Friday September 18
Another big week (or two) has come and gone and wait until you see what that time has brought! Before that though I want to give people a heads up on a couple of great tastings that are coming up in the next few weeks. Firstly, this coming Tuesday (Sept. 22) we have our Calgary Craft Brews which focuses on – you guessed it – local brews! We’ll highlight the best of what our fine city (and it’s even finer brewers) have to offer! After that, on Tuesday October 6, is the Learning to Love Craft Beers which is perfect for any of your friends who might not know where to begin in this crazy world of craft beer (or maybe you just want to taste awesome beer and learn a couple things?). I’ll go through the beer making process, and go through any terms/styles people might find confusing. You all should totally come and geek out with me on this one.
One more quick note before the good stuff. This weekend we’re holding a Surprise Sale with all in stock wine discounted at least 15%, along with select whisky discounted 10-25%, and select beers 10-15%! It’s pretty much the perfect time to stock up for the coming fall. Buy in-store or online only.
So that’s all for all that news and plugs. Here’s the meat……all the wonderful new things this week:
Jardinier by The Bruery
This is a surprisingly light, crisp and refreshing beer from a brewery(or bruery) normally known for big and bold styles. Jardinier is a Belgian-style pale ale that falls under the session ale category. Fruity, grassy and yeasty characters are just perfect in this light table beer. ($12.59 for a 750mL bottle)
Autumn Maple by The Bruery
This is a unique take on the typical autumn seasonal we’ve all come to love. However, instead of pumpkin, they use yams in this malty, spicy brew. Made with pumpkin style spices, molasses and maple syrup, this beer still brings pie to the mind, but in a new way. It’s in the province in limited quantities, so make sure to grab one along-side your favorite pumpkin beers! ($17.19 for a 750mL bottle)
Cuivre by The Bruery
This beer follows their last anniversary ale to grace the province “Bois”, and brings a somewhat similar style in a beer that is all aged in bourbon barrels, and goes through the solera system with previous vintages all blended together in the barrel. This will most definitely improve with age, and if you hope to maintain a vertical of their anniversary beers, don’t wait too long to grab this limited beer. ($53.69 for a 750mL bottle)
Beer Geek Brunch Weasel Cognac Barrel Edition by Mikkeller
The original Beer Geek Brunch Weasel was at one point the highest rated imperial stout around, and with good reason! This edition takes it to the barrel aging level with cognac barrels, giving this already oily stout an oaky, cognac kick with soy saucy elements, earthy remnants of the coffee, and the sweet roasty malt. This edition is dipped in silver wax. ($15.49 for a 330mL bottle)
Beer Geek Dessert by Mikkeller
Yet another take (two in one week?) on the Beer Geek series, this one done with cocoa and vanilla. A more decadent take on an already rich beer, though the cocoa and vanilla are a little more subtle than it sounds. In the end, this is a decently balanced stout with some excellent complexity. ($9.69 for a 330mL bottle).
Green Gold IPA (gluten free) by Mikkeller
This is the second gluten free beer we’ve had from Mikkeller (The other was an IPA as well). Quite piney with plenty of citrus notes, with a robust malt base for a gluten free beer. Generous bitterness finishes things off along with a little more bread and fruit character. A pretty good gluten free beer if I do say so! ($6.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Le Merle Saison by North Coast brewing
North coast’s saison finally makes its way into Alberta! A fruity and spicy farmhouse ale with a medium body, and a dry, barn yardy feel. A great beer for the transition into autumn we’re experiencing. ($15.59 for a 4-pack of bottles)
Big DIPA by Wild Rose brewing
Last but not least, I give you this amazing IIPA from our favorite local brewers. This is a cosmic themed Imperial IPA hopped with Comet and Galaxy hops (get it?). It’s just full of tropical fruit notes and a pleasant and balanced bitterness along with the moderately sweet malt. Both Andrew and myself feel this is one of the best things Wild Rose has released! ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Well, if that doesn’t satisfy your thirst for outstanding new beers I don’t know what will! In fact, if that is indeed not good enough, here are some returning favorites and seasonals! We’ve got a couple 6-packs from Big Rock, including an amazingly priced anniversary special of the beers that started it all, Alley Kat’s Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest Marzen, and Wild Rose’s Gose Rider is back for another go, this time barrel aged (very limited quantities this time).
That’s about all, but make sure to stop by this weekend and check out the sale, and don’t forget about the tastings coming up in the next few weeks! Oh, and if you don’t happen to have appropriate glassware for a specific style you’re about to drink, a tulip, or wineglass is the best go-to!