August 26, 2015
I hope anyone who missed my sour tasting last week was able to come in and pick up all they need to have their own (If not, we still have nearly everything I poured!). If sours aren’t your thing, then stay tuned for our fall tasting schedule. It should be released within the next week or so.
Now that we’re almost entering Autumn, don’t forget to get your name in if you are interested in the Craft beer advent calendar this year. I think I have an idea of a few of the beers coming in specifically for it, and it seems like it could be pretty exciting this year!
Onto business now, I know you all want to hear about all the sweet new things in this week, so I won’t distract you too much longer. It’s a pretty broad range of flavors this week, so there is something for everyone! At least 3 of them are new favorites of mine.
Bourbon Pale Ale by Innis & Gunn
This is I&G’s tribute to the American pale ale. It’s a light, refreshing summery ale made with cascade and amarillo hops, and matured in bourbon infused American oak. Citrusy and spicy on the nose. Flavors of mildly sweet chocolate, oak come through with a nice light bitterness. ($4.19 for a 330mL bottle)
Blackrock Irish Stout by Dungarvan
A pretty good example of a classic dry Irish stout. Generous roasted malts, complimenting bitterness, but smooth body with plenty of toast, vanilla and mild spice notes. ($8.49 for a 500mL bottle)
Super Cooper 14th anniversary ale by Phillips Brewing Co.
To celebrate their 14th birthday, Phillips planned ahead by making this beer last year and aging it in fresh bourbon oak, it was then dry hopped before release. Big malt and oak characteristics with a bright American hop kick. This is a very limited bottling! ($7.79 for a 650mL)
West coast pale ale by Postmark Brewing
The other week you may have caught the IPA from these guys, this week we bring the counterpart. A wonderfully balanced pale ale with a medium body that is just packed with grainy, malty flavors. It’s pretty easy to have more than one of these, so make sure to grab at least two (especially at this price)! $6.49 for a 650mL bottle)
Imperial Pilsner from Lagunitas Brewing
The magicians of Petaluma have wowed me again! This big beefy pilsner pours an amazing bright gold lemon color, and packs a bunch of citrusy aromas along with plenty of tropical notes. Lovely and moderate sweetness from the malt along with that crisp pilsner malt flavor. Surprisingly refreshing for such a big style. I can’t get enough! ($7.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Gose-uh by Driftwood Brewing
A very limited release from Victoria’s finest. This take on the classic Goslar style, this one boasts plenty of bready, tart lemons, and banana on the nose. Good herbal notes along with mild pepper and more bread come out through the palate. As I said, this is very limited, we only received 5 cases of this and we’ve already gone through one! ($7.29 for a 650mL bottle)
Aside from the new products, a couple of products returned to our shelves: Six Corners Post N’ Bale, and Samuel Adams Octoberfest. I have to say I’m pleased to see the marzens start flowing back into the province so soon!
So that’s all for this week. I know we keep talking about Ballast Point, and it seems like we keep saying “next week” again and again (because that’s what we keep hearing when we ask the powers that be!) but this coming week it should be in the store! Along with some neat new 8-wired beers!
Until then though, so long, and don’t drink your beer too cold!