hoppy, malty, farm-housey. It’s all there!
There are a few rumors floating around about some breweries expected in the province. It’s likely that within a few months we’ll see Victory Brewing from Pennsylvania and the much anticipated Ballast Point from San Diego. The store owner, Andrew, would be very, very happy to see Ballast Point on the shelves, and I don’t think he knows that it’s coming. Let’s see if he reads this (heh heh)… We also expect to see Stone’s “Enjoy After…” which is their Brett IPA that is meant to be consumed NOT fresh!
Stay tuned next week for Brewdog, possibly more Logsdon, amongst other goodies! Until then, don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Beer Festival, our Canada day/Quebecois beer tasting, and follow me on twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY, and don’t forget to catch Game of Thrones this Sunday! Because doesn’t the best stuff always happen on episode 9 of the season?