Friday August 7, 2015
So, in case you all didn’t notice, I took another week off from the blog. I was out of town for a wedding, and to serve as mosquito food. I’ll fill you in on the stuff that came in last week along with what has just arrived! Thereâ€™s a decent amount of beer here, so I hope you’re thirsty! Don’t forget to see our returning favorites for some treats as well!
And away we go!
Shawi Beach by Trou du Diable
A brilliant modern style from one of Canada’s most talented brewers. It’s an IPA with huge tropical aromas and flavors, mildly earthy with good yeasty characteristics, and wonderfully refreshing bitterness to tidy it all up. Definitely one to take to the beach! $8.09 for a 600mL bottle
Citra Sunshine Slacker by Evil Twin Brewing
Yet another in a long list of sessional ales! This one is hopped with -you guessed it- Citra! Raw orange essence is held up by a light malty base, and accompanied by a mild bitterness that rounds it all out but keeps it refreshing! $4.89 for a 500mL can
Barn Stormer by Phillips Brewing
Saison meets IPA in the latest offering from Philips. Grassy, doughy and just full of esters, generously hopped but only balanced bitterness. $7.19 for a 650mL bottle
Saison Houblon by Pike Brewing
Saison yeast seems to play so well North American hops don’t you think? It’s really shown off in this particular beer as well. Yeasty, fruity, spicy and estery saison yeast brings all the usual players to the field, and the hops load it up with more fruit, a hefty but balancing bitterness. A really fantastic beer! $6.99 for a 650mL bottle
Fundur Session IPA from Spider Bite Brewing
A light, tropical and refreshing beer (deja vu?). Seems like I’ve said that before. Although this is a trending style, and more tropical forward beers seem to be coming out, I have to tell you… I still need to have every single one of them. Super tasty beer this one. $10.79 for a 650mL bottle
First Bite Pale by Spider Bite Brewing
A light bodied American pale ale with loads of grapefruit and a little pine resin, along with mild tropical notes and bready malt. Lovely balance and really quite drinkable! $4.49 for a 330mL bottle
Aside from all the new stuff, I’m particularly excited about some of our returning favorites! Such as La Divine Comedie (both the Dieu du Ciel and the Trou du Diable versions!), Hoopers cloudy lemonade, and Dulcis Succubus from Trou du Diable to name a few.
Along with these 3 lambics that are -of course- close to my heart. This year’s edition of Quetsche Tilquin, this time with 2 different versions and made with 2 different types of plums! And finally 3 Fonteinen’s Oude Geuze in 750mL bottles! My mouth is watering; please excuse me for a moment.
All this talk about Lambics gets me a little excited, but I just can’t stop talking about them! I mean at this rate I’ll have to host a tasting just to share my love of all things sour with all my friends! So I guess I’ll do just that. Coming up on Tuesday August 18th is the first Lambic tasting we’ve ever put on! $35 bucks buys you a seat and a tantalizing array of lip puckering sours! It’s going to be a great night so make sure you don’t miss it!
Call 403-283-8000 to reserve your spot.
And with that, I will end off. Stay tuned for even more exciting breweries and beers hitting the shelf including Ballast point IPAs (from Sculpin through to grapefruit Sculpin), and Victory brewing! Until then though, hoist a pint for me!