Friday November 20, 2015
Alright, so we’re not quite through with the whole slew of new beers over the past few weeks. This ought to clear things up.
Before that though, I was happy to see a few of you at our Wine Fest and Whisky Fest last week. Having both on consecutive days with a sale weekend on their tail made the week a little hectic. There’s no rest for the wicked though, as we also have our bubbles festival this week! After that it’ll be back to beer central!
But I digress. Let’s get on with the onslaught of beer I have to tell you about.
Cherry Porter by Wild Rose Brewing
This year’s edition of our favorite local Christmas brew is back! This big, chocolaty, roasty porter comes in its usual 1L swing top bottle format. ($15.79 for a 1L bottle)
Utah Sage Saison by Epic Brewing
A hugely herbaceous Belgian style Saison made with fresh local herbs. ($14.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Solid! by Gigantic Brewing
Yet another contender in the fruit bomb American wheat ale game, this one is loaded with -you guessed it- fruity hops layered on top of a soft and refreshing wheat ale. ($10.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Monk by Village Brewing
Village has finally released their winter release in an approachable format! This Chai spiced Porter is big enough to share, but so good you won’t want to! ($9.39 for a 650mL bottle)
Smoked Hefeweizen by Steel and Oak Brewing
After visiting their humble New Westminster operation this past summer, I was excited to see their beers enter the province. This decently smoked Hefeweizen is one of my Steel and Oak favorites! ($8.39 for a 650mL bottle)
Coffee Pecan Pie Porter by Clown Shoes Brewing
I have to admit, I loved this release SOOO much last year(the perfect example of barrel aging in my humble opinion) that I was a little worried that the addition of coffee this year might ruin it! Luckily though, this one is just as good, if not better! I usually skip the holiday desserts, so this year I’ll just have this instead! ($14.59 for a 650mL bottle)
Flight of the Angry Beast by Clown Shoes Brewing
This is a ridiculous blend of an imperial stout and a barley wine, aged in both Bourbon barrels and Scotch whisky barrels. My brain can’t even comprehend it… ($20.39 for a 650mL bottle)
Blackcap Raspberry by Cascade Brewing
There are only a hand full of raspberry sours that hit our shelves, and it’s so hard to say which one is better. Don’t let this one slip through your hands, especially if you are a fan of Cantillon or Dieu du Ciel’s Solstice D’Ete. ($39.69 for a 750mL bottle)
Kriek Ale by Cascade Brewing
As a huge fan of Krieks, this is yet another I have to warn you not to miss. rich, tart, and amazing, and -importantly- limited and somewhat rare! I had to grab a couple to add to a growing Kriek collection. ($36.79 for a 750mL bottle)
Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale by New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s
Yet another dessert oriented beer? Yep, and this one in collaboration with the iced cream guys themselves. Wonderful salted caramel, chocolate, brown ale… perfection! ($22.09 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Jambe de Bois by Brasserie de la Senne
A very bitter Belgian Triple for those who embrace the hops, but still want that big estery yeast bomb. Think you’ve tried all the Belgians? Think again.($5.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Brusseleir by Brasserie de la Senne
Probably the only Belgian Black IPA I’ve seen, this one is big and bold, with plenty of chocolate notes and a generous hop character. ($5.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room by Evil Twin Brewing
Thick and coating is the name of the game here. A rich heavy stout imperial stout to keep you warm in the coming cold months. ($6.19 for a 350mL bottle)
Alright, I think that catches everyone up on the new beers received up until the week of November 23rd. Definitely stay tuned for more Christmas beers trickling in, plus possible special releases from Deschutes, Stone, Sierra Nevada, and Ballast Point! Whoops, here we go again with my mouth watering.
Anyways, have a lovely weekend!