New beers – September 29th, 2016

Howdy folks!

Here for yet another week of new beers and blog posts. Autumn is more or less in full swing now, complete with crunchy dead leaves that get absolutely everywhere, and the most beautiful sunny fall days. Of course the best part is the beers that come with all this! Pumpkin and Marzen are the words that correspond with autumn (at least for me). One of my favourite things is to try different brewer’s take on the classic Marzen, and that’s exactly what I get to do this week!

Here are my new beers:

Raised By Wolves IPA by Driftwood Brewing: An intensely fruit forward IPA from BC’s best! Liberal use of fruity equinox hops, combines with a strain of super fruity Saccharomyces (previously thought to be another strain of Brett) to make this up-to-date ultra modern IPA.

Passion fruit sour by Breakside Brewing: A fruity sour ale inspired by the German Berlinerweisse. This mouth puckering, thirst quenching beer has it’s acidity accentuated by tart passion fruit, whose fruity character integrates perfectly with the wheaty base. This is a limited release that’s brewed just once a year, so don’t miss out!

Sour Nelson by Wild Rose Brewing: White wine meets beer with this tart, barrel aged monster. The beer is a blend of their Cow Bell kettle sour, and a hefeweizen. It’s then hit with a dose of fruity, white grape-ish New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, and then aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels.

State of Mind ISA by Collective Arts brewing: An everyday style India session ale. Loaded with tropical, citrusy and slightly piney hop notes on a crisp, light base. The very definition of a “crushable” beer.

Oktoberfest beer by Ninkasi: Toasty malt with grassy, earthy hops. Ninkasi makes their Marzen with a slightly more robust hop profile and a tad more alcohol than the classic Oktoberfest beers, but it still fits as the perfect beer for the changing season.

Oaktoberfest by Firestone Walker: Rich honey malt notes with noble, spicy hop character. This defines Marzen the best, and so does Firestone Walker! All ingredients are imported to help make this as authentic as possible, and it’s certainly worth the effort!

On top of the new Marzens, I also received Erdinger’s Oktoberfest Mix Pack that comes with 5 beers and a glass!

For all the hop heads out there, another new tasty treat is hitting the growler bar. We have the privilege of pouring Four Winds IPA! This beer is exclusive to a local beer bar, and we lucked out and managed to snag a keg for ourselves! Make sure not to miss this as Four Winds is definitely one of BC’s best breweries!

Finally, don’t forget to come grab your Beer Advent Calendars, as they are now in store and will likely not last long!

Until next week, cheers!

- Shawn

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