Howdy beer geeks!
Another week goes by and another batch of sweet, sweet new beers. We got something from nearly all walks of life this week! From sour to fruity, to dark, to farmhousey!
Before I spill the beans, just another reminder that the Craft beer Advent Calendar is in store now and is shaping up to be a smash hit for the 4th year in a row. Make sure you don’t miss out on it this year!
Alright, alright, I’ll get to the good part. Here’s all the new stuff this week!
Baltus von Tassle cherry sour by The Dandy Brewing Company: The Dandy wizards are at it again with this American sour brown with cherries. A bold base with a bright crisp acidity that is accented with cherries. Fruity, full and super flavourful. ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Lake City Farmhouse ale by Dageraad: This is a rustic saison produced with a partial sour mash, oats, wheat and spices. Surprising depth and complexity, yet also delicious and easy to drink. ($9.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Enigma Uncommon amber by Village brewing: Loaded up with malted and roasted barley, with a bright hop profile, but… gluten reduced? Village comes at you with a deep and flavourful beer that can appease both the gluten sensitive and those who aren’t! ($17.49 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Frucht Yumberry by The Bruery: If this is anything like their passionfruit berliner, this yumberry edition is a step away from a traditional berliner weisse. Namely, in terms of how sour they make their beers. Bold, but super tart with a generous fruitiness from the already tart yumberries. Not for the faint of heart, but for sour fans through and through! ($21.49 for a 750mL bottle)
Poterie anniversary ale by The Bruery: Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. This is The Bruery’s eighth anniversary ale. Poterie follows in the footsteps of the anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with their house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production. The result is layered in robust and complex flavours of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly. ($49.99 for a 750ml bottle)
Oud Bruin by Vanderghinste: A new comer to the Alberta market! We don’t get too many oud bruins around here, but I always jump at the chance to bring them in. This is on the richer side with lots of deep brown sugary notes, molasses and caramel. Hints of fruit all over, along with a mild tartness (not overly sour). Very tasty! ($5.09 for a 330mL bottle)
Not bad right? Along with all those, a few favourites are also back in stock, including Breakside’s Passionfruit sour, the Village Gardener, The Bruery’s Hottenroth and Tart of Darkness, and Rulles Blonde and Le Grande (both at newly reduced prices!).
I’ve missed Tart of Darkness so much, I’m incredibly excited to see it back! If you’ve never experienced a sour stout, you owe it to yourself to come grab a bottle of this!
Well, that’s about it for now. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter (@ShawnsBrewsCGY) to see what we’re tasting (so you know when to come in and taste with us!).
So that’s about all for this week, until next time!