You know when I said we had a lot of stuff to talk about last week? Well that was nothing compared to what I have coming into the shop this week. So many new beers, I can’t even contain my drool. I’m writing this pretty late so I’m going to get right to them.
Jack D’or by Pretty young things: Pretty things is a project of Boston couple Dann and Martha Holley-Paquette. Two passionate individuals who wanted to make amazing beers. Jack D’ or is made simply but resulting in greatness. This American Saison is made with just barley, hopped with nugget and palisade and fermented with 2 yeasts. Light and fruity with present bitterness and lively carbonation. ($13.89 for a 650mL bottle)
Field Mouse’s Farewell by Pretty Young Things: A slightly more traditional Saison, Farewell is made with rye, spelt, oats, and wheat. The addition of Alsacian hops gives a more spicy, floral aroma to match the complex malt base. ($14.69 for a 650mL bottle)
Rondy Brew Saison by Anchorage Brewing: Always a treat when we see beers from Anchorage, because they are all simply beautiful. Rondy Brew Saison is a little different every year, and the 2016 edition is done with spelt, Motueka hops, hibiscus and Brett! So think funky pepper, grass, but with fruity and tropical aromas. ($20.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Anadromous Belgian Black Sour by Anchorage Brewing: Another treat from Alaska’s greats! 3 fermentations, 3 kinds of oak, and -of course- brett! This beer goes through French oak Foudres, pinot noir barrels and whiskey barrels. Super black, dry, sour, with tons of oak character and a generous funk. Don’t miss this one! ($23.69 for a 650mL bottle)
Whiteout Wit by Anchorage Brewing: It takes a skilled brewer to make a Belgian wit that can turn heads like this one. Aside from the traditional lemon peel, peppercorns and corriander, Anchorage ages this one in French chardonnay barrels with Brett. Citrusy and funky with the pepper and corriander being on the mild side. ($20.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Blueberry Sour by Cascade Brewing: This NW style sour ale blends wheat & blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for 6 months, then additionally aged 4 months on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak & a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins. ($44.19 for a 750mL bottle)
Beer Run IPA by Ninkasi Brewing: Big citrusy hop notes mostly dominate the nose along with some pine. Mild malt, but noticeable sweetness comes across along with more citrus and pine. No mistaking this style! ($10.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Big Rig Ale by Deschutes Brewing: We could always use more ESBs in the province. Deschutes loads this one up with 3 different crystal malts, and all crystal hops (I sense a theme). Super smooth, easy to drink with a generous malt and crazy citrus hops. ($8.29 for a 650mL bottle)
Down ‘N Dirty IPA by Deschutes Brewing: A really great example of a NW IPA. Big citrusy hops, but not overwhelmingly so. A robust, semi-sweet malty back bone supporting a non-agressive bitterness with plenty more citrus notes all over. Incredibly well balanced!($8.29 for a 650mL bottle)
Black Butte 28th Anniversary edition by Deschutes brewing: Deschutes’ 28th anniversary imperial porter was aged in bourbon barrels and brewed with cocoa, vanilla beans and sweet orange peel. Rich dark fruit and vanilla character with plenty of cocoa and spice!($25.49 for a 650mL bottle)
My fingers hurt! Most of these beers are very limited so make sure not to miss out on them (especially the Anchorage beers).
Aside from all the new beers, a number of favourites have returned as well, including: La Pitoune, Breakside Flagship IPA, Troubled Monks beers, Anchorage Mosaic Saison, and Ballast Point Even Keel session ale (this time in cans!).
And finally, come check out our growler bar! Kegs have been draining left and right and I’ll have 2 or 3 new ones on tap in the coming week, so check in!
Ok, I’m done, and tired.
See you in the shop!