Hello fellow beer geeks!
Time for another update on everyone’s favourite subject: New beers! I couldn’t resist bringing in a few more new items than usual this week. There are just too many amazing things up for grabs lately, and I need to taste them all (and I imagine you do too). I’ve got some really special beer in this week including the latest Dandy edition (We’re the only bottle shop in Calgary to have it!) and two different beers to feature figs!
Enough of my talking though, you want to read about these new guys, so here you go!
The Dandy Edition (8th release) By The Dandy Brewing Company: This is the 8th in a series of super limited edition Dandy beers. Yours truly was present for the brewing of this exciting beer, and we’re lucky enough to have it semi-exclusively in Calgary. This Biere de Garde is a rich malty farmhouse ale that was traditionally brewed in northern France. This one is quite malty, but comes across dry, with notes of rye spice, fruity esters, caramel and herbal hops. It finishes with dried fruits, yeasty flavours and good but balanced bitterness. ($10.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Ella IPA by Postmark: Postmark was lucky enough to secure some highly sought-after Ella hops from Australia, and they then turned them into exactly what you’d expect, an IPA! Their grainy malt base is present here just as it is in their other beers, but this time there are layers upon layers of tropical fruity goodness throughout! ($7.89 for a 650mL bottle)
Play Dead IPA by Yellow Dog: A wonderfully crafted IPA just as delicious as their pale ale. Full of orchard and tropical fruits alike, with a pleasant citrus forward bitterness that isn’t too cloying. ($19.99 for a 4-pack of tall cans)
Liquid Double Fudge by Evil Twin: A rich, cocoa filled stout if there ever was one! Gigantic malt base, with a slight booziness to accompany it. Full bodied with generous sweetness and a semi oily feel. ($16.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Pineapple Gose by Omnipollo: A salty and fruit forward Gose. Bright carbonation with a good briny backbone. Citrus and funk come with the nice fruity pineapple notes on a light and refreshing body. ($6.59 for a 330mL bottle)
Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla by Rogue Ales: This is a flavoured beer inspired by a doughnut made with vanilla frosting, grape dust and purple sprinkles. Like past releases, the nose is deceiving and makes you think it’ll be sweet, but the beer itself is somewhat dry. As you may imagine, the beer would pair well with doughnuts! ($17.99 for a 650mL bottle)
Fig Stout by Mikkeller: The master is at it again! This is a big, full imperial stout brewed with figs. The figs impart a lot of rich dried fruit notes that are accompanied by chocolate, licorice and toasty (and roasty!) malts. ($6.59 for a 330mL bottle)
Figaro by Cascade: This is a strong blonde, aged in barrels with dried figs and lemon peel. Super tangy with pronounced notes of fig, citrus zest and sultanas. Cascade’s funky, super tart character comes through, but not without a unique mix of figs and lemon peel. You’ve likely not tried anything like this before! ($42.49 for a 750mL bottle)
No Hero stout by Evil Twin: A medium to full bodied beer with a satisfying depth without being too heavy or boozy. Plenty of cocoa and coffee, with good bitterness from both the herbal hops and roasted grains. ($5.99 for a tall can)
Cedar infused quad by De Molen: A rich and full Quadrupel with hefty bready notes with spice and dried fruits. Mild cedar notes give way the infusion, but the woody flavours are more of an accent than anything. Some compare this beer to a barley wine rather than a quad. ($6.29 for a 330mL bottle)
Fresh Hop ale by Postmark: The fresh hops give this a spicy, grassy and semi-floral quality with a hint of sappiness on the side. Husky grain notes from the malt make this taste a little more rustic than your typical west coast beers. ($7.79 for a 650mL bottle)
Returning to the store this week, is more Evil Twin (Imperial Doughnut Break!), Le Trou du Diable (La Pitoune), Les Trois Mousquetaires (Imperial Baltic Porter, after a brief hiatus), and Mc Chouffe (Belgian Brown ale), and Half Hitch’s Pale and Brown ales!
There you have it! The shelves are looking nice and full, and I have plenty of thick, dark beers to comfort everyone! It’s actually snowing as I’m writing this, so I may need a fig stout or possibly a Bier de Garde… I’m going to get that right now.
Until next week, cheers!