New beers, November 10, 2016

Hey there beer fans!

Back again for another update. I’ve got some interesting new beers this week! Some fun, fall appropriate darker beers, along with more warm weather-prolonging pales (It’s still summer to me in some ways). Before I get to them, I want to remind everyone that we’ve only got about 3 weeks left until Advent begins (you know where I’m going with this), and there’s still enough time to grab this year’s Craft Beer Advent Calendar. European brewers brewing modern beer styles is the theme this year, and it’s perfect for those who love to constantly try different beers! Every week we bring more in and they keep selling out, so if you want one, give the store a call to reserve one (403-283-8000) before it’s too late.

Now – on to the main event! Here’s what I’ve got newly on the shelf this week!

Chase My Tail Pale by Yellow Dog: A hop forward but well balanced American style pale ale. Sturdy, crackery malt base with enough character to hold up to the hops, but light enough to be super quenching. Fruity, citrusy hop aromas and flavours just add to the crisp, clean character. ($19.79 for a 4-pack of tall cans)

Shake a Paw Smoked Porter by Yellow Dog: Just what you want in a porter and more! Silky chocolate and coffee with a hint of smoke wrapping all around everything. Comforting and complex, great for smoky, meaty meals (maybe a stew?) or by itself. ($19.79 for a 4-pack of tall cans)

Grunion Pale Ale by Ballast Point: This beer is the result of an employee-only homebrew contest at the brewery. Calypso and Mosaic hops bring plenty of melony fruity notes, all sitting on a moderately rich malt base. ($24.49 for a 6-pack of bottles)

Sort Kaffe Black IPA by Mikkeller: Plenty of toasty pine, cocoa and coffee come across in this wonderful black IPA. The hops provide all the pine and a good bitterness, but noticeably separate from the bitterness of the dark malts. Don’t miss out on this one! ($6.89 for a 330mL bottle)

Running Club Hoppy Pilsner by Mikkeller: This is a take on a German Pilnser, but with a more hop forward profile in mind. A little fruitier than one might expect, think lemons and other citrus. The malt is light, but still has some body to it, and still fairly refreshing. ($5.69 for a 330mL bottle)

Hotbox Coffee Porter by Oskar Blues: Nutty and caramely malts, with bits of darker malts here and there. The rich cold brewed coffee showcases itself with hints of dark fruit, and the coffee itself mingling with the malty cocoa notes nicely. ($19.99 for a 4-pack of cans)

It looks like we are in for a satisfying week. There should be enough new brews to go around.

There are also a few items I was able to restock of course. This week, they are: Double Mountain Killer Red Fresh hop, Breakside Passionfruit sour, Dandy Baltus von Tassle Cherry sour, and Bench Creek’s Black Spruce porter.

Before I go, I also want to give a heads up that there are a few bottles left of Blindman’s Anniversary Belgian strong ale, and later in the week I’ll be receiving the latest Dandy Edition beer, this time a Biere de Garde (yours truly was there brewing it with them!). Biere de Garde is a pretty uncommon style, even in these times of style revivals! So make sure you get a chance to try this out because it’s definitely a special beer.

Alright, that’s about it for now.

Cheers!

- Shawn

Beerguy@kensingtonwinemarket.com
@ShawnsBrewsCGY

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