New beers – October 5th, 2016

Hey folks!

Time again for your weekly update! I got a good amount of new stuff coming here and most of it local! So come check out 2 of the newest Alberta brewers, and grab a few fall favourites while you’re here!

Here are the new products for this week.

Swap the Hops pale ale by Bent Stick Brewing: Brand new beer from a brand new brewery! Edmonton’s Bent Stick Brewing comes at us with this approachable pale ale filled with bready malts and robust, north American hops. Balanced and refreshing, and a worthy addition to the local beer scene! ($7.39 for a 650mL bottle)

Toothless pumpkin sour by Phillips Brewing: A different and modern take on an already modern favourite! Bright lactic acidity and wonderful spice notes on a silky malt base. Super interesting! ($8.39 for a 650mL bottle)

Black Spruce porter by Bench Creek Brewing: These guys have already shown us what they can do with pale ales, so here’s how they tackle the dark side! This tasty porter is riddled with coffee, chocolate and dried fruit. Robust and lightly floral with a good balanced bitterness. Exactly what any porter fan craves!

Another new contender to the province debuts a range of Albertan staples. Here’s what we’ve received from Coulee Brewing

Hoodoo Hops IPA: Light but tasty caramel malts with plenty of Orchard fruits and citrus notes all over the healthy bitter hop base. Crisp but satisfying! ($16.99 for a 6-pack of cans)

Red Coat Trail Ale: An interesting beer style, (extra special amber). Rich caramel tones with a moderate bitterness and plenty of fruity tones. Hearty enough to take with you on a long trail! ($15.69 for a 6-pack of cans)

Devil’s Coulee Kolsch: A German favourite! Barley with a touch of soft wheat. Super quenching with light but fruity hops and esters. Mild and fine carbonation with a clean finish ($15.69 for a 6-pack of cans)

Dry hopped bourbon cask ale by Innis & Gunn: A new take on things from these guys! Using real barrels to age their beer, and dry hopping! This has your typical I & G sweet and caramely malts along with hints of oak and bourbon, but combines nicely with orange, citrus and floral notes. ($7.29 for a 330mL bottle)

One more quick thing, There are 2 new beers on the growler bar that you absolutely need to try! Four Winds IPA (spectacular, straight up west-coast IPA from BC) is a keg-only exclusive in Alberta and is not normally sold in stores. Zinnebir from de la Senne is a fruity, estery Belgian ale that is super easy to drink and available at a fantastic price (It’s a small keg so likely won’t last long!).

Well, there’s another order day come and gone. I’m always happy to see the shelves full again (and with delicious beers at that!).  A quick reminder that the Craft beer Advent Calendar is in store and available to purchase, so make sure not to miss out on it this year!

Until next week!


- Shawn

Twitter: @ShawnsBrewsCGY

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