Shawn Michael Young
Friday June 24th, 2015
So I just finished hosting my Canadian whiskey class! It was a ton of fun, and we had some amazing whiskeys! It was a long day, and I have to write another blog post for it, so I’m going to keep this one short-ish. We received a ton of new items this week, and it’s all pretty darn exciting! A bunch of new stuff, a bunch of old stuff came back in stock, and a special treat or two.
Definitely one for malt lovers! huge toffee, caramel, and malty sweetness. The sweetness is boosted by the addition of heather honey, that accompanies the 10 different malts very nicely. I wonderful bow of the head to the ancestors of our favorite Scottish punks! ($5.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Pike Naughty Nellie golden ale
This golden ale from Washington is light and clean, with notes of fleshy fruit and bread on the nose, and yet more bready and fruity notes all over the palate. Plenty of floral accents and citrus as well! ($17.49 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
There are just some things that remain mostly inaccessible to modern brewers. One such thing is the process of lagering your beers in “century old caves”. Schlenkerla indeed has this ability, and along with a light smoky quality from using the same boilers for their smoked beers and non smoked beers, this Helles lager is truly unique and just another reason why these guys are among some of the best breweries in the world. ($4.79 for a 500mL bottle)
Equinox pale oat ale by Lagunitas brewing
Lagunitas just continues to surprise us! Protein heavy oats give this pale ale a rich body, while equinox and simcoe bring a pine forest to your mouth(well, that sounds great to me at least) along with a healthy dose of semi-tropical and citrus fruits. ($7.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Naughty Hildegard by Driftwood brewing
An extra special bitter that boasts huge north west hop aromas and layers them overtop a light-medium slightly sweet red malt base. Grapefruit, pine and resin, along with hints of marmalade and biscuit tones. A real gem from Victoria’s finest! ($6.59 for a 650mL bottle)
HiFi+LoFi mixtape by Stone brewing
A call back to old English pubs who used to blend older barreled beers with fresh beers. Stone brews a high ABV beer to store away in barrels for a few months, then brews a low ABV version of the same beer, and then marries them together! Yeasty, wood-full and barley wine-esque, and yet another reason to love these mad scientists! ($13.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Stones Enjoy By 07.04.15 is in store and on the shelves, and as fresh as ever! If fresh IPAs are what get you up in the morning then you owe it to yourself to make sure you get this each and every time it’s released. Limited quantities hit the store so make sure to be quick! And speaking of fresh IPA… what about not-so-fresh? Stone has also started a line of Brett fermented IPAs that are specifically meant to NOT be enjoyed fresh. The Enjoy After 07.04.16 has also hit the shop, and is looking for a nice home in your cellar! To give an idea, the beer is barely even carbonated yet, and it generally takes a long time for the wild yeasts to do their thing. I’m certainly taking a couple home, one to have a year from now, and one for a while after that.
Other returning favorites this week include La Trappe tripel and quadrupel from De Koningshoeven, Ola Dubh 12 year old and 18 year old from Harviestoun brewing, Oude Beersel’s oude kriek vieille (this time in 375mL format!), and Elysian’s Avatar jasmine IPA and Loser Pale.
See what I mean when I said a ton of stuff? This was one of the best deliveries of the year! While you’re in for these, don’t forget to ask about our summer beer festival this year, or maybe the Canada day beer tasting on June 30. Until next week, see you in the shop!