September is here! I’ve always loved September in Calgary. Mild weather, amazing fall evenings, and I can slowly start drinking darker and richer beers (who am I kidding… I’ll drink them even when it’s 30 degrees out). Don’t worry though, I’m not going to bombard you with pumpkin spiced beers quite yet, though I’m sure they’re coming! In the meantime, we still have all these other amazing brews making their way through the province. The new beers hitting the shelves this week are:
High Level IPA but Alley Kat brewing: A heavily hop bursted IPA from Edmonton’s own Alley Kat brewing. A heavy, heavy dosage of hops at the end of the brewing process gives this IPA huge, robust, intense hop aromatics and flavours. El Dorado, Mandarina and Jarrylo hops give notes of tangerine, melon, bananas and pear. ($8.49 for a 650mL bottle)
Imperial Doughnut Break by Evil Twin brewing: The perfect beer for every Homer Simpson out there. Not unlike his Imperial Biscotti Break, this one is still riddled with coffee, nuts, and sweet, sweet malts. Though on top of it, heavy notes of sweet doughnuts! A truly amazing dessert beer! Droool… ($20.49 for a 650mL bottle)
Never Give an Inch by Cider Riot!: Cider Riot! is here to make amazing, flavourful ciders, and to be loud and proud of it! This is a super crisp and fruity cider. Hood river and Yakima apples combined with Oregon blackberries and blueberries make this one delicious cider. ($11.79 for a 500mL bottle)
Opal Farmhouse ale by Firestone Walker: Old meets new with this take on a classic southern Belgian style. Grainy and complex malts, rustic and earthy, with spicy and fruity yeast notes, then dry hopped with north American hops for a huge citrusy, tropical kick! ($13.49 for a 650mL bottle)
Double Jack IIPA by Firestone Walker: This is an amped up version of their Union Jack IPA. An elevated body, higher alcohol, and very liberally dry hopped with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe to give all the citrus and pine we’d expect and more! ($13.49 for a 650mL bottle)
And like usual, there are a few things coming back onto the shelf after a brief absence, such as Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point (this time in cans!) and their Pineapple Sculpin as well! Ninkasi’s German Helles lager has gone through a re-brand as well, now called Helles Belles, but is still the same amazing lager.
I mentioned last week that our fall tasting schedule is live and they are all filling up fast! I do have space left this Friday (September 9) in our first ever growler party! $30 lets you try the 4 new kegs plus anything else I can scrounge up, snacks, and a 1L growler and a fill of your favourite!
One more thing before I go. It’s about that time to start thinking about all the different advent calendars coming out. The Craft Advent Calendar has always been the best of the bunch, and they are at it again this year! This year’s theme is “Old world brewers, new world beers”. They are getting highly skilled European brewers to brew modern styles. Sounds exciting to me! We’re taking preorders for them now, and if you get yours in before September 25th, you’ll receive a 7% discount. Just give us a call at the store (403-283-8000) or send me an e-mail at Beerguy@kensingtonwinemarket.com
That’s all for now folks, see you in the shop!