Friday August 14, 2015
Another week, another batch of amazing beers, hey? Ok, so maybe you haven’t seen them yet, but I know you’re just as excited as I am, and if you’re ever in to see how fast I have to restock these shelves then you know it’s no lie. We’re still in that time of year where summery light beers are coming in, and if you’re like me and love those styles for as long as we have the weather to accompany them, then you know that it’s only a matter of time until the fall beers start hitting the shelves. I’m making sure to get my fill of Kolsch and ISA and lambic(more about that later) before my next favorite seasonals start arriving, and I’ll make sure to have them all for those who love them as much as me! That means you!
There are at least a couple new ones in that vein this week, and I can already say that I am very satisfied with them. See for yourself.
Postmark IPA from Postmark Brewing
Postmark is one of the newest Vancouver brewers to hit our shelves. Their IPA is among the first of four of their beers in Alberta, and if I do say so myself, it is quite pleasant. A mild body with soft caramel notes and hints of hearty bread, and moderate citrusy hop character with a soft and balancing bitterness. Definitely an easy drinking IPA. ($6.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Curiosity Lager by Stanley Park Brewing in collaboration with Lululemon Athletica
I’m not so sure anyone expected a ‘lululager’ (I’m so sorry for that…) to hit the scene, but it’s not an unwelcome sight (seriously though, I’m very sorry). This is a light, crisp pale lager done with chinook and lemon drop hops (Get it? Lemons. I apologized for my pun). It’s mild and bready with a very soft bitterness. It was made to be served at a festival and marathon on the coast, because after all, beer is the first thing that many marathon runners have on the finish line. I imagine it would be suitable after some hot yoga as well. I myself will tilt it back in warrior pose. ($3.39 for a 500mL can)
Garden of Eden Tropical IPA from To 0l Brewing
Just like most things that Mikkeller touches, this one is gold! His former students came across the ocean with this light bodied IPA with a hint of tart acidity and wonderfully tropical flavors. The bitterness is not overpowering, and compliments the body nicely. ($5.39 for a 330mL bottle)
Long Strange Tripel by Boulevard Brewing
One of a few of Boulevard’s “smoke stack” series, this boasts a 9.2% ABV but you wouldn’t know it! Yeasty with notes of apple and drier fruits. Mildly estery with plenty of bread. A big and pleasant beer that could double as a desert for those who don’t like the sweetest deserts but do like beer. ($16.39 for a 750mL bottle)
The last few new items are of the local(ish) variety, and it’s about time we see more Alberta brews!
Passion’d Ale by Two Sergeants Brewing
A Belgian wit named after the third battle of Ypres. Lovely orange and coriander notes compliment the classic wit style make this a worthy contender in the popular Wit category. Two Sergeants donate part of the profits of this beer to the War Horse Awareness Foundation. ($5.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Post ‘n Bale Farmhouse Ale by Six Corners Brewing
Based out of Okotoks, and temporarily contract brewing, these guys are the latest err… just outside of the city? This farmhouse ale happens to be my favorite of theirs thus far, with a light body but great maltiness, mild straw and the tell tale fruity yeasty characteristics. One of the best farmhouse ales to come out of Alberta! ($16.79 for a 6pack of cans)
Stump Splitter Strong Ale by Six Corners Brewing
A malty strong ale will cure what ails ya! Great malty body with a mellow and balanced hoppiness, this is an easy drinking strong ale that comes across with fresh grains and biscuits. Quite pleasant and a little too easy to drink. ($16.89 for a 6pack of cans)
Now, as always, I like to mention a few returning items and this week’s include the Tricycle Radler from Parallel 49, Blue Bridge Coffee Stout from Coronado, Indica IPA from Lost Coast, and Double Daddy IIPA from Speakeasy Brewing. I personally really missed that Radler and am happy to see it back! Now, since I’m horrible at transitioning from this section to the next… and life is too short for segues…
Many of you have likely heard of the upcoming sour tasting (Tuesday August 18th) and have secured your seat, but if you haven’t and by some miracle there are any seats left by the time this is posted, then I highly recommend you sign up. It’s only $35 and we’re going to open some really great lambics/sours. It should be great for both those who love sours, and those who don’t even know what they are but are open minded and curious. This is the first time we’ve been able to host a tasting like this, and I think it’s one of the few that has occurred in Calgary, so I hope everyone who wanted one was able to get a ticket!
Aside from those tastings, we’ll see our fall tasting schedule appear very soon and just to tease it a little, there might be something for those who like to support local, and possibly something for those who are intimidated by this huge beer scene that has enveloped north America.
I think I’m going to leave it at that, but there’s plenty here to read so I’m sure you’re satisfied. I will see some of you over the weekend and some of you next Tuesday! Until then, make sure to pour your beer to give a generous head.