Hello fellow beer geeks!
This week has been rather generous to us as we see the return of some long loved and long missed classics, and our Cantillon finally arrived! Likely, nearly all of you have picked up your orders by now, and if you missed out this time, you know I’ll be giving people a heads up next year when we might see it again. In the meantime I received word that those Oude Beersel beers I mentioned last month are nearly here! So you can sate your Lambic thirst one way or another! In the meantime, here are this weeks arrivals!
White Light White Heat White IPA by Gigantic Brewing
A Belgian wheat IPA? I’m not sure I’ve had one before, and I’m not a virgin to very many styles! Tropical fruits and kumquats accompany the lightly malty nose. A generous malty sweetness hides an 8%abv and brings more tropical fruit! ($10.89 for a 650mL bottle)
Puck the Beer Petit Saison by North Coast Brewing
It’s a rare occurrence when North Coast Brewing unveils a new beer, so it’s a cause for celebration! This table style saison packs wonderful straw character with well a balanced but not too “north American” hop profile. Very drinkable, but the lively carbonation prevents you from drinking it too quickly so your session will last a wee bit longer with this one. ($15.59 for a 4-pack of bottles)
Duvel Tripel Hop by Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat
This annual release is done with a different dry hop each year. This year features the newest edition to the Humulus Lupulus family, Equinox! If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will soon because it’s about to explode all over the scene, and who’s flavors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper, some of which certainly shine through on this beer. It also happens to drink a little lighter than the standard Duvel, very pleasant and very Belgian. ($5.79 for a 330mL bottle)
Highland Ale by Innis&Gunn
This beer has been matured in highland whiskey barrels. The medium bodied malt gives notes of toffee, soft oak, dried fruit and spices, along with heather honey, and hints of the whiskey the cask previously held. ($6.79 for a 330mL bottle)
Aside from all these goodies, we also got a huge restocking of Driftwood’s Fat Tug that happens to be just 2 weeks old! IPA this fresh needs, really needs, to be tasted to believed. Scotland’s punk brewers Brewdog has also made its way back into the province! After about a year and a half, our old favorites Punk IPA and 5am red ale (formerly 5am saint) have hit the shelves once more, and in new packaging! There are also a couple more Brewdog beers that will hit our shelves likely next week, but until then come drink all these fresh, dank IPAs!